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Property Details

Sleeps:
2
Single Bedrooms:
0
Double Bedrooms:
1
Bathrooms:
2
Type:
Villa
Property #:
15477
Nearest Town:
Santa Croce

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Self Catering Apartment in Tuscany

Chiara

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About The Experience

Rent your own masterpiece with this self catering apartment in Tuscany, featuring museum-like frescoed ceilings and walls. Spacious and beautifully furnished, this Tuscany vacation rental in Florence faces an inner courtyard and will provide you with a quiet retreat in the midst of a busy city. See the sites, explore the country, and then return home to this Tuscany apartment.

Location Description

Located in the Santa Croce neighborhood of central Florence, this elegant accommodation in Florence provides easy access to cultural and historic sites without the bother and expense of a car. The Uffizi Gallery is just a ten-minute walk, and there is a grocery store located 200 meters from the apartment. Public transportation (bus, taxi, train station) is easily accessible.

Nearby Attractions: The Santa Croce quarter is located on the southeastern part of the historic center of Florence. Since the Middle Ages, it was an area specializing in leather. In fact, today it is still filled with leather shops! The large Santa Croce Church, filled with famous frescos and tombs of some of the city’s greats, is the main structure of the quarter. The piazza in front of the church is filled day and night with tourists and locals. Some of the best gelato shops and restaurants can be found in this neighborhood. Piazza dei Ciompi has a daily flea market as well as a large monthly market (last Sunday). Plaz, located across from the 16th century Loggia del Pesce is a fun and casual place to stop for a drink and live music.

Piazza Santa Croce: Within walking distance
Casa Buonarroti: Within walking distance
Grocery Store: 200 m/656 ft
Exterior Description

This lovely, completely restored apartment is situated on the first floor (the main floor or “piano nobile”) of a 16th century palazzo. The architecture of the surrounding buildings, the quiet terrace, and the private courtyards provide ample sunlight and an atmosphere of seclusion. Although there is no private parking available in the building, there are garages in Piazza Santa Croce, as well as on via Fiesolana.

Interior Description
(90 m2/968 ft2)

First Floor (with elevator): This charming, relaxing apartment is decorated with both modern elements and historic elements that are typical of the neighborhood. The owner, a famous photographer and writer, has chosen elegant furnishings and touches of “high tech” design. The apartment entrance is decorated with 18th century wall/ceiling frescoes. Through an archway, there is a modern living room, which has comfortable couches, a decorative marble fireplace, and a dining area with a table for four. In the bedroom, the queen-size bed (160 cm) is a unique cross between a traditional wooden-framed bed and a modern futon. This bedroom also has an en suite bathroom (with sink, tub) behind a glass wall; a half-bathroom (with WC, bidet) is separate from the bedroom. The apartment also has a studio, decorated with frescoes, which can also be used as a guest bedroom. It has a single sofa bed (available for 150 euros per week), and there is an adjacent bathroom (with shower). The studio is connected to a bright kitchen; the kitchen has access to a lovely terrace overlooking a large courtyard (no city view). The terrace has a table and chairs, making it a perfect place for al fresco dining.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Cook Service: Upon request
  • Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
  • Transfer Service: Upon request
  • Babysitting: Upon request

Please Note:

  • Air Conditioning is in the kitchen and the living room.

Features and Amenities

  • In City
  • Elevator (in Building)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Private
  • Outside Dining
  • CD player
  • DVD player
  • TV - Local Channels Only
  • Internet - Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Partial House
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Cook Service Available - Extra Cost
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Weekly 5 Nights       Min
Stay
Jan-01-2017 - Jan-01-2018 $2,548 $2,254 5 night
Jan-01-2018 - Jan-01-2019 $2,548 $2,254 5 night

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Mon 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Tue 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Wed 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Thu 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Fri 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM
  • Sat 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 400 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Heating: According to consumption
  • All Utilities: According to consumption
  • Weekly Cleaning Charge (Mandatory): 100 EUR
  • Arrival Fee (between 7:00 pm and 9:00 pm, Upon Prior Request) Payable upon Arrival: 50 EUR
  • Air conditioning: According to consumption
  • Electricity: According to consumption
  • Extra Bed - Weekly Charge: 150 EUR
  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 1; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Departure Time: between 8 am and 10 am
  • Cook Services (If Available): must be arranged at least 2 months prior to arrival
  • UPON ARRIVAL, RENTERS MUST PROVIDE A PHOTOCOPY OF EACH TRAVELER’S PASSPORT AND SIGN A FORM FOR THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES. IF ARRIVING AT DIFFERENT TIMES GUESTS HAVE 24 HOURS TO COMPLETE THIS PROCEDURE OR OWNERS WILL BE FINED BY THE LOCAL AUTHORITIES.
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Arrivals (After 9:00 pm): Not Accepted
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Rentvillas.com. Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 5.0 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 10 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Overall:
A beautiful apartment with everything we needed to comfortably live like locals.
Enjoyed Most:
Fabulous location.
Enjoyed Least:
The platform bed worked well for the person sleeping on the right side, but was difficult for the left hand person where the mattress is essentially on the floor. Us older folks have issues getting up from the floor!
Surrounding Area:
The Santa Croce piazza and church bells. I love the sound of those bells. The proximity to stores, restaurants and walking distance to just about everything.
Tips or Restaurants:
The restaurant Bocadama in Piazza Santa Croce is very close and accommodating. That was the only restaurant we repeated. We mostly enjoyed searching out and dining at different local mom and pop restaurants.
Directions:
Our taxi from the train station knew exactly where to go. No GPS required.
Check In Out:
The greeting was warm and friendly. We were treated to a lovely fresh fruit basket and bottle of wine. Both were much appreciated. Ms Vallenti was very generous with helpful information about places and activities in the area. Check out was quick and easy.

Willina, May

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Overall:
This apartment rounds out the Florentine experience. If you appreciate history and architecture, not just seeing it in a museum, this is the place for you. Elegance all the way.
Enjoyed Most:
The interior design and the artwork. A bit of old and new. Great art books. Lovely kitchen.
Enjoyed Least:
I prefer a softer mattress.
Surrounding Area:
We provisioned from the local market for some meals. The food was amazing. Convenient to all the sights, yet quiet.
Nearby Events or Locales:
The other side of the river was perfect for sights and greenery and great views; we could walk everywhere.
Tips or Restaurants:
This property has all the comforts of home and then some.
Directions:
Directions were fine.
Check In Out:
Everything went smoothly in that regard and we felt our host was helpful and welcoming.

Katalin, November

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Overall:
Spacious, elegant, and full of character, Chiara provided a delightful home with both excellent indoor living spaces and terrace for eating which overlooked numerous gardens. Location was pleasantly off the main tourist route. Close to superb food market, Sant'Ambrogio, the Santa Croce church and museum, and the Arno.
Enjoyed Most:
The grandeur, historical character, decor, art and outdoor space for meals and drinks. Fifteen foot ceilings, frescoes, lovely soaps at every sink. Well equipped kitchen, large refrigerator.
Enjoyed Least:
The coffee mugs and no access to CNN in English on the TV.
Surrounding Area:
Proximity to the Arno, Piazza Santa Croce, flea market and food market at Sant'Ambrogio. Also, it felt like a real neighborhood.
Tips or Restaurants:
Bring a small flashlight. Early during your visit take a cooking class from Marchella at Giglio Cooking School, on Via del Ghirlandaio 6b just a bit east of the apartment. Then shop at Sant'Ambrogio and create delicious treats at the apartment. Ask her to teach you Risotto with Taleggio and Pear! For dinner out, make a reservation at Trattoria Sostanza Il Troia. Via Porcellana, 25r. Honest and delicious. Gelateria della Passera is superb also.
Check In Out:
Although we were late arriving and taxi driver initially took us to the incorrect street, the property manager was waiting patiently.

Maxine, June

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