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A Genuine Florence Experience

Centro Storico (Quartiere 1), Florence, Italy
  • House1100 sqft
  • Bedrooms3
  • Sleeps6
  • Bathrooms2
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay14 nights

House, 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 2-6)


This is the time to visit Florence! The city is enjoying new museums, shops, galleries, the renovated Central Market, a new 'Eataly,' great new restaurants, new bookstores and cafes, entertainment and music, and lots more.

This house is for those who want to experience the authentic Florence and do something interesting and adventuresome – from their own comfortable and well furnished home. The house is in the Oltrarno (south side of the Arno River, the same side as the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens), about half way between the river and Porta Romana; near Piazza Tasso. The area is known as San Frediano, originally the crafts and working class neighborhood – today more upscale, but still very genuine and with plenty of character.

If you want to sip coffee in the morning while you watch the neighborhood wake up and come to life; if you want to shop locally for the best quality groceries, produce, and meats to make a spectacular lunch or dinner (to be enjoyed on the spacious terrace or in the dining room with candlelight); if you want to come home and unwind away from the crowds after a day of museums; if you want to explore arts, crafts, shops and workshops both traditional and contemporary; if you want to relax like a local over lunch or dinner in some of Florence’s best regarded and liveliest restaurants – then this is the house for you.

The house is on a small one-way street, at the juncture of two other small one-way streets, so there is little traffic, and it is quiet, especially at night and on weekends. It is in a real Florentine neighborhood, just outside the tourist center so it is away from the noise, crowds, and craziness, but only a 15-20 minute walk to Piazza Repubblica (the center).

The house is perfect for two to four people (or six for a shorter stay). It is approximately 110 square meters (or 1100 square feet), not counting the rooftop terrace. The house is one story at street level, no one above or below. It gets lots of light, and all windows and doors are double-paned. The house has two “regular” bedrooms with doors that close: one with an Italian matrimoniale-size bed (US king bed equivalent), a frescoed ceiling, and French doors; the other has extra-long twin beds. The third bedroom is a small, open, loft bedroom (up ten steps) with a US-queen-size bed. The house has two bathrooms, both with modern fixtures and showers; the larger one also has a jacuzzi tub.

The living room has a large sectional sofa; the dining room has French doors and one wall of rustic stone; the small, but fully furnished kitchen has a dishwasher, four-burner gas stove, oven, full-size refrigerator, microwave, breakfast table and three stools. Walk up ten steps to the office, which has a large desk workspace and lots of bookshelves (with plenty of guidebooks). Up ten more steps from the office, the large rooftop terrace (another 65 square meters – or, more than 650 square feet) is one of the house’s great features: it is partially covered, part full sun, with dining table and chairs for eight, two lounge chairs, and lots of plants (jasmine, two olive trees, a lemon tree, laurel shrubs, box hedges, herbs) – the perfect place for a book and glass of wine, dinner in the evening, coffee in the morning, a late lunch on weekends, or for soaking up some sun after a long morning of museums and sightseeing.

The house is clean and bright. All the furniture and furnishings are in excellent condition. The house has a washing machine; wireless internet access; TV with satellite and universal DVD player, and CD player, in the living room; TV with universal DVD player in the office; both a land telephone and use of an Italian cell phone. All three bedrooms and the living room have air-conditioning, which can be turned on or off or adjusted independently. The house has marble floors; traditional Tuscan brick and beamed ceilings in the office, the loft bedroom, and the dining room; and many hand-painted touches. The armadios (wardrobes) and some other pieces are attractive old/antiques. The house comes well furnished, with high quality sheets, towels, dishes, pots, pans, and so on. The French doors in the master bedroom and in the dining room have full mosquito screens.

Now, for the location: We are around the corner from a spotlessly clean gastronomia: a small family-owned shop for vegetables, cheeses, milk, juice, delicious homemade breads and pastries, pasta, salumi (that is, sliced meats like prosciutto and salamis), and many other necessities. Next door to the gastronomia is a newsstand where you can buy bus tickets, magazines, or the International Herald Tribune. We are a few minutes walk to some of Florence’s best local trattorias and wine bars, like La Vecchia Bettola, which is a two minute walk (and great fun to eat outside on a summer night or indoors by the stove on a winter night); Trattoria del Carmine (also a favorite); the very cozy and inexpensive Sabatino; Antico Ristoro di Cambi (famous for steaks – la bistecca Fiorentina), the popular Quattro (4) Leoni, and the charming Tranvai, all for traditional and delicious Florentine food. Romantic Le Barrique, the highly-rated Io - Osteria Personale, and the trendy Il Santo Bevitore offer something a bit more modern. Great pizza is just off Porta Romana, and a bit farther up Via Senese is Da Ruggero – the epitome of a Florentine trattoria (and perfect for Sunday lunch).

The house is convenient to several bus lines, including the bus to Siena, the buses that pass along Viale Michelangelo (for great views!), and buses that go directly to the city center, to the National Library, or to the state archives. We are very close (a 5 minute walk) to Piazza del Carmine and the Brancacci Chapel, another 5 minutes to Piazza Santo Spirito with its beautiful church and morning market. Great local shopping, food shops, wine shops, etc. are on nearby Via dei Serragli and Via Romana; Via Santo Spirito for an interesting mix of traditional craft rooms and elegant, modern shops; and Via Maggio for antiques window shopping.

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Keywords: House, terrace, city house, well furnished, wifi, air conditioning, great location


Victoria Belco

Member Since 2007
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within a few hours
english, italian
Calendar last updated:
Jan 30, 2018
About Victoria Belco

This is our home - not just a rental property. We are here every year, even if only for a few weeks, and we care about its condition, furnishings, and upkeep. Florence is our children's second home, and the city is a part of our lives. Until now, we have been renting it out by the academic year, but now that we can be visiting more often, we have decided to rent it short term - by two weeks or more.

Victoria Belco purchased this House in 2000

Why Victoria Belco chose Centro Storico (Quartiere 1)

We have been coming to Italy for nearly 30 years - both for pleasure and for historical research. Having our own place in Florence was something we imagined for a long time before finding our ideal home: an independent house (neither apartment nor condominium); a big terrace; lots of light; a quiet street; and a real Florentine neighborhood.

What makes this House unique

Walking distance to almost everything, including lots of great restaurants. The terrace! Being just outside the tourist center, and in the real Florence. Buying the newspaper at the corner newsstand in the morning, then to the gastronomia next door for fresh brioche, and then home to read the paper over breakfast and watch the neighborhood from the kitchen window. Having a glass of wine on the terrace while watching the sunset. We provide an informative House Book that tells not only how to work the appliances, but also offers lots of suggestions on museums, attractions, shopping, and dining, both in the neighborhood and throughout Florence. Our friendly, bilingual (English/American and Italian) property manager in Florence will meet you, orient you to the house, and be available for any problems.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2
        2 twin/ single
      • Bedroom 3
        1 queen
      • King size bed (1) In master bedroom, Queen size Bed (1) In loft bedroom, Extra-long twin beds (2) in second bedroom


      • 2 Bathrooms
      • Bathroom 1
        toilet, tub, shower
      • Bathroom 2
        toilet, shower
      • 2


        • Guests provide their own meals


            • Air Conditioning
              All three bedrooms, the living room, and the study/office are air conditioned, and each is independently controlled.
            • Heating
            • Iron & Board
            • Linens Provided
              high quality linens and towels
            • Telephone
              Land line.
            • Towels Provided
            • Washing Machine
              washer in the house.
            • Wireless Internet
              WiFi included in rental cost.
            • Wood Fireplace


                • Catering Available
                  Information on catering and cooking classes available.
                • Cooking Utensils
                • Dishes & Utensils
                • Dishwasher
                • Kitchen
                • Microwave
                • Refrigerator


                    • Dining Area


                        • DVD Player
                        • Satellite / Cable
                          Satellite TV in living room
                        • Television


                            • Deck / Patio
                              650 square foot rooftop terrace, with dining table for 8 and two lounge chairs, and lots of plants.


                                • not suitable for children
                                • wheelchair inaccessible
                                  House has stairs


                                    • churches
                                    • cinemas
                                    • festivals
                                    • health/beauty spa
                                    • live theater
                                    • museums
                                    • restaurants
                                    • synagogues

                                      Leisure Activities

                                        • antiquing
                                        • photography
                                        • shopping
                                        • sight seeing
                                        • walking

                                          House Rules

                                          Check-in: Flexible

                                          Check-out: Flexible

                                          Cancellation Policy

                                          100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                          15 Reviews


                                          Latest reviews

                                          Doesn't Get Any Better

                                          Louis D.

                                          I recently returned from a two-month sabbatical in Florence. The property was ideal for my extended stay. It is gracious and well appointed (for example, the kitchen is actually adequately stocked) and located in a quiet and convenient neighborhood (about a 20 minute walk to the Duomo). The roof terrace is delightful (even with the high temperatures during the summer). And honestly, the photos don't do the place justice.

                                          Dealing w/ the owner and the local property manager was simple and efficient. My only complaint was spotty internet, something that was quickly addressed but was unfortunately an ISP issue. No matter. Still couldn't put a damper on the experience.

                                          If you're looking to be in the middle of the tourist madness, this place is not for you. If you're looking for a taste of living quietly in Florence, I cannot recommend this more highly.

                                          Living Like the Locals

                                          Anne R.Quispamsis. New Brunswick, Canada

                                          My husband and I recently enjoyed a spring stay at this charming period property located on the vibrant Oltrarno side of Florence. As the photos and listing attest, this is an immaculate, beautifully decorated house with heaps of character offering all modern conveniences. The spaces afforded by the spacious dining and living rooms, the loft and spare bedrooms, and terrace ensured that we and our guests enjoyed a relaxing and memorable stay.

                                          The location of the property was a great fit from which to visit Florence’s many sites, but it also served our needs as a base from which to explore Tuscan towns, as the house is only a short walk across the bridge to the station. This side of the river boasts the city’s best trattorias, gelaterias, and pizzerias and it also home to great craft and food markets and its fair share of the attractions like the Pitti Palace, the Boboli and Bardini Gardens, and Santo Spirito.

                                          The management of the property is first rate with easy check in and out and with helpful communication and support, if needed, throughout the stay.

                                          We enjoyed living like a local in this authentic Florentine neighbourhood and we have already recommended the house to our friends. I would definitely stay at this property on any return visits to Florence. Highly recommend.

                                          Great home in good location

                                          Brett W.

                                          Perfect place to "live" in Florence. Close in, but not touristy. Everything you would need or want for an extended stay.

                                          Family house in Florence

                                          Heather G.Brussels

                                          We greatly enjoyed staying in this house for a year. For a small family, it's the perfect size and layout. There's also room for guests and for studying, as well as a wonderful roof terrace. It's very professionally managed and the owner is attentive to every detail. Highly recommended!

                                          Elegant, comfortable, and convenient Florence home

                                          ChinagirlPortland, Oregon, USA

                                          We very much enjoyed our stay in this charming and well furnished home. It really was our home during our two-week stay in Florence. Elegantly decorated and furnished with every convenience, this home provided a perfect respite after long days of visiting churches and museums, and before evenings out eating and drinking in the neighborhood or farther afield (although on a few occasions we cooked at home). Conveniently located in Oltrarno, just south of the Arno River, we hopped the bus to the center of Florence, or simply walked up any of several paths to surrounding hills with spectacular views of the city. Close to the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens, this location is perfect -- just far enough away from the main concentration of tourists to provide a little room, and close enough to have easy access to just about everything.

                                          Wonderful Florentine Home

                                          FrostyEdmonton, Alberta, Canada

                                          We stayed in this lovely home for two weeks and absolutely loved it. The house had everything we needed and we really enjoyed the roof top patio for our morning coffee and evening refreshment. It is in the perfect location-wonderful neighbourhood and an easy walk to the Old City and to wonderful restaurants, yet away from the tourists. The property manager was very friendly and helpful and the owner provided us with suggestions for cafes, restaurants and places to visit. We found this very helpful. We highly recommend this rental to anyone who wants a truly wonderful home in Florence.


                                          Centro Storico (Quartiere 1), Florence, Italy

                                          The house is located in the Oltrarno (the south side of the Arno River), near the Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli gardens, in a real Florentine neighborhood. Walk to great restaurants, shopping, museums, language schools, art classes, and more. It is just outside the noisy tourist center, but still easy walking distance from the center and the important sights.


                                          Additional information about rental rates

                                          Rate includes linens and final cleaning. No pets permitted. Utilities (gas and electricity) are charged according to usage. Charge for water is Euro 10 per week.

                                          15 Reviews
                                          Exceptional 5/5
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