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The Florian Apartment: The feeling of touching the Duomo

Bedrooms 1
Space 480 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


VRBO Bear stayed here

We found this property to be beary special

About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-3)

The apartment 'Florian' 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.

Florian 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.

Florian is a romantic and welcoming apartment comprising: a cosy living room with a comfortable sofa bed (120 by 195), a small and fully-equipped kitchen with a balcony that offers a charming view of Florence, a bedroom with two single beds (85 by 200) that can be transformed into a double bed. A small entrance hall with a splendid view of the Duomo and one modern bathroom with shower complete the description of the apartment.

All modern comforts are provided: air conditioning, LCD TV, satellite TV, washing machine, dishwasher, microwave oven, american coffee, WiFI internet dsl no cable, air conditioning, safe, 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 68449 / Homeaway 68449ha

Keywords: Apartment, , great view, new, elegant,one level,

panoramic views,rooftop,Duomo, modern kitchen,4 star

More Details

Member since: 2005
Premier Partner

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

Speaks: english, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within an hour
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
January 18, 2018

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 Duomo

The entire top floor of the building belonged to my family for over 200 years

What makes this apartment unique

The best location in the Florence’s historical centre

Guestbook comments from the owner

Great location! Easy to reach everywhere. Apartment is cute and clean. Although it was first time to visit frolence, I was so comfortable. Because of Luca who was owner of this apartment. He was so nice and friendy. I will stay Luca's apartment when I visit there again. Luca, sorry for taking a time to leave the comment. I love your apartment!!
Jun 2008
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Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 480 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Gas Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 3 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • The bathroom is well designed with a window .You have a very confortable shower, bidet, hair-dryer and hair-straightener.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 3
  • King size bed (1) or two single beds on request, Baby Cribs (1), A sofa bed (1) with a high quality Italian design, Baby Cribs on request (1)
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • outlet shopping
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • golf privileges optional
  • swimming
  • tennis
Windows in front of the Duomo, LCD TV, american coffee machine, Safe, Security door and intercom


You will love this central location while exploring the Florence sights.

VRBO Bear stayed here

Nov 6, 2017

The VRBO bear took a step back in time and landed in the Renaissance age in the heart of Florence, Italy. Bliss began with gorgeous views of the Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore and the Cathedral of Florence, right outside the window of this adorable apartment. The rustic vibe in the quaint space immersed us in authentic Italian design and culture. As we lounged in the main bedroom with a hot cup of tea, the music from the street musicians could softly reach your ears. Open any of the windows, and the sounds of the locals bustling through the shops and restaurants made us feel as if we had lived there our whole lives. The apartment is in the perfect, central location within the breathtaking Piazza del Duomo, with easy access to every art gallery or museum in the area. Take a short and scenic walk to the Galleria dell’Accademia to marvel Michelangelo’s David’s work and others who are among the greatest artists of our time. Of course, the local restaurants had us coming back for more delicious food and wine every evening. Nothing was more romantic than walking along the cobblestone streets with a slight drizzle of rain to coat the incredible architecture of the buildings. If you want to experience a true getaway to one of the most beautiful cities in the world, this apartment provides the perfect place to do just that.

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The Florian Apartment: The feeling of touching the Duomo
average rating of 4.96063 based on 132 reviews
Amherst, NH, USA

Florian Apartment

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location with in walking distance to all classic Florentine venues. Quiet building with easy access to buses to anywhere. Many breakfast outlets and restaurants closeby. The Duomo bells are silent at night. Nightlife at outdoor cafe on next block goes until late, ear plugs a good option if light sleeper. Remember that ground is floor 1! So a 4th floor walk up is really the fifth floor. Stairs are easy, well lit. Worth the climb! Friendly and helpful owner who speaks English. We will stay here again.

  • Submitted: Nov 13, 2007
  • Stayed: March 2007
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dears, thank you for your comment. I try to do my best. I hope to meet you again in Florence next future. Ciao Luca
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Charming Location

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here, we felt quite privileged and fortunate to stay in such an old plaza in the heart of Florence's historic district, with a clear view of the magnificent Duomo.

Luca is a great host and took his time explaining the apartment and the area.

The flat was perfect for the two of us, with a large bedroom, small, comfortable sitting room, and efficient kitchen and WC (with a wonderful shower). There is a small balcony off the kitchen and here we placed some small pieces of laundry to dry, there is a space with pegs provided. We spent 3 nights. We "ate in" one night with takeaway food (lasagne, mmm... ) from nearby Pegna supermarket (very good). There is no shortage of restaurants, bars, cafes, etc nearby.

The days were warm in late October, but Luca reset the thermostat so we were comfortable in the evenings.

As is said elsewhere, this flat is on the fifth floor, and visitors to Florence walk a lot, so this flat may not be convenient for everyone; we're both 54 years old and managed probably 8 miles/15km per day, and took the steps twice each day. It was fine.

The flat is quiet at night. I only heard bells once, and they were lovely.

Very comfortable, wonderful stay, I would definitely recommend it to anyone. Grazie Luca, and Ciao!

  • Submitted: Nov 2, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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So close to Duomo

  • 5 of 5

Luca was a wonderful host. It had everything we needed and was in a great location.

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Amazing location in the heart of town!

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in Luca's apartment for a few nights on our tour through Tuscany and it was absolutely perfect! Luca met us at the apartment, made sure we understood how everything worked and oriented us to Florence. The apartment is literally 2 minutes to the Duomo and museums, 5-7 minutes to Palazzo Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery and Ponte Vecchio. 10 minutes to the Academy Gallery (David) and San Lorenzo. Quality food and shopping all within a very short distance. The apartment itself was very clean, has a great layout and would be especially nice for longer stays. It is on the top floor of the building, so it's got a lot of stairs to go up, but that is hardly a problem given the location. It has all the amenities you need: washer, microwave, coffee maker, dishwasher, television, etc. We plan on calling Luca immediately when plan a trip to Florence again or if friends or family are looking for a great place to stay. Thanks, Luca!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Perfect Location and Classic Florence Experience

  • 5 of 5

If you want to really feel like an Italiano living in Florence, this is the place you need to be. From the gorgeous views of the Duomo to the musicians on street scenes below, this hundreds year old building has the character and ambience that will only enhance your stay in this romantic city. The apartment is fully updated, bathroom and kitchen very nice. The bed was amazingly comfortable - a welcome gift at the end of a long day. And lots of space in the armoire and dresser for your things. Beautiful shops and restaurants just steps away from the front doors of the building. And even though this is right in the center of things, it was incredibly quiet at night. Room darkening shutters made our room perfect for getting a good night’s rest. Luca was fantastic, meeting us upon arrival and had a helper to take care of our luggage. He walked us through all we needed to know about the apartment and made himself available by text and phone anytime we needed guidance. He even reserved a cab to pick us up at 4 am to head to the airport when we departed. We loved everything about this place, and often left the windows open to hear the street musicians play Italian classics or hear the bells of the Duomo. While we read reviews of the steps ( this is essentially a 4th floor walk up) we found them completely do-able and great excercise after all the food and drink each day! If you have mobility issues or are disabled in any way, this would not be a choice for you. Another thing to know is that while nicely tiled and fully updated, the shower is a bit small. Fine for me but pretty cozy for my 6’1 husband! All in all, one of the best places we’ve stayed as a VRBO ‘er! Belissimo!

  • Submitted: Oct 14, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

We had a perfect stay in Luca's fantastic apartment.

The location is amazing - you can walk everywhere. So beautiful to hear the stunning music from downstairs when we'd come home in the evening & feel like we were listening to a little symphony almost!

The apartment is spotlessly clean & had everything we needed for our 4 night stay in Florence, you can literally walk everywhere from there. It's up a lot of stairs, but I personally don't mind the 4 or 5 flights because I like the exercise.

Luca is a wonderful, charming host.

I was a tiny but concerned when we had to pay the second payment in cash on arrival, but there was no need.

Thanks Luca!

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Il Duomo of Florence
"One of the most beautiful cathedral around the world - Santa Maria del Fiore - Few steps fro..."
Ponte Vecchio
"Amazing Ponte Vecchio "
Uffizi Gallery
"What else?"
Piazza della Signoria
"This unique square with the Palazzo vecchio and Loggia dei Lanzi"
Palazzo Vecchio
"Palazzo Vecchio located in Piazza della Signoria, with its magnificent Salone del 500 decora..."
Pitti Palace
"Pitti Palace was the residence of the Medici family. Inside there are museums and the magnif..."
Loggia dei Lanzi
"The Loggia dei Lanzi is located in Piazza della Signoria. The statues inside are so beautifu..."
Bargello Museum
"It was the first government building in Florence"
St. John's Baptistery
"Don't miss the Gates of Paradise made by Lorenzo Ghiberti"
Basilica di San Lorenzo
"Full of works of art inside"
"The best place with the Mercato Centrale for fruits and vegetables is the Mercato di Sant'Am..."
Chiesa di Santa Croce
Accademia Gallery
"The David of Michelangelo. "
Nearest Airport
7.45 Miles
aeroporto di Firenze Galileo Galilei
Nearest Ferry
56 Miles
Nearest Golf
9.5 Miles
Ugolino Golf Club
Nearest Train
0.75 Miles
Stazione SMN
Nearest Motorway
4 Miles
Firenze Sud
Nearest Ski
60 Miles
Nearest Beach
55 Miles
Nearest Point of Interest
Duomo Flat - Florian
Nearest Point of Interest
Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore
Nearest Point of Interest
Gates of Paradise
Nearest Point of Interest
Giotto's Bell
Nearest Point of Interest
Museo del Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore
Nearest Point of Interest
Accademia Museum
Car: not necessary

Nearby Facilities, Florian 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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Rental price per property and up to 3 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

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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