Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Holidays in Florence.
The apartment is 85 sq meter wide, at the first floor.
There is a wide living room, an equipped kitchen (dishwasher, oven, ...), a double bedroom, a bedroom with 2 single beds, 2 bathroom (1 toilet)
Internet connection, air conditioning, TV LCD, safe box.
Comfortable apartment in the historical centre of Florence, 5 minutes on foot to Duomo and Santa Maria Novella..
Have a nice holiday in Florence !
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Peretola 65 km, Nearest railway: Santa Maria Novella 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Air conditioning, TV, Safe, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment is completely furnished and equipped with many appliances that you use everyday: microwave, toaster, kettle, iron, washing machine, fridge, freezer, hairdryer, oven, ...
Arrival between 4 and 7 pm. For later arrival there is an extra-charge of 25 euros.
Departure between 9-12 am.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany, the cradle of modern European culture, contains treasures of every age and style, from the Etruscan theater and Roman baths at Fiesole, to the majestic Gothic buildings in the medieval town of Siena, to the exceptional art and architecture of Florence. The cities of Tuscany have produced writers, scientists, architects, musicians and artists whose works have literally changed the world.
The immense dome of Florence’s Duomo, designed by Brunelleschi, inspired Michelangelo’s design for the dome of St. Peter’s in Rome, and influenced architecture in towns throughout Italy. Modern science and technology have their roots in the experiments of Galileo and other researchers. Puccini was born in Lucca. Dante, Petrarch and Boccaccio broke with traditional Latin and wrote in the Italian language, establishing the Tuscan dialect as Italy’s literary language and things Tuscan as the measure of culture and refinement.
Under the patronage of the Medici dynasty, Florence became the center of the artistic explosion of the Renaissance. One of the most important collections of paintings in the world is in the Uffizi Gallery, and in the austere Bargello you can view the exceptional collection of sculpture by Donatello and Luca della Robbia. Michelangelo’s David and Botticelli’s Birth of Venus should not be missed, nor should a stroll through the outdoor markets of San Lorenzo.
Cross the ancient Ponte Vecchio to the Pitti Palace to enjoy the exquisite works of Raphael and Titian, and then visit the Boboli Gardens for a marvelous view of Florence.
The peaceful Tuscan landscape is primarily rolling hills, with vineyards, olive groves, cypress trees and hilltop villages all bathed in a soft, amber light. To many it seems familiar, and rightly so: during the Renaissance it was often used as the backdrop for the paintings of the masters. The rustic Tuscan farmhouse, made of local stone and set atop a hill flanked by lines of cypress trees, is a sight unique to Tuscany. Silent medieval hilltowns, with their fortified castle walls and church steeples visible in the distance, are a part of the landscape: San Gimignano, Volterra, Montepulciano, Cortona.
Tuscany’s olive groves yield some of Italy’s finest extra virgin olive oil, but the heart of the region is in its vineyards, particularly the Chianti Classico, where you can visit fattorie (wine estates), to sample and purchase their wines.
In Tuscany the esteem for bread is elevated to reverence. Most Tuscan meals begin with crostini, slices of bread that are lightly toasted and topped with anything from chicken liver to myrtle to olive paste; acquacotta, a thin vegetable soup, and panzanella, a soup made from leftover bread soaked in vinegar and vegetables are among the many bread-based soups. Simplicity and flavor are the guiding principles of Tuscan cooking: pasta, served with a sauce of vegetables or meat; salviata, an omelet with fresh sage; or lesso rifatto con le cipolle, a flavorful stew of leftover boiled beef smothered in long-simmered onions, are classic embodiments of this philosophy. There is arista, a succulent roasted pork loin, and bistecca alla fiorentina, grilled steak made with the prized Val di Chiana beef. Beans are used in many dishes: soups, salads, pasta, or just sprinkled with olive oil, and spinach is the favorite vegetable.
Florence’s sweet bread, schiacciata con l’uva, has been baked since Etruscan times and zuccotto, an elegant dome shaped cake filled with a ricotta cream, is traditional. Vin Santo is one of the region’s renowned sweet wines, often served with cantuccini di Prato, dry almond cookies, for dipping. Among the other great wines of Tuscany are Tignanello, Sassacaia, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, and the famous Brunello di Montalcino.
Florence, the spectacular capital of the region of Tuscany, is located on Italy's northwest coast. It is a stunning medieval city divided into two parts by the River Arno that flows from the Apennines through Florence and Pisa and on to the Ligurian Sea. Florence is considered one of the most beautiful cities in the world with its overflow of palaces, churches and museums filled with masterful paintings and sculptures.
The city was found in 59.B.C by Julio Caesar's war veterans, who named it "Florentin", for its flourishing beauty. Florence experienced its time of greatness in the 14th century when the powerful family of the Medicis made its entry onto the world scene, eventually becoming bankers to the papacy. Cosimo Medici became the ruler of Florence and sponsored artist such as Donatello, Brunelleschi and Filippo Lippi. In 1469, the grandson of Cosimo, Lorenzo, took over power. He was responsible for the great development of art, music and poetry; and was a patron to philosophers and artist such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo. From 1860 to 1875, Florence was the capital of Italy.
However, the 20th century was a disastrous century for the city. It was one of Mussolini's most faithful strongholds and was badly damaged during WWII by retreating Germans, who blew up all the city's bridges except the Ponte Vecchio. In 1966, devastating floods ravaged the city, causing inestimable damage to its buildings and artworks, some of which are still being restored. Today, the city leads quite an existence; and strolling the streets of Florence might deceive you to think that you have walked into a former age.
Throughout history, Florence has played an important role in the world's culture. Home of classical Italian and of the Italian Renaissance, today the city's rich and fantastic remains attract a high proportion of international travelers every year. It still retains a strong resemblance to the small late-medieval center that was once the leading in the cultural and political development at the time.
Florence is justifiably called "the capital of arts". According to statistics produced by UNESCO, 60% of the world's most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence. Browsing through Florence's collection of breathtaking architecture, sculpture, monuments, museum and other treasures of art might overwhelm you. However, you should see the Cathedral (i.e. Duomo) with its massive cupola and the bell-tower, which together makes the striking feature of the city. Inside are many important works of art by such artists as Michelangelo, Donatello and Brunelleschi. The Basilica of San Lorenzo dates from 393 and is the oldest church in the city. The church is flanked by the New Sacristy, designed by Michelangelo and houses the Medici family tombs. Some of Florence most important museums are; "Galleria dell'Accademia" which houses famous sculptures by Michelangelo, and Donatello; "Uffizi Gallery" is one of the greatest museums in the world, with works by Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Michelangelo, Rubens, Rembrandt and Goya to name a few.
Apart from the overwhelming art and cultural treasures, the city offers one of the Italy's most atmospheric and pleasant places to visit. The streets of Florence radiate the charm of Italian culture. It has a wonderful countryside, featuring picturesque villages and vineyards, making for a perfect day excursion. In close distance, you can visit Siena, once Florence's rival in artistic and political dominance, and Pisa, world famous for it's leaning tower. Plus, from Florence you can easily reach the Italian coast with its beautiful beaches, while Rome and Milan, the "capital of fashion", are in short distance.
Food and wine lovers won't be disappointed in Florence; there are much delightful Italian wines and dishes to try. The city also makes for great shopping; here you find designer wear as well as wonderful flea markets. Mercato "Delle Cascine", situated in the beautiful Parco delle Cascine, is probably the biggest and cheapest market in town. Florence is also an active center of modern art and culture; in summer music, cinema, dance and theatre flows the streets and the squares.
Florence status as an important university town attract a lot of Italian and international students, making the city a bustling capital in the region. A university town with over 650,000 inhabitants, Florence features a young, and lively night scene. For bohemians, check out the area of Oltrarno, south of the river. While, Piazza della Signoria has a more concentrated nightlife for the more dressed up crowd. For clubbing, Central Park in Parco delle Cascine, is a hotspot, with the latest in music trends. Soulciety Club at Via San Zanobi is a great place for funk, hip-hop and soul. Dance clubs typically open late and gets crowded around 2 am. To find out exactly where the action is at the moment - check out Firenze Spettacolo, the city's major entertainment publication.
Florence is best visited in the low season, from April to June and in September and October, when the weather is pleasant (summer can be very hot), during this time the city is also less crowded. During summer, tourists flock to the city as if it was Mecca. Early winter is also a good time, as it offers mild temperatures.
In Florence you will enjoy the cultural and historical richness of its past and take part of its lively fun-going atmosphere of today!
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8 Apr 2014
We rented this apartment for 5 days. It was perfectly situated--close to the Santa Maria Novello train station and in easy walking distant to all the sights. Across the street is a lovely restaurant w… More
19 Mar 2014
"amazing palce and location"
I was been there for a week with my girlfriend. This house in located in a very nice place, very close to the center. When we arrived the house as very claen and so confortable for 4 people but we wer… More
26 Jul 2013
"wonderful holiday in Florence"
Couldn't have asked for more out of this apartment. A great thank you to the owner family. They were incredibly welcoming and helpful. The apartment itself is well-furnished and very conveniently… More
26 Jul 2013
I was in Casa Valentina in Florence during the month of July 2013.It was really a beautiful stay.The apartment is in the historycal centre of Florence, near to the most important monuments (Duomo, Uff… More
18 Jul 2013
"Very central but not entirely what we expected"
My friends and I spent a week in Florence, and the best thing about the flat was was its location as it was in a very central part of Florence so it was only about a 10 / 15 minute walk to the Duomo and the centre of the city.
Francesco was very good about answering any questions we had about Florence before we arrived and his answers were extremely helpful, and we found the flat on the first day with relatively little hassle.
Concerning the location, it was VERY loud (combination of traffic, people, and nesting birds), and we could not sleep with the windows open because of this, which was a bit of a pain in such high temperatures with broken air conditioning (we could have requested it fixed during our stay but it would have meant waiting in for someone to repair it). We were also unlucky enough to stay during a festival which took place in the piazza right outside the bedroom window which went on for two nights into the early hours of the morning with incredibly loud music! I don't know if this is an annual thing but it is definitely something to keep in mind when considering renting the flat.
In terms of facilities, we were cooking for ourselves every night and had no problems with the oven or the other kitchen utilities, and there was an average-sized supermarket relatively close by which had everything we needed for a short stay. The flat was well-equipped with other facilities like a dishwasher (although we did not use this) and a washing machine (which we did use).
Other than the air conditioning, the flat was perfectly comfortable, though we had a few issues with the cleanliness of some of the pots and utensils, and the shower curtain was useless at preventing water flooding the bathroom. The beds were comfortable and the flat was a very good size for myself and three friends, if a bit dark in the living room area. We had to have the lights on throughout the day, although this did at least mean that the flat was not heated by the sun.
I'm sorry but there was a misunderstanding.
The air conditioning run perfectly.
The girl who welcomed Amber understood that Amber didn't want to use air conditioning, so she don't activate it.
28 Feb 2013
"Great value!! Cant find any better place to stay in Florence!"
The best thing of this apartment is LOCATION! You can literally walk to every attractions and even the south river bank! There are also lots of lovely trattorias aroud the area, not to mention the restaurant opposite the apartment is one of the best I've ever had in life!! I've been to there with my family for three times during our staying!
24 Nov 2011
"Excellent value, spacious, clean and central location"
Casa Valentina is a perfect base to explore the city from and represents excellent value for money compared to a hotel. The apartment is spacious and well equipped for couples or families with 2 bedrooms, 2 WCs and a bathroom. The Kitchen is well equipped and includes a dishwasher. All the attractions of Florence including the train station are a short walk away. If I had to say one negative thing it would be that it can be a bit noisy in the early evening as there is a restaurant opposite, but then that is to be expected in any city centre.
Overall an excellent stay, very comfortable and the owners were very helpful and prompt with communications throughout the process.
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