External description:Annalena is situated inside an old convent founded by Mrs. Annalena, widow of Baldaccio d'Anghiari, noted leader of the 15th century, who inspired the apartment’s name. Given its origins, the palace is very interesting from an architectural point of view and has many traditional elements of medieval Florence such as the use of stone.
Internal description:100 m2 / 1076 ft2 apartment on the 2nd floor without elevator with 30 steps to climb. As you enter the Annalena apartment you will notice the typical structure of a former convent, characterized by long corridors and rooms on either side. From the entrance there is the first bedroom with 2 single beds (that can be joined together), bathroom with shower and 2 twin bedrooms (with single beds that can be joined together). All of the rooms have large windows and therefore are very bright. Continuing down the hall is the living room with the dining room, with a spacious 2-seater sofa, 1 armchair and a table for 6 people. In the living room you'll notice an interesting loft where access is not permitted. Finally, from the living room there is access to the recently renovated kitchen equipped with gas cook top with 4 burners, and a refrigerator with freezer.
Our opinion: Annalena is an ideal apartment for a group of friends or a large family to stay in Florence for short to medium-term stays. The quiet area of the Oltrarno in Florence and proximity to excellent restaurants and many shops make it the perfect apartment for a relaxing stay in Florence.
Included in the price: Utilities included up to €100.00 (for stays up to 30 days), towels and sheets provided, final cleaning, condominium fees. Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €2.50 per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights, utilities of water, electricity, and gas (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding €100.00; fee for registering the contract (which in accordance to Italian law must be written in Italian), for rentals over 30 days, equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of € 33.50) plus tax stamps.
Area: The apartment is located in the Oltrarno district in Florence’s historic city centre. The name 'Oltrarno' literally means 'beyond the Arno' and this neighborhood which stretches along the south bank of the river represents a different facet of Florence than that of the area near the Duomo. The Oltrarno perhaps displays the true character of Florence and in general is slightly quieter, greener, and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence. Indeed many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno for this reason. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts today many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (in particular furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antique trade.
Over time the Oltrarno became a rather chic area and many aristocrats chose this neighbourhood to build their villas and palaces, the largest of these being the Pitti Palace, which became the home of the various Grand Dukes. Today this sumptuous palace houses several important museums which rank amongst the best in Florence. Other major sights the Oltrarno has to offer are the Cappella Brancacci with its fabulous frescoes, Piazzale Michelangelo with its breath-taking views over Florence, the magnificent church of San Miniato, (one of the highest points in the city of Florence and also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany) together with the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, home to a glittering array of jewellery shops and goldsmiths.
Extending up the hill from the Pitti Palace are the formal Boboli Gardens, an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works. The Oltrarno is famous for its wine bars such as Olio & Convivium, authentic trattorias serving typical Tuscan cuisine, including Il Santo Bevitore, I 4 Leoni, and Il Magazzino, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce market held every morning in Piazza Santo Spirito. For those choosing an apartment in this area the Oltrarno quarter also offers a variety of grocery stores, pastry shops, bakeries, gift shops, and much more.
Parking:The Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a 'limited traffic zone' and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red /green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify their need for access in the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
This property for rent is not a hotel, agritourism, B&B or similar, and therefore by law, extra services similar to those you may find in these types of accommodations, such as a reception, concierge or security, receiving mail, provision of meals and drinks, cleaning and change of linen during your stay, and amenity kits with soaps etc. are strictly prohibited.
APE energy certification level: G 132.5 kWh/m2 per year