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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 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
July 27, 2017

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 Florence

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 54 reviews
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: Jun 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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Clean, Cozy, Excellent Host, Great Location

  • 5 of 5

Nellie was a great host. She greeted us upon arrival, sat us down for a friendly conversation, and gave us helpful suggestions for how to get around, things to do, sights to see, and places to eat. Her residence is extremely clean, and pleasantly cozy. Located on a quiet street literally just around the corner form the Mercato Centrale. Lots of Trattorias and nightlife all around. We would definitely recommend this place, and hope to be back sometime!

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great location!!

  • 5 of 5

Right in the center of the city. Nellie made it very easy for us upon arrival. Apartment very clean and has everything necessary to enjoy your stay. Definitely would use again!!

  • Submitted: Apr 9, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Nicolas, Thank you!! You're most welcome to stay again in the apartment. Take care. Nellie
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Excellent location, great owner

  • 5 of 5

A perfect location - a 10 minute walk from the train station. Nellie (owner) is amazing. She spent a lot of time showing us all the features of the apartment and what to see and do while in Florence. She also provided several tour guide books and maps. The apartment is clean, comfortable and just around the corner from the central market. A 2 minute walk to grocery store, bakery, shops and restaurants. A 5 minute walk to the Duomo. There is some street noise at night but you are in the city and it should be expected.

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

The location was excellent...a short walk from the train station... and we were able to walk to all the major historical sites including the Piazzale Michelangelo. There was plenty of dining and shopping close by and the Flat was clean and comfortable....and very roomy! The Mercata Centrale is nearby which allowed us to buy fresh food and meats for dining in etc. Nellie was very helpful providing suggestions for our visit. The Internet WIFI connection worked great. I would have no problem re-booking this place for myself or recommending it to others.

Ciao .....Jim

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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.


Rates & Availability

Santa Maria Novella Apartment Rental Rates

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My Standard Rate
2 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

cleaning fee $29.33

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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