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Perfect Florence Location-Upscale Historic-AC-Free WiFi-2 Bathrooms-Lift-Washer

Bedrooms 1
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 2 Bath, (Sleeps 4)


This is an excellent Florence Vacation Apartment if an historic center location and affordability are top priorities.

The apartment is located off of the high-fashion Via Tornabuoni, with numerous major designer boutiques just outside the front door. Stroll along downtown Florence pedestrian thoroughfares: enjoy outdoor cafes, easy museum access, shopping, restaurants, and the best produce market, the Mercato Centrale, are all within walking distance.

Piazza Republica is only a few blocks away, the Uffizi Gallery, the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio Bridge are an easy 5 to 10 minute walk. Just down the street is the famous Palazzo Strozzi. Going in the opposite direction, the Santa Maria Novella train station is an 8 minute walk.

If you are looking for a chic neighborhood and a convenient stopping point at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, the Michaela apartment offers the perfect solution.

It is located on the 3rd floor (this is called the 2nd floor in Italy) of a four-story apartment building which has an elevator. Once you enter the building there are six steps up to the elevator.

Enter off a private hallway into the pleasant living room with queen size sofa bed, chair, two windows, flat screen TV.

A separate dining room with kitchenette is good for light meal preparation. The dining room window overlooks the internal courtyard and service terraces of other apartments. Off the dining room is a full bathroom with enclosed shower, sink, toilet and bidet. There is a large storage closet between the dining room and bathroom.

The efficiency kitchen has a 2-burner electric stove top, microwave, toaster, under-the-counter refrigerator, and Italian-style coffeepot. Drip coffeemaker available upon request. The round dining table seats up to four people. The kitchenette is fully stocked with dishes, pots and pans.

The bedroom is to the other side of the living room. It has two single beds that can be prepared together or apart and an armoire for your clothing. An en suite bathroom has shower, sink, toilet and bidet.

Within the same building are our Prisco VRBO #52284, Strozzi VRBO #156858 vacation rental apartments.

No check in after 7:00 pm. So sorry, no exceptions.

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: Florence Apartment

More Details

Property Manager
Lisa Byrne
Member since: 1999
Speaks: english, italian
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
March 20, 2018

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 are based in North America, we can answer your questions in English or Italian. We look forward to hearing from you!

Lisa Byrne purchased this apartment in 2004

Why Lisa Byrne chose Santa Maria Novella

Wonderful historic center location, walkable to the sites.

What makes this apartment unique

• Excellent restaurants down the block

• Proximity to the major sites

• 8 minute walk to the train station

Guestbook comments from the manager

Michaela, overall was a great place for us, specially its location being so central.

This was our second visit to Florence.

Having two separate bathrooms in the apartment made it very comfortable for us.

The owners were nice and helpful.

We were very happy with Italy perfect for providing us with all the details they provided before our trip via email and online. Excellent!
Aug 2017
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Santa Maria Novella Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • Check in is from 4pm to 7pm, by appointment. No check in after 7pm, sorry no exceptions.
  • Florence hospitality tax paid in cash on arrival.
  • Utilities: Up to €6 Euros/day included, additional usage paid in cash on departure based on meter readings taken at arrival.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Mobile Phone
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 queen , Queen bed can be made into two singles
    Convertible Beds (1) - 1 sleep sofa /futon , Queen size sofa bed in the living room. Sleeps 2
  • Crib can be provided on request.
  • CD Player
  • Satellite / Cable ...
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • cinemas
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries


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average rating of 4.9583335 based on 56 reviews

Quiet and spacious

  • 4 of 5

Not fancy. You feel like you're staying and your Italian grandmother's home which is a lovely feeling. Superior location.

  • Submitted: Oct 7, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you Debra and Doug! The Italy Perfect Team
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Beautiful Florence

  • 5 of 5

The apartment, Michaela, that we rented in Florence was in the perfect location. It was within walking distance of almost anything you would want to see, and there was a wonderful bakery, a great deli and some wonderful restaurants all within a block or two. The owners of the apartment were charming and helpful. Staying at this apartment was part of what made the entire Florence part of our vacation a favorite.

  • Submitted: Jul 21, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your kind review, we are delighted that you had a wonderful time! The Italy Perfect Team
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Perfect location and wonderful hosts

  • 5 of 5

We were very pleased with our stay in this apartment. The apartment is within walking distance of everything we wanted to see and do, and we were able to walk to the train station on arrival and departure (10 minutes). Because the apartment is very quiet, facing a courtyard and not the street, it was always a surprise to open the front door of this beautiful building and step out into the bustling center of Florence. The area around the apartment is packed with restaurants and there is a very small food shop (for yogurt, milk and the like). Larger grocery stores are farther away, but still within walking distance. The second full bathroom was a plus, as well. Finally, our hosts were charming. They gave us a thorough orientation to the apartment and the neighborhood when they handed over the keys. We did sneak a peak at the Prisco apartment, which used to be the main living area of this family's flat, and it is stunning, with high ceilings and beautiful details and a full kitchen. However, we preferred the quieter placement of Michaela at the end of the hall. One thing to note is that this is a spacious, comfortable apartment, but it is not a luxury hotel. Towels are line dried, which means a bit scratchy, and sheets aren't changed daily. But, this is what we were expecting and it suited us just fine.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team
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Santa Barbara, CA

Ideal Location

  • 5 of 5

We have stayed in Firenze before in hotels, and this was a refreshing change. Ideal location within easy walking distance of Academia and Uffizi and the shopping areas. Miki and Franco are lovely, gracious people who were quite helpful with directions and restaurant suggestions. We recommend this type of travel to those seeking more of a "locals" experience.

  • Submitted: Apr 5, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team
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California, US

Fabulous in Firenze!

  • 5 of 5

From the moment we opened the front door to the apartment Michaela, we knew we weren't in California anymore!

It oozes the European feel we wanted and the location was ideal!

Two bathrooms were a treat as was the large bedroom and kitchen! A lovely respite after a busy day exploring an amazing city.

I would recommend having some basics like plastic wrap, sugar and more garbage bags.

Late at night and early in the morning the adjoining bakery could be quite noisy. Closing the windows helped but I think in warmer months this could be a problem.

Despite those suggestions we loved our 6 days there and have already recommended it to friends!

Favorite restaurant? Trattoria Casalinga in the Oltrarno but close by the apartment. Great value and a deliciously authentic experience!

  • Submitted: Feb 8, 2016
  • Stayed: January 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your review! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team
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  • 5 of 5

Perfect location and great apartment, but what makes it even more spectacular are the hosts. We stayed in the apartment from Dec 28 until Jan 1. Florence was filled with tourists and new year's eve partyers. Our hosts, Miki and Franco, tried to unsuccessfully reserve a cab the night before for our early 1/1 airport departure due to all of the partyers still filling the streets. Instead - they suggested we get up early and call. Time was winding down, it was 5 am and we were desperate to get ot the airport. As a last resort, we called Franco. Without a fuss he picked us up and drove us to the airport. Both Miki and Franco took excellent care of us and made us feel very welcome. I highly recommend this apartment for your stay in Florence.

  • Submitted: Jan 4, 2016
  • Stayed: December 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your appreciation that Miki & Franco went above and beyond to make your stay wonderful! We sincerely appreciate your lovely feedback. The Italy Perfect Team
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Car: not necessary




Additional information about rental rates

Greeting & cleaning/week $116.91
Short stay supplement $55.38
Refundable damage deposit $369.19
Tax Rate 5.0%

*3-4 night short stay supplement, remove for longer stays. Not included in the price is utility usage over €6 Euros per day, additional usage paid in cash on departure based on meter readings taken at arrival & departure. THERE IS NO CHECK IN AFTER 7:00pm, SORRY NO EXCEPTIONS. Additional cleaning, linen and towel changes available for a supplemental fee. Florence hospitality tax paid on site.

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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