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House in beautiful gardens next to historic centre swimming pool A/C

Bedrooms Studio
Space 645 sq. ft.
Property type house
Minimum Stay 6 - 7 nights


About the property

1 Studio 1 bathroom, sleeps a maximum of 3 (two adults one child)

Originally an artist's studio situated in the grounds of a privately owned family Villa in an inner city conservation area with a beautiful garden of two acres with cypresses and olives and a good sized swimming pool. There are shops and restaurants within walking distance and a bus stop 2 minutes from the gates. The Studio has a large lounge and dining area. There is a double/twin bed which is screened off from the rest of the room, and also a sofa-bed (suitable for a child no more than 10) and a cot for a baby. The kitchen and bathroom are separate rooms. The Studio which is quite apart from the Villa has a little outside terrace for dining and a barbecue is available. You have full use of the garden. Private parking (free) is on the property. The secluded swimming pool (not used by the Villa), with poolside loungers and a shady arbour with table and chairs, is close by. There is a laundry house in the grounds for your use with washing machines and dryer. The property has good lighting at night and high security.

When you arrive: at the estate you come to the main gates. Press the button and we will open automatically. Go up the drive and see the Studio on your left with its invitation to enter and make yourselves at home. Fresh flowers, a bottle of Chianti with a corkscrew and two glasses will be waiting for you for...a good start. You will also find a book giving useful instructions and information on the accommodation, recommending shops, restaurants, and transport. If you need any further help, information or advice please don't hesitate to ask at the Villa where you will be welcomed (we speak English). There is a separate laundry, with washing machines, drier and clothes lines. On your last morning you can arrange to leave your luggage in the Villa should you wish to spend more time exploring the city or do some last-minute shopping.

Arrival time is after 13:30 p.m. and departure is by 10:30 a.m.

For children over 5n years old : + 20% on the total price.

Five minutes walk: away you have all the necessary food shops and one of the best, typical Tuscan restaurants in Florence, 'Ruggero,' which is a well-kept Florentine secret. A 10 walk takes you to the Belvedere Fort and from there to all the best sites, via the Ponte Vecchio. You can also catch a bus from either end of the street (Bus N° 11) and this will take you directly to Florence railway station Santa Maria Novella, in Florence downtown. The seaside, with its miles of sandy beaches (Viareggio), is about an hour away, and a day trip is easily possible by train from Florence to Venice or Rome.

Don't forget that food shops in Italy: open early at 08:00 in the morning and then shut firmly from 13:00 until between 4 and 5 in the afternoon. They close in the evening around 20:00. However, there is a supermarket which is open all day. and also in Sunday (Carrefour in Piazza Tasso). All shops are closed on Sundays, except for cake and ice-cream shops which are only open in the morning. Restaurants serve lunch from 12:00 mid-day till about 14:00, but not much later (siesta time...), and dinner at night usually between 20:00 and 22:00. Cafes and pizzerias stay open later.

More Details

Dudi Michahelles/Alberta Ballerini
Member since: 2004
Premier Partner

This partner has demonstrated and is committed to fast response times, the best rates, and a great guest experience.

Speaks English, French, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
25 April, 2018

About Dudi Michahelles/Alberta Ballerini

I live in the Villa and it will be a pleasure for me to suggest you what to do, eat and discover in Florence and in Tuscany. Household staff (English speaking) is always in the Villa, don't hesitate to ask for any informationor advice.

Why Dudi Michahelles/Alberta Ballerini chose Centro Storico (Quartiere 1)

I felt in love with this Villa where I can I live in Florence and enjoy nature in the same time. Come and discover this unique feature.

What makes this house unique

Visit Florence and then enjoy the freshness of the gardens and the swimming pool. You'll fall in love with this location.

Guestbook comments from the owner

This is a private property; we are not a company or an agency. We have enjoyed having visitors to stay for over 10 years. The guest book has appreciative comments, useful information and advice. Some recent comments: '...your garden Studio in Florence was the most enjoyable place we have rented in Europe and the best equipped...' A.K.K., Moss Beach, CA, USA. 'We enjoyed our stay enormously, as usual - it really is the only place to stay in Florence.' S.D.Polstead, Suffolk, UK 'The setting was just out of this world. A real heaven...We were so impressed with the accommodation and location that we are already planning a return visit next year.' S.Stevens, Fife, Scotland. 'It was so peaceful at the villa... a lovely place to stay in after the hectic days in the art galleries.' G.James, Bath UK. See also property 39
Nov 2007
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday house in Centro Storico (Quartiere 1) in Arcetri

Property Type:
  • house (detached)
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 645 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 14:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 3
  • Max. adults: 2
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • In July and August rents run Saturday to Saturday.
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Parking ...
  • Sofa Bed
  • Sunbed
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Bidet
  • Studio, Sleeps 3
  • Bedroom - 1 Double Bed , 1 Cot , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Double bed or twin beds according to your request.
  • one double bed (or two twin beds), one sofa bed, one cot Scroll on down
  • Books ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Garden
  • Barbecue
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Pool / Spa:
  • Outdoor Pool
  • Private Pool
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
Leisure Activities:
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • swimming
  • tennis
The Studio has air-conditionning. The swimming pool is 60 metres from the Studio. It is not used by the family and is shared only with the cottage which sleeps two. The pool has sun loungers and a shaded arbour. There is a separate barbecue area in the garden. Wander freely in the romantic garden with its white doves, explore the orchard and olive grove, and enjoy the shade of the ancient trees, giant umbrella pines and cypresses. There are roses and oleanders. The garden is illuminated at night. Scroll on down


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House in beautiful gardens next to historic centre swimming pool A/C
average rating of 4.571429 based on 29 reviews

Beautiful estate, loved our stay

  • 5 of 5

Dudi's estate is absolutely beautiful, and made for a great intro to our vacation in Italy. Everything was clean and organized, and we could think of no complaints as we immersed ourselves in a Tuscan adventure. The short walk into the city center, potentially through the Boboli Gardens, makes the location that much better, as it gave us a chance to fully explore the Oltrarno neighborhood. Highly recommend staying here!

  • Review Submitted: 04-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Arthur for your review. You will always be welcome in Florence. Dudi
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Wonderful place to stay

  • 5 of 5

Wir hatten eine wundervolle Zeit in Florenz. Das Studio, der Pool und das Grundstück waren noch viel schöner als auf den Fotos zu sehen. Dudi ist sehr, sehr hilfsbereit und war sehr bemüht uns den Aufenthalt so schön wie möglich zu machen. Wir konnten uns mit allen Fragen an Dudi wenden und sie wußte zu helfen. Das Studio ist sehr ruhig und sauber und nichts fehlt. Die kleine Terrasse ist genau richtig für ein gemütliches Frühstück. Wenn man möchte kann man aber ebenfalls am Pool morgens Kaffee trinken. Das Grundstück ist grossartig, wunderbar gepflegt und mit Kindern wunderbar, da es sehr, sehr gross ist aber dennoch umzäunt und sicher. Es gibt auch eine kleine Schaukel. Ein Supermarkt ist fussläufig entfernt, sodass man nicht zwingend auf ein Auto angewiesen ist. Man kann zu Fuss in die Altstadt laufen. Da wir ohne Auto angereist sind, hat uns Dudi sofort angeboten mit Joseph, der sich um vieles auf dem Grundstück kümmert, zum großen Supermarkt zu fahren. Vielen dank nochmal für diesen tollen Service. Wir fühlten uns sehr willkommen.

Unser nächster Aufenthalt in Florenz wird und auf alle Fälle wieder zu Dudi führen, denn es war perfekt.und idyllisch.

  • Review Submitted: 08-Sep-2016
  • Date of Stay: August 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your review. You will always be welcome in Florence and in the property.
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Calm Studio Stay in Wonderful area of Florence

  • 5 of 5

To be writing this sitting in wet Watford is difficult! Warm evenings walking back to your own Studio with fire files in the dark of the night after a wonderful meal knowing you have a pool for your own use in the morning set in a wonderful garden. We have stayed here before, Dudi is most helpful and charming explaining local things and treating us more as old friends returning, Dudi lives in the villa and booked for us a cooking day with Anna Binni one of the highlights of our stay We had a week of sights in the morning and then snack sleep and then our own POOL ! :) before going out again for dinner. There is a path though the grounds which takes a short cut to Piazza Michael Angleo .Staying here is as if you are staying in a friend`s National trust property who is letting out the studio to friends .Spotless clean Air-conditioned but cool with it off as its well designed for use as an Artist work place The Studio has a bed area screened from the rest of the room facing a full bathroom with plenty of space to put all you stuff if with a prima donna daughter :) The galley kitchen has microwave and full oven and hob you could easily live here, when we came in the past it was on a longer term let and I can see why. Traditional all you need, the furniture is nice with a full table and chairs. But the Trattoria's recommended by Dudi and booked by her are to good to miss Ruggero 10 min walk was about 45 euros a head Tramvia , 20 min walk though safe area the old wall which is now car park 30 euros a head Both meals were Full Monty type meals wine anti prima second etc. and dessert wines.The Studio is set in the grounds of a fine Villa it is mid way on the gated lane which ends at the villa and pool house beyond. It is just of the main road out of Florence from The Porta Romana. I timed us, it is an 8 min walk to the Café Perarrci down and 10 min back up. we had coffee and croissant every morning there, bus tickets for Sienna - San Giminarno can be brought there and the bus stops right outside ) it is then a 10 min walk to the Ponte Vecchio and the historic centre. The buses are frequent but we walked as it is safe and more fun I hope to return soon . This place is for those of you who wish to be in Florence and get to know it better seeing the sights and crowds but escaping to your own oasis of calm before that dinner with 3 desserts and vin Santo it just is so perfectly placed just 10 min to gates in a safe beautiful part of Florence.


  • Review Submitted: 04-Jul-2016
  • Date of Stay: June 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your kind rewiev. You will always be wellcome in Florence and in my property.
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Petit coin de paradis

  • 4 of 5

Une petit coin de paradis à quelques minutes du centre historique de la cité des Medicis.

Une hotesse aux petits soins.

Bref seuls les moustiques sont de trop mais prouvent que la nature est bien présente au paradis.

Merci Dudi.

Françoise et Eric

  • Review Submitted: 18-Sep-2015
  • Date of Stay: August 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Merci bien à vous, Francois et Eric. Vous serez toujours les bienvenus à la maison. Dudi
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Wonderful apartment in beautiful gardens

  • 5 of 5

We had a brilliant holiday at the artists studio. The photos really don't do the property or the gardens justice.

The studio has everything you need. The main, large room with high ceiling, air conditioning, comfy beds and chairs and a dining area plus lots of guides to the area and books to read. There's also a good sized bathroom with a shower and bath and a small kitchen. Despite being small the kitchen is very well equipped and it was easy to prepare full meals there.

The grounds are large and very well kept. We loved spending time in them and swimming in the pool.

As other reviewers have mentioned there are lots of mosquitoes here. That's the only negative thing about it and is manageable if you regularly use a good repellant.

The apartment is about 25 minutes walk into town along busy roads which seemed quite a long way in the heat, but there are regular buses that are cheap and quick. It turned out to be a good thing being out of town as you really feel like you're escaping to a peaceful, tranquil place at the end of the day.

Dudi and Armanda are very welcoming and helpful and made us feel at home. We'd recommend this place to anyone visiting Florence - it's a real gem!

  • Review Submitted: 13-Jul-2015
  • Date of Stay: July 2015
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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A Little Gem

  • 5 of 5

My family and I have just returned from a wonderful week at this property. The studio is big enough for a family of 3 and well equipped with everything that you will need for a stay in Florence. What is so special about Dudi's studio is that it is close enough to walk into Florence (10 minute walk to the city wall and another 10 to the Ponte Vecchio) but has the facilities to allow for a relaxing week by the pool too. We made the best use of the pool, the gardens and being close to Florence. Dudi made us very welcome - booked taxis for us - drove us to the supermarket. In all it was a wonderful week in a beautiful location and the only thing that stops me advising people to stay here is that I want to keep it all to myself. Thank you Dudi.

  • Review Submitted: 04-Jun-2015
  • Date of Stay: May 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
4 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Nearest Train
2 Kilometres
Florence Central
Nearest Motorway
3 Kilometres
Autosrada A1 Exit for Firenze Impruneta
Nearest Restaurant
500 Metres
Trattoria Ruggero
Nearest Beach
80 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

A 20 minute drive from Florence airport and 10 minute taxi ride from the station, the Villa is in a quiet, leafy area of the historic centre of Florence between the Boboli Gardens and the Imperial Palace. It is within 3 minutes walk from the gates of the property to a bus stop, 5 minutes from food shops, and 10 minutes drive from the Firenze Impruneta exit on the Autostrada A1.

The property has been in the family of my cousins since the early nineteenth century. The estate is in a conservation area, protected from any further building, and therefore tranquil and secluded without being remote.

You can easily explore Florence with its narrow streets, palaces, museums and churches and its wonderful shops of international fashion designers. Then come home to rest and enjoy the calm of the garden and the pool.

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Other Activities: Museums, art galleries, cathedral, historic monuments, shops and restaurants


Prices & Availability

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Additional pricing information

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Rentals run weekly from Sat. to Sat. Should you wish to stay for only a few nights, ask the owner. Gas and Electricity are included. Central heating, if required in the winter months, will be charged according to use by meter reading. Linen and towels are provided weekly. Cleaning: 30 euros at your leaving. Deposit or total settlement will be refunded for cancellation one month before arrive. Stay tax for 2.50 euro/night for each guest for the first 7 nights.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 14 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.

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