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The Perfect Florentine Retreat


Excellent 5/5 Score from 7 reviews


Villa | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4

Key Info
  • Great for children of all ages
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed
  • Private garden
  • Car not necessary
  • Nearest beach 100km

The Florentine Retreat is a house of 100 sqm with garden and terrace

It consists in 2 double bedrooms, a living room, 2 bathrooms with original Amalfi tiles ( with showers) and 2 kitchnettes: one is located in the living room of Garden Appartament that has indipendent access from the garden, and the other is located in the Studio.

Garden and terrace are equipped for eating outside. Free Wifi and parking available.

The Florentine Retreat is a portion of a Villa , ex Hay Loft of an Old Tuscan Family and surrounded by gardens in a secluded area at only 12 minutes from Forte Belvedere and Boboli Garden entrance, 20 minutes walking from the Old Bridge and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Via San Leonardo is a old road and a pleasant walk in the one of the most interesting antique area of Florence.

The composer Tchaikovskij loved Florence and Florentine climate and spent a winter in a house in Via San Leonardo, less than 100 meters away from us. The famous italian painter of post-macchiaioli, Ottone Rosai had his studio here.

From here you do not need a car for visiting Florence ( historical city center is off-limits for car).

Bus stops are at 100 meters. Parking is free in the garden .

The owner lives in the other portion of the Villa and is glad to help you with maps and informations and to book museum tickets.

The Villa is very close (10 min walk) to Omero Restaurant considered one of the best in Florence serving and selling typical tasteful tuscany food. Open daily for lunch and dinner

The historic Chalet Fontana, cafè. restaurant and pizzeria, is at 100 meters from the Villa (at the moment it is under repair)

Size Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms
Nearest beach Versilia 100 km
Will consider Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)
Access Car not necessary
Nearest Amenities 1 km
Nearest travel links Nearest airport: Firenze Peretola) or Pisa(Galilei) at 82 kms) 6 km, Nearest railway: Firenze Santa Maria Novella 4 km
Family friendly Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility
Notes No pets allowed, No smoking at this property

Features and Facilities

General Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Wi-Fi available
Standard Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer
Utilities Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine
Rooms 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites
Furniture 2 Sofa beds, Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 6
Other Linen provided, Towels provided
Outdoors Balcony or terrace, Private garden, Shared garden
Access Secure parking
Further details indoors

Description of Garden Bedroom 16 sqm

The Bedroom has a queen size bed (160 x 195), wardrobe ,2 bedsides , oriental carpets.

The bedroom has two windows watching the garden.

Bedlinen provided

Description Garden Bathroom

Bathroom has original Amalfi style tiles and 1 window to the garden, shower

Bath Towels provided.

Garden Living and Kitchnette

The Living leads to the garden and has an antique table for 4 persons.

The Kitchen corner is equipped with a 3 stove, sink, electrical oven, fridge and utensiles

In the living room it is possible add a single bed for 1 person, as well as a child bed in the bedroom on request.

Description of Studio Bedroom 40 sqm

A flight step (only 10 steps) takes you to the Studio bedroom

The Bedroom has a French style bed 140 x 200

a wide library

a table for 8 persons

a sofa comfy for 2 and 2 armchairs

side beds

a french door leads to the private terrace

Bedlinen provided

Air Conditioning (only in this room payable by consumption)

The Bathroom of Studio is ensuite

It has Amalfi style tiles and Devon & Devon

large shower and a nice large window

inside there is a wardrobe

Bath towels provided

Studio Kitchnette

The Kitchenette is in a separate little room and has a sink and 2 stove and fridge. Utensils provided

Further details outdoors

The Villa is surrounded by a private garden, shared with the owner. A portion of this garden, in front of the Garden living is private of the Florentine Retreat.

In your garden you will find garden table and chairs.

A common laundry area is available in garage.

Parking available

Further details

The Florentine Retreat can be rented in full for 4 up to 6 people (price on request) or by only 2 persons using only the lower Garden rooms or the Studio suite (price is shown as per 2 persons)

For extra people sharing the sofabed is requested an extra of Euro 25,00 per night/person or Euro 150,00 per week/person.

The Florentine Retreat is a perfect choice for 2 couples travelling together with privacy. They can share the garden and have privacy since each part of the house is autonomous (ensuite bathroom and kitchnette)

Long Term rental welcome

It Is possible to smoke in the garden or terrace.

The Tuscany region

Tuscany is a well known Region for Art and Culture


Via San Leonardo, historic lane connecting the Astronomical Observatory G.Galilei on the hill of Arcetri with Forte Belvedere and Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge)

Via San Leonardo is a narrow fashinating road through antique buildings, olive groves and gardens in the protected and silent area landscape, with few inhabitants, villas and farmhouses converted into artists' studios, that takes about twenty minutes walking to the historic center.

Towards the Old Bridge you pass by Chalet Fontana restaurant , historic meeting place of writers and artists, the house of Chaikovskij, the famous painter Ottone Rosai's studio, the Church of San Leonardo in Arcetri of XI Century and passing close by Forte Belvedere of XVI Century.

From Forte Belvedere a gate leads into Boboli Garden and Pitti Palace, but if you go through the door of old walls, you find Villa Bardini Museum of Macchiaioli, Roberto Capucci Fashion Art museum, Annigoni's Collection, after you find Galileo's home arriving at Ponte Vecchio.

Piazzale Michelangelo with its famous and marvellous view of Firenze is at only 20 min walk, as well the romanich church of San Miniato.

The area offer many beautiful and interesting walks.

The Arcetri Astronomical Center is closeby and you can enjoi a visit in a clear summer night.

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Review 1-7 of 7

15 Jan 2014


"A wonderful get-away"

Laura is the perfect hostess. She greeted me with espresso and cookies and left a large basket full of fruit, bread, and other goodies for breakfast.The rooms were clean and comfortable, and the area … More

30 Oct 2013


"Perfect for two"

We stayed in the garden apartment which gives you independent access. The apartment is lovely, with generous welcome basket and matched by Laura the owners hospitality. The city centre is easily acces… More

13 Sep 2013


"Perfect rooms with a view on Tuscany"

Mrs Martelli's house is located in what some people call "The Beverley Hills of Florence".
You can get there a real feel of Tuscany (cypresses, pine and olive-trees, gorgeous villas on the hills), yet it takes you 20 minutes on the bus to get to the touristy heart of the Florence.
The landlady is delightful. She makes you feel at home in her house.
Just have a look at the pictures: they are true to life.

7 Sep 2013


""The Perfect Florentine Retreat" - Indeed!"

If I were to summarize our stay at Laura's, I would say a piece of Florence within Florence. A retreat with personality befitting Florence and its fame, I will definitely remember this house and … More

23 Aug 2013



We spent 4 nights with our 3 year old and had a lovely stay despit the heat of August. Laura was very hospitable and welcoming. The apartment is located up a hill, so walking down in to Florence is very easy, down one long cobbled street all the way to the Ponte Vecchio. After a long hot day in Florence best get the bus back up the hill, its all very easy and relax in the garden and apartment.

25 Apr 2013


"very clean and comfortable with lovely views from terrace and very helpful and kind owner"

situated in a beautifu, ,peacefll,leafy part of Florence away from the bustle of the city but cose enough for reasonably easy access to the centre.
I would advise people to use the number 12 bus which runs along the end of the road. The one way system means the number 13 is not so good.

Dear Jean, thank you for your kind and quick judgment of your stay in Florence, it was nice to know you and are glad you are comfortable with me, I have a wonderful memory of the three charming sisters Wall
dear greetings,

28 Mar 2013


"an excellent vacation"

our stay in viaS. leonardo was not to be forgotten. We found a confortable retreat after a days of sighteseing take rather tiring of the visit of historic city, in the place and quit of the martelli's house and lovely garden in the street most loved by foreigness who lived in Florence. The house is fournished with good taste and every thing is working perfectly. The land lady is alwais careful our wishes she directed us to the most interesting attraction around the city and how to get them. we loved to live at a walk distance to the center at the same time to be in a oasis in the trees and in tne scents of the countryside. Thank you laura to have done us this possibility. Anna

Thank you for your kind and excellent review. I retainer a clear memory of you and your baby wife( she like it) and I hope to see you again. Best wishes Laura

Review 1-7 of 7

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Languages spoken
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  • Italian

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