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Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!

Bedrooms 3
Separate WC's1
Space 1,345 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 3 Bedrooms , 2 Baths, (Sleeps 5) + Attached Unit available

This apartment, named 'Achille', has recently been renovated in high detail, and is located in a small piazza in the very heart of the city, just a 5 minute walk east of the Duomo. It is also just minutes from Piazza San Marco and Piazza Santa Croce. The apartment is 1 of 7 in a 17th century patrician building, with at ground level a large entry in the style of that period. Surrounded by shops of all types, it is also in close proximity to a large city supermarket, and the fruit and vegetable market of Sant’Ambrogio. The gamut of excellent restaurants and famous trattorias in the immediate vicinity are unlimited!

“Achille” is on the 3rd floor (no elevator) and measures 123 sq.meters / 1324 sq.ft. It sleeps maximum 5, is fully furnished, and is light and airy. Ideal for a family of 4 or 5. The entry hall leads into a large living room with fireplace and facing north onto a large, sunlit, plant-filled courtyard. The adjoining master bedroom faces the lovely courtyard and has an ensuite bathroom (tub/shower) and independent toilet. To the other side, the double bedroom also faces the same courtyard, and has a bathroom (shower). The additional single bedroom can also serve as a study. The large “sunken” kitchen/dining area is 9 steps down into a charming and cozy ambiance. It has an open-beam ceiling, a high-tech stainless steel workspace with lots of counter space; it includes stovetop, oven, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge with freezer. The dining table is for 6. There is a small laundry/utility room, with washing machine.

The apartment has newly laid hardwood “Doussier” floors and is furnished in an interesting mix of classic and modern styles. Bathrooms are decorated with Stucco Veneziano and have all new fixtures. Thick walls and double-glazing ensure quiet, and thermal insulation. There is central heating, air conditioning, Wireless Internet Access, Digital TV, satellite hook-up and DVD. Kitchenware and linen are supplied. Maid service is available on request.

An independent and fully equipped 1 bedroom apartment (sleeps 2), also owned by us and named 'Gea', faces 'Achille' on the same 3rd floor landing, and can be rented together with it, to accommodate a larger group of 7 persons. (See listing #302215.) Please see our website for details. Our Skype buddynames: 'florenceapts' and 'emylina'.

Keywords: apartment, flat, elegant, renovated, central, comfortable

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
22 May, 2018

About The Owner

When Emily Rosner took a semester off from her studies at New York University to travel around Europe, she had no idea that she'd end up meeting the man who would become her husband, Maurizio. In 1970 when she arrived, Florence had an exciting atmosphere with the numerous anti-war movements that students were organizing. It was far different from suburban Long Island, where Emily was from. She soon found herself a part of a group of 20 or more students that would meet every night and discuss politics over dinner. Among them was Maurizio. As do many expats who arrive in Florence without a plan, Emily went out looking for work, first finding a job at a disco, and then at a leather shop in Santa Croce.... ----- Article from 'The Florentine' - Oct 22nd, 2009 The rest is history! Maurizio and I got married and had two boys, Jacopo and Arturo. In the beginning, I taught English and developed audio/visual courses to teach English to children. We opened our bookshop in 1979, and it has become a watering hole for the entire Florentine expat community, a must-stop for English-speaking tourists, and an important textbook supplier for foreign study programs. After being in Florence for most of my adult life, I still find time to appreciate the city. I often stop while riding my bike across Ponte alla Carraia, taking a moment to enjoy one of the most splendid views of the river and the city. When I am walking around the city center, I make a concerted effort to look up and notice the details of the buildings. Florence never ceases to surprise me, in all of its beauty!

The Owner purchased this apartment in 1986

Why The Owner chose Basilica of Santa Croce

In 2007, we decided to move to a hill overlooking the city. This was our home for more than 20 years!

What makes this apartment unique

The area is extremely central and lively, restaurants, bars and shops! It is also located in an extremely central position, just minutes away from all major attractions...


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Basilica of Santa Croce in Sant' Ambrogio

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 1345 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 5
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Separate WC
  • Bathroom 1 -
    Bathroom 2 -
  • 3 Bedrooms, Sleeps 5
  • King size beds (1) Is by default located in the master bedroom, however it can be divided into two single beds when necessary., Twin or Single Beds (3) The twin bedroom has two single beds that can be (comfortably) connected into a king bed when necessary. The third single bed is located in a third bedroom., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request without additional fees.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Stereo
  • Television ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
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Lovely Flat, a Stone's Throw from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.8965516 based on 58 reviews

Fabulous Firenze

  • 5 of 5

The location and layout of the apartment is EXCELLENT. It is beautifully furnished and the kitchen is truly the heart of this home away from home. The apartment has plenty of storage so you can un pack your suitcase and live like a local. We spent 3 weeks in this apartment and enjoyed every minute. It is minutes from every location in Florence and a 15 minute walk to the train station. I highly reccommend.

  • Review Submitted: 11-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, M&B. I'm so glad you enjoyed staying in "Achille". Will look forward to your return!
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Wonderful apartment!

  • 4 of 5

Emily and Maurizio were wonderful hosts! The apartment is lovely, with every convenience. The Wi-Fi was not working when we arrived, but Emily had it taken care of right away. She also left us with an extensive list of restaurants and gelaterias that she recommended. We look advantage of a few! Everything you would like to see in Florence is walking distance. I would stay here again! The only drawback is the noise from the restaurant in the building next door. However, nothing that our hosts can control.

A great apartment in a beautiful city!

Thank you, Emily for hosting us!

  • Review Submitted: 14-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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Florence with the family

  • 5 of 5

Emily is a sweetheart and so nice to work with, and was very accommodating for all our mishaps. Great location, great space for all. A GREAT vacation for all.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Many thanks, Ms T. and Family !
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Spacious flat that is less than five minutes walk from the Duomo.

  • 5 of 5

A bright, airy, tastefully furnished apartment in a really great location. Not only are all of Florence’s main attractions within walking distance but there is a supermarket a few doors down, an amazing market within walking distance and great coffee shops, cafes and restaurants across the road. The flat has a fantastic kitchen space and unlike other properties, the sitting area was also spacious and comfortable for a family of five. The stairs up to the apartment may be difficult for those who struggle with steps but we saw them as a useful way of burning off all the gelato and cannoli we were eating daily! Emily’s recommendations and insights were also invaluable.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Mrs C. It was a pleasure to have you and your family as our guests in "Achille".
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Perfect location and lovely home

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our stay in this beautiful home. The ideal location was accessible to everything, yet quieter in the mornings and evenings. Emily was hospitable and everything in the apartment was as described. Would definitely stay here again!

  • Review Submitted: 03-Apr-2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much, Mr. S.!
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Beautiful, clean spacious apartment located in walking distance to Florence attractions.

  • 5 of 5

We spent a lovely week over Christmas in the apartment “Achille”. Emily was extremely helpful and provided us with everything we needed for a great holiday, including parking information before we arrived. Comfortable rooms, plenty of space for 3 adults and one teenager. Kitchen was amazing!

  • Review Submitted: 05-Jan-2018
  • Date of Stay: December 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Penny. Looking forward to seeing you again :) Emily
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Nearest Airport
45 Miles
FLR, Aeroporto Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Car: not necessary


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £74.45
Damage Deposit £148.9

-- Stays of up to 30 days: All utilities included in price.
-- Monthly rate: All utilities calculated and charged at end of stay.
Tourist Tax:
-- Euro 3,00/per guest (over 12yrs) /per day (max 7 days) paid at departure.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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