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Perfect Magnificent Views, Terrace, AC WiFi Washer, River View, Romantic Quality

Bedrooms 1
Space 460 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2) - Expansive Terrace with Stunning Views

We welcome your inquiries and questions and will respond within one business day. The calendar is updated frequently.

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Note: for 3 night stays there is an "Administrative Fee" that will be removed for longer stays.

Romantic apartment has inspiring views of Florence. Top floor, sunny bright. Located on the Oltrarno side of the river directly across from the Uffizi museum. Fabulous terrace.

"We loved our stay at the Torella--it was a magical time in a perfect setting."

1 bedroom with queen sized bed, 1 bathroom, living room, kitchen, large terrace with spectacular views. 463 square feet on two levels with living room, kitchen, bathroom with shower, terrace downstairs. Bedroom upstairs (up one short narrow flight of stairs).

6th floor with elevator. Apartment entrance is up 1 flight of stairs after exiting the elevator. Washer, wifi internet, electric stove, microwave, satellite TV. A/C in living room & bedroom. Building has a doorman.


This amazingly sun filled apartment is at the top of a Renaissance palazzo that faces the gallery of the Uffizi gallery, the most famous museum in Florence, across the Arno river.

"Torella was a fabulous location, wonderful views of the Arno River and terrifically close to the Ponte Vecchio, Pizzi Palace and other sites."


The building blends with its Renaissance-age neighbors with grey stone, pietra serena, accenting its classical proportions. The building is locked and has a doorman during business hours.


There are a few steps from the street to the level of the elevator which takes you all the way to the floor below the Torella apartment.

The staircase, 18 steps, is beautifully painted and leads past a coat closet to the main level of the apartment.

The expansive, private terrace is the highlight of the main level. It faces uphill and from there you can see across the river to Santa Croce, Ponte alle Grazie, San Miniate and Piazzale Michelangelo with its beautiful views. A garden in the summer, the terrace has a table and chairs for dining and enjoying the sun and views.

"I loved the terrace. On sunny days I would sit out there working, facing eastward up river."

From the terrace, step into a charming room that has a full height window and door on its terrace side. There is a glass-topped table with two chairs, a bench and shelf unit in this room. A pass-through window opens onto the kitchen.

Three steps from this dining room leads into the living room with comfortable sofa, chair, credenza with television. The credenza contains the dishes and silver ware as well as the microwave. Alongside the credenza is also the refrigerator-freezer.

The kitchen is small, but has everything for preparing meals: two burner electric stove, sink, coffee pot, drip coffee maker, electric tea kettle, pots, pans, knives, utensils.

The bathroom has a shower, toilet, bidet, sink and washing machine. It has an independent heating unit.

The bedroom is accessed up a narrow staircase that rises from the living room. There are 19 steps that aren`t wide, about 19'. Under the steps is the clothes closet and a small closet that holds the vacuum.

If the terrace weren`t enough for views and light, the bedroom may even be more wonderful. A room built on top of the building, the bedroom has an arched window in each wall with a memorable view from each. The bed is a divisible king, that can be organized as separate single beds for traveling friends. If you stay up late, maybe even just enjoying the view, you can close the light-blocking drapes so you don`t have to rise with the sun.

"The bedroom is the highlight of the flat. It is the turret on top of the Palazzo with a 360 degree view all over Florence."

Additional Services Available: Italy Perfect would be happy to assist in arranging additional services to provide ease as well as enrich your stay in Florence. The following services can be coordinated, paid locally:

Pre-arrival grocery shopping

Welcome or daily lunch/dinner prepared by a cook.

Customized tours, excursions and/or cooking classes

Mid-stay maid and laundry services

Guests receive complimentary and helpful documents: 1. FAQ About Renting in Italy, 2. Helpful Information About Florence with our much-appreciated Restaurant list. On request, complimentary children's adventure guide to Italy e-Book.

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: Luxury apartment Florence italy, terrace, view

More Details

Property Manager
Pat Byrne
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, french, italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
February 12, 2018

About Pat Byrne

This apartment is offered by Italy Perfect. We are a family business with a mission! We want you to love visiting Italy as much as we do. We are sisters Lisa and Pat Byrne who lived in Italy in our youth and now travel there frequently for business and pleasure.

We offer only short term rentals that we carefully hand pick for their locations, furnishings, amenities, and that we can personally recommend and would want to stay in ourselves. We travel frequently to inspect, and usually stay in, the rentals we represent. We select vacation rentals that offer charm, good locations, cleanliness, quality furnishings and hospitable welcomes. We count the number of steps up to the property, check the size of the refrigerator, shower, listen for noise, inventory the kitchen equipment and even inspect the mattresses. This is our most important point of differentiation which sets us apart from many other vacation rental firms. Even with careful advance research and personal connections, we still choose to not represent more than 50% of the properties we visit.

Pat Byrne purchased this apartment in 2000

Guestbook comments from the manager

This was our first trip to Florence and we chose this apartment because it seemed like the perfect place. We were not disappointed. The location was incredible - easy walking distance to the places we wanted to visit and the views!! The apartment had everything we needed and was extremely comfortable. It was close to shops, groceries, restaurants, gelato(!)so we did not have far to go for things we needed. Our greeter met us as scheduled (even though we didn't know our arrival time until the week before), was friendly, knowledgeable and very helpful in letting us know how to operate things and where to go for what we needed. We would definitely stay in Torella again.
Sep 2013
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Ponte Vecchio Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 6
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 460 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 9:00 AM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Local hospitality tax paid in cash on arrival.
  • Arrivals any time M-F 9-6 by appointment. If occupied the night before it will be ready in the afternoon but you may leave your luggage.
  • Evening, weekend & holiday arrivals (Jan 6, Apr 25 May 1, June 2 & 24, Aug 15, Nov 1, Dec 8) pay €50 to greeter. High holidays pay €100 to greeter.
Location Type:
  • Monument View
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access
  • Elevator ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Telephone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Can be made into two twins
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Private Chef
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


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average rating of 4.9375 based on 31 reviews

Memorable stay at Torella

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I loved our stay at Torella. The location and the terrace were the highlights, but the property offered so much more. We have no complaints.

This trip was our first time in Italy, so we really appreciate all the information that Italy Perfect provided to us in advance of our trip. They prepared us well, including providing check lists of things to bring (and not to bring), contacts to keep handy, and how to get to places. This information also really helped us manage our expectations of the property, and we were not disappointed. The arrival went as planned with no snags, and was quite efficient. The unit was well stocked with all the cooking, dining, cleaning, bathing and sleeping supplies you might need in a vacation rental. They had coffee and wine and some small snacks. They even had several tour books, reading materials, and maps available. The location was perfect walking distance to all major attractions, yet still had a residential/local feel. The unit had a radio and TV with many channels (several English-speaking). The WIFI was fast and reliable. We loved the ambiance of the building as well, from the beautifully large doors, charming (and working) lift that took us up the five flights, and decorative doorknobs. Everything set the stage for a relaxing and unforgettable stay. We had to call a taxi a few times, and they would always arrive promptly and never more than 3 - 5 minutes wait. There are many restaurants, shops and grocery stores nearby as well. I'm talking like less than a 3 minute walk! Lastly, I can't say enough about the terrace and the view from the bedroom. We spent many nights dining and drinking on the terrace. Often we would gaze out of the bedroom window, and look across at the Arno river, or people watch from a distance at the Uffizi. The views were magnificent and the street noise was minimal. I was able to do a load of laundry (they had detergent for us) and dry it out on the terrace using a drying rack from the unit. I also enjoyed the plants on the terrace! We offered to water them ourselves using the hose and tap on the terrace, rather than have the doorman come in and do it. That really gave it an even homier-feel for us. Overall, we were extremely pleased with our stay at Torella and would stay again.

  • Submitted: Aug 4, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review Elena, we are delighted you had a wonderful time! The Italy Perfect Team
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  • 5 of 5

Amazing views, amazing location, and promt service!!

  • Submitted: Jun 30, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Colin! The Italy Perfect Team
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Fabulous Accommodations in Florence - 5 Stars

  • 5 of 5

The Torella apartment was the perfect place for our 6 day stay in Florence. The location was great. The apartment is very spacious & we loved the upstairs bedroom with the beautiful 360 degree views. The terrace was large and we enjoyed spending time outdoors. The kitchen & refrigerator were great and we got a lot of use out of the washing machine. We walked most of Florence & walked to the train station (20-25 minute walk) for several day trips. The doorman was very helpful in arranging taxi's for us when needed. The building is safe & secure & in a nice area. There is a market & wine store close by & many wonderful restaurants & shopping. We easily took day trips to Sienna, Pisa & Lucca. We did the Fun in Tuscany Chianti wine tour & loved it! We also did the Nude & Food tour with Florence for Foodies, highly recommend this tour. Don't miss the Central Market & great shopping in Florence. We truly enjoyed staying in this apartment!

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Mark, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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Excellent Stay

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent a week in Florence for our honeymoon, and had a great stay at Torrella. The location was perfect! It is situated on the Arno River, with amazing views. The terrace was really nice - we had breakfast on it every morning. The bedroom was amazing with gothic shaped windows on all four walls with great views around Florence. The hosts were very accommodating and met us at the apartment when we arrived by train and walked to the apartment. The air conditioning and WiFi were very good. The bed, like many in Italy, was hard; we asked our host for a mattress topper after the first night and she graciously accommodated us. We would definitely stay her again.

  • Submitted: Jul 4, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your delightful review, we are pleased that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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The terrace, oh the terrace...

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in Florence and made this apartment our home. The location is perfect. It is blocks away from the craziness of Ponte Vecchio, but close enough to everything that you need to be close to.

The bedroom is wonderful. After you make your way up the creeky and narrow stairs, you have the most amazing vistas. In the evening hours, there are stunning sunsets. At night, the lights are wonderful. You will love staring across the Arno from the Uffici and saying, "hey! That's my bedroom!"

And the terrace, oh the terrace.... You will see the many moods of the Arno and the lights of Florence; you'll be greeted by the distant steeple of San Mateo in the hills. You'll watch neighbors tend their window wells and sip their evening glass of wine.

The managers were helpful but not intrusive. And the best thing is that at the end of the day you can relax and continue seeing the sights of Italy from your Florence home. Highly recommended.

  • Submitted: May 20, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your lovely review, we are pleased that you had such a wonderful time. The Italy Perfect Team
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Dan and Shauna from Canada

  • 4 of 5

The apartment is a bit retrofitted but very clean and comfortable. The view is spectacular, especially waking up in the bedroom which is right on top of a 6 story building. My only complaint would be the mattress which I found to be not of great quality and did not sleep real well.

  • Submitted: Aug 30, 2015
  • Stayed: August 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

The "administrative fee" is for 3 night stays only, will be removed for longer stays. For stays two weeks or less the price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. For longer stays guest pays for utilities, phone and final cleaning fee of €140.

Not included is a security deposit of €250 to be paid upon arrival with cash or credit card. Local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in. Telephone charges paid by guest. More frequent cleaning is available at extra charge of €35 for first two hours, each additional hour is €15. The security deposit will be returned upon check-out less charges. Date of heat on/off determined by the government.

Arrivals can be at any time M-F 9-6 by appointment. If the apartment is occupied the night before your arrival it will not be ready until the afternoon but you may leave your luggage. Evenings after 6pm, weekend & holiday arrivals (Epiphany, April 25, May 1, June 2, June 24, Aug. 15, Nov. 1, Dec. 8) pay €50 fee directly to your greeter. High holiday (Christmas Day, Dec. 26 Jan 1, Easter, Easter Monday) arrivals pay €100 to greeter.

Manager's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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