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View towards living room from the terrace. Pietra serena around the door.

View towards living room from the terrace. Pietra serena around the door. The terrace is quiet and private. The comfy living room has an L-shaped sofa, where all guests can relax. Tuscan style kitchen and dining area. Compact but complete with full frige-freezer, gas stovetop, oven, dishwasher In master bedroom there is a wall of closets. Master bedroom with queen-sized bed. Door to en-suite bath on the left. Master bath has handsome grey and white marble tiles. Step-in shower and heated towel racks. Long hallway from the living room to the front door. Central patio for washer, bikes. Bicycles not included. Twin bedroom has more very nice art.Twin bedroom has more very nice art. A second bed is stowed under the first. Legs pop it up to about the same height as the first bed. Ensuite bath in twin bedroom. Front door of Quercia building. At the end of the local street a popular restaurant. Small local restaurant Local craftsman with an incredible and beautiful selection of frames. The San Frediano gate in the city wall. Peek inside to see doors that are three stories tall. The street features a historic devotional altar to Mary, painted in the 1600s an Leading away from the gate is the old city wall.

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Last updated: 04/15/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4-7 nights
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  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Ponte Vecchio apartment description

Italy Perfect Winner of Trip Advisor-FlipKey's Award of Excellence 2011, 2012, 2013. Conde Nast Traveler Expert Specialist. Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star 2013. BBB A+

Appreciate real Florentine living in the typical neighborhood of San Frediano with the special feature of a quiet terrace and garden, a rare situation in central Florence.

Location
San Frediano is a village within the city of Florence. Inside the ancient city walls, the neighborhood has served the city with craftsmen for centuries. You'll see examples even on your street. This neighborhood is know for its restaurants. It is a few blocks outside the most popular tourist neighborhoods so you will experience local 'village' life without tour groups passing through. the Quercia building dates from the 1500s.

Exterior
Quercia is located in a narrow building with grey 'pietra serena' stone doorway. On the ground floor and in the back of the building, there are no steps to reach the apartment. Because the apartment is at the back of the building, it is quiet.

Interior
A has a railroad-style layout, a long hall connects the bedrooms to the living/dining room and terrace beyond. Ancient masonry is exposed on part of the hall wall, together with the vaulted brick ceiling in the first bedroom, the typical Tuscan floor tiles and kitchen evoke the echo of centuries of Florentine and Tuscan history.

The heart of the home is a the 'great room' with open kitchen, dining room and modern sofas organized in an L shape, allowing all guests to sit comfortably. Light flows into from the terrace and garden just outside the living room. In warm weather, about 6 months of the year, the terrace forms an outdoor living room. It has table and chairs for dining and even lounge chairs for, well, lounging. And, it has screens, a very unusual thing in Italy.

The living room also has the television with only local Italian channels, wifi router, and air conditioner. The bedrooms are also air conditioned.

Very nice pieces of original, local art are found throughout the apartment.

The compact kitchen has everything needed with full sized refrigerator, gas stove-top, oven, microwave, dishwasher and drip coffee maker.

Moving from the living room towards the entrance you find the master bedroom with queen sized bed, wall of closets and ensuite bath with shower cabinet. The bathroom has heated towel racks, so nice in cool weather.

Between the master bedroom and the twin bedroom, there is an internal patio with a wall of windows that brings in light and good also for bicycle parking. this is where the washing machine is located.

The twin bedroom also has an en-suite bathroom with shower. In this room there can be one bed or a second bed can be pulled out from under the first. New, thick mattresses. The twin bedroom has a high, vaulted masonry ceiling that probably harks to a time when this ground floor was a stable.

Keywords: Apartment, Florence, Firenze, Vacation Rental

Property Type

  • On floor 1
  • 860 sq. ft.
  • 4 story
  • Apartment

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental

      Meals

          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Suitability

          Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 4

          • Bedroom 2: 2 twin/ single

            Second bed can be stowed under the other, trundle...moreless

          • Bedroom 1: 1 queen

            ...moreless

          • Two full bedrooms

          Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms

          Kitchen & Dining

          • Dining:

            Dining table in kitchen as well as on terrace....moreless

          • Coffee Maker:

            Italian and drop coffee makers...moreless

          • Dining Area Seats:

            4...moreless

          • Refrigerator
          • Stove
          • Microwave
          • Oven
          • Dishwasher
          • Kitchen
          • Dishes & Utensils
          • Cooking Utensils
          • Toaster

          Amenities

          • Heating
          • Linens Provided
          • Air Conditioning
          • Towels Provided
          • Washing Machine

          Entertainment

              • Television

              Communications

              • Wireless Internet
              • Broadband Access

              Outdoor Features

                  • Deck / Patio:

                    320 sq foot private terrace and garden...moreless

                  Theme

                  • Tourist Attractions
                  • Historic
                  • Family

                  Activities

                  • Shopping
                  • Sight Seeing
                  • Museums
                  • Antiquing
                   

                  Reviews

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                  • So nice to stay in this apartment

                    So nice to stay in this apartment

                    • Guest LPVakay (San Diego, CA)
                    • Date of stay 02/14/14
                    • Review Submitted 04/03/14
                    This was the second Italy Perfect apartment we stayed in, moving from Venice to Florence. It was so nice to stay in the Quercia apartment. Very happy experience! Apartment was comfortable, homey. Greeter friendly, helpful. All around a great stay. That you Pat at Italy Perfect for your great information and tips!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, tourists without a car, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

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                  • Location perfect

                    Location perfect

                    • Guest Paul (Richmond, VA)
                    • Date of stay 02/28/14
                    • Review Submitted 03/20/14
                    This place was absolutely what we expected. The pictures do it great justice. We found the location perfect and in a quiet area south of the Arno river. Our greeter was very helpful and made the whole experience feel like we where home away. We would stay here again.

                    Manager response: Thank you for your lovely review! Please visit us again!

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                  • Perfect Place to be Italian "locals" for a few days, yet close to all major attractions.

                    Perfect Place to be Italian "locals" for a few days, yet close to all major attractions.

                    • Guest Anonymous
                    • Date of stay 01/28/14
                    • Review Submitted 02/06/14
                    My husband and I purposefully picked this place because it was ACROSS the river from the tourist areas. We wanted an authentic Italian neighborhood experience where we could walk to the baker, butcher, to get a cappuccino, and eat in local restaurants. We got all that and more. The VRBO photographs of the interior and exterior of this home don't do it justice. It was perfect! Plus, we were more than impressed with the professionalism and 1st class treatment by Veronica and Pat from Italy Perfect. They were both quick to respond with helpful tips for tours, restaurants, etc. We took a cooking class, and tour of the Tuscany Chianti wine region. "Our" home was the perfect jumping off point. We can hardly wait to be back, and highly recommend this place!

                    Recommended for: Romantic getaway, age 55+, adventure seekers, tourists without a car, sightseeing.

                    Manager response: You are such an enthusiastic person, we all loved working with you. You truly "got" the experience of living in a real Italian environment and took great advantage. I'm sure you have fun wherever you go. Italy Perfect.

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                  • As Advertised and Better

                    As Advertised and Better

                    • Guest jerl (Houston)
                    • Date of stay 11/05/13
                    • Review Submitted 12/29/13
                    We must have investigated 50 properties while searching for the right place to stay and think we are super smart for choosing Quercia. We were visiting our study abroad daughter and she came to stay with us for a while. We all loved the neighborhood, knowing we could have stayed in a real touristy area, we found this was more authentic. The grocery store wasn't full of Americans, the restaurants had locals eating there, the gentleman at the end of the street who keeps an eye on things saluted us on passing. Oh, and the apartment is just fine, just as depicted. We actually had some days warm enough to have lunch on the patio -- in November! We are sending all our friends.

                    Recommended for: Age 55+, people with disabilities, tourists without a car, families with teenagers, families with young children, sightseeing, girls getaway.

                    Manager response: When we talked about this during your research, I felt sure you would enjoy Quercia. You are so smart ;-) Please come again, Italy Perfect.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                  • Excellent stay

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                    Excellent stay

                    • Guest Liz B.
                    • Date of stay 10/23/13
                    • Review Submitted 12/01/13
                    A friend and I stayed at the Quercia apartment in Oct/ Nov. It was all that was advertised...charming, relaxing and well appointed. The location is away from the maddening crowds, but within easy distance to all the necessary shops. The walk to and from city center kept us from weight gain despite pasta, wine and gelato over indulgence. The greeter was lovely and helpful. WiFi was a plus. I so appreciate the professionalism of Italy Perfect

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                  • Great choice and location

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                    Great choice and location

                    • Guest Richard C.
                    • Date of stay 09/29/13
                    • Review Submitted 11/20/13
                    My wife, sister and I stayed at Quercia for 7 days in October. Our flight to Florence was delayed until late at night, but being met by a friendly and knowledgeable representative really helped get our stay off to a pleasant start. She provided us with recommendations on local grocery stores and restaurants which we put to good use the next morning to start the day with cappuccino and pastry. The apartment was well sized for 3 people, was clean,quiet and well furnished including comfortable beds and showers. We enjoyed the neighborhood and did not mind the 15-20 min walk to the main tourist attractions. Due to the rainy weather, we did not get to use the terrace very much, but in more agreeable weather the terrace would be a comfortable place to eat and relax with a book. The only minor negative is the lighting in the apartment was dim, but this is most likely a consequence of the compact florescent bulbs used in all the light fixtures. During our stay, there was construction on an apartment next door which meant lots of construction noise after 9 am. Otherwise, very happy with the booking and we would stay here again. In addition, ItalyPerfect was professional, well organized and easy to work with. Although we have travelled extensively in Europe, the detailed instructions made everything much easier and stress free.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 3/3

                  • Authentic Italian

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                    Authentic Italian

                    • Guest Leslie S.
                    • Date of stay 10/10/13
                    • Review Submitted 10/30/13
                    My husband and Mother stayed at Quercia for four nights during our stay in Florence. We were met by a friendly representative who showed us around the apartment and answered questions about local restaurants, markets and happenings. The apartment was spacious, clean and the owner left us a wonderful welcome basket full of pasta, tomatoes, olive oil and wine... of which we put to use our first night after a long flight and jet lag. We were able to walk (ten minutes) to the local grocery and find everything we needed to accommodate long days of site seeing (water, snacks, etc.) Having the kitchen was lovely as we could end a long day cooking, listening to classical music and reminiscing about our day. The apartment is very quite, the beds are very comfortable and there is ample storage for unpacking travel bags. It is in a working class neighborhood away from the tourist centers, so expect a 15-20 minutes walk to the Duomo and other attractions. At the end of a crowded day it was a wonderful oasis in which to return. Two bedroom each with there own bathroom was great for privacy, as well as the ability to do laundry before we continued on our journey. Highly recommend Italy Perfect... professional, friendly and comfortable.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 4/4

                  • We know Florence well and were very happy

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                    We know Florence well and were very happy

                    • Guest Ken Keasey
                    • Date of stay 08/05/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/26/13
                    We were very pleased with Italy Perfect. We know Florence well and were very happy in the location-quiet, real, neighborhood but convenient to the center. Our greeter was there when we arrived and was helpful in explaining the apartment. The apartment is not luxurious but then it was priced right for what it is. Florence was much too hot-almost 100F which is hotter than the previous times we have been in Florence in August. But August was the only time we could go with our daughter this year. Overall our experience with your company was excellent and I would plan to use you in the future. One of the things I liked best about my experience with Italy Perfect was the attention to detail and the effort to avoid mishaps. Without sounding like a jerk, we are sophisticated travelers having lived in France for an extended period. My Italian is quite good and we could have done everything without much help. But the detailed instructions and the greeter made everything so much easier. I can fully understand how a first time renter would be delighted with the stress free logistics.

                    Did you find this review helpful? Yes | No Helpful votes: 5/5

                  • Good All Around

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                    Good All Around

                    • Guest M King, Vermont
                    • Date of stay 07/26/13
                    • Review Submitted 08/25/13
                    Good apartment, loved the patio. Quiet and peaceful. We loved the neighborhood location, felt like we were in an Italian village but just a walk from the sights. Planning to return next year! Everyone in the service was professional, friendly and helpful.

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                  • Comfortable, cozy, perfect!

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                    Comfortable, cozy, perfect!

                    • Guest Jean
                    • Date of stay 06/26/13
                    • Review Submitted 07/17/13
                    Quercia was a perfect apartment for two good friends spending some time in Florence. We adored the neighborhood and appreciated getting away from the hustle and bustle of the crowded tourist areas. It felt like a neighborhood and that was reinforced by the excellent restaurant recommendations all within 2 blocks of the apartment. The best meals we had were at those three restaurants! We enjoyed being able to wake up and make coffee or go to a nearby cafe. The patio was lovely and the weather we had allowed us to open our windows and not use the air conditioner at all. After walking for miles every day, coming home to a lovely relaxing apartment made our trip very special.

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                  Rental basis: Per property
                  Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                  Holiday
                  Apr 16 - Apr 30, 2014
                  7 night min stay

                  €1,230

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €18 per night, per additional guest

                  Low Season
                  Nov 1 - Nov 16, 2014
                  4 night min stay
                  €148
                  €955 €3,115

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €15 per night, per additional guest

                  Holiday
                  Dec 16 - Jan 7, 2015
                  7 night min stay

                  €1,230

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €18 per night, per additional guest

                  My Standard Rate
                  4 night min stay
                  €190
                  €1,230 €3,940

                  Rates are based on 2 guests; add €18 per night, per additional guest

                  * Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

                  Additional information about rental rates

                  Fees:

                  • 4 night supplement *note €55
                  • Service Cost €125
                  • Taxes Not included

                  Notes:

                  Supplement for 4 night stay E55, remove for longer stays. Children count as guests. The official rates are on our website http://www.italyperfect.com/florence-san-frediano-apartment/quercia.html The only valid price is the Euro price displayed on our website.


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                  Last updated: 04/15/2014
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                  Year Purchased: 2000

                  About: 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.


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                  Photos

                  • View towards living room from the terrace. Pietra serena around the door.

                    View towards living room from the terrace. Pietra serena around the door.

                  • The comfy living room has an L-shaped sofa, where all guests can relax.

                    The comfy living room has an L-shaped sofa, where all guests can relax.

                  • Compact but complete with full frige-freezer, gas stovetop, oven, dishwasher

                    Compact but complete with full frige-freezer, gas stovetop, oven, dishwasher

                  • Master bedroom with queen-sized bed. Door to en-suite bath on the left.

                    Master bedroom with queen-sized bed. Door to en-suite bath on the left.

                  • Long hallway from the living room to the front door.

                    Long hallway from the living room to the front door.

                  • Twin bedroom has more very nice art.Twin bedroom has more very nice art.

                    Twin bedroom has more very nice art.Twin bedroom has more very nice art.

                  • Front door of Quercia building.

                    Front door of Quercia building.

                  • Small local restaurant

                    Small local restaurant

                  • The San Frediano gate in the city wall. Peek inside to see doors that are three stories tall.

                    The San Frediano gate in the city wall. Peek inside to see doors that are three stories tall.

                  • Leading away from the gate is the old city wall.

                    Leading away from the gate is the old city wall.

                  • The terrace is quiet and private.

                    The terrace is quiet and private.

                  • Tuscan style kitchen and dining area.

                    Tuscan style kitchen and dining area.

                  • In master bedroom there is a wall of closets.

                    In master bedroom there is a wall of closets.

                  • Master bath has handsome grey and white marble tiles. Step-in shower and heated towel racks.

                    Master bath has handsome grey and white marble tiles. Step-in shower and heated towel racks.

                  • Central patio for washer, bikes. Bicycles not included.

                    Central patio for washer, bikes. Bicycles not included.

                  • A second bed is stowed under the first. Legs pop it up to about the same height as the first bed.

                    A second bed is stowed under the first. Legs pop it up to about the same height as the first bed.

                  • Ensuite bath in twin bedroom.

                    Ensuite bath in twin bedroom.

                  • At the end of the local street a popular restaurant.

                    At the end of the local street a popular restaurant.

                  • Local craftsman with an incredible and beautiful selection of frames.

                    Local craftsman with an incredible and beautiful selection of frames.

                  • The street features a historic devotional altar to Mary, painted in the 1600s an

                    The street features a historic devotional altar to Mary, painted in the 1600s an

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                  Date last modified - Sunday, March 23, 2014

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                  2 Bedroom / 2 Bathroom
                  Sleeps 4

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