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The Flora Apartment: The feeling of touching the Duomo

San Giovanni, Florence, Italy
  • Apartment650 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps4
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths0
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

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

The apartment 'Flora' is situated in Piazza del Duomo in the heart of Florence’s historical centre, on the 4th level ( no lift ) of a prestigious XVI century palace that once belonged to the Ghiberti family, one of Florence’s most important historical families, with easy steps well worth the journey. Assistance is provided to help with luggage upon arrival

From October 25 2009, Piazza del Duomo is a pedestrian area with all the advantages that an area like that can offer

Spending time in my apartment is to be accompanied by the shadow of the magnificent dome of Brunelleschi, the grandeur of Giotto’s belltower and the splendour of Vasari’s frescos, in an unforgettable dream that Florence will dream with you and bring you great joy and an even greater desire to return.

Flora directly faces the Duomo, giving you the sensation that you could reach out and touch its magnificent green and white marble facade.

The apartment has been completely restored in Florentine style, but with all modern comforts. Flora is a charming and elegant apartment comprising: a living/dining room with a comfortable sofa, a modern and fully-equipped kitchenette, 1 bedroom with a double bed (140x200), 1 bedroom with 2 single beds ( 85x200) that can be transformed into a double bed. 1 modern bathroom with shower, complete the description of the apartment. The apartment also boasts a splendid skylight with electronic controls that offers you a bird’s eye view of the famous Brunelleschi dome.

All modern comforts are provided: air conditioning, LCD TV,Dvd, satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, safe, WiFi and cable internet dsl, security door and intercom.

CLEANING FEE: Euros 50 upon arrival ( check-in ).


The city of Florence has decided to extend the “Stay tax” (introduced in 2011) also to private rentals (on top of Hotels, B&B and so on..)

The tax is 3,00 EURO PER NIGHT/EACH GUEST for a max of 7 nights ( see my rental agreement for more info ).

If you need more bedrooms or have a larger group (max 7 people), please see my adjoining apartment at VRBO Property number 88148 / Homeaway 88148vb

Keywords: Apartment, great view, new, elegant,one level, panoramic views,rooftop,Duomo, modern kitchen,5 star



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About Luca

My name is Luca and I was born in this magnificent palace in front of the Duomo and now with pleasure I propose my apartment for those who are attracted by the beauty of Florence and its history.

Luca purchased this Apartment in 1810

Why Luca chose San Giovanni

The entire top floor of the building belonged to my family for over 200 years and whether you're a newcomer to Florence or a regular visitor, I'm always on hand to give advice on everything you’ll need to get the most out of your stay.

What makes this Apartment unique

The best location in the Florence’s historical centre.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Fireplace
    • Satellite or Cable
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
        • King size beds (1) or two single beds on request, Double Beds (1) cm 140, Twin or Single Beds (1) or one king bed on request, Baby Cribs on request (1)


        • 1 Bathroom
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, bidet
        • The bathroom is well designed.You have a very confortable shower, bidet, hair-dryer and hair-straightener.

        Location Type

          • Downtown
          • Monument View
            Flora faces directly the famous Cathedral of Florence called 'The Duomo' and is ever-present throughout your stay. There is no traffic allowed around the Duomo (since October 2009), so there are no scooters, trucks, or buses to break the spell of this magnificent setting


              • Family
              • Historic
              • Romantic
              • Sports & Activities
              • Tourist Attractions


                  • Guests provide their own meals


                      • Iron & Board
                      • Air Conditioning
                        The apartment has 3 individual A/C units - all with remote controls and all very quiet.
                      • Gas Fireplace
                        Flora apartment has two electric rings
                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Internet
                        Free Wi-Fi available
                      • Clothes Dryer
                        A drying rack is provided
                      • Linens Provided
                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                        The washer machine is in the unit with instructions in English provided.
                      • Wireless Internet
                        Wi-fi is available in the apartment and it's free 24 hours with password.
                      • Free Wifi


                          • Coffee Maker
                            Italian coffee maker ( Moka machine )
                          • Cooking Utensils
                          • Dishes & Utensils
                            Dishes, glasses, pots, pans, kettle and alll kitchen utensils are available for guests.
                          • Dishwasher
                          • Kitchen
                            The modern kitchen has Italian designer cabinets and contains a refrigerator, dishwasher, stovetop with two fire ( being powered by electricity, there are no risks of gas ) and a microwave
                          • Microwave
                            It's a combi microwave
                          • Refrigerator
                          • Stove
                            Two fire ( being powered by electricity, there are no risks of gas )


                              • Dining
                                For four people
                              • Dining Area
                              • comfy seating for 4 people


                                  • Books
                                    Florence guides
                                  • Satellite / Cable
                                    You can watch some international channels
                                  • Television
                                    LCD Tv


                                      • Long-term Renters Welcome
                                      • Senior Adults Only Community
                                      • wheelchair inaccessible


                                          • live theater
                                          • botanical garden
                                          • cinemas
                                          • duty free shops
                                          • festivals
                                          • health/beauty spa
                                          • library
                                          • churches
                                          • museums
                                          • playground
                                          • restaurants
                                          • ruins
                                          • synagogues
                                          • winery tours

                                            Leisure Activities

                                              • antiquing
                                              • outlet shopping
                                              • shopping
                                              • sight seeing
                                              • walking

                                                Local Services & Businesses

                                                  • ATM/bank
                                                  • fitness center
                                                  • groceries
                                                  • hospital
                                                  • laundromat
                                                  • massage therapist
                                                  • medical services

                                                    Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                      • cycling
                                                      • golf
                                                      • golf privileges optional
                                                      • swimming
                                                      • tennis


                                                          • Window in front of the Duomo, LCD TV, safe, security door and intercom

                                                            House Rules

                                                            Check-in: Flexible

                                                            Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                            Cancellation Policy

                                                            100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date. You must contact the owner directly to request cancellation.

                                                            126 Reviews


                                                            Latest reviews

                                                            Fantastic stay

                                                            Vincenza G.

                                                            Loved the location and listening to the music all day. The bed and pillows were very comfortable. Overall, everything was perfect!

                                                            Just wow!

                                                            CEOdomrelationsWest Linn

                                                            What an amazing space to be right in the heart of Florence! Such a beautiful home with everything you need. It worked very well for our family of 4 and we LOVED the twin beds for our kids. Their bedroom window opened right to the Duomo! Luca was fantastic as well. Walked us through the apartment going over every detail, gave us an amazing restaurant recommendation and was so welcoming. Yes, there are a lot of stairs as some folks have mentioned but it’s worthbit and VERY quiet. Thank you Luca!!!

                                                            Amazing just like the pictures

                                                            Mary Frannces M.

                                                            We were in Florence for 5 nights and stayed at this amazing property. The views of the Duomo were breath taking. Our boys 7 & 8 loved having their bedroom look out onto the Duomo. It had everything our family of 4 needed. We were able to cook a simple meal in the kitchen, do Laundry if necessary and rest when we were not out enjoying the Beautiful Florence. The apartment is not a large space but what plenty for our family of 4. It is a 4th floor apartment with no lift/elevator so if you have problems with stairs this is not for you. Our boys loved climing it any time they could. We would absolutely stay at this property again if we are in Florence. Wonderful location for everything we were doing! Thank you so much to Luca for a great stay and help along the way.

                                                            Very nice condition and location

                                                            Beth A.

                                                            Super nice location! Modern condition. Luca is very easy to work with. We extended a day since it was so nice.

                                                            nice property, stunning view of the dome

                                                            Alessandra S.Torino

                                                            it was like living in the Duomo. Only the number of stairs was a challenge, but it was worth

                                                            Location, location, location.

                                                            David G.Dallas, TX


                                                            * This place is right in the middle of everything and about 12 minute walk to the train station and less that to Uffizi and to Accdemia.

                                                            * Felt very secure in the building (locks, access, etc).

                                                            * Two bedrooms are both reasonably sized and had windows.

                                                            * had pull down shades over the windows and electron shades over the skylights. If you are tired you can sleep till noon because your room will be pitch black.

                                                            * Luca was great to deal with us. Met us at the door and gave us a full walk through of everything we need to know and had someone there to help us with our luggage.


                                                            * It is four flights of stairs. Totally fine if your are in reasonable shape, but if you have issues with stairs may not be the place for you.

                                                            * Had a washer, but no dryer. Had to hang everything dry. There was an iron to get rid of the wrinkles.

                                                            Overall a great stay in a great location. Would highly recommend.


                                                            San Giovanni, Florence, Italy

                                                            Nearby Facilities, Flora apartment is situated in the historical heart of Florence and all the museums, art galleries and monuments are few minutes on foot. Tours of the Cupola, the Roof, and the Campanile of the Duomo are within 50 meters of the apartment. There are also banks, post offices, an hospital, chemistries, supermarkets, shops, live theater and cinemas

                                                            Rates & Availability

                                                            Additional information about rental rates

                                                            Rental price per property and up to 4 pax. Please take note that the rates do not include electricity and final cleaning. Electricity Euros 0,40 x KiloWatt hour from June 1st to September 30th ( I will take charge of 2.00 euros per day ) Winter season: Heating included in the rental price. Final cleaning Euros 50 upon arrival Stay Tax: 2.50 euros per person per night for a max of 7 nights

                                                            126 Reviews
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