External Description:Located on the ground floor of a lovely historic building, located on Borgo la Croce, just a 10 minute walk from Santa Croce and from all the most important monuments of Florence. In the area you can also find plenty of shops, restaurants, and bars.
Internal description:The apartment has 2 bedrooms in an antique and classic style (170 sq. mt / 1830 sq. ft). It can accommodate up to 5 people and has 2 full bathrooms, one of which is en suite. To enter the apartment you walk into an inner courtyard, and after passing the second gate, you will find the front door of Olimpia House. Entering the apartment, you will find yourself in a small hall, which leads to the spacious living room, with a dining table for 6 people, and a sofa. Next to the living room, you will find the large and fully equipped kitchen. Then you will find the two bedrooms, characterized by the elegant and antique furnishings, the master bedroom with a walk-in closet, and the second bedroom with two single beds. Finally, you will find a cozy room ideal for reading and relaxing, but also equipped with a single bed and with a large window overlooking the magnificent private garden (400 sq. mt. / 1312 sq. ft).
Garden Maintenance: please note that the gardener will water the plants of the garden (depending on the weather conditions) and shall enter the apartment, but he will always ring the doorbell before.
Air Conditioning: Double Bedroom / Twin Bedroom / Living roomIncluded broadband Fiber Internet connection (download speed: 100 mega - upload speed: 20 mb).
Our opinion:Ideal for a small group or a family, for short and medium-term rentals. Recommended for those who want to stay in a quiet area of Florence, while remaining at a walking distance from the main points of interest, and from all the services that the city of Florence has to offer.
Included in the price: Utilities included up to € 70.00 (for stays up to 30 days), final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees. Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €3.00 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 € 70.00; 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 Santa Croce district on the eastern edge of Florence’s historic city centre. The area takes its name from one of the city’s most remarkable churches. The Santa Croce neighbourhood provides a rare glimpse of 'old' Florence with lively markets and tiny leather and artisan workshops, including the flea market (Mercato delle Pulci) at Piazza dei Ciompi. The Mercato St. Ambrogio, the city’s second main food market after the Mercato San Lorenzo, is within close walking distance too.
Furthermore, the area is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s main cultural attractions such as the Bargello Palace, which houses one of Italy’s most important museums, the Casa Buonarroti, (the former home of Michelangelo), Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio, as well as the magnificent Santa Croce church and museum. You will also enjoy the largest selection of boutique shops, bars, and traditional restaurants and pizzerias within the city. Three of the finest and most expensive restaurants, Cibreo, Pinchiorri, and Alle Murate are located nearby. There is also a good choice of mid-priced dining options.
By night, Santa Croce becomes one of the liveliest parts of town and with its pedestrian streets and illuminated buildings it transforms into the perfect venue for an after-dinner glass of wine or evening stroll. For those choosing an apartment in this area Santa Croce offers several food stores, supermarkets, laundromats, and gift shops as well as being adequately served by the local public transportation service.
Parking:Florence city center is a ZTL zone which means a limited traffic zone and therefore special rules apply to entering this area. This particular apartment is not located within the ZTL which is an advantage, meaning that driving to the apartment and parking nearby is fairly easy. Nearby the apartment you will find adequate street parking, which you will pay for between approximately 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. When seeking on-street parking please note that you must only park in blue lined spots as the white lined ones are for resident permit use only. Parking costs vary within the city with the highest charges found towards the centre of Florence. If you prefer, you can park in a private garage or choose one of the several underground parking lots.
APE energy certification level: G 132.5 kWh/m2 per year