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- Wheel chair accessible:No
Ponte Vecchio apartment description
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Take in the splendor of Florence with vast views and an expansive terrace. We dubbed this apartment Amore because as soon as we saw it we simply fell in love with it. The apartment is well maintained. The heartstopping views and terraces are the centerpiece of this special apartment.
Florence's Oltrarno is prized for it many wonderful restaurants and fine Florentine craft workshops. It is a two block uphill walk to reach the apartment. You'll be well rewarded by the spectacular views once you reach the Amore apartment.
The building in which the Amore apartment is located was once a noble palazzo dating back to the 1400's and then it became a monastery. A marble plaque inside the building lobby commemorates its historic significance.
The Amore apartment is located on the top floor, with elevator. A sofa bed in the living room can sleep one. It is not a particularly comfortable sofa. It is flanked by two small upholstered chairs that lack arms. A striking antique bureau greets you as you step into the apartment. Antiques have been used thoughtfully throughout, just the right amount to give it an elegance without feeling that you've stepped into a furniture museum. The large picture window in the living room floods the room with light. Black out rolling shades can be drawn if you desire. Enjoy whiling away the hours absorbing the marvelous views of historic Florence. A mirror over the sofa reflects light and views all the way out to the terrace which is just beyond the dining area.
The dining area seats four. There are handsome polished wood floors throughout the apartment. French doors by the dining table lead out to the terrace.
The main terrace is on two levels, paved in terracotta tiles. The lower level, accessed off the dining area has a table and four chairs. Views from this terrace faces towards the south, with wonderful views of Florence's Oltrarno area as well as the center of the city. The kitchen window has views out onto this terrace. A flight of stairs leads to the upper terrace which has two recliners for sunbathing, and a small table and chairs. This apartment has views, views and more views! Take in all 360 degrees of historic sites, from San Miniato to the Duomo to the hills of Tuscany. Watch the light as it moves across the buildings and enjoy living with fabulous views of Florence that few get to experience. These terraces will surely be the setting for many wonderful hours where you can enjoy meals, coffee or cocktails under sunny Florentine skies, certain to make for special memories of your Florence stay.
Unfortunately, the city of Florence does not permit awnings or umbrellas that could blow off and hurt or damage. You may see other terraces that do have them and our best guess is they are grandfathered in or have influential friends.
The kitchen is small, equipped with microwave, 4 burner gas stove, refrigerator with separate freezer section, dishwasher. A nice feature in the kitchen is the little window overlooking the terrace with views of Florence.
The bedroom has a bed that consists of two singles that can be combined to form a bed between king and queen in width and can also be separated as two single beds. It is nicely appointed with an antique cornice detail and a painting over the bed that lends a romantic touch. A surprise is the little terrace off the bedroom. This small terraces has nice views too and two lounge chairs.
The bathroom is accessed off the living room. It is up-to-date with a sink set into an attractive green marble counter top, bathtub with shower attachment, toilet and bidet.
Guests receive by email complimentary and helpful documents: 1. FAQ About Renting in Italy, 2. Helpful Information About Florence.
Keywords: Florence Vacation Rental, Holiday Lettings Florence, Firenze Short Lets
- 700 sq. ft.
- Elevator : Elevator, lift
- On floor 5
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Children Welcome
- Pets Not Allowed
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3, Beds for 2-3
Bathrooms: 1 Bathroom
Kitchen & Dining
- Dining Area Seats:
- Coffee Maker
- Dishes & Utensils
- Cooking Utensils
- Air Conditioning
- Towels Provided
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Wireless Internet
- Broadband Access
- Tourist Attractions
- Sight Seeing
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View and LocationGuest comment entered by owner
View and Location
The amore apartment in Florence can be described in two words: view and location. The view from the terraces is amazing and the location is near to the central attractions of Florence, but tucked away on a quiet street. Our greeter was friendly and informative and the apartment is clean and comfortable. We stayed in Europe in VRBO's for a month and at this price point, the only improvements I would suggest for the amore apartment are: stock the kitchen with some basic condiments, oil, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. and improve the bedding. Italy perfect was easy to work with and even emailed us ahead of time to warn us that the world cycling event was in Florence that week and helped us to make some dinner reservations. I would recommend them highly.
- Guest Richard and Judy
- Date of stay 09/21/13
- Review Submitted 10/16/13
Amazing but trueGuest comment entered by owner
Amazing but true
With all the positive comments, great photographs, and video clip all showing how great this apartment is, our expectations were pretty high. Our expectations were beaten the minute we walked in. Quite simply, this place is wonderful. In short, every good and positive word in these reviews is true. And I don't recognise any of the less-positive comments: the furniture was perfectly comfortable and we had no problems with the lift. We loved this place. We will go back to it.
- Guest Andy, London
- Date of stay 07/16/13
- Review Submitted 08/05/13
Amore for the view and location!Guest comment entered by owner
Amore for the view and location!
We spent 11 wonderful days in the apartment in June 2013 and were not disappointed. It was as promised, quiet and with a superb view from every terrace and window that included additional landmarks too numerous to mention on the website. The apartment is small, and, Italy being Italy, has its charms and quirks which we expected. We made ourselves at home and became part of the neighborhood. The laundry (Lavanderia)in the small piazza at the base of the hill is convenient and all of our clothes came back with the tag "Lorenzo" because I had joked that my husband was my own Lorenzo the Magnificent! (We did not waste our time with the washing machine in the apartment as it takes too long.) Three places not to miss: Il Papiro on Via Dè Guicciardini between the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace for a demonstration and shopping, the best gelato in Florence at the Gelateria Eporio at Ponte Santa Trinita on the Oltrarno side (it's not too far to walk at any time of day), and please at least have lunch at Ristorante del Fagioli, Corso dei Tintori, 47-r for an all-around Italian experience in dining. The restaurant is small and crowded, but the brothers are talented in the kitchen and aim to please. I'll visit their menu in my dreams. I would recommend Italy Perfect's Amore to anyone willing to settle for just enough space in order to enjoy the best views in Florence. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect and will use their services for future rentals Our greeter was wonderful and even helped my husband carry our bags and set up wifi. The one blip that we had, trouble with a window that would not stay closed, was addressed promptly, even though it was not able to be repaired promptly. In no way did that mar our vacation or should it mar this review.
- Guest Beverly
- Date of stay 06/05/13
- Review Submitted 07/11/13
Easter in FlorenceGuest comment entered by owner
Easter in Florence
We had planned a quick stay in Florence on our way to Paris in April and was lucky enough to find Italy Perfect. Lisa and Pat worked with us to secure the flat and offered great tips on travel in Italy. We arrived Rome from the states and took the high speed rail up to Florence. We did our homework and no problems negotiating our way from the FCO airport to the train station. We called ahead and met our greater at the flat and was given a tour and local info for markets. Make sure you bring a copy of your passport to make the rental process go quickly... The views are terrific and the location near the Ponte Vecchio was perfect. Florence is easily the high point of our trip as everyone was friendly and the city is easily walkable. Highlights for us was the leather market and the Easter celebration at all the churches at once. The Flat is perfect for a couple ( but can sleep more),it has a large bed and two terraces to enjoy the view of the City. It is a decent size hill to walk up and the elevator is most welcomed but that's how you get such great views. There isn't a corner of the City that doesn't have some thing of interest and the food and wine? the best...and at a great price. Thanks Lisa and Pat, we'll be back
- Guest Chris
- Date of stay 03/28/13
- Review Submitted 04/30/13
Most stunning viewsGuest comment entered by owner
Most stunning views
Service and accommodations were great. Most stunning views we have ever experienced in Firenze. Tenants in apartment below Amore were terribly inconsiderate about elevator. Almost never closed doors properly so we often had to climb stairs.
- Guest Phil C, Wilmington,NC
- Date of stay 06/22/12
- Review Submitted 07/20/12
Terrific!Guest comment entered by owner
Regarding our stay in Florence, I must say that it was terrific! We thoroughly enjoyed the apartment and although the climb to get to it was pretty steep, we still would be happy to stay there again. The view from the terrace was incomparable and the accommodations were perfect for our needs. As far as recommendations for restaurants in the area (there are so many wonderful ones), but the couple that stand out are Golden View (right on the same side of the Arno as the apartment), and Paoli located near the Piazza della Signoria. We were delighted with our stay and would certainly recommend Italy Perfect to our friends – especially because we had a problem with dates that Italy Perfect resolved for us. Again, it was a pleasure dealing with you.
- Guest Pat R., Dedham, MA
- Date of stay 05/27/12
- Review Submitted 06/29/12
Amore for loversGuest comment entered by owner
Amore for lovers
If you love Florence so much you want to reach out and embrace it, this is the perfect apartment. The city is so close, the view so panoramic that you feel you can touch the Duomo. Sunsets and moon rises are spectacular. Yet while ever so close to the heart of Florence, Amore is incredibly quiet--tranquil, really. The various paths from the center are steep, especially when toting groceries from the nearby (and fabulous) Conad, with high quality take-out and produce. The terraces are ideal for candlelit dinners overlooking Florence. If you can tear yourself away, there are many great restaurants (try "J" on Borgo San Jacopo) and the hike up Costa San Giorgio leads past Galileo's house to the Boboli, the Belvedere and beyond to Arceti. You feel like you're walking back in time--but watch out for speeding cars!
- Guest Dianne, northern California
- Date of stay 09/24/11
- Review Submitted 11/20/11
Guest comment entered by owner
We had a wonderful stay in the Amore apartment in Florence. The apartment was charming and had panoramic views of Florence, not only from inside the apartment, but also from the spacious terraces. We had incredible views of several of Florence's treasures -- the Duomo, the Uffizi galleries, San Lorenzo, as well as the Arno River. We especially loved seeing the Duomo all lit up at night -- stunning! The neighborhood could not have been more ideal. We were literally steps from the Ponte Vecchio, but once we ascended to the Amore apartment, all the hustle and bustle of the summer crowds disappeared and we had a quiet enclave set above the city. There were several nice trattoria just down the street, as well as a charming pasticceria, a great bookstore, and the gourmet grocery shop nearby was terrific. A couple of tips for future guests: We would highly recommend the "Florence card," which came out this spring. It is fifty euros and includes access not only to several key Florence sights, plus bus travel, but it also allows one to bypass long lines. On a number of occasions (at the Uffizi and the Accademia) we showed our cards and were ushered right in, past long lines -- no need to pre-register or wait for tickets! We would also highly recommend the train from the Milan Malpensa airport direct to the main train station in Florence. The train leaves from inside the airport and stops in Florence, so no need to get from the Milan airport to the Milan central train station. Finally, we would highly recommend Italy Perfect (and your sister websites for other European cities) to friends and have done so frequently). We have stayed in Paris and London and now Florence and Tuscany, and the apartments are always in great locations and very beautifully appointed, and all the information you send is SO helpful and a great comfort. Thank you once again for a wonderful trip and a memory of a lifetime!!
- Guest Elizabeth F
- Date of stay 06/26/11
- Review Submitted 07/18/11
Guest comment entered by owner
For our 10th anniversary, Lisa suggested the Amore and we are so very happy she did! It is a beautiful apartment that reflects Florence back to you from every angle in every room. If you aren't gazing out a window, you're catching the reflection of that scene in a cleverly placed mirror - and that's before you ever head outside to one of the three terraces. We loved sitting with the windows open between the kitchen and the front terrace with views of the Duomo. While one of us cooked (with a view) the other could sit at the comfortable table on the terrace, planning the day while we chatted back and forth. This communication between the kitchen and the terrace was wonderful for preparing meals and still being together! For sunsets we preferred the top terrace with 360 degree views. We never even made it to Piazzale Michelangelo - the views from our terrace were wonderful and much more private! The bedroom terrace was very lovely for morning relaxation. Amore is located across the Arno, but just up from Ponte Vecchio, so it is easily accessible to everything but just enough removed to provide a little escape from the crazy tourist scene. Birds greeted us in the morning and were still chirping away at sunset. Traffic and tourist noise was almost non-existent - a welcome respite from the bust city center! For future visits, I don't think we would be happy staying anywhere else but the Amore Apartment - it was perfect for us and we wondered where else we could find such views with so much privacy and such easy access to everything? Amore has all that 2 people need for a week or two stay: an elevator (helpful for carrying up groceries and after the climb up the hill to the apartment), a well equipped but quite small kitchen, washing machine, tub and shower, nice linens, hairdryer, big flat-screen TV (though we never turned it on!), sound system, etc. Upon arrival, Christian also provided us a lovely welcoming bottle of wine and a map that she marked with locations for groceries, good restaurants and taxi stands. Christina made our arrival and our stay in Florence so easy. Having now stayed twice with Italy Perfect, we're confident that part of what makes this company so exceptional is the quality of the people they employ in each city to handle the property and act as greeters. Both our greeters were outstanding! Thank you Italy Perfect and Christina - the Amore exceeded all our expectations.
- Guest Kellie & Mark, Belmont, MA
- Date of stay 05/09/11
- Review Submitted 05/16/11
Guest comment entered by owner
Our Stay at Amore in Florence We enjoyed our stay and were thoroughly happy with Amore. The place was beautiful and very clean. Our daughter, who was studying there, recommended we stay on the other side of the Arno. This was a very good suggestion as it was much quieter and yet it was only a 15 minute walk to the Duomo and a 5 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio. Her friends came over and commented on how nice it was to hear the birds sing. We recommend the restuarants Carmello and Trattoria 4 Leoni.
- Guest Jane , California
- Date of stay 04/13/11
- Review Submitted 04/30/11
2013: 7 nights E1800, 6 nights E1730, 5 nights E1600, 4 nights E1290 2014: 7 nights E1920, 6 nights E1850, 5 nights E1780, 4 nights E1440 Five nights minimum unless there is a shorter gap between reservations. The price includes booking fee, transaction fees, wire fees, keyholder fee, greeting fee, taxes, final cleaning, weekly cleaning for stays of two weeks or mor
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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.
Why the Owner Chose Ponte Vecchio:
Great central Florence location, luxurious furnishings and views and terraces to die for!
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
Great central Florence location, luxurious furnishings and views and terraces to die for!
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Spectacular terrace with views of all of Florence, tables, chairs, lounges. Wow.
Dining are view to living room. TV to the left, Bethroom door in sight.
Romantic bedroom with canopied bed that is between Queen & King in size
Small but fully equipped kitchen. Eat in or out!
Beautifully done bathroom with shower over tub.
Upper terrace view of the Arno river, Ponte alle Grazie.
Sun sets behind Tuscan hills.
Front door of historical building, the apartment is on the top floor, with eleva
The apartment is very close, 5 min walk from the historic Ponte Vecchio..
Closest grocery stores is very nice.
The sleep sofa sits between cupboards. It is not particularly comfortable.
Whether you dine outside or in, the views are spectacular
Private terrace off the bedroom, wake up slowly in the Tuscan sun.
Cook, cleanup all with the most wonderful kitchen view.
View of Florence from lower, dining terrace at dusk.
Upper terrace has lounge chairs and views!
Dusk view from lower terrace.
The building is just a short walk uphill from the Ponte Vecchio
Cross the Ponte Vecchio to reach the world famous Uffizi galleries.
Fruit and vegetable shop in Florence center.
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