Inviting Florence Apartment Perfect for 2 Couples or a Family, Clean-Bright
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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
San Lorenzo apartment description
Italy Perfect Winner Trip Advisor-FlipKey Award of Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013. Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Top Florence Specialist 2012 & 2013. Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star 2013.
There is a 4 night minimum booking period & 7 night minimum Christmas, New Years, Easter.
The Vespucci apartment is located in the historic center near the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci bridge. It is on a street one block from the Arno river. Luckily, the street the apartment is on in a limited traffic zone so it is notably quiet, something that is a rare find in such a prime Florence historic center location. Enjoy strolling along the scenic Arno river, delight in seeing the Tuscan hills in the distance and teams of rowers gracefully making their way upriver. An easy walk away is the produce market in the Cascine Park where you'll feel like a local buying fresh produce & delicacies for meals back at the apartment.
Take a walk through the Vespucci apartment by viewing the video. See link above.
The apartment was renovated in 2007 so the kitchen and bathrooms are fresh and up-to-date. It is a comfortably furnished apartment just perfect for a family or two couples who want to escape the hustle and bustle since it just a few blocks walk to the major sites of historic interest. It is a thoughtfully furnished, clean and comfortable apartment.
The apartment is on the 4th floor (U.S. designation) with elevator. The apartment hallway is of grand proportions: wide, high, well lit. Off this area is a small balcony that overlooks the back gardens of the neighboring apartment buildings. Enjoy sitting on the balcony, taking in views of everyday life of the Florentines, sipping your coffee & reading the paper on lazy mornings.
The living room and second bedroom are to the right off the hallway. The kitchen, master bedroom with adjoining bathroom and the second bathroom are to the left off the hallway. A storage room at the end of the hallway is perfect for storing luggage.
The cheerful living room has two comfortable love seats. The windows overlook the street below with pleasant, unobstructed views of trees and rooftops. There is a dining table in the living room expands to seat up to six people. Two additional chairs can be brought in from the kitchen. Handsome polished terazzo floors in the living room, hallway and bedrooms are typical of the era the building was built. The kitchen has attractive terracotta tiles.
The master bedroom has a queen size bed and a large window. The bedroom is extremely quiet since it faces the back of the building. A bathroom adjoins this bedroom.
The second bedroom has two twin beds and a window overlooking the street. It gets lots of light and because of the limited traffic zone, minimal noise. The second bathroom is across the hall.
Both bathrooms have a fully enclosed shower, sink and toilet and have been recently remodeled.
The kitchen is very nice with a large window that admits plenty of light. There is good countertop space, new appliances, a large (by Italian standards) refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, dishwasher, microwave, gas 4-burner stove, electric oven, a small table with seating for two and an attractive Tuscan terra cotta tile floor. The kitchen comes equipped with pots, pans, dishes.
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***4 NIGHT MINIMUM BOOKING PERIOD, 1 WEEK MINIMUM EASTER, CHRISTMAS, NEW YEAR'S WEEKS***
We honestly do not take shorter stays.
- 1507 sq. ft.
- Elevator : There is an elevator
- On floor 4
- 4 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
- Baby crib with advance arrangement, fee applies
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms
- Each bathroom has a shower, sink, toilet, bidet.
Kitchen & Dining
- Dishes & Utensils
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Linens Provided
- Washing Machine
- Towels Provided
- DVD Player
- Tourist Attractions
- Sight Seeing
- Live Theater
- Health/Beauty Spa
ReviewsWrite a review
Brilliant apartment in ideal locationGuest comment entered by owner
Brilliant apartment in ideal location
We were delighted with the Vespucci apartment, which provided a beautiful and relaxed retreat from the streets of Venice. The apartment is light, comfortable and very well set up, with lots of thoughtful touches to ensure guests have everything they might want. We loved the rooftop views and the excellent location (just on the edge of the historic quarter - so easy walking distance to key sites, but in a quiet residential area). Walking along the Arno in the evening was a particular pleasure (keep an eye out for otters!). We also really enjoyed meeting Claudia who was very accommodating around arrival and departure times, and gave us an expert run-down on the local area and where to find what we wanted. The local shop (5 minutes' walk) is really well stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables (along with other supplies), and there's a delicatessen/butcher's shop even closer that sells meat and poultry as well as milk and eggs. Cooking meals was great fun with excellent local ingredients and the apartment's well set-up kitchen (better stocked than mine at home!) Overall, this was a brilliant holiday stay and we would thoroughly recommend the Vespucci apartment to other travellers.
- Guest Sarah from Edinburgh
- Date of stay 10/08/13
- Review Submitted 10/26/13
Deserves 6 Stars!!Guest comment entered by owner
Deserves 6 Stars!!
First, unfortunately the elevator went out the day before we arrived. The host was extremely apologetic and profusely voiced her dismay. The positive, it helped work off the pasta, wine and desserts. We cannot compliment the host or Lisa at Italy Perfect adequately. They were professional, promptly responded to emails and questions, the best "Introduction Package" I have encountered in our global travels, were proactive in providing information needed prior to travel, etc. The accommodations were clean, attractive and comfortable. A great value for the money. The location was even better than anticipated. Trains and buses were one block away, and best of all the last stop on the bus route. No matter where we got on we just went to the last stop and got off. Recommend you book a cooking class, a highlight of our three week trip. Hit all the "tourist sites" especially Galileo's museum, and go to Michelangelo's plaza that overlooks the city. Again, this apartment was a true value, the host delightful and the location perfect. Book early or you will lose the opportunity!!!!
- Guest Bob & Sharon, Tom & Marsha, Riverside, California
- Date of stay 10/04/13
- Review Submitted 10/22/13
The apartment itself was perfectGuest comment entered by owner
The apartment itself was perfect
Hi……re the rental of Vespucci apartment……….we thought the apartment was a bit far from the sites downtown but after a while we did get the tickets for the little city bus for a ride back to the apt after a busy day of sightseeing..; the surrounding area was lovely and felt very safe……….both my husband and I think Italy Perfect s a first class business…..the information packet given to renters is invaluable and we especially liked the fact that there were lists of neighborhood restaurants and shops …all of which we found to be described accurately….the apartment itself was perfect…..i think the little balcony might be a bit misrepresented as it is just used to hang laundry …..the elevator was out of service for the last week of our stay so that was inconvenient when we were departing with all of our luggage…..and yes we would and have recommended Italy Perfect to our friends….thank you. Thank you. Response from Italy Perfect: We are so pleased you enjoyed your month-long stay, the lovely area and the apartment. Sorry to hear the elevator was out of service when you departed. The walking distances to the sites are clearly stated on website, we are sorry you overlooked this information before you reserved. Lisa at Italy Perfect.
- Guest Ann
- Date of stay 09/05/13
- Review Submitted 10/21/13
What a gem of an apartment!Guest comment entered by owner
What a gem of an apartment!
What a gem of an apartment! We are two couples who stayed in Vespucci for four weeks in April/ May. Vespucci is exactly as described on the website, in a very pleasant and quiet area a good 20 minute walk along the Arno to the Ponte Vecchio. We enjoyed the location : as many guests have pointed out, the walk home after a busy tourist day can be a welcome interlude. In fact, to stay in Vespucci is to live in a comfortable family home. The apartment is very spacious, light and airy, with two large bedrooms and two well fitted modern bathrooms. The beds are comfortable and there are plenty of quality towels. (Perhaps our only suggestion here would be the provision of an extra set of bedlinen for guests staying more than a few days.) The kitchen is excellent with a good sized refrigerator, and up to date dishwasher and washing machine. There is a comprehensive selection of cooking equipment, including an excellent range of pots and pans and (hooray!) quality knives. In fact, the kitchen was so user friendly that on most evenings, we chose to cook at home and eat in our very comfortable living /dining room. We did however discover some good local restaurants, including Giovanni's, Cambi and Baldini. The Cafe al Communale opposite the apartment was very friendly and great for a lunch or an evening drink. There is a good range of shops in close by: a small supermarket, very good butcher, deli, tabacchi and post office among others. We did however often choose to walk home via Borgo Ognissanti and buy food and wine from the smaller family run shops and bakeries. (supermarket bread is not recommended!) The owners of the apartment live across the hallway and while not intrusive are available for help and advice. Our greeter, Cynthia was very welcoming and gave us a thorough introduction to the apartment. We really appreciated her attention to detail: maps, guide books, cards for local restaurants, the provision of a cell phone for guest use, and even a bowl of chocolates on our arrival. We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in Vespucci. Booking through Italy Perfect has also been nothing but a positive experience - helpful, efficient and responsive to every request. Thank you!
- Guest Nola, Ross, Greg, Michelle
- Date of stay 04/20/13
- Review Submitted 06/26/13
A Great Location and Very Comfortable!Guest comment entered by owner
A Great Location and Very Comfortable!
Four of us (my wife, son, his wife, and I) spent a week in Florence in mid-February. Our visit was immeasurably enhanced by our renting "Vespucci." We found the apartment spacious, clean, and possessing of all the conveniences we needed, including a great kitchen and internet. The location was perfect for us--just a block from the arno and a 15-minute walk to the historic center of town. Moreover, the owners live on the same floor and were there to answer any questions we had. Not only will I certainly recommend the apartment to friends and family, but my wife and I will certainly stay there again when we return to beautiful Firenze.
- Guest Gerry and Anne
- Date of stay 02/16/13
- Review Submitted 03/19/13
Splendido Appartamento!Guest comment entered by owner
After a frenetic - but fabulous - week in Rome, it was marvelous to relax our pace just a bit and enjoy five beautiful days in Florence. Our apartment was modern and huge by European standards, immaculate, with very comfortable beds and sofas and a well appointed and easy to use kitchen. The bathrooms were so nice and roomy. The apartment is located in a limited traffic zone, so it was very quiet. There is a small cafe/bakery immediately across the street (very nice selection of pastries) and a grocery store and several good restaurants in the surrounding blocks. October is still a popular tourist time, but the crowds were manageable and we felt very safe, day and night. On our arrival we were met by our greeter, Cynthia, who not only has lived in the city for over twenty years, but also lives across the hall, so she was very knowledgeable and accessible all during our stay. Our sightseeing days usually began with a walk along the serene Arno River. It was very easy then to walk to the main tourist attractions and they are fantastic: the Duomo, Uffizi Museum, Academia (you must see David!) and the Ponte Vecchio. Prior reservations are strongly suggested for Uffizi and Academia. Florence is a beautiful city and this apartment was a wonderful "home" away from home.
- Guest M, M & J, Atlanta, GA & Charlottesville, VA
- Date of stay 10/07/12
- Review Submitted 01/29/13
The experience was a very good oneGuest comment entered by owner
The experience was a very good one
On the whole the apartment, surrounding area and in general the experience was a very good one and I would recommend Italy perfect – thanks for all your help.
- Guest Marty
- Date of stay 11/17/12
- Review Submitted 12/06/12
Spacious and very cleanGuest comment entered by owner
Spacious and very clean
Italy Perfect was so organized and professional. Loved how they did everything and full confidence in the Company. We went to Rome and Venice and had I known about them before I booked the others I would have stayed in all of their managed apartments. The apartment was beautiful. Spacious and very clean. Nice kitchen and bedrooms, with Wi-fi. The owners were straight across the hall and were there if anything was needed. The locations was very quiet and in a nice neighborhood. A cafe was located right across the street with friendly owners and good food. This apartment is located away from the center of Florence, about 25 minute walk. It was close to the Ponte Vecchio Bridge (10 min walk) and about 10 minutes from the train station by Taxi. Had a wonderful stay and again the overall organization of the Company as well as the owners was great. I would stay with them again no doubt.
- Guest Charlene
- Date of stay 10/21/12
- Review Submitted 11/17/12
Wonderful FlorenceGuest comment entered by owner
We found the Vespucci apartment to be as advertised: neat, clean, conveniently located to the city center, train station, shopping, etc. The local restaurants, shopping, museums, historical sites and central location for visiting other parts of Tuscany made Florence one of our favorite stops. If you're looking for something different to do, try a one day cooking class, it's so much fun. Our host/greeter, Cynthia, also helped make our stay truly enjoyable by always being available to answer questions or provide essential information about the local area. We would certainly recommend Italy Perfect and specifically the Vespucci apartment to anyone looking to visit Florence. If you are thinking of renting a car and driving you should reconsider. The ZTLs (limited traffic zones} are virtually impossible to avoid and if you enter one without the proper authorization for your vehicle, you can expect to receive a rather expensive ticket.
- Guest Dan & Maggie
- Date of stay 09/08/12
- Review Submitted 10/30/12
Vespucci ApartmentGuest comment entered by owner
The Vespucci apartment was clean and relatively spacious with a lot of natural light during the day. The Florence weather during our visit was such that we could open the windows and rely on natural ventilation. The apartment is in a very quiet residential area, but located close enough to the center of Florence that we walked to our destinations most days. It’s also only a short block from the River Arno, although there are no river views from the apartment. One negative was that the family in the apartment above includes twin boys. Sometimes we heard them jumping around in the early morning or early evening. Cynthia, our greeter, was friendly and accommodating. She provided an excellent set of oral instructions for the apartment on arrival. She also provided extra service by acting as the contact person for one of our party who arrived late because of a cancelled flight. While she didn’t hover, Cynthia was available to answer our questions during our stay. It would have been helpful if the contact instructions provided by Italy Perfect noted that Cynthia worked during the day and would not be available to admit us until after 5 pm. [Note from Italy Perfect: The Rental Terms, Contract and Frequently Asked Questions state that check in is from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. We are sorry you overlooked this.] The Café al Comunale, right across the street was a great place for a continental breakfast or an early evening drink (closed Sundays). We had an excellent dinner at an Oltrarno restaurant, IO – osteria personale. The chef uses the ingredients of traditional Florence dishes, but combines them in modern, lighter creations. We also liked the look of the restaurant, with its clean modern lines (some would call it stark).
- Guest David
- Date of stay 09/17/12
- Review Submitted 10/08/12
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Year Purchased: 2009
About the owner: This apartment is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love visiting Italy as much as we do. We are sisters Lisa and Pat Byrne who lived in Italy in our youth and now travel there frequently for business and pleasure.
Why the Owner Chose San Lorenzo:
Roomy, pristine apartment Layout is great for two couples since there are two equivalent sized bedrooms & bathrooms Close to the sites, which are an easy walk away, but away from the noise
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Arno river strolls Proximity to wonderful Cascine open air market Real neighborhood feel
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Sunny living room with views of rooftops & trees. Comfortable sofas.
Roomy entry with a little balcony, good for drying laundry.
Two comfy love seats in the living room, relax & plan the day's excursions.
Master bath adjoins master bedroom.
Second bathroom with large enclose shower, heated towel racks in winter
Enjoy Arno river strolls, take in views of the Florence hills in the distance
Fresco painted by Ghirlandaio for the Vespucci family in the Chiesa d'Ognissanti
Della Robbia lunette above the doors of the famous Chiesa Ognissanti
No wonder Italian food is so tasty
Scarves cleverly displayed in frames at the Mercato San Lorenzo.
Pop downstairs to the cafe directly across the street for a cappuccino
Kitchen is a cook's delight. Fully up-to-date with all amenities & sunny window.
Grand proportions in well-lit hallway that runs down center of apartment
Light filled master bedroom with adjoining bathroom.
Second bedroom has two twin beds. Desk is handy for checking email on free WiFi
Views of neighboring gardens from the little terrace, kitchen, master bedroom
Nearby Borgo Ognissanti ceramic shop with beautiful renaissance architecture
Watch rowers up and down the Arno river just one block from the apartment
Cascine open-air market has a bountiful variety of fresh produce
Italian leather gloves are a timeless gift
Wine bars in Florence are a great way to sample Tuscan wines
Where else but Italy can you find an entire supermarket aisle of olive oil?
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