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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC

Bedrooms 1
Space 484 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

1 Bedroom apartment, 1 Bathroom, sleeps 4, WiFi, AC

This split level, open plan, first floor apartment, retains many of its original period features. The wooden ceiling beams and chandeliers provides an exclusive and romantic atmosphere in the heart of Florence City centre. The apartment is the perfect base to explore the treasures of Florence City centre or explore the surrounding Tuscany countryside. The train station and bus station are very close. All the car rental firms are on this street so cars can be hired in the same street.

The upper level comprises of the large bedroom and ensuite bathroom. (Bed size is 2m x 1.6m  (6ft 6 inches x 5ft 2 inches).

The lower level (two steps down) comprises of the living room / dining room with the kitchen set off. The air conditoning unit provides cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. Double glazing has been installed to the windows. A new bed, mattress and washing machine has been installed. A new router allows free unlimited wifi internet access.

The Ponte Vecchio and Uffizzi gallery is less than ten minutes walk, along the river Arno.

Borgo Ognissanti is a one way street that has lots of speciality shops that makes it easy and convenient to buy groceries, fresh bread and milk. The street boasts several local supermarkets that have good quality fresh produce, fishmongers, speciality meats, wines, bakery and some excellent restaurants. In addition to fine art and furniture shops. There are car hire shops in the street and a garage for private parking. Parking is not included in the price. St Regis Hotel and the Westin Excelsior Hotels are nearby in Piazza D'Ognissanti (3 minutes walk, 220 metres as stated on googlemaps) which are arguably the two finest hotels in Florence and giving you confidence that the location is excellent for visiting the sites. You have the location without the price of these hotels and even more space than a hotel room. The police station (Carabinieri) is also in Borgo Ognissanti which provides a sense of safety and security to the area. We accept payments in Euros contact us to learn how to pay in Euros.

More Details

William Keene
Member since: 2003
Premier Partner

This VRBO partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks: english, We accept Paypal, transferwise and bank transfers.
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
August 19, 2018

About William Keene

We have provided additional information that we think will be useful to your stay on and

The apartment is in a 17th Century building and is owned by William’s family whose ancestors owned the English Pharmacy (Farmacia Inglese) on one of the main streets of Florence, via de’ Tornabuoni.

William’s grandparents left before the war and moved to England where they then set up many similar pharmacies in the City of London.

You can still see the Farmacia on via de’ Tornabuoni which has now been turned into a shoe shop, but all the original wooden display cabinets for the medicines and tinctures are still there.

We hope you will enjoy discovering this beautiful historic City and visit again.

Why William Keene chose Porta al Prato

This property is in the historical City centre close to the train and bus stations and has good local shops but also a short walk to the main tourist attractions. The river Arno is also very close by that provides wonderful views. The Westin Excelsior and St Regis hotels are nearby arguably the two best hotels in Florence. The Police station is in the same street that adds to the sense of security. The apartment with its period features provides a link with the past.

What makes this apartment unique

Central location allows you to walk to all the tourist sites. Speciality shops in the same street provides great food and fabulous restaurants. Car hire available in the same street with Hertz, Avis etc. Free unlimited WiFi. On first floor so only one flight of steps. Air conditioning & washing machine.

Guestbook comments from the owner

Subject: Testimonial

Our Florence apartment was a perfect home away from home. Clean and well stocked kitchen. The bathroom has a terrific shower!! The dining and sleeping areas gave us our own personal space when needed. I felt safe since the neighborhood is surrounded by quality shops & hotels (2 Best Westerns right around the corner) which gave us a true sense of security. The little family owned market just across the street provided fresh fruits, vegetables, beverages, cheeses, & meats for home cooked meals when we did't want to eat out. What I liked most was we were close to all of the galleries & sites we wanted to see, and some we hadn't planned on seeing. Florence is an easy city to get around in. You can visit all of the famous museums & cathedrals on foot since our apartment was in close proximity everthing. Our host gave us excellent directions to get to the apt from the terminal and we were in there and comfotable just minutes after our train arrived in the station. I really loved visiting Florence and staying at 74 Borgo Ognisannti. It was my favorite apartment & city of our 24 day tour to Paris, Rome & Florence.


Bill & Kat C.

San Francisco & Redding CA. USA
Aug 2013
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Porta al Prato Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 484 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - toilet , shower , bidet
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main - 1 double , A cot is available upon request
  • the sofa bed can sleep two people.
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books for Adults
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • coin laundry
  • live theater
  • museums
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • freshwater fishing
  • tennis
Baby sitting available on request and by prior agreement. Cot and baby feeding seat present in apartment. The free wifi allows access to the internet for tablets and phones. Carbon monoxide alarm and smoke detector installed in the apartment. There is a car park in the same street as the apartment. Parking is not included in the price.


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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
average rating of 4.4418607 based on 44 reviews


  • 5 of 5

Charming, lived like a local feeling. Great way to experience life in Florence. Incredible location.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2018
  • Stayed: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bill, thank you for the fantastic review and wonderful to hear that you found the apartment charming, the location incredible and had a great experience of life in Florence living as a local. Kind regards William.
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Madison, WI

Very Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay at Santa Maria Novella. The bed was very comfortable and with the shutters closed it was very dark, which made for great sleeping. The location is convenient to the bus and train station and we used this as our starting point to tour other cities. Beatrice was very kind and helpful. We would stay there again.

  • Submitted: Oct 28, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Mary, thank you for your excellent review and great to hear that you enjoyed your stay, found the bed very comfortable and had great sleep. The location convenient for the bus and train stations and Beatrice very kind and helpful. We look forward to seeing you again. kind regards William.
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Great location!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment was perfect for our family. It slept 2 adults and 2 teenagers comfortably. It is close to restaurants, markets, bakeries, shopping and points of interest. Beatrice who checked us in was so nice and helpful. The only downside is there are steep steps to get to the apartment so those with mobility problems should be aware. FYI- there is a Michelin rated restaurant across the street. The pastry shop right below the apartment has the most delicious goodies and the price was great. It was less expensive to run down every morning than buy groceries and prepare breakfast.

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Sherri, wonderful to hear that you found the apartment perfect for your family and enjoyed the Michelin rated, il Profeta restaurant opposite and bakery below. Great to hear that you found Beatrice so nice and helpful. Thank you for your review. kind regards William
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Perfect location. Very inventive photography.

  • 4 of 5

Very clean and in a fantastic location. Both the manager and cleaner were delightful ladies and couldn't have been more helpful. Water pressure good and plenty of hot water from the emersion heater in the bathroom. Easy walking distance to all major sights, bus and railway stations.Right over the top of a bakery and opposite one of the best restaurants on Tuscany, Il Profeta. Air conditioning worked well once my husband climbed up ladder and cleaned out the filter, which was a relief as temperatures were in the low to mid 30's for most of our stay and there is zero cross ventilation in the apartment. Free wifi worked well, but there's no usb recharger so you'll need something that plugs into an Italian socket.

Having arrived late and tired from a stay in an amazing apartment in Paris (have to admit at twice the price though), to say I was somewhat underwhelmed would be an understatement. However after a day or so I came around to the joys of climbing stairs almost as steep as a vertical ladder, getting caught in the spring back of the split front door, making coffee on a camping stove and slipping off the toilet seat, in favour of appreciating a comfortable bed, superb location and relatively low cost.

Whilst the photos on the website don't actually lie, they are somewhat inventive. The only natural light comes from the shuttered front window - the one in the kitchenette doesn't open, so we couldn't open the outside shutters to let in light.The electric lights don't make the apartment as bright as it appears in the photos and the shower screen has been removed for the bathroom shots. In reality one's knees are very close to the screen and I suspect larger people would have to sit sideways. There Is a small sofa bed but only 2 midgets could fit side by side and it's uncomfortable to sit on, so I hate to think what it would be like as a bed. No amenities other than half a toilet roll were provided so you'll need to pop to the nearby small supermarket for handsoap etc. Washing machine was great, but no dryer so I don't know what you'd do in cooler weather.

In summary. we'd probably stay there again for the location and low cost - after all we were pretty much only there to sleep, shower and change.

  • Submitted: Jul 1, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Tracy, good to hear that you found the apartment very clean, in a fantastic location, opposite what you consider one of the best restaurants in Tuscany. The air conditioning, free WiFi worked well and you appreciated the comfortable bed. The photographs show the double glazed windows in the kitchen and sitting room that open onto the single lane, one way street. The bathroom photograph shows that the shower door folds inwards as well as outwards. It has not been removed (as you claim) as it is still visible in the photograph. The photograph of the sitting room window open and kitchen shows behind the kitchen door, is a clothes airer / dryer (clothes horse) to use after using the washing machine in the kitchen. In addition it shows the microwave and fridge / freezer. kind regards William
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Close to everything

  • 3 of 5

The photos of this apartment were a bit misleading, the apartment is a bit more rustic than what it appears. Beware, if you are elderly or have young children it is a challenge to get into the building. The entrance is a split door and only half of it opens, we had to turn sideways to get in through the doorway. Then we climbed steep stairs to the landing of the apartment.

The apartment suited our basic needs but we had to purchase items our first day there: tp, hand soap, etc. Lighting the stove was a challenge, we were provided with a lighter to light the old gas stove. A bit scary but we did it.

The hot water in the apartment was amazing, immediate hot water. The shower however could use a good scrubbing. We realize the building is old and can smell musty.

The apartment is quiet at night but if you want to rest during the day the street noise makes it impossible, mainly due to the motorcycles constantly riding down the street.

We hate to write a negative review but wish we would have known the downside of this apartment. The location is great to get around and it is near the train station. The restaurant across the street is very good also.

  • Submitted: Jun 5, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Patty, I read with interest your comments and would like to clarify some of your points. Both entrance doors open. You open one door with a key and pull down the latch at the top of the other door and lift up the latch at the bottom. There are approximately 20 steps to the apartment front door with handrails on both sides of the staircase. This is a self catering apartment so it is normal to purchase items for your stay. There is an electric microwave oven with grill and roasting facilities, in addition to the gas four ring hob, for cooking food bought from the very local shops outside in the single lane, one way street. Florence and the building is old and we have installed air conditioning, WiFi, double glazing, TV, DVD, oak flooring, fridge / freezer and washing machine in the apartment. kind regards William
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Herne Hill, Victoria

Comfortable apartment, close to train station in Florence

  • 4 of 5

This apartment was very comfortable and convenient. It was an easy walk to the main train station in Florence (5-10 mins, which was great for our arrival & departure with luggage). Beatrice (who met us with the keys) was friendly & helpful. It was clean, roomy and had all the facilities we needed. There are excellent bakeries & a great small supermarket (with an excellent deli ) extremely close by. It is easy to walk most places in Florence so being a little out of the centre was no problem and when we didn't want to walk, there are many of the local buses that leave from right near the station. It is close to the river, so evening strolls down to & along the river were very pleasant.

On the down side: the street is quite busy, so traffic noise could be annoying with the windows open, so at night we slept with them closed & the reverse cycle airconditioner on. The apartment is on the 1st floor and the stairway from the narrow street door up to the first floor is very steep, which could be a problem for some.

  • Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jan, we live in the City of London and are used to the sounds of a working City and find Florence quiet by comparison. You did as we do, which is sleep with the outside and inside wooden shutters and double glazed windows closed to keep the sun and city sounds out and have the air conditioning on. With the apartment on the first floor, above the bakery, there are less stairs to climb, approximately 20, with hand rails on both sides of the stairs. We are delighted and happy that you found the apartment, very comfortable and convenient. Found it an easy walk to most places. Enjoyed the excellent bakeries and deli extremely close by, with very pleasant evening strolls along the nearby river Arno. Enjoyed the easy walk to the main train station, which you found great for arrival and departure with luggage and catching buses. Found Beatrice very friendly and helpful and the apartment clean, roomy with all the facilities that you needed. Kind regards, William
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Florence (Peretola) also called Amerigo Vespucci
Car: not necessary

The apartment is on Borgo Ognissanti which is a couple of minutes from the River Arno and close to the famous Grand and Excelsior Hotels at Piazza Ognissanti. It is directly above a bakery which is convenient for buying fresh brioche in the mornings. Opposite is the highly recommended Il Profeta restaurant, which has fantastic food.

Santa Maria Novella train station is approximately five minutes walk from the apartment. We will send you a map showing the apartment location in the Centre of Florence when a rental inquiry is made.

There is a secure private car park available in the same street one minute from the apartment. Parking is not included in the price. You can walk along the Arno to visit the Ponte Vecchio (the old bridge), Uffizi gallery, Piazza della Signoria and on to the Duomo and Giotto's Tower. Alternatively cross over the ponte vecchio to visit the Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens in the Oltrano district.

Other Activities: Within easy walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. If you are arriving by car there is a secure private car park in the same street. Parking is not included in the price.


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