External Description: Peonia is in a building on Borgo San Jacopo, just a few steps away from the Ponte Vecchio, and 5 minutes on foot to Piazza Pitti. This area is rich with restaurants, bars, and shops, and is close to all of the main points of interest.
Internal Description:Apartment of 100 m2 / 1076 sq ft, located on the 3rd floor without elevator (76 steps) in a building in the historical city center of Florence. Peonia has 2 double bedroom and 1 bathroom. Entering the apartment, you are welcomed by the bright, simply furnished, yet functional living room. Via the corridor, you can reach the completely equipped kitchen with a small pantry in which the washing machine is housed. Proceeding, there are the 2 double bedrooms. The first one has 2 single beds that can be pushed together to become a double bed while the second bedroom has an inseparable double bed of 160 cm / 63 in. From the window in this bedroom, there is a beautiful view of the roofs of Florence and the cupola of Santo Spirito. The apartment is simply decorated and furnished but it is very functional. The apartment is very bright even though located in the historic city centre of Florence.
Independent heating system. Air conditioning is present in the living room and the 2 bedrooms.The bedrooms are in the back of the apartment and are quiet.
Our Opinion:Peonia is idea for a family of 4 or for 2 couples who want to live in the historic city centre of Florence while being just a short walk away from the main monuments and close to all of the comforts a city like Florence has to offer.
Included in the price: Utilities included up to €150.00 (for stays up to 30 days), final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and agency 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 (for information regarding exemptions and reductions, see our F.A.Q. page), utilities of water, electricity, and gas (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding €150.00; 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.
Security Deposit: All clients staying up to 14 days will have to grant €300.00 as a deposit with a valid credit card (no debit cards), while for stays between 14 days and 60 days guests will have to grant €1000.00 as a deposit with a valid credit card (prepaid cards are not accepted). For rentals over 60 days special conditions apply.
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.
Public Transportation:Link for the public bus service in Florence: www.ataf.net Link for the national train network in Italy: www.trenitalia.it
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: G 132.5 kWh/m² per year