External Description:Located on the ground floor, no elevator - 1 step to enter the house, on a street called Via Romana a stone's throw from Palazzo Pitti, the Boboli Gardens, Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza del Carmine and the Ponte Vecchio.
Internal Description:Apartment on one level decorated in a contemporary style (70 sq.mt / 753 sq.ft and 100 sq.mt / 1076 sq.ft of garden). It can accommodate up to 4 people with two bedrooms and three bathrooms..The apartment opens onto an entrance hallway that flows through the house all the way down to the garden. All rooms are located on the left side of the corridor.The first bedroom is to the left of the entrance (160 cm mattress - not divisible), with a desk and its own ensuite bathroom with sink, wc and shower (with shower arm and curtain).Continuing along the corridor, you’ll find an internal courtyard, very quiet, which allows sunlight to penetrate the whole house and is accessed through a French door.The corridor of the house then leads to a second bathroom, which also has wc, sink and shower (with shower arm and curtain). Going further down the corridor you'll find the second bedroom (mattress 140 cm - not divisible) with its own ensuite bathroom with shower cabin.Returning to the corridor there is a storage room where the washing machine is located. At the end of the corridor is the well-equipped and spacious kitchen, and the living room with a comfortable corner sofa and a flat-screen TV.French doors off the living room lead to a beautiful garden with barbecue. It has a cherry tree, an olive tree and other fruit trees that bloom and produce fresh fruit. There is also an outdoor table for six people with a large sun umbrella, and there are two deckchairs for sunbathing. The garden of the house borders the Boboli Gardens and is very quiet, just like the house is.
IMPORTANT - GARDEN MAINTENANCE: please note that the gardener will have to water the plants in the garden, and he will need to pass through the house using the corridor, in the time between 5.00 pm and 7.00 pm as needed according to the weather and the time of the year.
Independent heating.Air conditioning: not provided in this apartment. However, the apartment is on the ground floor, it has many windows and fans are provided.
Pricing Information:Included in the price: Utilities included up to €70.00 (for stays up to 30 days), final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and agency fees. Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €3.00 per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights (for information regarding exemptions and reductions, see our F.A.Q. page), utilities of water, electricity, and gas (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding €70.00; fee for registering the contract (which in accordance to Italian law must be written in Italian), for rentals over 30 days, equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of € 33.50) plus tax stamps.
Security deposit: For stays equal to or lesser than 15 days, all clients will have to grant € 300.00 with a valid credit card 7 days before check-in for a pre-authorization. For stays between 16 and 30 days, guests will have to pay €1000.00 7 days before check-in. Prepaid and/or debit cards are not accepted. For rentals over 30 days, special conditions apply.
AreaThe apartment is located in the Oltrarno district in Florence’s historic city, at just 30 m from a convenient supermarket. The name 'Oltrarno' literally means 'beyond the Arno' and this district which stretches along the south bank of the river represents a different facet of Florence to that which is found near the Duomo. The Oltrarno perhaps displays the true character of Florence and in general is slightly quieter, greener and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence. Indeed many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno for this reason. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts today many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (particularly furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antiques trade.Over time the Oltrarno became a rather chic area and many aristocrats chose this neighbourhood to build their villas and palaces, the largest of these being the Pitti Palace, which became the home of the various Grand Dukes. Today this sumptuous palace houses several important museums which rank amongst the best in Florence. Other major sights the Oltrarno has to offer are the Cappella Brancacci with the fabulous frescoes of Masaccio, Piazzale Michelangelo with its breath-taking views over Florence, the magnificent church of San Miniato, (one of the highest points in the city of Florence and also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture within Tuscany) together with the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, Ponte Vecchio, home to a glittering array of jewellery shops and goldsmiths.Extending up the hill from the Pitti Palace are the formal Boboli Gardens, an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works. The Oltrarno is famous for its wine bars such as Olio & Convivium, authentic trattorias serving typical Tuscan cuisine, including Il Santo Bevitore, I 4 Leoni and Il Magazzino, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce market held every morning in Piazza Santo Spirito. For those choosing an apartment in this area the Oltrarno quarter also offers a choice of grocery stores, patisserie, bakeries, gift shops and much more.
Public transportLink for the public bus service in Florence: www.ataf.netLink for the national train network in Italy: www.trenitalia.it
ParkingFlorence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a 'limited traffic zone' and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red/green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify they need access for the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
This property for rent is not a hotel, agritourism, B&B or similar, and therefore by law, extra services similar to those you may find in these types of accommodations, such as a reception, concierge or security, receiving mail, provision of meals and drinks, cleaning and change of linen during your stay, and amenity kits with soaps etc. are strictly prohibited.
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