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Perfect Ponte Vecchio House With Cute Terrace-AC-Free WiFi-Historic Location

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Space 800 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

About the property

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

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FLORENCE ITALY PERFECT CASETTA BONSI HOUSE

This is a charming small house in an excellent Florence historic center location, just two blocks from the landmark Ponte Vecchio. Our guests love its charm, little terrace and excellent historic center location. It's even better then an apartment in Florence as it is a lovely private house right in the historical center of Florence.

It is tastefully decorated with an up-to-date kitchen and bathroom. You'll cherish the privacy and convenient access that this house offers.

Cross the Ponte Vecchio going towards the Pitti Palace, take a quick left up a little street, and you're home in two minutes after morning of sightseeing, an afternoon of shopping, or a long lunch. Just on the other side of the river is the famed Uffizi Gallery, only an five minute walk from the house.

One of the most surprising aspects is that this is truly an independent house, on its very own little piazza, the tiny 'Piazza de' Bonsi ' and was built in 1890 by the longtime Florentine Bonsi della Ruota family.

The spacious living room has a beautiful antique painted Venetian china cupboard, lovely Tuscan dining table and chairs, and a comfortable sofa that includes a pop-up trundle bed that can be made up into two twin beds or a king-size bed. Enjoy breakfast in the kitchen if you prefer at the little counter that overlooks onto the private garden of the lovely villa next door. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with washing machine.

The bedroom is upstairs with a king-size bed and beautiful Tuscan armoire and dresser. Off the upstairs landing is the private terrace where you can take your morning espresso or sip a glass of Chianti as the sun sets over this dazzling city. The bathroom is nicely appointed, clean white tile and marble, enclosed shower, bidet, good water pressure, lots of storage and halogen lighting.

Casetta Bonsi della Ruota is conveniently located, you can walk to all the major attractions.

Keywords: Florence vacation apartment

More Details

Owner
Lisa Byrne
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
August 3, 2017

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 can answer your questions in English or Italian. The confirmation materials you will receive from us include restaurant recommendations, tour guide, drivers, shopping tips, loads of helpful information!

Lisa Byrne purchased this apartment in 2000

Why Lisa Byrne chose Florence

Please see our detailed description for more location information.

What makes this apartment unique

The location near the Ponte Vecchio is very convenient, walkable to the sites.

Guestbook comments from the owner

The location of this property could hardly be better. Literally a two-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio. Lovely accommodation, very roomy and comfortable. Impeccably maintained. Extremely helpful and kind hosts. We would recommend this property very highly to anyone and would definitely stay there again, should we ever be fortunate enough to return to Florence.
Oct 2013
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Amenities

Ponte Vecchio Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • house
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 800 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Final cleaning €60 paid in cash at check in.
  • Florence hospitality tax paid in cash on arrival.
  • Includes a generous €5/day utility allowance. Heater thermostat pre-set, can be adjusted on request, extra heat paid at check out.
Location Type:
  • Downtown ...
Theme:
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 with shower, toilet, sink, bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King size beds (1) Dual king can be made up as two twins. Living room sofa converts to two single beds. A Baby Crib is available upon request.
Entertainment:
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • medical services

Reviews

Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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average rating of 4.857143 based on 105 reviews
New Orleans, Louisiana
5

Great place, even better hospitality

  • 5 of 5

The house was everything that we expected from the pictures. It felt like home during our 5 day stay. Maurizio made everything great from making recommendations for meals and visits to helping us book the taxi to the train station at the end of our stay. The attention to details in decorating the house, communicating before the visit, and greeting his guests were the best we have ever experienced in our years of traveling. Additionally the location is perfect, close to the bustle of Firenze but a cozy getaway during the hot summer afternoons. The house is perfect if one has no problems walking up steep cobblestone streets. It can be a hike at times but worth it.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your kind review Brett, we are pleased you had a wonderful stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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5

Absolute gem of a find in Florence

  • 5 of 5

It was the perfect place to stay in Florence. Spacious and comfortable apartment in the heart of Florence. Minutes walk to major attractions and extremely convenient. The hosts were super gracious and were very hospitable. Would definitely stay there again and would highly recommend it to anyone travelling to Florence.

  • Submitted: Jul 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Sandra, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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5

A gem in the middle of Florence!

  • 5 of 5

We couldn't have asked for a more picturesque home for our Florence stay or a better location. It was perfect in all aspects. The neat thing about Casetta is that it is so central but it still has such an authentic neighborhood feel. The gourmet supermarket nearby is really handy and there are nice restaurants and cafe's within a 5 minute walk. Maurizio greeted us warmly and was so helpful. I'd also like to point out that in all my years of travel, Casetta Bonsi was the cleanest place I've ever stayed - such an attention to detail. Thank you Italy Perfect for taking such good care of us! 

  • Submitted: Jun 16, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Jessica for your wonderful review. We hope you'll come back again soon. The ItalyPerfect Team
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California, USA
5

Fantastic Five Star stay in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

My wife & I had a wonderful winter getaway to Florence which was only further enhanced by our stay at Casetta Bonsi. Perfectly situated on the Oltrarno side of the river just a few minutes walk from the Ponte Vecchio bridge. Working with Italy Perfect to reserve our trip was easy, they were always very responsive and helpful. Maurizio who met us at Casetta on arrival was a pleasure to get to know. The house was meticulously clean, well organized and we received a pleasant welcome, even including chocolates on our pillows. We would most certainly recommend staying at Casetta Bonsi for a fine Florence experience. Thank you Italy Perfect and Maurizio for everything you did to make our stay "perfect".

  • Submitted: Jan 12, 2017
  • Stayed: Jan 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: What a pleasure to work with you and your wife. Thank you for your business and for your terrific review. It makes us happy to know you had a wonderful stay in Florence. Please come back again soon! The Italy Perfect Team
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Centrally located 2 floor apartment/home

  • 3 of 5

Overall, this was an authentic and quaint little house, and probably an ideal home-base for a short vacation in Tuscany. If you have other needs such as longer stay for work/travel, reliable internet, and a comfortable kitchen to cook regularly then you may need something else.

It has 2 floors and is filled with antiques and antique furnishings.

Maurizio was a great host, meeting us whenever we ran into any issues and explaining in great detail on the cottage's functionality.

The cottage was centrally located in the Oltrarno near the Ponte Vecchio (about 5 minutes) with a grocery right around the corner, an awesome cafe (Golden View Open), and lots of restaurants nearby. We walked everywhere our entire 2 week stay in Florence.

Maurizio and his wife were very welcoming with a bottle of wine, fruit and cookies. The amenities were nice from the soft white towel sets and bathroom toiletries to the coffee and kitchen condiments.

Regarding noise, the property sits in a little square where many people park their mopeds and motorcycles. So there is some level of noise as they are frequently started and parked.

Personally for us we ran into a few issues. We were in this property in December and it was cold. The heating system was on a coded timer and couldn't be adjusted. Since the floors are a stone tile and the windows weren't really insulated, it was actually colder in the apt than outside. Maurizio came immediately the next day and released the code so we could manually adjust the temperature to our liking which was better but still a little chilly indoors.

Another factor was hot water. Again since it was December and it was cold, the shower never achieved a comfortable heat level.

The Wifi, this is probably a country wide issue, but it was barely working. To check emails it was okay but for anything beyond that, it was hair-tearingly frustrating. We couldn't look up restaurants, book tickets, check out local events, stream videos, etc.

If we had come in the summer, maybe this would have been ideal, but the winter was definitely a factor in some of our issues with the property. Another mistake was that we booked this property last minute and in our rush we didn't thoroughly read the terms and agreements that Italy Perfect had us sign. So a few things were overlooked by us, credit card fees (20%) , the coded thermostat, etc.

Maurizio and Italy Perfect were prompt and did what they could to alleviate our issues.

  • Submitted: Jan 1, 2017
  • Stayed: Dec 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are sorry that aspects of this guest stay were not positive. With our near-perfect track record of nearly 40 reviews with an average rating of 4.8 out of 5-star reviews, this guest’s experience is markedly different from every other guest we have hosted since 2003. The guests acknowledges that they failed to read the information clearly provided in our listing and the rental terms that they agreed to. The information is upfront about what is and is not included in the price, and is very specific that the heat is on a pre-set thermostat. Due to the prohibitive cost of utilities in Italy It is common practice to charge extra for heat, something also explained in the information provided before they reserved. The utility allowance at Casetta Bonsi is very generous, and even when, at the guest's request, the heat was adjusted they only incurred an additional $2.75 US dollars/day. The rental terms that they accepted state that extra utilities can be paid in cash at check out, or paid by credit card subject to a 20% administrative fee (about $7.50 in their case) to cover Italian taxes and the bookkeeping involved. Unfortunately, this was another thing they didn't read in the rental contract they signed. The internet is a standard bandwidth subscription found in Florence vacation rentals, it is fine for emails as he notes and for looking up info on the web but not for streaming video or teleconferencing as explained in the property terms. As evidenced by our volume of consistently positive reviews, no other guest has had an issue with the internet or shower temperature. We think this guest was angry at charges for extra heat and the convenience of paying for the extra expense by credit card so they “enhanced” their list of complaints and asked us to compensate them. When we declined to compensate them it appears they decided to take to the internet to try hurt our reputation. We are all very sorry that this guest is unhappy and that they were surprised by the typical Italian heat setting and the need to pay a modest $2.50/day to raise it. Please, proceed to read all of our reviews so you will be assured that we are honest and reliable and that the experience of this guest is highly unusual. 
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5

Casetta Bonsi

  • 5 of 5

Casetta Bonsi lives up to the name "Italy Perfect" - a perfect home away from home in Florence. Spacious accommodations comfortably furnished with all the amenities that you need, the house is ideal for two people.

Situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood well away from the throngs of tourists, you can appreciate Florence as those who live here know it and yet just a two minute walk down the road and you are looking across the Arno River at the Ufuzzi directly in front of you. Head into the Oltrarno district (the south side and less touristy side of the Arno) and you can enjoy all the local stores and cafes. Cross the bridge and in less than ten minutes you are in the heart of Florence.

Our charming host, Maurizio, could not have been more welcoming. He met us when we arrived, gave us a tour of the house and provided us with his personal guides to the neighbourhood, his recommendations for shopping and dining, and a detailed history of the house that he had written. And as an added touch, he left us with a bowl of fruit, a plate of candies, and a full canister of espresso to enjoy.

Beautiful accommodations, a perfect location, and a charming host - all for less than the cost of a hotel room. What more could you want?

  • Submitted: Nov 21, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much Keith, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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Map

Nearest Point of Interest
Sought After Ponte Vecchio Location with Terrace
Nearest Point of Interest
Uffizi Gallery Just Across the River
Nearest Point of Interest
Duomo is a 15 minute walk
Nearest Point of Interest
Pitti Palace & Boboli Gardens Close
Car: not necessary

Tuscan Jewel in Heart of Florence, Sightseeing All Within Easy Reach, The Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace Boboli Gardens are nearby.

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Rates & Availability

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Additional Guest Fee $17.64 per person per night
Damage Deposit $352.82

*Short stay supplement for 4 or 5 nights, remove for longer stays.The rent includes the linens, internet and a generous €5/day utility allowance that most guests don't exceed. Usage over utility allowance, final cleaning €60 and €2.50/pp/day hospitality tax is paid on-site.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.