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Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy
  • Apartment780 sqft
  • Bedrooms2
  • Sleeps5
  • Bathrooms1
  • Half Baths1
  • Minimum Stay2 - 3 nights

2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms cozy flat in hip neighbourhood

This fabulous apartment is located in the heart of the Oltrarno district (recently spotted among the 10 world’s coolest neighbourhoods), just a few steps away from Santo Spirito square and all of the typical antique shops, artisans' studios and great restaurants the neighbourhood has to offer. Located on the first floor of a beautiful Palazzo of via dei Serragli, it has been entirely renovated in 2013, repainted in 2017, and can sleep up to 5 guests.

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The bridge right next to the apartment is Ponte della Carraia, where it is possible to find excellent cafes' and restaurants and just walk through streets with unbeatable character and fantastic shopping. All of the city's main monuments and points of interests can be quickly and easily reached in a just a few minutes walk. To name a few examples: world renowned Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) is just a about a 5 minutes walk away, the Uffizi museum and Piazza dell Signoria just about 7/8 minutes, Santo Spirito square (with its wonderful daily market) about 2 minutes away and the Pitti Palace about 5 minutes away.

Please note that the loft is inside the centre town's restricted traffic area, so it is ideal for those travelling by plane or train, wishing to live as a local, within walking distance of the main tourist attractions. However, upon request, a car pick-up and parking service is available and includes cancellation of any penalty for entering the restricted area outside of the accessible times.


The apartment is about 780 square feet large on two levels - with a loft section connected by a wooden stair case. It can sleep up to 4 guests and comes with 2 bedrooms and 1 and a half bathrooms.

It has been entirely renovated in 2013, repainted in 2017, and is very quiet, with double-paned windows, air-conditioning, wi-fi, (see speed below*), a flat TV with blu ray reader and elegant furniture including lively paintings.


1. Nominal bandwidth

-Downloads: 20 Mbps

-Upload: 1 Mbps

2. Minimum data speed transmission (minimum bandwidth *)

-Download: 7.2 Mbps

-Upload: 400 Kilobits /s

The entrance of the apartment opens up on the living area that features a cozy living room and a dining area with an open fully equipped kitchen.

One double bedroom with a king-size bed overlooking a quiet courtyard allows for a peaceful night sleep, undisturbed regardless of the potential late night happenings of the lively neighbourhood.

The upstairs mezzanine/loft hosts two single beds and is light and airy thanks also to its large window. It is possible to easily stand up in the mezzanine as in its highest part the ceiling is at about 6 feet.1” but mind the beam at its end! 

The first bathroom has wonderful wooden exposed beams, and features a sink, walk-in shower, toilet and bidet. The second (half) bathroom comes with a toilet, a basin. a washing machine.


The name “Oltrarno” literally means “beyond the Arno”, and this district, which stretches along the south bank of the river, represents the true character of Florence and in general is quieter, greener and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence so that many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno area for this reasons.

Locals still live and work in this area and have not given it over completely to generic chain shops and hotels as some of the other area of the center have slowly done. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (especially furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antiques trade. In many little squares and streets of this area the traditional daily life can still be seen more easily than elsewhere in the city. Monuments, museums, churches, palaces, parks: Pitti Palace, the Ponte Vecchio, Santo Spirito Square, the Gardens of Boboli - as well as Yoga studios, bookstores with restaurant, cafés, music venues, jazz shops, art galleries and the best restaurants in town for quality price ratio make the Oltrarno the trendiest district of Florence.


The check in time is from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m and the check out is at 10.00 a.m.

A security deposit of 100 euros - if included in the booking total - will be given back to guests on departure after checking for damage or breakage.

The price listed is inclusive of wi-fi internet connection, tv & air conditioning/heating, utilities. In the booking details you shall find a 50 euros final cleaning fee, which will be incresed by a 12,50 euros laundry extra cost per person per stay, above 2 guests.

The Florence city tax is 3,00 € per >12 years old person per night. Such amount shall be collected in cash at check-in, and paid by the flat owner to the City of Florence on a monthly basis - see http://centroservizi.lineacomune.it/immagini/images/IMPOSTASOGGIORNO/firenze2014/Multilingua.pdf" and http://centroservizi.lineacomune.it/immagini/images/IMPOSTASOGGIORNO/firenze2014/misuraimposta2015.pdf.

Tourists arriving in Italy must submit a declaration of presence form to a local police office within 1 day of arrival. A photo of the main page of the passport of every guest is hence required (alternatively passport details such as number [only for the head odf the family or group], date and country of birth, citizenship), before arrival or at check- in.



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About Owner

My name is Gaia. I am an economist but have worked in movies as production secretary and script critic, and currently for a museums' photo agency so I often deal with Florence's art. I am fluent in English and French, and speak a little Spanish. I am married with a photographer and chef, and we have a 10 years old daughter. I grew up in Rome and have briefly lived in France - and in Florence since 1997. I love meeting people from other cultures. Tel. +39 338 6843256 You are welcome to check my family's other properties in Venice https://www.vrbo.com/708997 - Live like a Venetian, San Gimignano- https://www.vrbo.com/814311 Fabulous 3br Designer Barn With All Comforts & Stunning Views, and brand new listing in the Chianti countryside - https://www.vrbo.com/1230797 - FAB DESIGNER VILLA W/AMAZING VIEWS & POOL, TOP CHIANTI LOCATION NR SIENA

Owner purchased this Apartment in 2014

Why Owner chose Santo Spirito

I wanted a safe, quiet, comfortable, clean, and fully-functional flat as a future home for my daughter in the Oltrarno, which is my favourite district. Oltrarno preserved until today a truly Florentine atmosphere made of art and artisans, squares where people meet and live together, shops and unique workshops, cafes and restaurants, world-famous and lesser-known museums and monuments - and a way of life you cannot find in other quarters of Florence.

What makes this Apartment unique

What I especially liked besides the ideal location allowing you to walk to the main attraction points, is the twin beds mezzanine, the kitchen internal window openind onto the adjacent dining area, the two bathrooms, the high ceilings and the quietness of the loft.


    • Internet
    • Air Conditioning
    • Heater
    • Kids Welcome
    • Washer & Dryer
    • TV
    • No Smoking


      • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
      • Bedroom 1
        1 king
      • Bedroom 2


        • 1 Bathroom, 1 Half Bath
        • Bathroom 1
          toilet, shower, bidet
        • Bathroom 2
          toilet, WASHING MACHINE

          Location Type

            • Downtown


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


                    • Guests provide their own meals


                        • Internet
                          Wi-Fi rooter (wireless internet) in main bedroom with good connection inside the whole flat INTERNET SPEED 1. Nominal bandwidth -Downloads: 20 Mbps -Upload: 1 Mbps 2. Minimum dat
                        • Air Conditioning
                          Solit system, splitters in living room and one in main bedroom
                        • Garage
                          Garage on the other side of the Arno, 25 /30 (for big cars) euros every 24 hours. Pick up service when you arrive and leave included.
                        • Hair Dryer
                        • Heating
                          space heaters (A/C splitters)
                        • Elevator
                          an elevator key is provided with the house keys
                        • Iron & Board
                        • Linens Provided
                        • Living Room
                        • Towels Provided
                          bath towels, bat robes, kitchen towels
                        • Washing Machine


                            • Coffee Maker
                            • Dishes & Utensils
                            • Dishwasher
                            • Kitchen
                            • Microwave
                            • Oven
                            • Pantry Items
                            • Refrigerator
                            • Stove
                            • Toaster


                                • Dining
                                • Dining Area
                                • comfy seating for 6 people


                                    • DVD Player
                                      Blu ray and dvd reader
                                    • Games
                                    • Stereo
                                    • Television
                                    • Video Library
                                      5 good movies in English


                                        • Long-term Renters Welcome


                                            • churches
                                            • cinemas
                                            • health/beauty spa
                                            • library
                                            • live theater
                                            • museums
                                            • restaurants
                                            • ruins
                                            • winery tours

                                              Leisure Activities

                                                • antiquing
                                                • photography
                                                • shopping
                                                • sight seeing
                                                • walking

                                                  Local Services & Businesses

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

                                                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                                                        • cycling
                                                        • golf
                                                        • mountain biking
                                                        • roller blading
                                                        • tennis


                                                            • Private chef private driver and Wine tour upon request

                                                              House Rules

                                                              Check-in: 4:00 PM

                                                              Check-out: 10:00 AM

                                                              Cancellation Policy

                                                              Canceled bookings will not receive a refund

                                                              36 Reviews


                                                              Latest reviews

                                                              Lovely apartment, in Fabulous Florence

                                                              Tiffany H.Michigan

                                                              We had a fabulous stay. From the moment I made contact with the 1st booking to the departing of the apartment at the end of our stay everything was great. Very nice apartment, with a lift for luggage, and plenty of room and extremely quite in the evenings. There were great places to dine, lovely shops close by, and a fabulous gelato place right on the corner. We will be back again for our next trip to Florence.

                                                              Great location

                                                              Rebecca B.

                                                              This apartment worked very well for our family of 4 (2 kids - 10 and 13). It was clean and spacious (one minor exception - cover on couch is a bit grubby, but it's white, so hard to avoid!). Beds were very comfortable. Very central location - easy 15-min walk to Duomo -

                                                              less than 10 min to Ponte Vecchio. Lots of restaurants nearby as well as grocery stores. Also 2 good gelati places very close by. Cristina and Gaia were great - very responsive and helpful in arranging transport to airport. Cristina was very warm and welcoming. And was very nice to have a bottle of wine waiting for us.

                                                              Very comfortable apartment in a great location

                                                              Edmund S.Surrey, UK

                                                              We had a very pleasant stay in Gaia's apartment. It is well appointed with everything you could want for a comfortable stay. It is well located with a small supermarket and good selection of restaurants within a few minute's walk and within 15 minutes you can reach many of the wonderful places of interest in Florence. Gaia was very helpful by allowing us to leave our luggage at the apartment until the early afternoon on our last day.

                                                              Quiet, comfortable loft in a fantastic neighborhood.

                                                              Nick and Kate M.Boston, MA

                                                              This was a wonderful apartment for our stay in Firenze. It's comfortable, inviting, and within easy walking distance of tourist attractions and excellent restaurants. The building is charming and very quiet at night. We would happily stay here again.

                                                              Perfect Location

                                                              Linda G.

                                                              We really enjoyed staying here. It was very quiet, the kitchen is well equipped and the beds were very comfortable. We could walk to many attractions, restaurants and a fantastic gelato shop! Gaia and Cristina were very helpful throughout our stay.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks Linda and Diane , it was great to meet you! Hope to see you back

                                                              A true Home away from Home!!

                                                              Indra K.Berkeley, CA

                                                              We just returned from a 19 day stay at this property and loved every minute of it. We were greeted, right on time, by Christina, who helps to manage the property, and lives in the building, too-very convenient if you have questions. Gaia, the owner is lovely and from day one, responded to our inquiries within the same day. We were able to communicate via text to both when we had questions about where to go and what to eat from the locals. Since we were staying for quite a while, we were able to get a real feel of Florence and the Oltrarno neighborhood. The location is excellent since it is only a 10 minute walk to the big sites ( Uffizi, Duomo, Ponte Vecchio) but at the same time away from the crazy tourist scene. The street that the apt is located on is very busy, however, we never heard a thing once inside. The inside is tastefully and cheerfully decorated with original oil paintings. The ceiling is high, with the loft access and there are two sets of large windows to give lots of light. The loft has two twin beds and a closet which we did not use, but would be great for kids. As usual with a loft, the ceiling is sloped, which does not give much standing room, but we did not need it.The One and a half Bathroom set up worked well for us. Just one shower, but that was all we needed. The Master bedroom was average size but the bed, a King size, was very comfortable. The Oltrarno neighborhood is home to many locals which makes it authentic. There are several clothing boutiques, Vintage clothing stores and several Home Accessory stores that have one of a kind items. There are also Artisans that are actually working on their items including a Wood working store .There is a chain grocery store and a Pharmacy and ATM one block away. This was the best VRBO we have had and consider ourselves fortunate to have met Gaia and Christina and hope to return.

                                                              Owner's Response:

                                                              Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and appreciation of your stay. It was a pleasure to host you guys and I reciprocally consider myself fortunate you chose my flat. Hope to see you again in Italy soon.


                                                              Santo Spirito, Florence, Italy

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