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- Minimum stay:4 nights
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:No
Ponte Vecchio house 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.
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This is a charming small house in an excellent Florence historic center location, just two blocks from the landmark Ponte Vecchio. Our guests love its charm, little terrace and excellent historic center location. It's even better then an apartment in Florence as it is a lovely private house right in the historical center of Florence.
Take a walk through Casetta Bonsi by viewing the video, see link above.
It is tastefully decorated with an up-to-date kitchen and bathroom. You'll cherish the privacy and convenient access that this house offers.
Cross the Ponte Vecchio going towards the Pitti Palace, take a quick left up a little street, and you're home in two minutes after morning of sightseeing, an afternoon of shopping, or a long lunch. Just on the other side of the river is the famed Uffizi Gallery, only an five minute walk from the house.
One of the most surprising aspects is that this is truly an independent house, on its very own little piazza, the tiny 'Piazza de' Bonsi ' and was built in 1890 by the longtime Florentine Bonsi della Ruota family. As you enter the house, the living room and kitchen are to your right, and the stair case to the second floor is directly in front of you. The house has beautiful Italian terra-cotta tile throughout the main living area, a brand-new kitchen and bathroom with the latest appliances, as well as charming decorator touches throughout.
The spacious living room has a beautiful antique painted Venetian china cupboard, lovely Tuscan dining table and chairs, and a comfortable sofa that includes a pop-up trundle bed that can be made up into two twin beds or a king-size bed (first hand experience attests that these are very comfortable beds!). Enjoy breakfast in the sleek kitchen if you prefer at the little counter that overlooks onto the private garden of the lovely villa next door. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with washing machine.
The bedroom is upstairs with a king-size bed and beautiful Tuscan armoire and dresser. Off the upstairs landing is the private terrace where you can take your morning espresso or sip a glass of Chianti as the sun sets over this dazzling city. The bathroom is nicely appointed, clean white tile and Carrera marble, a terrific enclosed shower, bidet, plenty of water pressure, lots of storage and halogen lighting.
Florence is a great city for walking, now that car access has been restricted, you can saunter through the city streets in the heart of town as the streets are now pedestrian boulevards. Since Casetta Bonsi della Ruota is so conveniently located you can walk to all the major attractions.
Please see the link below for more photos & information, map showing the location, guest comments.
4-NIGHT MINIMUM BOOKING PERIOD.
Keywords: Florence apartment
- 800 sq. ft.
- 2 story
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
- Children Welcome
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Cooking Utensils
- Dishes & Utensils
- Washing Machine:
- Air Conditioning:
- Linens Provided
- Iron & Board
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- DVD Player
- CD Player
- Broadband Access
- Tourist Attractions
- Sight Seeing
ReviewsWrite a review
Loved our week in Casetta Bonsi!
Loved our week in Casetta Bonsi!
We loved our week in Casetta Bonsi! Maurizio was a wonderful host - waiting for us upon our arrival and making taxi arrangements for our departure. In addition to the beautiful and welcoming furnishings, the wine, pastries, fruit and candy provided were a thoughtful surprise. The location is ideal - off of a quiet street and near the Ponte Vecchio and many restaurants and shops. We walked everywhere and nothing seemed too far. We loved many nearby restaurants - Casalinga, Quattro Leone, Osteria del Cinghale Bianco, Gusta pizza were some favorites. Cantina del Gelato was a daily stop as well. We would recommend Casetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect to anyone seeking a wonderful Florence experience. We hope to return soon!
- Guest Dina M.
- Date of stay 11/15/13
- Review Submitted 12/06/13
Recommended for: Romantic getaway, tourists without a car.
Owner response: Thank you for your lovely comments. We are happy you enjoyed your stay. The Italy Perfect Team.
Beautiful space, incredible locationGuest comment entered by owner
Beautiful space, incredible location
The location of this property could hardly be better. Literally a two-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio. Lovely accommodation, very roomy and comfortable. Impeccably maintained. Extremely helpful and kind hosts. We would recommend this property very highly to anyone and would definitely stay there again, should we ever be fortunate enough to return to Florence.
- Guest Susan & Larry, Toronto
- Date of stay 10/13/13
- Review Submitted 11/20/13
Florence CharmerGuest comment entered by owner
The house in Florence was an ideal first stop location in Italy. I suffer greatly from jet lag and the ability to get up and go downstairs in the middle of the night in a comfortable home setting is ideal. The house is comfortable, near all sites and spacious for Italy. Its only 3 blocks from the ponte vecchio so not as noisy as central Florence but buses and garbage trucks do start early in all cities. The coffee bar recommended by the owner was really good for both breakfast and apperitivo. Its a close walk over to the Pitti Palace and Bobili Gardens. Fall is colder than I would have expected (I'm from the desert) so an extra couple of blankets would have been ideal for me since there is no heat available until Nov 1st [per Italian law]. Owner met us and showed us all around & how things worked. The small wall safe was really a nice extra. We would definitely stay here again.
- Guest Lizard Lady
- Date of stay 10/03/13
- Review Submitted 11/20/13
Hidden Gem in FlorenceGuest comment entered by owner
Hidden Gem in Florence
Casetta Bonsi was truly a "hidden gem" of a house in the middle of a tiny cobblestone street among Florence Apartments. The house was 5 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Ufizzi, and easy access to Florence's main tourist attractions. Actually we walked almost everywhere, even to Santa Maria Novella church near the train station. The owner, Maurizio was a sweet man. He helped us with our taxi arrangements, recommended restaurants and went out of his way to find some information for us. Casetta Bonsi was roomy and comfortable and felt like home, a nice place to come home to every night. We loved Florence, the end to a perfect 3 week vacation in Italy. Recommended restaurants in the area: Casalinga, and the ones on the sheet Maurizio gives you. If you plan to visit at least 8 or so museums and churches, buy the Firenze pass, (at Door #2 of the Uffizi). You will skip the lines and it is well worth it!! Lisa at Italy Perfect was excellent, booking was easy and she provided a lot of valuable information for the Florence area. We would highly recommend Casetta Bonsi and we hope to return soon!!!
- Guest Carol & Steve from Ontario
- Date of stay 10/07/13
- Review Submitted 10/29/13
Authentic charming locationGuest comment entered by owner
Authentic charming location
Cassetta Bonsi was exactly as advertised. It was a lovely, charming home in a central location. The owner was very accomodating and welcoming. He and his wife thought of everything a visitor to Florence would need. One thing I really appreciated were the household items one usually needs to purchase for a vacation rental, toilet paper, soap, kitchen products were already there. I would definitely recommend, and use for future visits, Cassetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect.
- Guest Kaki and Patrick
- Date of stay 09/21/13
- Review Submitted 10/13/13
We would strongly recommend Cassetta Bonsi.Guest comment entered by owner
We would strongly recommend Cassetta Bonsi.
We stayed at Cassetta Bonsi in early September. The location is ideal for seeing all of the Florence sights. The house is extremely well maintained and the owner is very helpful. His English is excellent and he will arrange for a cab to pick you up when you depart. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a nice little balcony to have an an espresso and croissant in the morning or a glass of wine and some cheese in the evening. We didn't cook in, but you could in this house. The only negative is that to get to the house there is a rather steep hill of about 50 yards to climb. The cabs will drop you off and pick up at the door, but otherwise you will have to climb the hill. It's good for working off all of the great meals that you will be consuming. There are a number of good restaurants in the Oltrano District and in the evenings, it's a little quieter than the north side of the Arno. The owner has a list of restaurants. Also there is a grocery store just down the street, along with several bakeries, and a good gelato shop. Everything that you will need is just a short walk away. We would strongly recommend Cassetta Bonsi. It's a winner. We would also recommend that you buy the Firenze Museum Card. It's 72 Euros and good for three days and will work in most of the museums. It doesn't save you much money, but it's allows you to bypass all of the lines, except for the Duomo. A great way to see this part of Italy is to spend 3 or 4 days in Florence and then rent a villa in the South Central part of Tuscany. We day tripped for 5 days and saw all the significant Tuscan towns. Take your GPS loaded with a European map and driving is not a problem. We tried to stay on the back roads whenever possible. We stayed about 30 miles south of Florence at Casa Rossa, which is another Italy Perfect property. I have now rented 3 properties from this company. 2 from Italy Perfect and 1 from Paris Perfect. I strongly recommend using this company. They are most helpful and so far, I've been very happy with their properties.
- Guest Bill
- Date of stay 09/07/13
- Review Submitted 09/30/13
We enjoyed our stay a great dealGuest comment entered by owner
We enjoyed our stay a great deal
We enjoyed our stay a great deal. The home was perfect for my wife and I. Very clean and comfortable. The host was very accommodating and a valuable source of practical information . The location was ideal for exploring Florence and for access to the train station. We preferred eating our evening meal in and the small grocery store nearby had a wonderful deli and wine selection. We are runners and ran along the river one morning but subsequently started running up the hill and discovered many wonderful neighborhoods, historic sites and restaurants. Great home.
- Guest Don
- Date of stay 07/13/13
- Review Submitted 08/29/13
Perfectly located for our needsGuest comment entered by owner
Perfectly located for our needs
Casetta Bonsi is perfectly located for our needs. It is on a quiet street only a four minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, gateway to the old town and the main attractions of Florence. Because it is outside of the tourist center it is peaceful but the Uffizi Gallery is only a 10 minute stroll away across the bridge. The neighborhood felt very safe. Florence experienced record heat during our stay. We used the bedroom air conditioner at night and were very comfortable. The rest of the house was pleasant in mornings and evenings without AC. It is spacious and well appointed for travelers. The kitchen, living room, bathroom were very nice. There is a wall safe and clothes washer that were very handy. Our host/owner/greeter was warm and friendly, gave us lots of useful information about the surroundings, went to great lengths to work with our schedule, and was otherwise unobtrusive. He went out of his way to help me deal with Italian bureaucracy. We ate at local restaurants suggested by our host. They were all good, but we fell in love with one listed, La Casalinga. Just up the street from the Casetta is the beautiful Bardini Gardens, well worth the walk. The Boboli Gardens, adjacent to the Pitti Palace, are close by. The Bardini are much better. Must-see tourist attractions are the Ufizzi Gallery and Michelangelo's David. The Galileo Science Museum is worth a visit. Jewelry shopping on the Ponte Vecchio is a must, and shops selling Italian shoes and clothing are in the neighborhood.
- Guest Dan from Tucson
- Date of stay 06/16/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Great place in FlorenceGuest comment entered by owner
Great place in Florence
We stayed 4 nights at Casetta Bonsi. Our greeter was very thorough and patient in showing us everything about the place. The wine & treats at check-in were nice touches. The unit was quite spacious for the two of us. Although there were a few scooters, the street was relatively quiet. Everything we wanted to see was in easy walking distance.
- Guest Bob and Candace
- Date of stay 06/12/13
- Review Submitted 07/09/13
Excellent choiceGuest comment entered by owner
Casetta Bonsi exceeded our expectations. The Casetta is in a perfect location where you can easily walk to restaurants, museums, and shops on both sides of the river. When we arrived one of the owners met us, gave us a tour, and a list of outstanding restaurants in the area. A welcome basket along with a bottle of wine was there to greet us. He was very gracious and available should we need anything. The Casetta was immaculate, very spacious, and homey. We cooked several meals and found the kitchen well supplied with all conveniences. Morning coffee was spent on the terrace which provides you with a glimpse of Florence. We highly recommend Italy Perfect for their excellent choice of accommodations and for their superb service.
- Guest Ginette
- Date of stay 06/05/13
- Review Submitted 06/26/13
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Year Purchased: 2000
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. We invite you to read the many guest reviews of Casetta Bonsi, a testament to its quality and popularity.
Why the Owner Chose Ponte Vecchio:
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The Unique Benefits at this House:
The location near the Ponte Vecchio is very convenient, walkable to the sites.
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Buon giorno! Breakfast on the sunny little terrace overlooking rooftops.
Living room view of dining area and French doors.
Dual king bed can also be made up as two twins.
Spacious bedroom with beautiful antique dresser. Terrace is to the left.
Sunny kitchen breakfast counter overlooking private garden next door
Bathroom with tile, marble, heated towels racks, full shower
We spotted this lone rower early one morning from nearby Ponte Vecchio.
Wonderful array of Tuscan breads, pizzas at bakery just a 2 minute walk away
Visit the Mercato Centrale for a wonderful variety of fresh foods
Glove store just across the Ponte Vecchio is a favorite.
There are two excellent wine bars just a few minutes walk from Casetta Bonsi.
And artichokes and zucchini
Comfortable living room with decorative fireplace, sofa bed converts to 2 twins.
Toast the sunset on the terrace while you listen to the church bells toll.
Bedroom overlooking charming Piazza de' Bonsi
Cozy reading nook in the bedroom for reading & relaxing in the morning sun
Cheery fully furnished kitchen with large refrigerator/freezer, microwave.
Scenic views from the terrace of this charming Florence apartment
Welcome to La Casetta Bonsi della Ruota on tiny Piazza de' Bonsi!
The Oltrarno area has many craftspeople & artisans, like this custom shoemaker
Only in Italy does the supermarket have an entire aisle of olive oil.
Clever display of scarves at the San Lorenzo market
Springtime is signaled by green tomatoes and radicchio.
A favorite tavola calda (buffet) has excellent take away food.
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Date last modified - Monday, November 25, 2013
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