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Perfect Cheerful Bright Top Floor-Near Duomo-Charm-Welcome Basket-Free WiFi

Bedrooms 1
Space 592 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

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


Freshly remodeled, sunny apartment in the historic center provides walkability to the sites. The top floor position yields lots of light, characteristic views of Florentine streets and free wifi.

Apartment is on the 4th floor (5th Floor North American designation). No elevator, 66 steps.


Located near Piazza San Lorenzo it's an easy walk to the Duomo, the train station, the Church of San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels. The Mercato Centrale nearby offers vast varieties of Italian food specialities, cheeses, hand made pasta, artisan olive oils and fresh fruits and vegetables.

The neighborhood has many convenient shops, there is a small supermarket within 2 blocks, a mom-and-pop grocer, a pizzeria, several restaurants, a pharmacy and a bakery within one block.


The building is small with only two apartments per floor. The Solare apartment has an enviable top-floor position, commanding all three windows across the top floor of the building.


The building dates back to the 15th century so stairwell shows some wear, with old stone steps that have been used for centuries. It's not an impressive entrance, but once you are inside the building, it feels local and homey, with personal touches in front of most of the apartments. This was and still is, a working class neighborhood.

The apartment is on the 3rd floor Italian/4th floor North America designation. There are 66 steps and no elevator. The greeter will help you carry your luggage upstairs on arrival.

As you reach the top floor a skylight over the stairwell admits light. On each floor the residents have put personal, neighborly touches on their front door or a little flower pot next to their door, so it feels homey and welcoming compared to a large, bustling impersonal apartment building.

A special feature that delights are the nice views from the windows in the living room and bedroom. Gaze out at timeless views of the distant hills that surround Florence. It's a bright, pleasant apartment.

The living room, bedroom and hallway have parquet wood floors, easy on the feet. The living room is cozy, with wood bookshelves, flat screen TV, IPod dock, multistandard DVD player with a small selection of English language DVDs. A comfy sofa and two arm chairs provide comfortable seating for four people. There is a pull-down double size Murphy bed in the living room. During the day it folds up flat behind the sofa. Since it is double size it's best suited for one adult or two young children. The living room door can be closed off, if you use the pull-down bed, a feature we appreciate so that guests in the bedroom can get up and move about the apartment without waking up other members of their travel party sleeping in the living room.

The bedroom has a queen size bed with a comfortable, good quality mattress. A large, handsome armoire provides good clothing storage space. Here too you can enjoy views across rooftops towards the hills. Night stands with small reading lamps are on either side of the bed.

The bathroom has a fully enclosed shower with adjustable sprayer and also a fixed rain style shower head. The shower stall is standard Italian size, but a bit small by U.S. standards. Plenty of natural light too from the window as well as good lighting over the medicine cabinet mirror.

The newly remodeled kitchen is delightful. It has a window facing the light well with a flower box, a nice touch. Full size refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, all amenities and thoughtfully appointed with pots, pans, utensils. The dining table is positioned in front of the kitchen window and can seat four people. It's a pleasant spot for eating and the table also provides good work surface for catching up on emails since apartment has free WiFi.

See what the experts say about us! Conde Nast Traveler Magazine Italy Experience Maker award, Travel & Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star award, Better Business Bureau A+ perfect rating, SlowTravel Preferred, Vacation Rental Managers Association professional.

Keywords: Florence Vacation Rental Apartment, Florence Holiday Flat, Florence Italy Apartment

More Details

Property Manager
Lisa Byrne
Member since: 1999
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
September 2, 2018

About Lisa Byrne

This property is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love Italy as much as we do. We are based in North America, we can answer your questions in English or Italian.

We look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa Byrne purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Lisa Byrne chose Duomo

We like the excellent location, proximity to the historic sites and restaurants. It is a sunny and cheerful apartment, very comfortable.

Guestbook comments from the manager

The Solare apartment was the most comfortable place we stayed during our three week visit to Italy. Our greeter was so friendly, accommodating and helpful that it made our first visit to Florence relaxing and stress free. We certainly got our daily exercise climbing the three flights of stairs! The location was convenient with the Galleria dell'Accademia just two blocks away. If you see nothing else in Florence, you must see Michelangelo's David. Also, visit the house where Michelangelo once lived which is now Museo di Casa Buonarroti. If you go left from the apartment headed towards Mercado Centrale, the neighborhood a little dicey. However, Trattoria ZaZa is nearby in that area which is a good place for lunch, light snack or dinner. If you go left from the apartment, the neighborhood is definitely more upscale, especially Via Cavour going south towards the Duomo. For the best view and food in Florence, located next to the Arno River, overlooking Ponte Vecchio go to The Golden View. They have a variety of restaurants: formal dining, seafood, bar with jazz and a casual space for light breakfast and snacks. Italy Perfect is terrific!
Oct 2013
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Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 592 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Florence Hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
  • By reserving this apartment you acknowledge that you have been informed that there is no elevator and there are 66 steps up from street level.
  • Late check in with advance arrangement. 8pm-10pm €50 & 10pm-midnight €75 paid in cash on arrival.
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet, bidet.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Master Bedroom - 1 queen
    Convertible bed(s) - 1 murphy bed , Living room with double size pull-down bed.
  • Baby Cribs (1) Crib and high chair upon request.
  • DVD Player ...
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing


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average rating of 4.9 based on 75 reviews
Bel Air, MD

Exceptionally clean, well-stocked, and centrally located in a vibrant neighborhood!

  • 5 of 5

We have always stayed in hotels while in Europe, but never again! We were thoroughly impressed with Italy Perfect, the Solare apartment and our host, Chiara. The information that was sent to us before the trip was exactly what we needed to prepare for our vacation in Florence. Our flight from the USA was delayed, so we had to coordinate a later meeting time with Chiara. She was cheerful and accommodating and she made us feel right at home. The place was extremely clean and had everything we needed...laundry detergent, shampoo, bath gel, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, even Italian and American coffee. We were planning on a trip to the grocery store upon arrival but we skipped it since we had everything we needed. The location at San Lorenzo was perfect for walking to all the sites we hoped to visit. We never had to rely on a taxi or bus. Even though we walked all day, the stairs to the apartment weren’t a problem. There were plenty of stores and restaurants in the neighborhood for provisions and meals. The central market was only a few minutes from our door. Open windows allowed breezes to keep us cool, but when it got hot later in the week, the air conditioners and fans did the trick. This was my third trip to Florence and I hope to return someday. If I do, I’ll be sure to rent through Italy Perfect again and hopefully the Solare apartment will be available.

  • Submitted: Jul 6, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Ruth, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Solare and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Adelaide, Australia

Central Location

  • 3 of 5

Nice top floor unit central to the main attractions in Florence. Lovely kitchen with cooking facilities and separate lounge. We were welcomed with a nice basket of goodies. It was a very quiet unit as well during the night.

There are 66 steps to the unit which was our exercise for the day. This was clearly advised to us when we booked and we had no problem with it. There was a bad smell in the unit when we arrived and the owner was going to investigate once we vacated. We would stay there again on our next trip.

  • Submitted: Jun 29, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Tracey, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Solare and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Great neighborhood, cheerful & bright, you’ll get your exercise in with the 66 steps!

  • 4 of 5

We loved the location near to Academy & Duomo. We walked to everything. There were many great restaurants & cafes in immediate neighborhood. The apt had everything we needed & was very comfortable.

  • Submitted: Jun 18, 2018
  • Stayed: June 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Patricia! The Italy Perfect Team
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

Short walk to the Duomo and the train station, so every convenient. The apartment is well furnished and steps from a nice market. Very accommodating!

  • Submitted: May 26, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Andrew! The Italy Perfect Team
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Nice apt in good location

  • 4 of 5

The apt is an easy walk (10 minute) from SM train station. It is also a great location to see all the tourist sites in Florence. Lots of restaurants and coffee shops are just steps away. Our hostess, Chiara was super friendly. She showed us around the apt.and gave us local information. Also included was an Italian cell phone to use for local calls and to call her for any questions or assistance. The apt was nicely appointed and clean. There was a lovely bottle of red and some munchies welcoming us when we arrived.

The only drawback was the 77 steps up to the apt. It seemed like a lot after walking all day site-seeing.

  • Submitted: Jan 14, 2018
  • Stayed: December 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jane! The Italy Perfect Team
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Comfortable Apartment in Great Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved Chiara's apartment.

Even though we had a flight delay and arrived quite late on our arrival date, Chiara cheerfully greeted us, and showed us how to use all the appliances, where everything was located in the apartment, etc.

The basket of goodies that Chiara gave us, especially the bottle of wine, was greatly appreciated.

The information book Chiara provided was detailed and had lots of info about the sites, restaurants and Mass times in Florence--lots of helpful information.

.The apartment was clean and the bed comfy, and, even though we didn't cook, the kitchen had everything you would need if you wanted to cook meals.

We loved the location--very close to the Central Market, the Duomo--we could easily walk to the Florence museums and other sites.

We would definitely stay in this apartment again.

  • Submitted: Oct 3, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, Nancy! The Italy Perfect Team
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Nearest Point of Interest
Duomo Cathedral
Nearest Point of Interest
San Lorenzo Church & Mercato Centrale
Nearest Point of Interest
Medici Chapels
Nearest Point of Interest
Ponte Vecchio
Nearest Point of Interest
Santa Maria Novella Train Station
Nearest Point of Interest
Uffizi Gallery
Nearest Point of Interest
Accademia - The David


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Refundable damage deposit $350.1
Short stay supplement* $93.36
Final Cleaning Fee $70.02

*Short stay supplement applies to stays of 3 and 4 nights only. Removed for longer stays.

The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. A loaner cell phone is available upon request.

Local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in. Not included are loaner mobile phone charges incurred paid in cash at check out. Mid-stay cleanings including linen change are available if arranged in advance for an additional charge of €40 paid in cash at check in.

By reserving this apartment you acknowledge that there is no elevator and there are 66 steps up from street level. We provide our guests with a guide to traveling and renting in Italy as well as our personal guide to local shopping, restaurants and services.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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