Luxury Apartment on the Arno in the Center of Florence

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Last updated: 02/18/2015

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  • Minimum stay:1-3 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:Yes

Property description

In the heart of Renaissance Florence, this large, elegant apartment overlooks the Arno 100 meters downstream from the Grand Hotel. The Duomo, Uffizi, and all the other museums and art-filled churches are 10 minutes away by foot, if you don't stop to window-shop along the way. The flat is on the second floor (American style) of a 19th century palazzo, built in the classic Florentine style. There is an elevator. The view, from the living room, dining room, and study, includes the Arno and the 'Oltrarno' section of the city, with Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito and the Pitti Palace, and beyond are the Belvedere Fortress and the Bellosguardo hill, with villas visited by Dante and Boccaccio and olive groves, vineyards, and 600-year old cypresses.

If you look out the windows to your left, you see the palaces lining the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. In the midst of this intense little city, the apartment provides an oasis of spacious calm, the ideal refuge from visiting museums and shopping.

The apartment has a large living room (24 feet by 16 feet), a dining room that sits 10 adults, and an elegant study with beautiful views in two directions.

The master bedroom is 17 feet by 16 feet, with a queen-size bed, and has a large master bathroom en-suite (17 feet by 7 feet), with a bathtub and a separate stall shower. A smaller bedroom also has a queen-sized bed and a small bathroom with shower en-suite.

One of the joys of the apartment is a large (500 square foot), covered terrace, in the back of the apartment, well-furnished for enjoying cocktails or a meal, or just for hanging out on a lazy day.

Located on the Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of central Florence, the apartment is within a few minutes walking distance of all that Florence has to offer - art, history, culture, and world famous shops and celebrated restaurants. The new Opera di Firenze is a 15 minute walk. The main city park, the Cascine, with tennis courts and swimming pools, is a 10-minute walk away.

Just behind the flat is the Borg'Ognissanti, one of the most elegant shopping streets in Florence, with stores selling antiques, jewelry, leather, linen, groceries, pastries, plus Botticelli's parish church. Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, etc., are all within easy walking distance - as are many wonderful shops that aren't world famous - yet.

Many of Florence's most celebrated restaurants are in the neighborhood, but if you want to cook in the flat's up-to-date kitchen, there also are superb butchers, bakers, fruit and vegetable vendors, a fish-monger, etc. The main city food market is at San Lorenzo, which is 10 minutes away by foot, and there is also an excellent modern supermarket 15 minutes away by foot. If you want to explore Tuscany, the main Florence railroad station is a 10-minute walk away. The main bus station is just before the railroad station.

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Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 2000 sq. ft.

Accommodation Type

  • Vacation Rental


  • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Optional


  • Children Welcome
  • Pets Not Allowed
  • Wheelchair Accessible:

    Contact owner for information about elevator access....moreless

Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 8, Beds for 6-8

  • Master Bedroom: 1 queen

    Bathroom ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom 2: 1 queen

    Bathroom ensuite...moreless

  • Bedroom 3: 1 twin/ single

    Entrances off of Master Bedroom and Terrace...moreless

  • Study: 1 twin/ single


  • Living Room: 1 queen

    Sleep Sofa...moreless

  • Queen-size Beds (2), Twin or Single Beds (2), Queen-size Sleep Sofa (1) There is a high-quality queen-sized sleep sofa in the living room....moreless

Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

  • Master Bath: toilet, tub, shower


  • Bathroom 2: toilet, shower


  • Hall Bath: toilet


  • The Master Bath is 17 feet long and 7 feet wide, with a large bathtub and a large, separate stall shower. ...moreless

Other Amenities

  • Air Conditioning and heating controlled by the tenant; satellite TV with DVD player; computer with DSL internet connection; fully equipped kitchen with microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, etc.; washing machine, large, covered terrace in the rear of the apartment. There are also hundreds of books, including a varied collection of guide books to Florence, other places in Italy, and much of Europe. ...moreless


  • Books:

    There are hundreds of books in the apartment, including history, art, travel, novels, who-don-its, etc....moreless

  • CD Player
  • DVD Player:

    DVD is 'decoded', so it plays both European and American DVDs....moreless

  • Music Library:

    There is a small selection of mostly classical CDs...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable:

    Satellite TV...moreless

  • Stereo:

    Stereo CD player/I-pod dock/FM radio...moreless

  • Television:

    40-inch Sony HDTV...moreless

  • Video Library:

    20 films - mostly classics (Hitchcock, Peter Sellers, etc.). 17 are in English, one only in Italian, one in French, another in Spanish with English subtitles...moreless


  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions


  • Churches
  • Cinemas
  • Health/Beauty Spa
  • Live Theater
  • Museums
  • Restaurants
  • Synagogues

Local Services & Businesses

  • ATM/Bank
  • Fitness Center
  • Groceries
  • Hospital
  • Laundromat
  • Medical Services

Leisure Activities

  • Antiquing
  • Scenic Drives
  • Shopping
  • Sight Seeing
  • Walking
  • Wildlife Viewing

Location Type

  • Monument View
  • Mountain View:

    There are lovely views of the hills just across the river, and there are striking views of the Apennines east of the city....moreless

  • Waterfront:

    The three rooms in the front of the apartment face the Arno....moreless

Sports & Adventure Activities

  • Fishing
  • Freshwater Fishing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis


  • Dining:

    Large Dining Room with view, seats 10...moreless

  • Dining Room
  • Seating for 10 people


  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Computer Available:

    Desk-top computer....moreless

  • Elevator
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    The apartment is fully heated, with temperature set by the tenant...moreless

  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room:

    There is a large, luxurious living room, with a view of the Arno, 24 feet by 16 feet, with two large, sofas, multiple chairs, a large flat-screen, HDTV television and stereo....moreless

  • Parking:

    There is a large, excellent, indoor parking garage about 50 meters from the apartment....moreless

  • Telephone:

    Local calls are free. Long distance calls are billed....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet:

    There is a wireless DSL connection available for tenants....moreless


  • Coffee Maker:

    'American-style' electric drip coffee maket...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Fully equipped with pots, pans, cookware, etc....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Fully equipped with china, silverware, glasses, etc....moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen:

    Large, eat-in kitchen with table that seats four....moreless

  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items:

    Starter supply of paper towels, dishwasher soap, detergent, soap for washing machine, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove:

    Gas cook-top with gas oven/broiler below...moreless

  • Toaster


  • Deck / Patio:

    There is a 500 square-foot covered terrace in the rear of the apartment. It is well-furnished for cocktails, dining, or just hanging out....moreless

Pool / Spa

  • Communal Pool:

    There is a large, elegant public pool in the Cascine Park....moreless

  • Private Pool:

    There is a very posh tennis club, with a swimming pool in the Cascine Park....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Optional


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Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Low Season
Oct 31 - Feb 26, 2016
3 night min stay
€1,800 €5,400
* Approximate Monthly rates, actual rate will depend on the days of the month you stay

Additional information about rental rates


  • Refundable Damage Deposit €500
  • Taxes Not included


For each person in a party larger than five, there is a supplemental charge of 300 euros per person per week, or 50 euros per person per night.

One half the rent is due at time of booking. Remaining half of the rent and the damage deposit are due 60 days prior to occupancy.

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7 Kilometres
Nearest Airport
Aeroporto di Firenze ('FLR'), 'Peretola'
50 Metres
Nearest Barpub
Bar Piccioli
8.6 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
Golf Club Ugolino
500 Metres
Nearest Train
'Firenze SMN'
6 Kilometres
Nearest Motorway
Autostrade A-1
20 Metres
Nearest Restaurant
Il Profeta
50 Kilometres
Nearest Ski
Lizzano in Belvedere/Corno alle Scale
109 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
Forte dei Marmi

Car: Not Necessary

Tennis and swimming are available in the Cascine Park, which is 10 minutes away by foot. There is a gym about five minutes away by foot. People catch fish in the Arno just in front of the apartment. Just behind the apartment is an elegant shopping street, and all the famous Florentine shops are within a few minutes walking distance. The neighborhood has superb restaurants, food shops, bakeries, etc. The municipal theatre - the site of the Maggio Musicale festival - is a two-minute walk away. All the major museums and art-filled churches are within easy walking distance, as are the train station and the inter-city bus station.


Owner info

Why the Owner Chose Other Florence Properties:
This apartment has been in the family since just after World War II. It is our home in Europe, and we love it dearly. We frequently spend up to two or three months a year here, and hope to make it our full-time home when my wife retires in a couple of years.

The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The thing that makes this apartment truly special is its location. All of the wonderful things that Florence has to offer - art, music, shopping, food, wine, and so on - are at the very doorstep. But the apartment is a total escape from the hurly-burly of this intense little city. With its spactious rooms and terrace, and its breathtaking views over the Arno, it really provides a warm and tranquil oasis.

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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian



  • View from apartment

    View from apartment

  • Living Room

    Living Room

  • Living Room-3

    Living Room-3

  • Study-2


  • Master Bedroom

    Master Bedroom

  • Second Bedroom

    Second Bedroom

  • Second Bedroom-3

    Second Bedroom-3

  • Private Terrace

    Private Terrace

  • Kitchen-2


  • Via Melegnano 1, Florence

    Via Melegnano 1, Florence

  • Living Room-2

    Living Room-2

  • Study


  • Dining Room

    Dining Room

  • Master Bedroom -  2

    Master Bedroom - 2

  • Second Bedroom-2

    Second Bedroom-2

  • Third Bedroom

    Third Bedroom

  • Kitchen


  • Foyer


VRBO #93085

This listing was first published here in 2006.

Date last modified - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

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