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Centre - Duomo Square (150 Feet) Great Location - Free Wifi!

Bedrooms 1
Space 731 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 - 5 nights


About the property

fully equipped, central location, sleeps 4 guests (max); Free Wi-FI


It can't be denied: the apartment benefits from a unique location (indeed it was selected among half a score prestigious locations by a famous TV production)

It is just 50 meters (150 feet) far from the Duomo square: the magnificent Cathedral with its Giotto bell tower that appears from the corner of the street (via Dei Vecchietti).

Via Dei Vecchietti is one of the most well-known street of the centre of Florence: spacious, clean and luminous.

It runs parallel to via Tornabuoni, known throughout the world for its high fashion boutiques.

You get to the apartment by entering the noble palace belonged to the 'Medici Tornaquinci' family:over the front door a beautiful wide entrance hall with elevator and staircase that leads to the upper floors.

The apartment consists of a 68 m² floor area and can accommodate a maximum of 2+2 guests ( 1 bedroom )

It is on 2 floors: the main floor where are located the spacious living room with a fully equipped kitchen and a solid large sofa bed sleeping 2 additional guests; a separate bright and romantic bedroom; a lower floor, which is accessed by a staircase, providing a private large and luminous bathroom.The bathroom is equipped with shower, bathtub and washing machine.

All rooms are tastefully furnished with cotto floor and beamed ceilings. THE APARTMENT IS PROVIDED WITH: AIR CONDITIONING, HEATING, High Speed WIRELESS INTERNET CONNECTION, TV, DVD PLAYER.

Bed linen and towels are provided upon arrival.

Don't miss the opportunity of a memorable vacation in the heart of FLORENCE!


** animals are not allowed, sorry.

** Unfortunately, the apartment is not wheelchair accessible.

More Details

Member since: 2007
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
April 18, 2018

About Chiara

You are welcome to ask any additional information about the apartment. Hope to meet you in Florence soon.

Chiara purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Chiara chose San Giovanni

Because Florence is magnificent, and in our apartment you will experience every beauty of this city in total comfort and relaxation.

In addition, the chance of living in one of the most historical palace in the centre of the city.

What makes this apartment unique

Location, historical value, cleanliness and safety of the Noble Palace and the surrounding streets.


San Giovanni Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 731 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 3:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:30 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Min. age of primary renter: 0
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 2 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Mini Refrigerator
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet , Very spacious bathroom
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • King Bed (1), Child Bed (1), Sleep Sofa or Futons (sleeping 2 guests)
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
  • zoo
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • horseback riding
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • equestrian events
  • golf
  • skiing
  • tennis


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
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Centre - Duomo Square (150 Feet) Great Location - Free Wifi!
average rating of 4.7906976 based on 43 reviews

A charming apartment

  • 5 of 5

Thank you so much for letting us stay in such a lovely apartment. Chiara's description was perfect so we knew exactly what to expect. The location is perfect for exploring the city. Security ( all those heavy wooden doors) is excellent, as is the wi fi. Storage is fine for 2 people for a week's stay. Just a couple of notes - this is a very old apartment, that is its charm, so you will need house shoes as there are several broken and loose floor tiles. The windows overlook the neighbouring aircon units and the offices in the next block. These are occupied from at least 7am and there is no window covering on the landing down to the bathroom! The only thing I didn't like was the hand rail to the bathroom - this is rope so cannot be cleaned. As you can see from Chiara's description, unusually for a European rental, there is no Welcome Pack but a few things have (I am guessing) been kindly left by previous guests. We used the Conad store just off Piazza del Duomo which is close by and has most things anyone would need.

All in all we had a most wonderful time on our return to Florence. Thank you Chiara.

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patricia, firstly I want to thank you for your high rating and great appreciation. I'm very glad your husband and you spent a nice vacation in my apartment. I take advantage of your notes just to provide a few accurate information. Thanks Patricia for giving me the opportunity. Both the Palace and the apartment are not old, they are Ancient. The Palace is an historical structure belonged to the Medici-Tornaquinci Family and it is officially recognized and awarded by the Municipality of Florence as a "Protected Historic Residence" as attested by the exposed golden plate in the facade. Duomo apartment offers modern decor and furnishings. No broken or loose floor tiles anyway , I would not allow it. The apartment is fully tiled by "Florentine Cotto" , commonly appreciated as a rarity . I totally respect anyone who prefers modern floor but that kind of "floor covering" is not appropriate or allowed inside our Palace. Just through a binoculars someone could see my guests from the bank officies located in the "next block" .... That building is in fact on the opposite side of the main boulevard towards the Cathedral, and bank employees work too hard during the day ! ^___^ Seriously ... I am not going to to minimize your personal impression Tricia but me, I really think the next block is too far to generate any kind of embarrassment ; however each of the large windows of Duomo apartment has curtain: mainly to satisfy my decorative intent but this even generates an adequate protective situation. No Foods from other guests is left for hygienic issues and that is my personal choice and preference. It is true I do not leave a welcome basket but a bit of sugar, salt, various spices and tea. I would like to describe many other things but... I think I wrote too much. Ciao Tricia , Thanks again for your observations. I send you my most affectionate greetings. Take care ! Chiara
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Perfect location, very well furnished

  • 5 of 5

Chiara was a delight to deal with. She responded promptly to all of our pre-arrival inquiries, and the check-in process was seamless. The apartment had all the comforts of home including a larger than average refrigerator, good a/c, and excellent internet. All things we have not found common in European apartments. The pictures that Chiara posted are very accurate demonstrating a large living area and nice bedroom. We did not find having the bathroom located downstairs a problem, moreover, the bathroom was larger and better equipped than most we have found in our travels. We have stayed in Florence multiple times, and this was by far the best apartment we have experienced. We hope to return.

Thank you, Chiara, for a wonderful stay.

  • Submitted: Jun 13, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Marsha & Jeff, I am enthusiastic to replay to your comment. I want to point out how lucky I felt for hosting you. You have been such perfect guests and interesting people. I won't forget your kindness, your enthusiasm, and your affectionate manners. I am so glad the apartment met your expectations and needs. You will always be welcome here. I will save great memories of our meeting and I sincerely wish you all the best in life. Grazie mille ! Chiara
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Charming flat in a great location!

  • 4 of 5

This is a well appointed apartment a very short distance from the Duomo! Our hostess provided helpful information on managing the apartment, navagating Florence, & a list of local restaurants. We would definitely stay here again!

The only challenge is a lower level bathroom with low ceilings; however it was fully appointed with a tub & shower combo, separate shower, & small washing machine.

  • Submitted: May 25, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Richard, thanks a lot for your comment, for your appreciation and your high vote ! Thank you for your preference. Me too, I would definitely be glad to host you again when you should have a future occasione to come to Florence centre. I totally understand you and all those people who prefer having the bathroom's door exactly adjacent to the bedroom; but some other really appreciate the fact that a few steps from the bedroom offers greater privacy to the bathroom... for a part of my guests the white spacious bathroom with exposed beams in the ceiling is even the favorite room ^___^. Thank you once more for having been such gracious guests. I wish you all the best and a nice summer ! Chiara
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Well priced. Great location.

  • 4 of 5

This home is in a vey central location and close to the train station. It has a very rustic charm, set in the maid's quarters of an old Palace! Of course that comes with a few quirks like loose tiles and a bathroom that is down a flight of stairs. But for someone who likes having the "real" experience when I travel, I loved it! Having said that, there are all the basic amenities and an abundance of hot water for the shower! The only two things I wish I had at the apartment were paper towels and a pen! The hostess was wonderful. She sent me very detailed instructions on how to enter the apartment (complete with photos), a list of garages to park my rental car, and she was easy to communicate with. We were a family of 3 (infant daughter) and the apartment was more than adequate for our needs. It was also nice having a crib all set up for my baby when we arrived! Thank you to Chiara.

  • Submitted: Apr 28, 2017
  • Stayed: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sarah , ciao ! Thanks a lot for your nice comment and your kind opinion. It was estremely nice hosting your family and you. Thanks once more for your preference and for your courtesy. I take advantage of your comment for a clarification: the apartment is always provided with 3 towels per person for the bathroom, a complete supply of linens for the bed and the sofa bed (according to the number of reserved guests) , and for the kitchen. On demand, a baby cot equipped with its own linen is also available. and ....... I usually leave a pen enclosed with the home booklet ! ^______^ Unfortunately , when Sarah and her family arrived to the apartment only one set of towels was left by mistake ! As soon as Sarah called me to kindly ask for the two additional set of towels that were due, she was provided with the missing linens. I apologize again for that inadvertency dear Sarah. I wish to each of you all the best and I thank you once more for having been my pleasant guests.... ciao ! Chiara
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Lovely central apartment.

  • 5 of 5

We thoroughly enjoyed our stay in this apartment. It could not have been more convenient for seeing Florence. The apartment was well equipped and the bed was comfortable. We have been to Florence several times and this was definitely our best visit. Chiara was very helpful and prompt in replying to our emails. When we return to Florence we will be very happy to stay again.

Thank you Chiara

.Tom and Julie

United Kingdom

  • Submitted: Apr 10, 2017
  • Stayed: March 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Tom & Julie ! It was my great pleasure to have you as my guests and I greatly appreciated your extremely kind manners and your care for the apartment. It is a joy for me to learn that you felt comfortable and I would like to express you my gratitude for sharing your experience. You will always be welcome with open arms when you should need to return to Florence... Thanks a lot to both of you ! Sincerely, Chiara
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Lovely unique apartment in the heart of the city!

  • 5 of 5

Ciao Chiara!

I had to write this review and say Thank You! Your apartment was delightful for my 3 daughters and myself for the 4 nights we stayed. The location is perfect walking distance to everything and around the corner of the Duomo. Close to the train station, no taxi needed.

The inside of the apartment is exactly as the pictures portray. The downstairs bathroom is quite large and my girls loved using it as their dressing room ( two slept on the living room sleeper sofa) it has a large tub, a separate shower, washing machine which we used with drying racks and heater to dry your clothes, worked out perfectly. Only thing I would add to bathroom is a full length mirror, my girls were fighting for the one in the bedroom... Those girls can take hours to get ready in the morning! Kitchen has all amenities we! Has a French coffee press which I learned to use. The apartment is a mix of wonderful bygone days and modern mixed......loved...loved....loved it! Unfortunately we never got to meet Chiara because we were so busy everyday with our itinerary! She emailed me ahead of our arrival with pictures of exactly how to enter the apartment building. No problems at all. She never asked us for the remaining money we owed so I told her we would leave it on the table to pick up at her convenience. When we returned to the apartment after a busy day touring she left us a little surprise.....delicious honey!

Next time we come to Firenze we are staying here!!!!!!

Grazie for everything and making our stay at your apartment & Firenze memorable! We visited Rome and Venice also, but our favorite is Firenze!😀


  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Ciao Deborah , thank you ! ... I enjoyed your comment so much ! Even as I write I'm laughing imagining your sisters quarreling in front of the bedroom mirror ... luckily I was not living with you: otherwise we would have been 4 girls fighting over it ^__^ You gave me a great tip Deborah, and I am going to immediately search for a nice full length mirror to add in the bathroom. I am extremely glad to learn you had beautiful days here in Florence and I will be happy to welcome you in the future when you should get another chance to return. Thank you for your good manners, courtesy and cleanliness .. and especially for all the joy you gave me by reading your review. A huge embrace to each of you, GRAZIE MILLE. Chiara
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Nearest Airport
5 Kilometres
Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci 'FIRENZE-PERETOLA'
Nearest Golf
18 Metres
Golf Ugolino ( Florence )
Nearest Train
300 Metres
'Santa Maria Novella' main train Station
Nearest Motorway
6 Kilometres
A1 - Firenze Sud entrance/exit
Car: not necessary

The apartment is located in a charming historical palace belonged to the most famous noble Florentine family 'Medici'. It is only 50 meters from the Duomo ! The magnificent Cathedral of Florence, exactly in the centre of the city. The main train station of Florence 'Santa Maria Novella' is just 300 meters far. A first taxi station is 50 meters far and the first bus stop is located in front of the Palace. All monuments and historical squares, the several streets of art and history and the finest shops and restaurants are within walking distance from this apartment.


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

* LONG PERIOD RENTAL is possible by specific quote
* THE STANDARD RATE IS INDICATIVE and typically applied to two guests. A specific quotation will always be informed and detailed for any inquiry. Rate may vary according to number of guests, length of stay, period.
* Payments upon arrival is requested BY CASH. Thank you.

Owner'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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