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Perfect Fascinating Frescoes, Terrace, AC WiFi, Washer Art, Harmony, Quiet Luxe

Bedrooms 1
Space 1,080 sq ft
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 2 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, (Sleeps 3)

The Tesoro apartment is a treasure of art and harmony in the historic center of Florence one block from Piazza Santa Croce.

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


The Santa Croce neighborhood is one of the most fascinating and historic in the center of Florence. Piazza Santa Croce is traffic free and hosts events of every kind, including the famous Calcio in Costume (soccer as it was played in ancient times - in medieval costumes). Surrounded by history, the neighborhood has many restaurants and markets.


Located between Piazza Santa Croce and the river, this Renaissance palazzo is built in the style typical of the period. Grey pietra serena (serene stone) outlines the geometry of the facade. The building is beautifully maintained; it is clean and quiet.

Interior Description

Glowing with radiantly colored 15th century frescoes, the entry transports you into another time.

The spacious living room has a 20th century flair with a sofa, side chairs, chaise longue, a handsome antique sideboard, fireplace and many pieces of art. The exceptional aesthetics of the apartment evidence harmony and a spirit of beauty that can be appreciated at every turn.

A dining table, where you will find your welcome basket of wine and a few essentials, seats four. You can also choose to dine on the terrace, a particular joy during warm weather. The terrace has a wrought iron table and chairs for four. It is right off the large kitchen where there is another table for casual meals. The kitchen is thoroughly modern and offers artistic elements to enjoy.

The terrace and living room overlook the inside of the block with its secluded gardens.

The study is spectacular with every wall and the ceiling covered with 18th century frescoes. Their beautiful clouds and cupids contrast with the vivid colors and themes of the entry frescoes. A leather sofa converts to a single bed. A full bath with shower adjoins the study. A flat-screen television has satellite reception for a few English language shows, a DVD player, and a stereo. Note: This is listed as a second bedroom, however, the bed is a sofa bed. It serves well as a bedroom however, with an ensuite bath.

Tranquility suffuses the master bedroom with its warm yellow-gold walls and polished wood throughout. The decorating language is Japanese with a queen sized bed is on a wooden platform, so is a little lower that the usual. It has a heavy foam mattress. A glass walled room forms a temple to the bath. The toilet is in a separate room off the bedroom. A sofa and large lounging pillows invite you to recharge in this magical room. The room faces the internal, quiet courtyard.

Guests receive by email complimentary and helpful documents: 1. FAQ About Renting in Italy, 2. Helpful Information About Florence, and, 3. for children, a copy of the Italy Discovery Journal eBook.

Conde Nast Traveler Expert Specialist. Travel + Leisure Magazine Italy All-Star 2013, 2014; BBB A+

Keywords: Apartment Florence Italy

More Details

Property Manager
Property Manager
Member since: 2000
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 30, 2018

About The Owner

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.

Guestbook comments from the manager

We want to let you know that we thoroughly enjoyed the apartment and talking with the owner about her life. She is a fascinating and kind person. We are back home and miss the charm, food, wine, and scenery of Italy.
Feb 2018
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Basilica of Santa Croce Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1080 sq ft
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 5:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Local hospitality tax paid in cash on arrival.
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom off study - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , bidet , Toilet and bidet separate from sink/tub area. Tub has "phone
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king , Italian king sized bed
    Den - 1 twin/ single
  • Queen size Beds (1), Twin or Single Beds (1) This is a flat sofa bed (not folding) but because it can be left made up, we are showing it as a regular bed.
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Balcony
  • Deck / Patio
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Concierge
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing


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Perfect Fascinating Frescoes, Terrace, AC WiFi, Washer Art, Harmony, Quiet Luxe
average rating of 5.0 based on 34 reviews

Beautiful apartment. Don't even consider staying anywhere else

  • 5 of 5

This apartment has a perfect location and allows you to feel as though you are living in an artist's flat for the duration of your stay. The furnishings and art are wonderfully curated. We enjoyed being able to cook in the kitchen and relax on the attached outdoor patio. This will be my go-to apartment for all future trips!

  • Submitted: Sep 9, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Annaka, we look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team
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We spent our honeymoon here and the service received was beyond expectation. We willl refer big time

  • 5 of 5

From the beginning discussions with Pat, to meeting Elizabetta our greeter, we were treated first class and with the warmest of welcomes. The villa is even more charming in person with every amenity you could imagine. Grocery store, restaurants, wine bars, gelato, shopping, museums, and friendly people are steps from the front door. Don't forget to visit Flor on the street as it fills the air with homemade perfumes that will blow your mind. We have traveled to many places around the world, and this is up there as being one of the greatest experiences we've ever had. We highly recommend contacting Pat and her team to make your experience above the ordinary. Without question we are referring our family members and close friends, and we also plan to return one day in the near future.

  • Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your lovely review, we are delighted you had a wonderful time and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Beautiful Apartment in wonderful location

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was fantastic. The location to sites, excellent restaurants, and piazzas was wonderful. The apartment was beautiful and spacious. We'd stay here again and recommend it to anyone. The greeter was wonderful. Thank you!

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Lisa, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team
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  • 5 of 5

The Tesoro apartment is conveniently located near Santa Croce Church. It was a wonderful place to be for the week we stayed in Florence.

This is the second time we have used Italy Perfect and would highly recommend them. Lisa and Pat are full of helpful information and respond to any questions quickly and efficiently.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Denise! We look forward to welcoming you back. The Italy Perfect Team
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Incredible Gem of an Apartment

  • 5 of 5

First, we would certainly recommend Italy, Paris and London Perfect for any travelers. We have used all three and your services are the best. The specific apartment we rented in San Croce in Florence was spectacular. The location was perfect - San Croce is full of great restaurants, sights and shops to visit and a GREAT walking neighborhood as is the entire city. The apartment is large, in a 500+ year old building with beautiful frescos covering many of the walls that go back hundreds of years. Our greeter, the apartment's owner was also very gracious and hospitable and make arrangements for our late arrival. I would strongly recommend the apartment, the neighborhood and Florence.

  • Submitted: Nov 27, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Jim, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team
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Wonderful Apartment, Great Location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is fantastic - great location, with many shops, restaurants, and markets nearby. We found a great small pub, gelateria, market, and some wonderful restaurants, just around the corner. Although located in the center of Florence, the apartment is quiet and lovely. Beds are comfortable, linens are very nice and plentiful. The apartment itself is decorated beautifully, yet it's comfortable. Kitchen is very well equipped, with a full size fridge, many small appliances (microwave, toaster oven, blender, coffee maker, etc.) The terrace was lovely, and we enjoyed sitting out after a long day of exploring Florence and having a glass of wine. We can't wait to return!

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you back again! The Italy Perfect Team
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Service Costs per week $184.32
4-nite supplement note* $141.31
Refundable damage deposit $614.4
Tax Rate 5.0%

* 4 night stay supplement, remove for longer stays. Service Fee represents HomeAway fee.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utility allowance (€30/week for utilities which is prorated for shorter stays), final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi.

Not included is local hospitality tax to be paid in cash at check in and utility usage over €30/week, charged at €.70/Kwh, payable in cash at check out. See our ItalyPerfect website for hospitality tax rates.

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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