External description:Gracious apartment located in Florence's Oltrarno area near the main road that encircles Florence. Perfect for a single guest or a young couple. Suggested if you want to travel with your car. It can sleep up to 2 people and has 1 bedroom and 1 bathroom. Located on the third floor (without elevator - 66 steps to climb) of a building on Viale Petrarca. The window offers a breathtaking view. The neighborhood is lovely and there are many restaurants, bars, and shops nearby. On foot you can reach the heart of Florence in about 20 minutes in order to visit the Duomo, Palazzo Pitti, Santa Croce, the Uffizi, etc.Internal description: Classic apartment (45 sq mt / 450 sq ft) with 1 bedroom that can sleep up to 2 people and has 1 bathroom. As soon as you enter you will find a corridor where there is a spacious white wardrobe. This corridor leads to a living room where you will find a kitchenette, dining table, sofa and a flat screen TV. The window of this room looks out onto an ancient and Medieval tower and, if you look further, you will also see the Cupola of the Duomo. On this level you will also find the bathroom complete with shower. On the upper floor there is a double bedroom (the bed is 1.40 cm x 2.00 cm) that overlooks the living room which is downstairs. There is an air conditioner on the upper floor and the apartment has independent heating.
Our opinion:Ideal for a single guest or a young couple. We suggest this property to anyone who is looking for a romantic stay near the city center, but it also a good solution if you have a car.
Included in the price: Utilities included up to €150.00 (for stays up to 30 days), towels and sheets provided, final cleaning, condominium fees. Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €2.50 per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights, utilities of water, electricity, and gas (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding €150.00; fee for registering the contract (which in accordance to Italian law must be written in Italian), for rentals over 30 days, equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of € 33.50) plus tax stamps.
Area:The apartment is located in the Oltrarno district of Florence’s historic city. The name 'Oltrarno' literally means 'beyond the Arno' and this district which stretches along the south bank of the river is quite different than the area near the Duomo. The Oltrarno perhaps displays the true character of Florence and in general is slightly quieter, greener, and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence. Indeed many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno for this reason. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts today many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (particularly furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the center of Florence’s thriving antiques trade. Over time the Oltrarno became a rather chic area and many aristocrats chose this neighbourhood to build their villas and palaces, the largest of these being the Pitti Palace, which became the home of various Grand Dukes. Today this sumptuous palace houses several important museums which rank amongst the best in Florence. Other major sights the Oltrarno has to offer are the Cappella Brancacci with its fabulous frescoes of Masaccio, Piazzale Michelangelo with its breath-taking views over Florence, the magnificent church of San Miniato, (one of the highest points in the city of Florence and also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany) together with the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, home to a glittering array of jewellery shops and goldsmiths. Extending up the hill from the Pitti Palace are the formal Boboli Gardens, an outdoor museum of garden sculptures that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works.The Oltrarno is famous for its wine bars such as Olio & Convivium, authentic trattorias serving typical Tuscan cuisine, including Il Santo Bevitore, I 4 Leoni, and Il Magazzino, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce market held every morning in Piazza Santo Spirito. For those choosing an apartment in this area the Oltrarno quarter, it also offers a wide variety of grocery stores, patisseries, bakeries, gift shops, and much more.Parking:The Florence city center is a ZTL zone which means a limited traffic zone and therefore special rules apply to entering this area. This particular apartment is not located within the ZTL which is an advantage, meaning that driving to the apartment and parking nearby is fairly easy. Near the apartment you will find adequate street parking, which you will pay for between approximately 8:00 am to 8:00 pm. When seeking street parking please note that you must park in blue lined spots as the white lined ones are for resident permit use only. Parking costs vary within the city with the highest charges being found towards the centre of Florence. If you prefer, you can park in a private garage or choose one of the several underground parking lots. APE energy certification level: G 546.18 kWh/m2 per year