Luxury Apartment on the Arno in the Center of Florence
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- Minimum stay:7 nights
- Property type:Apartment
- Pets considered:No
- Wheel chair accessible:Yes
In the heart of Renaissance Florence, this large, elegant apartment overlooks the Arno 100 meters downstream from the Grand Hotel. The Duomo, Uffizi, and all the other museums and art-filled churches are 10 minutes away by foot, if you don't stop to window-shop along the way. The flat is on the second floor (American style) of a 19th century palazzo, built in the classic Florentine style. There is an elevator. The view, from the living room, dining room, and study, includes the Arno and the 'Oltrarno' section of the city, with Brunelleschi's Santo Spirito and the Pitti Palace, and beyond are the Belvedere Fortress and the Bellosguardo hill, with villas visited by Dante and Boccaccio and olive groves, vineyards, and 600-year old cypresses.
If you look out the windows to your left, you see the palaces lining the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio. In the midst of this intense little city, the apartment provides an oasis of spacious calm, the ideal refuge from visiting museums and shopping.
The apartment has a large living room (24 feet by 16 feet), a dining room that sits 10 adults, and an elegant study with beautiful views in two directions.
The master bedroom is 17 feet by 16 feet, with a queen-size bed, and has a large master bathroom en-suite (17 feet by 7 feet), with a bathtub and a large, separate stall shower. A smaller bedroom also has a queen-sized bed and a small bathroom with large shower en-suite.There is a third bedroom, with a single bed, off of the master bedroom. In addition, in the study, there is a brand-new, high-quality day bed and trundle, which can be made up as a single bed, as two single beds, or as a king-sized bed.
One of the joys of the apartment is a large (500 square foot), covered terrace, in the back of the apartment, well-furnished for enjoying cocktails or a meal, or just for hanging out on a lazy day.
Located on the Lungarno Amerigo Vespucci, in one of the most elegant neighborhoods of central Florence, the apartment is within a few minutes walking distance of all that Florence has to offer - art, history, culture, and world famous shops and celebrated restaurants. The new Opera di Firenze is a 15 minute walk. The main city park, the Cascine, with tennis courts and swimming pools, is a 10-minute walk away.
Just behind the flat is the Borg'Ognissanti, one of the most elegant shopping streets in Florence, with stores selling antiques, jewelry, leather, linen, groceries, pastries, plus Botticelli's parish church. Gucci, Pucci, Ferragamo, Valentino, Prada, Armani, Ermenegildo Zegna, Buccellati, Frette, etc., are all within easy walking distance - as are many wonderful shops that aren't world famous - yet.
Many of Florence's most celebrated restaurants are in the neighborhood, but if you want to cook in the flat's up-to-date kitchen, there also are superb butchers, bakers, fruit and vegetable vendors, a fish-monger, etc. The main city food market is at San Lorenzo, which is 10 minutes away by foot, and there is also an excellent modern supermarket 15 minutes away by foot. If you want to explore Tuscany, the main Florence railroad station is a 10-minute walk away. The main bus station is just before the railroad station.
Keywords: Luxury apartment on the Arno
Member since: 2005
- On floor 2
- 2000 sq. ft.
- Vacation Rental
- Guests Provide Their Own Meals
- Housekeeper Optional
- Children Welcome
- Non Smoking Only
Bedrooms: 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 7, Beds for 7
Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom
- Air Conditioning and heating controlled by the tenant; satellite TV with DVD player; computer with DSL internet connection; fully equipped kitchen with microwave, Nespresso espresso machine, "American-style" electric drip coffee maker, dishwasher, etc.; washing machine, large, covered terrace in the rear of the apartment. There are also hundreds of books, including a varied collection of guide books to Florence, other places in Italy, and much of Europe. ...moreless
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- Tourist Attractions
- Botanical Garden
- Health/Beauty Spa
- Live Theater
- Winery Tours
Local Services & Businesses
- Fitness Center
- Medical Services
- Eco Tourism
- Outlet Shopping
- Scenic Drives
- Sight Seeing
- Wildlife Viewing
The apartment is in the western part of the historical center. The absolute center of town - the area between the Cathedral ("Duomo") and the city hall ("Palazzo Vecchio") is 10-15 minutes walk....moreless
- Monument View
Sports & Adventure Activities
- Fly Fishing
- Freshwater Fishing
- Hot Air Ballooning
- Air Conditioning
- Broadband Access
- Computer Available:
- Hair Dryer
- Iron & Board
- Linens Provided
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- Towels Provided
- Washing Machine
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Pool / Spa
- Housekeeper Optional
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My Standard Rate
7 night min stay
Additional information about rental rates
- Refundable Damage Deposit $536.15
For each person in a party larger than five, there is a supplemental charge of 300 euros per person per week, or 50 euros per person per night.
One half the rent is due at time of booking. Remaining half of the rent and the damage deposit are due 60 days prior to occupancy.
Owner's cancellation policy:
Policy available by contacting owner when booking
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Car: Not Necessary
Tennis and swimming are available in the Cascine Park, which is 10 minutes away by foot. There is a gym about five minutes away by foot. People catch fish in the Arno just in front of the apartment. Just behind the apartment is an elegant shopping street, and all the famous Florentine shops are within a few minutes walking distance. The neighborhood has superb restaurants, food shops, bakeries, etc. The municipal theatre - the site of the Maggio Musicale festival - is a two-minute walk away. All the major museums and art-filled churches are within easy walking distance, as are the train station and the inter-city bus station.
Why the Owner Chose Santa Maria Novella, Florence, Italy:
This apartment has been in the family since just after World War II. It is our home in Europe, and we love it dearly. We frequently spend up to two or three months a year here, and hope to make it our full-time home when my wife retires in a couple of years.
The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
The thing that makes this apartment truly special is its location. All of the wonderful things that Florence has to offer - art, music, shopping, food, wine, and so on - are at the very doorstep. But the apartment is a total escape from the hurly-burly of this intense little city. With its spactious rooms and terrace, and its breathtaking views over the Arno, it really provides a warm and tranquil oasis.
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This listing was first published here in 2006.
Date last modified - Wednesday, November 30, 2016
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