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FLORENCE CITY CENTRE, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY TRADITIONAL APARTMENT, WIFI, AC

William Keene

Advertiser since: 2003
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Bedrooms 1
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Minimum Stay 4 nights

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FLORENCE CITY CENTRE, CIRCA 17TH CENTURY TRADITIONAL APARTMENT, WIFI, AC

People4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights

Overview

Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Florence Historic Centre - Borgo Ognissanti Firenze

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. Cars can be hired in the same street.

The upper level comprises of the large bedroom and ensuite bathroom.

The lower level (two steps down) comprises of the living room / dining room with the kitchen set off. The new air conditoning unit provides cool air in the summer and warm air in the winter. The exterior of the building and the interior of the apartment has been recently painted. Double glazing has been installed to the windows. A new washing machine has been installed.

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 also several car hire shops in the street and a garage for private parking. St Regis Hotel and the Westin Excelsior Hotels are nearby in Piazza D'Ognissanti 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.

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Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
William Keene (Owner)
Advertiser since: 2003
Call Owner
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Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
100%
Calendar last updated:
19 December, 2014

About William Keene

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 Florence Historic Centre

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.

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.

Sincerely



Bill & Kat C.

San Francisco & Redding CA. USA
Aug 2013
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4.5
based on 25 holidaymaker reviews

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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
average rating of 4.48 based on 26 reviews
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Florence Historic Centre Florence
4

Cozy with perfect location

  • 4 out of 5
My husband and I had a wonderful stay in Florence, the location of the apartment was perfect and the recommendations of places to eat we found helpful. Apartment cozy and perfect for 2 to stay.... The only reason we did not give it 5 stars is because the bed was not great.....no support, needs replacing. We found the ease of booking and meeting up with Elisa great and very smooth. If we find ourselves back in Florence we would definitely stay at the apartment.
  • Review Submitted: 05-Nov-2014
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
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Florence Historic Centre Florence
5

Lovely, ideally located apartment in Firenze!

  • 5 out of 5
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay in 74 Borgo Ognisannti. The apartment is spacious and very comfortable. During the day we would open the shutters and let the vibe of the neighborhood envelope us. At night once the shutters were closed and secured the apartment was very quiet and almost soundproof, not to mention very dark. We both slept very, very well. The bed is a comfortable king.

There was good communication with the owner throughout the renting process. Everything easy and straight forward. We were met by Michela and her daughter who ran through all the key points. Please be aware there is currently no TV or WiFi for handheld devices, only a Wind USB stick for laptops. I am told this is in the process of being rectified. As much as my husband and I enjoyed going to a cafe or bar in the evening to take advantage of free WiFi there were some evenings, especially after a busy sightseeing day when we would have welcomed staying Home and accessing email and social media from the comfort of the apartment.

The location is ideal. Close enough to be an easy 5 minute walk to the train station. Many excellent restaurants on Borgo Ognisannti (Il Profeta and Baccus to name just 2) and the surrounding area (Il Latini for a wonderful, Tuscan feast!) Cafés, bars, pastry and fish shop and plenty of small delis and markets to pick up provisions since the apartment has a fully functioning kitchen.

My husband and I hope to return to Firenze someday and would welcome staying here again.

Thank you William, Elisa & Michela. : )

Ann & Dan Ma
  • Review Submitted: 22-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: May 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Dan & Ann, it is great to hear that you thoroughly enjoyed your stay in the apartment and found it spacious, very comfortable and the location ideal. We look forward to seeing you again. Kind regards William
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4

Charming, spacious and well located.

  • 4 out of 5
My mom and I stayed here during a 12 night trip through Italy for her 65th. This apartment was great. Super comfortable bed - best of the trip - and spacious, so room to spread out and chill. We took advantage of the washing machine, which was a nice little perk. Elisa met us at the apartment and gave us a few tips about the apartment and area. It's right across the bridge from the Oltrarno and the best restaurants in Florence, in my opinion, so that was fantastic. Also pretty close to everything when walking around and seeing the sights.

Given that the building is really old, there are a lot of little things to be aware of that came in handy, like resetting the circuits if you were using too many outlets, etc. Full disclosure, if you are older or have any kind of health, knee or walking impediments, then you would have difficulty getting up the steps since they're super steep, but it is only one floor.

I would have given this apartment 5 stars, but we did encounter a few snafus that the owner has hopefully addressed. The shower, while hot and big enough, was falling off the wall and made the situation stressful. They just needed to reaffix the bar holding the head, so no big deal, but stressful, especially since there is a cash deposit in play that's up for return at the end of the trip. (All worked out well in the end, but stressful, nonetheless.) Also, the worst issue was that the light switch in the bathroom over the mirror, not main lights, freaked us out the first time we hit it, since there is a short and it like popped loudly and made us scream and then shorted the lights. She did it, screamed, I fixed the breaker and flipped the switch and jumped. Really kind of freaky. So...as long as you're aware of this before hand or they fixed it, then it's fine. But that was like heart thumping scary.

That all said, I would totally stay here again. It's really super cute, not too loud, well located and lovely apartment. We both really enjoyed our four nights there.
  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2014
  • Date of Stay: Mar 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: It is nice to hear that you thought the apartment was great with a comfortable bed and spacious. It is also good that you made full use of the washing machine. The apartment location is close to everything so it allows you to walk to all the sights and restaurants. The apartment is up one flight of stairs (approximately 20 steps) and has hand rails on both sides. The shower bar and lights in the bathroom have been fixed. We are delighted to hear that you thought the apartment super cute, well located and that you both really enjoyed your stay there.
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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
http://www.homeaway.co.uk/p8114
+44 -7958017188
Florence Historic Centre Florence
5

Beautiful apartment in the heart of the city

  • 5 out of 5
I really enjoyed my stay at this apartment. From the charming and reliable Elise who welcomed me upon arrival, to the great location between Santa Maria Novella and Santo Spirito, I can't wait to come back! The apartment was very clean and nicely decorated, the kitchen and bathroom worked perfectly (a great relief, especially in comparison with the discoloured water and poor plumbing I have experienced at other Florentine hotels), and the building and street were very quiet throughout my trip. The local shops and little market were pleasant and useful, but the flat is central enough that all the attractions I wanted to visit were under 15 minutes walk, and the train station was even closer. I would definitely recommend this apartment as a traditionally attractive but conveniently modernised place to stay and experience this beautiful city.
  • Review Submitted: 28-Feb-2014
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are very happy that you really enjoyed your stay at the apartment and found it a great location with pleasant and useful local shops and central for all the attractions that you wanted to visit. You are always welcome back. Kind regards, William.
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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
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+44 -7958017188
Florence Historic Centre Florence
Canberra Australia
4

Top location

  • 4 out of 5
Location fantastic - we were able to walk everywhere and proximity to train and bus stations was a plus. The apartment a good size for four people is nicely furnished and well provisioned. The kitchen meant we were able to stay in and cook at home a few times, we found the Conad supermarket under the SM Novella train station the best for general shopping. A bit of street noise leaked in through the window at night time so if you are a light sleeper, like my husband, then you might find this and the heavy foot falls from the apartment above a bit of a challenge. WiFi is provided by a dongle that we found was incompatible with our tablet and smart phone so we had to use the wifi at a local cafe. William provided us with a lot of helpful information before our arrival in the form of an information sheet. Buses run regularly to San Gimignano and Siena from the bus station between the apartment and SMN train station. Overall, we recommend it.
  • Review Submitted: 29-Dec-2013
  • Date of Stay: Dec 2013
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Recommended for:  Tourists without a Car, Families with Teenagers, Families with Young Children
Owner's Response: Dear Sharon, Richard, Isabella and William, we are happy that you found the location of the apartment fantastic, being close to the train and bus stations and also within walking distance of all the main tourist attractions. To keep out noise and also the sun from the apartment we close the outer green shutters, shut the double glazed windows and close the inner wooden shutters. Internet access in the apartment is via a prepaid dongle and outside there are plenty of cafes, bars, pubs and restaurants that provide free wifi to access the internet. Kind regards William
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Florence City Centre, circa 17th Century traditional apartment, WiFi, AC
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Florence Historic Centre Florence
Columbia, MD
5

Lovely Apartment in Florence!

  • 5 out of 5
We spent 4 nights in this lovely, large apartment on Borgo Ognissanti. The apartment is large with an eating area, lounge and sleeping area. Florence is a very walkable city and the apartment is in a good location for walking. The Arno river is just a block and a half away and a lovely place to stroll. There are may vendors on this street, a fish store, grocer, specialty/meat shop, and several (dangerous) pastry shops!! We cooked dinner one night and had breakfast in each morning. The kitchen was well stocked for making any meal. The apartment lacks a TV, but who cares?! You're in Florence! Go to the opera or visit a local bar to watch a footbol match. Florence was so much fun and this apartment made it special. It was wonderful to come back and relax, grab a drink and a shower and we were off again for dinner. The apartment has a washing machine that came in handy. We had been traveling for 7 days already and washing was a must. The bed was large and comfortable. Everything in the apartment worked great and we loved the apartment. Elisa was very helpful and even changed her schedule when our plans changed and we arrived 2 hours earlier than expected. Many thanks
Elisa and William! We'll be back. Ciao.
  • Review Submitted: 21-Nov-2013
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2013
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Pat and Jim, we look forward to seeing you again and as returning guests you will receive a 10% discount on your next booking. Kind regards William.

Location

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. 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.

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From £74 Nightly

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£296
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Facilities

Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Florence Historic Centre in Florence

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
Forms of Payment:
  • accepts credit card
Meals:
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 45 m²
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • town
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Basic Soaps
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Grinder
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Kitchenette
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
Bedrooms:
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Main - 1 Extra Lg. Double Bed , the double bed can be separated to create two singles
  • the large double bed can be separated to create two singles and the sofa bed can sleep two people.
Entertainment:
  • Audio Tape Player
  • Books
  • Books - Fiction / Non-fiction
  • CD Player
  • Radio
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • recreation centre
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
Notes:
Baby sitting available on request and by prior agreement. Cot and baby feeding seat present in apartment. The free wifi is from a 3G Mobile Hotspot /Portable 3G Router which allows access to the internet for tablets and phones. limited to 3GB per month so needs to be turned off when not in use. In addition unlimited internet is accessed using a dongle to insert into your computer. The dongle must be left in the apartment. We prepay for the dongle to provide internet access.
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