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Mona Lisa's Next-Door Neighbours

Bedrooms 1
Space 430 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 2 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, Full Kitchen, (Sleeps 4)

You will be enchanted by this charming apartment located on the first floor of a typical 14th century building of the historical district of artisan Florence. One of the windows faces the old convent of Sant'Orsola where the lady who inspired Leonardo da Vinci to paint the famous Gioconda (Mona Lisa) lived. The apartment is very bright and just newly renovated and furnished. The kitchen-dining room combined is well-equipped and functional. The bedroom is quite spacious with double bed and a sofa bed for two. The bed is equipped with first quality mattress and pillows for your comfort.

The apartment is within walking distance to all of Florence's tourist sites. The main railway station is only a five-minute walk from the apartment hence, you can go for day trips to Siena, San Gimignano, Pisa, Bologna, Rome, Venice etc. It is indeed ideal for those who are looking for a clean, comfortable, very practical and inexpensive place to stay in Florence. The English-speaking owners are very helpful and can give you useful tips or suggestions so that you may discover for yourself all the hidden treasures found in the magical city of Florence.

Keywords: Two-room apartment

More Details

Nellie Ardoino
Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 17, 2018

About Nellie Ardoino

Love meeting new people, travelling, reading, listening to music, children, animals, nature and good wholesome food.

Nellie Ardoino purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Nellie Ardoino chose Santa Maria Novella

It's situated right in the historical centre of Florence and very close to the main railway


What makes this apartment unique

Relaxing, comfortable and within walking distance to all the famous sites, markets, shops, restaurants, cinemas, theatres etc.


Guestbook comments from the owner

A very comfortable small apartment (ideal for 2) with everything you need and spotlessly clean. The bedroom and kitchen are quite large; the bathroom is small but adequate. Overall, a lovely place to stay in a perfect location being very close to most amenities, mini mart at the end of the street, local produce market (Mercato Centrale) in the next block, laudromat in the next street, 10 mins. from the train station and the hop on hop off bus and close to many of Florence's major attractions.

Nellie, the owner, is exceptional friendly and knowledgeable, spending considerable time explaining the ins and outs of the apartment and familiarising you with the amenities and attractions in the area. The apartment is excellent value and in a perfect location for an extended stay. Hope to see you again shortly.
May 2015
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Santa Maria Novella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 430 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
  • Budget
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size beds (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (1)
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • eco tourism
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • hiking
  • swimming


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Mona Lisa's Next-Door Neighbours
average rating of 4.75 based on 58 reviews

In the heart of Florence🇮🇹....

  • 4 of 5

. .... was great on many levels

-close to everything

- we could go home to rest, use the WC, drop off purchases, get out of the rain,change clothes

Only problem was noise, especially Sat night and in the morning when vendors move their carts out.

With windows closed it was ok.

Place very nice, clean and incl all amenities. I'd go back.

  • Submitted: Sep 19, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New Haven, CT

Great place in good location

  • 5 of 5

Owner was kind and went over different things we could do / places to eat. The apartment was clean and comfortable. Great for 2 day stay for 2 people. The value for price is unbeatable in the area.

  • Submitted: Sep 18, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Woodbury, MN USA

Great location for good food and convenience!

  • 5 of 5

We had a smooth check in process where the host showed us all about the apartment and also gave many recommendations on great places to eat and things to see (I suggest the organic pizza/pasta place that is close by). We enjoyed the place and our stay!

  • Submitted: Sep 13, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
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Lovely Apartment - Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We had a very pleasant stay in Florence. The apartment was just what we needed...comfortable and convenient. A few minutes walk from the train station, shopping and great places to eat. The owner was extremely helpful upon arrival with tips and suggestions that only made the trip better.

  • Submitted: Aug 11, 2017
  • Stayed: August 2017
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Terre Haute, IN USA

Well located and comfortable

  • 4 of 5

The apartment was just what we needed. Great for a couple. Be advised that it is very noisy, as the market square is right behind the bldg. Despite the heat, the apartment stayed cool and there was a nice breeze at night. The owner was very helpful with suggestions of places to go, eat and things to do. We took advantage of that and had a great stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: Vacation Rentals, from HomeAway
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Great location and clean property

  • 3 of 5

We stayed at this property 4 nights. Great location and the apt unit is kept clean. Many must visit attractions are in walking distance. Perfect location for Shopping and Dining.

However, this property did not meet my minimum expectation. The neighborhood is very noisy at night. A couple of days, in the evenings and on Saturday morning, I, heard someone running around for a while from the above unit. One night, the guys from the ground level of the next building, talked very loud until 3 AM.

Nellie, the property owner gave us two hand towels, two worn-out bath towels, and two bathroom floor mats. We used these towels for 5 days. The shower area is too small. My husband is 6'3" tall and had hard time in shower.

Overall we enjoyed Florence very much. Thanks Nellie for having us.

  • Submitted: Jun 14, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Chumsin, Come on, to say that the towels are worn-out is a bit exaggerated. Regarding the noise, this is beyond my control, you chose to stay right in the citycentre full of life and near everything and you know sometimes it could be noisy especially in the summer. The apartment is small and is located in a 14th-century building and therefore, has a small shower area. You cannot expect a 5-star hotel service (change of towels everyday and have a noise-proof room with a big shower area), by choosing to stay in a small apartment at a very economical price. Have a good day, Nellie
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Car: not necessary

The open market of San Lorenzo is just around the corner. The famous dome is only a few steps away from the apartment. San Lorenzo is a very lively area, full of shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques and supermarkets.




Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $30.77

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.

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