This is a lovely, elegant and quiet apartment, totally renovated with central heating, central AC (just installed a $10,000 system!) and with new appliances, in the heart of Florence. Yes, 7 min. walk from the Ponte Vecchio on the Arno River, and you will be so, so, so happy not to be living in the middle of the mobs of tourists and selfie-stick vendors. Oltrarno is by far the best, least touristy neighbourhood. We are at Via Romana 29, 50 meters from the entrance to the Boboli Gardens, next door to the Pitti Palace. You will find a magnificent Yamaha C2 piano, the fastest wi-fi internet in Italy, a new SMART TV with DVD and VHS player and a new SONY audio system that will permit you to play your own music via Bluetooth from you cell phone or a USB plug. Oh, the Wi-Fi is free!
It consists of an entrance and living room, a fully equipped kitchen with a table for four, two bedrooms, two bathrooms and a closet room, central heating, telephone, washer, dishwasher, microwave, and insect screens on the windows!
My wife and I came to Italy in 1973, when I began work as a photographer. Our pianist/composer son, William, who was born and raised in Italy, lived in this flat a couple of years before deciding to seek his fortune back in the U.S.A.
Florence needs no introduction. Suffice it to say that Unesco (the cultural branch of the United Nations) did a study 15 years ago which declared that 60% of the world's artistic heritage is on Italian soil. 30% of that is in Florence alone. But if that isn't enough to tickle your fancy, remember the Chianti vineyards within 30 min. drive, the towns of Lucca, Siena, San Gimignano, Arezzo and Pisa, the beaches of Viareggio and the Maremma, all easy drives on excellent roads. Florence is only a 90 min. train ride from Rome on the high-speed trains and Umbria is the region just south of Tuscany. So within two hours you can reach Perugia, Spoleto, Assisi and that magical town Todi, where we also rent a home (see Listing 215677).