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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!

Bedrooms 1
Space 462 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 4 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom, 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2)

The apartment, named 'Gea', has recently been renovated in high detail, 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. It 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!

'Gea' is on the 3rd floor (without elevator), and measures 40 sq. meters / 430 sq. ft. It sleeps maximum 2, is fully furnished, airy, and has plenty of sunlight. One enters into the living room with two large windows facing south, onto the piazza. The small but all new kitchen corner is fully equipped: stone counter-top, stovetop, microwave, dishwasher, and fridge with freezer. There is a table for 4/6, and a comfortable sitting area. To one side is a full bathroom, with all new fixtures including a great walk-in shower. To the other side, the double (twin or king size, your choice) bedroom, with one large window also on the piazza. There is a small laundry/utility room, with washing machine.

The apartment has newly laid hardwood “Doussier” floors and is furnished in a contemporary style. Thick walls and double-glazing ensure quiet, and thermal insulation. There is central heating, air conditioning, Wireless Internet access, TV, and DVD. Kitchenware and linen are supplied. Maid service is available on request.

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

Keywords: apartment, flat, central, renovated, sunny, airy

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Member since: 2010
Speaks English, Italian
Response time:
Within a day
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 June, 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 16 years!

What makes this apartment unique

The area is extremely central and lively, with loads of 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:
  • 462 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:30 / Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Minimum Age Limit for Renters
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 -
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • King size beds (1) It can be divided into two single beds when necessary., Twin or Single Beds (2) They can be (comfortably) connected into a king bed when necessary., Baby Cribs (1) Available on request without additional fees.
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Television ...
  • cinemas
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • Shopping
  • sight seeing


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Great 2-Room Flat 2 Blocks from the Duomo!
average rating of 4.85 based on 40 reviews

Lovely apartment in the heart of historic Florence

  • 5 of 5

The spacious apartment was clean, very lovely and nicely furnished, with great amenities. With it's central location it's within walking distance to the major sites. The apartment faces a lively piazza and there are many restaurants and cafes close by. Emily was a gracious host. I would highly recommend a stay here and wouldn't hesitate to stay again.

  • Review Submitted: 12-Sep-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks very much M. & R. Do come again!
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My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our stay. It was clean, comfortable, and perfectly located.

  • 5 of 5

Emily was prompt and efficient concerning our reservation. She provided all the necessities to make our stay perfect: bed pillows were just right,; sound proof windows and air conditioning made the apartment cozy; and there was even laundry soap for the washer. Her restaurant recommendations were spot on. Thanks Emily. We hope to return to Florence and enjoy your hospitality again.

  • Review Submitted: 17-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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WONDERFUL APARTMENT! Perfect for couple or solo travelers.

  • 5 of 5

I stayed one month in GEA and loved every minute of it. Emily is the most attentive and charming proprietor, who is quick to answer any concerns and also quick to anticipate one’s possible needs. The apartment is absolutely charming, spotlessly clean, bigger than the pictures show, and very tastefully and comfortably furnished. The bed is extremely comfortable, and the bathroom is wonderful, with a fantastic shower. Washing machine is tucked away in its own space, easy to access and works perfectly. The apartment has 3 windows that open onto the very busy Piazza Salvemini, so there is quite a bit of noise when windows are open, but once closed the noise is minimal. The addition of a white noise machine in the bedroom is very thoughtful and useful, although even I, as a light sleeper, soon adjusted and did not need it after the first few days. The air conditioning was much appreciated on the warmest days. Kitchen is very well equipped for light meals (no oven but m’wave works perfectly), and refrigerator is large. The 66 steps up to the apartment could be an issue for some people, but they were a rather fun challenge for me (69 years old) to eventually make it to the top without stopping! Location is fantastic for getting around the city center. Having a Conad supermarket as well as the Sant’Ambrogio market nearby was extremely convenient. I will enthusiastically recommend GEA to all my friends, and I am very excited to have the opportunity to stay in the larger ACHILLE apartment across the hall in Fall 2018.

  • Review Submitted: 21-May-2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ms. P ! :)
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At home in Florence

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at Emily's Gea apartment for nearly 2 weeks. It was immaculate, centrally located and a very modern updated apartment. The bath/shower were excellent, very spacious and comfortable bedroom. The kitchen was well equipped with "high QUALITY" pots, frying pans and dishes (not typical from our VRBO experiences). There are steps to climb to reach the apartment, but these steps replaced our daily visit to the health club back home.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Mar-2018
  • Date of Stay: February 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for being my guests. It was indeed a pleasure to meet you both. My best, Emily
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Nice Appartment.

  • 4 of 5

The appartment was really well finished. Well stocked kitchen if you want to cook . Big bedroom and bathroom. The appartment faces onto a busy square so it's a bit noisy if the windows are open but the windows are double paned so the noise is fine if they are closed. There are 65 steps to go up but that just helped us burn off the gelato and wine haha. Emily is very well organized with a binder that has all the instructions, contact numbers, local restaurants rated by food and $ as well as local attractions. Wifi was good. We would stay there again. Thanks Emily.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Nov-2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank YOU, Andrea :)
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Charming one bedroom apartment, just blocks away from Duomo.

  • 5 of 5

We loved our stay here! The apartment is spacious considering its location, and was exactly what we were hoping to have on this trip. The noise/sleep machine was a great addition to the space, blocking out the city life noise, which on three floors up is not that bad. The apartment was equipped with everything we could have needed, including one of the best showers we had on our trip!

Emily was a delight to converse with and provided excellent recommendations for our stay.

Thank you for your hospitality and allowing us to stay in your apartment, we look forward to returning.

  • Review Submitted: 03-Jul-2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you, Ms.C.! See you back soon, I hope! Emily
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Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Cleaning Fee £46.73
Damage Deposit £150.74

-- 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

  • 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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