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Elegant, modern, bright apartment a short walk to the historic centre.

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Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 - 4 nights

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Photos and Description of this 1 bedroom holiday apartment in Ricorboli - FlorenceDesignApartment

Modern Italian design, all conveniences and extremely clean. 1 bed/2 bathrooms.

This elegant, contemporary apartment for two is located within a 25 walk of the historic centre. The large living area includes an open kitchen and living room. The large bedroom is furnished with a Queen sized bed, ample closet, nightstands with Tolomedo lamps. There is a separate dining room which seats four. The two marble tiled bathrooms are each fitted with a shower, toilet, bidet and sink. Two exceptional features are the abundance of natural light provided by the many windows and the unique off-white tile flooring, a specialty of the architect.

The owners live here part of each year, so are committed to providing for guests the same high standard of accommodation as they desire for themselves. Guests can expect a similar high standard of service, personalized to the degree that suits their needs. This apartment would be of interest to experienced, discerning travelers seeking quality accommodation offering extras at a reasonable price. This is not a pure investment property and is not listed on the popular, volume oriented listing service now used by so many. Also, more information may be found at our dedicated website "FlorenceDesignApartment". Due to listing conditions, a link may not be provided here, however a web search should locate us.

Guests may choose from one of many payment options - Visa or MasterCard in Australian dollars or bank transfers in Euros, Australian, Canadian or US dollars. 50% of the accommodation cost is due at the time of booking and the balance 60 days before check in. A security deposit of $300 USD is due 21 days before check in. Security deposits are refunded within 5 business days. Cancellations outside of 21 days are refunded 100%. Inside 21 days, 70% of the amount paid will be refunded.



• Fully equipped kitchen with pans, pots, utensils, glassware, dishes.

• Siemens 4 burner gas stove top

• Siemens oven

• Siemens ¾ size refrigerator with freezer

• Siemens Dishwasher

• Nespresso coffee maker

• Toaster

For Your Comfort

• Large bedroom - Queen size bed with 5 zone, latex memory foam mattress

• Egyptian cotton towels by “The White Company”; down filled pillows and duvet by Frette and 100% cotton bedding by Mazzoni (http://www.mazzonicasa.it)

• Separate dining room

• Two zone air conditioning

• Hot water radiators and two forced air inverter (heating) units

• 46” Sony Television (Italian free-to-air channels. Some English internet TV programs are available as podcasts.)

• Orbitsound sound bar system with iPad/iPhone dock for enjoyment of your own digital music

• Bosch front loading washing machine

• Security: As for any destination, the usual travel precautions should be observed, however this is a safe neighbourhood in what is generally considered a safe city. The main building requires an entry key and is controlled by video enter-phone. The first floor location provides additional security and the single point of entry to the apartment is secured by a Dierre steel reinforced security door with multiple deadbolts.

• Iron & ironing board

• Hairdryer

• This is a non-smoking apartment and, sorry, no pets are allowed.


• Free WiFi

• Complimentary starter supplies of Nespresso coffee pods, tea bags, bottle of Chianti Classico, bottle each of still & sparkling water, bathroom soaps, dishwasher and laundry soaps, and garbage bags.

• Personal welcome by our English speaking concierge who will provide an orientation to the apartment's features, appliances etc.

• Assistance with requests for local information such as restaurants and gallery bookings.

• A comprehensive "Apartment & Neighbourhood Guide" emailed to guests prior to arrival

More Details
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible

Shawne & Ray
Member since: 2013
Speaks English
Response time:
Within a few hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
18 October, 2016
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About Shawne & Ray

Shawne and Ray currently live in Australia and have developed an extensive knowledge of Tuscany through many years of travelling there. As with many, over time their appreciation for the cultural richness, the beauty of countryside, and the food and wine has grown into a love of the Tuscan lifestyle. Several times each year they return to experience Tuscany and to visit friends.

Shawne & Ray purchased this apartment in 2013

Why Shawne & Ray chose Florence

The idea of spending extended time in Tuscany motivated them to purchase an apartment in Florence. Because it is their home when they are there, the apartment has been furnished and equipped to a high standard both aesthetically and with respect to comfort. When not in Florence, they make their home available for rental by discriminating travelers or business executives.

What makes this apartment unique

A 25 minute walk along the River Arno takes you to the famous Ponte Vecchio and Florence's historic centre. The Chianti countryside can be accessed within 15 minutes by car. After a day in the of sightseeing in the bustling centre, guests can return and relax in this modern, fully equipped apartment.

The apartment is located in a neighbourhood of Florence characterized by wide, tree-lined streets and small businesses of every kind. Being outside the 'tourist zone' guests have the opportunity to experience an authentic residential neighbourhood.

A short, uphill walk following Via San Mineato al Monte takes the traveller to the famous vantage point of Piazzale Michelangelo. This is a wonderful spot to people watch and take in the magnificent city panorama and the mountains to the north. When we are home in Florence, our regular exercise route is to ascend via Via San Mineato al Monte and return along Viale Michelangelo. (Viale Michelangelo is a winding, tree lined boulevard with wide sidewalks.) A few minutes further takes you to the historic abby - Abbazia di San Miniato al Monte.


based on 14 holidaymaker reviews

Elegant, modern, bright apartment a short walk to the historic centre.
average rating of 5.0 based on 14 reviews


  • 5 of 5

We are more than happy to recommend this apartment, which filled all our expectations. We were particularly impressed with how true its description and photos are – there are no surprises. The neighborhood is a good place to get away from the city center, overcrowded with tourists. Yet “downtown” is easily accessible by bus or on foot. We knew the area from previous visits and enjoy its varied selection of bakers, butchers, fruit and vegetable stores and family restaurants, etc. It is a neighborhood where people live and work; I was particularly drawn to a carpenter´s workshop window, from where you can see everything from moldings, furniture or fireplaces being worked on.

It is a place that can easily be called home, to where one can return.

My thanks to our host, Ray, who made everything easy, and who did a superb job of getting us informed, settled in, and made happy to be back in a city we love.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: May 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your positive, generous review. It is reaffirming for us to have travellers who are familiar with this area of Florence reiterate our feelings about this area of the city - i.e. the richness of staying in an "authentic" residential neighbourhood which offers easy and quick access to centro. I appreciate, also, your kind remarks about the personal assistance you received. Anything which I can to improving the quality of the stay for our guests is truly rewarding - especially when a guest has so much knowledge from previous visits to Florence. We look forward to hosting you in the future. Grazie mille!
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Vancouver, British Columbia

Splendido! Wonderful accommodation!

  • 5 of 5

We have rented apartments in European cities including Paris, Amsterdam and Copenhagen, and this accommodation stands out. This apartment is bright, modern, spacious, well equipped and in a great location. It is truly a gem. All the luxury and comfort you could hope for. Everything is as described and the owner was extremely helpful prior to our arrival and during our stay. Ray truly treats his guests with care and it was a pleasure to correspond with him. He provided us with valuable information and fabulous suggestions throughout. We were warmly welcomed upon arrival by Serena and the apartment was spotless. The main attractions of Florence are within easy walking distance of the apartment and it is also well located for those who wish to explore Tuscany by car. It was lovely to stay in a residential neighborhood. Thank you Ray and Shawne for sharing your wonderful home with us and being great hosts from afar! We recommend this property very highly!

  • Review Submitted: Jul 1, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for this review. It was a complete pleasure having you as guests and to share both our home and knowledge of Florence with you. Thank you for mentioning the location. We love it for its easy access to the historic center and for the different experience of staying in a truly residential neighborhood. We consider ourselves very fortunate to have someone such as Serena to greet and take care of our guests' needs upon their arrival. We will be sure to pass on your comments. It has been our goal since we first decided to rent our apartment that we attract select travelers who share our expectations for high standards in all aspects of the rental experience - from the apartment itself to the service we provide. To appeal to discriminating guests such as you and all those previous, we purposefully avoid listing with the new and dominant force in the online the rental market. We are so happy to have our decision confirmed once again by your stay and this review. Auguri, grazie and safe, rewarding future travels — Shawne & Ray
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Vancouver, Canada

Highly recommended, fantastic apartment!!

  • 5 of 5

I highly recommend this accommodation to couples who are seeking accommodation close to the historic center but without the crowds of tourists. It has everything that you could ask for. It is a spacious apartment for two people with two bathrooms and every convenience. The fixtures, bedding, supplies and all of the furnishings are top quality. There is free wi-fi, a washing machine, air conditioning and a really comfortable queen sized bed. It was very luxurious and comfortable.

The neighborhood has a lot of shops of every kind for local residents. You do not feel like a tourist here and everyone was so friendly. The apartment is very close to Piazzale Michelangelo.

The owner was extremely helpful providing information prior to our arrival. He emailed a very comprehensive booklet about the apartment and the neighborhood. We were greeted by Serena, an English speaking, local person who knows the city very well. It was easy to make the rental payment by Visa and the damage deposit was refunded withing 3 days of check out. The owner was also flexible about payments and offered several options to pay.

Without question, staying in the apartment enhanced our time in the city immensely. I recommended it most highly.

  • Review Submitted: Mar 4, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Feb 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We appreciate your taking the time to tell us of your experience and to support us with your great recommendation. As you have mentioned, we love this neighbourhood of Florence. It is so close to the historic centre yet just far enough away from the "tourist zone" to allow guests to have the more authentic experience of living in a local residential area. As for the amenities, we always strive to have our home here looking and feeling as new (even everything is only 2 years old). We are proud of our cleaners and of Serena, our greeter, who takes a genuine interest in ensuring that guests have the best possible experience during their stay. Regarding making the rental payment, we think t's important to meet the needs of guests so we are pleased to offer the variety of payment options that we do. Thank you once more, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the next time you visit Florence.
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Excellent Apartment in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

We've rented apartments and houses in London, Paris and Provence over many years; this apartment in Florence was superb!

A property for 2 persons; 30 minutes walk along the river Arno to all the great tourist sights in town; 20 minutes walk to the best fresh food market in town if you are inclined, as we were, to have dinner in the apartment for a couple of nights; a few minutes walk to great local amenities - bar / caffe; wine store; edicola (newspaper); bakery; and importantly a bar for a quick drink before dinner. The local merchants were incredible kind and positive at all the stores we went to - just lovely!

The apartment is sophisticated and stylish. One bedroom with two bathrooms (his and hers for us); and a great sitting room, very functional kitchen and dining area. We had dinner "in" two nights, and the wine glasses, cutlery and dishes provide were very good (with a good dishwasher to clean everything up afterwards!).

It was extremely hot when we were in Florence in the second week of September, so we really appreciated the excellent air conditioning in the apartment. Wi-Fi connectivity was superior.

The "secret sauce" to the whole rental experience was the owner Ray Hamilton. Ray helped us find local accomodation prior to coming to the apartment; once we arrived he gave us great suggestions for restaurants (both local and in the tourist areas); directed us to local stores for basic supplies; and had a support team (greeter and driver) available for anything you needed to support your stay.

Ray really cares about the clients who rent his apartment. He was very, very supportive and responsive of any requests we had for information or help, from initiating the rental request, to departure from the apartment at the completion of our stay.

Florence Design Apartments. Highly recommended - a great place to stay in Florence!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 17, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: The opinions and impressions which you have shared here are, for us, extremely rewarding but also humbling. Thank you for taking the time to write us such a glowing and comprehensive review - as owners who rent, it reflects everything that we strive to achieve. We could not ask for anything more. We look forward to hosting you again when you are next in Florence.
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Fantastic and beautiful apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We spent a week in this wonderful apartment touring Florence and the area surrounding this region. First the owner Ray is very knowledgeable about the area and gives you fantastic advice about how to get around and helpful tips about the local bus system and fun places to eat. Our favorite place was Zeb's which is a very small and intimate restaurant where the owner chef talks to you personally about your order then goes and cooks it!

We ate there twice once for lunch and once for dinner and the food was amazing both times. Also the local coffee shop is so much fun with all the locals - we made breakfast a couple of days but then ended up going to the Coffee shop the rest of the time for wonderful breakfast sandwiches and pastries. We would not have found these place without Ray's advice. The apartment is located away from the City Center which is really nice since you get a more local feel. Much quieter and away from the thousands of tourists which swarm over the City Center. It is spacious, clean, bright and the air conditioning works really well when it is hot out. You have all the amenities of home and everything is of top quality. There is a lot of pride of ownership and you can tell the owners care about making a great experience for their guests. Ray's bus advise was great and we were using the bus lines easily within the first day and even took the bus down south to Siena a beautiful town about an hour outside the city. A really nice touch is the bottle of Chianti wine which Ray provides for your stay. We purchased some salami, ham and cheeses from the local shop and had a perfect happy hour. If you are planning a trip to Florence with a loved one this is the place to stay. A perfect retreat for 2 people!

  • Review Submitted: Sep 11, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for this wonderful review - specific, thoughtful, generous and helpful to travelers considering a stay at our home in Florence. It is very important to us that our home provides high quality accommodation, is very comfortable and that guests receive service which is personalized but not intrusive. It gives us enormous satisfaction to know that your experience has been positive on both counts. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. Thank you for the opportunity to be part of your positive experience visiting Florence.
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Great apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My wife and I spent four weeks in this great apartment, finding it exactly as described in the listing and photos. It was convenient, clean, well-maintained, and the owner/staff provided excellent customer service. If going to Florence again, this apartment would be my first choice; I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else. The time of our stay was unusually hot. The apartment's air conditioning made our stay not only survivable but enjoyable.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2015
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you so much for your positive comments. Your stay was a long one during an exceptionally hot period of weather in Florence. We are pleased that the air conditioning system was up to the challenge and contributed to making your stay much more enjoyable than it otherwise may have been! The interior photos on the website are by Francesca Pagliai, one of Italy's premier interior photographers. Her photos are very effective representations of our apartment, so your comments regarding how it looks in reality are a tribute to her skills. Thank you for your remarks about the level of customer service you experienced. I have passed these also to our concierge in Florence. Our rental philosophy is to accept fewer bookings so that we can maintain the apartment at a high level aesthetically and offer pre-arrival and on-site service that is highly personalized. We appreciate very much your recommendation and we would be honoured to host you again should future travel bring you back to Florence.
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Nearest Airport
9.7 Kilometres
Florence Airport, Peretola
Nearest Barpub
0.5 Kilometres
Nearest Train
4.9 Kilometres
Santa Maria Novella, Florence
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
A1 Autostrada Milan-Rome
Nearest Restaurant
0.3 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

Appartamento Ricorboli is 15 min by car from the main train station (Stazione S. M. Novella) and 20 min from the main airport (Peretola). It is located near Piazza Ferrucci, on the south side of the River Arno (one street back). Viale Michelangelo, one of the most famous and beautiful boulevards in Florence is just a 1 minute walk away.

If you are a guest with a car, you will appreciate the easy access from the A1 (the Autostrada which connects Milan and Naples) and to the Chianti countryside. We are located outside Florence’s restricted traffic zone, so it’s possible to drive right to the front door of the apartment and park nearby.

We love our neighbourhood. The River Arno is 200m from the door and the wide streets and mature trees provide a marked contrast to the city centre. Windows look down onto Via di Ricorboli (a bustling street during morning and evening rush hours) and out towards Piazzale Michelangelo. Other windows look out onto a courtyard, the centerpiece of which is a magnificent magnolia tree. In early evenings, the bells from nearby Chiesa di Santa Maria a Ricorboli add to the sensory experience. (Chiesa di Santa Maria a Ricorboli houses a fresco - circa.1335 - attributed to Giotto.)

From Appartamento Ricorboli, Florence’s major attractions are easily accessed via a short, scenic walk along the Arno River or by using the regular city buses (ATEF). The bus stop is within 80m of the apartment. An uphill walk from the apartment to Piazzale Michelangelo, the viewpoint for magnificent panoramas, takes about 12 minutes.

Since the location is outside the area visited by most tourists, it has an authentic flavour, with Fiorentines going about their daily routines. There are dozen of small businesses of every description within 800m – everything from cafes, bakeries, delis, butcher, hardware store, pet shop, gelateria, bank, wine bar, restaurants etc. A major shopping centre is 1.3 km away.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Ricorboli, Florence

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Rental Period Minimum Price Additional Nights Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event Price
Low Season 2016
16 Oct 2016 - 23 Dec 2016
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
Christmas/New Year
24 Dec 2016 - 6 Jan 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights
2017 Low - Book by Dec 1/16
7 Jan 2017 - 13 Apr 2017
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights
2017 High Book by Dec 1
14 Apr 2017 - 15 Oct 2017
4 night minimum stay
for 4 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £246

NOTE: Payments by credit card (Visa or MasterCard) are received in Australian dollars through a secure bank website (Westpac) in Australia. Prior to payment, guests will be sent a confirmation form showing the quoted US dollar booking rate converted to Australian dollars.

Payment by direct bank transfers usually involve lower and sometimes no fees. For guests who wish to use this method of payment to pay in Euros, or US, Canadian or Australian dollars, please contact the owners for more information.

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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Ricorboli in Florence Area

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 810 sq. ft.
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided ...
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided ...
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven ...
  • Pantry Items ...
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Hob ...
  • Toaster
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Ensuite - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Second bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
  • Each bathroom - marble tiled walls and floors - enclosed shower, adjustable showerhead, toilet, bidet and sink, large mirrors, good lighting.
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Frette & Mazzoni bedding; latex memory orthopaedic mattress
  • Authentic Tolomeo LED reading lamps, ample closet and drawer space. Large shuttered window allowing natural light and a view to the magnificent magnolia tree directly outside the window. Separate air conditioned zone, wood floor, high ceiling.
  • Books ...
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • non smoking only
  • not suitable for children ...
  • pets not allowed
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • autumn foliage
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Mid-stay bedding and towel changes for bookings over 7 days. The apartment entrance is secured with a multi-dead bolt, Dierre reinforced steel door. It is located on the first level above the ground floor and all windows have shutters for privacy and security.

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