Our 45-square metre apartment is situated on the 4th (top) floor of a typically Florentine building on a narrow street just off chic Via Tornabuoni and a block north of the river. Please note that there is no lift. It is an ideal size for 2 people, but possible for 3/4. It consists of kitchen (which is the entrance into the apartment), bedroom, living room and bathroom. It is comfortable and bright and has just been re-decorated. There are pictures on the walls and books in the bookcase to make you feel at home. Furnishings are a comfortable mix of period and modern pieces. The flat is within a traffic-limited zone, so it is quiet: the view is of rooftops with the odd roof garden, and there is plenty of natural light.
The bedroom can be made up with a double or two single beds (with duvets) and there is a chest of drawers wih mirror and a large wardrobe with lots of hanging and shelf space.
The sitting room has a table that allows four people to eat in comfort, a comfortable sofa (sofa bed for two), TV, DVD and stereo system with ipod dock. There's a library of books (mostly in English) and lots of tourist information and guide books about Florence, Tuscany and the rest of Italy.
The bathroom has shower, bidet, basin and WC
The kitchen has lovely warm wood counter tops, a gas hob, a small electric oven and a washing machine and is well supplied with pots and pans. It separates the bathroom from the bedroom and living room, so if more than two people are staying, both rooms are completely private.
There is air conditioning and fans for the summer and gas central heating for the winter months.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 family bathroom|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 90 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Firenze Peretola 7 km, Nearest railway: Santa Maria Novella 1 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
|Luxuries||Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Washing machine|
|Furniture||Double Beds (1), Sofa Beds (1), Single Beds (2), Dining seats for 4, Lounge seats for 4|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Access||Not suitable for wheelchair users|
Florence is the regional capital of Tuscany. There is enough to see in Florence itself to keep you busy for weeks, but there are plenty of places of interest within easy reach of the city. Siena, Pisa, Arezzo and Lucca are all within an hour's drive of Florence and all are well served by public transport. The beach at chic Forte dei Marmi is an hour and a half away or you can drive further afield to the beautiful Maremma area for cleaner sea and wilder beaches. There are several golf courses within easy reach of Florence. Wine lovers shouldn't miss a tour of the Chianti vineyards, but if wine isn't your thing, a visit to some of the charming hilltowns of Tuscany is a great way to spend a day.
Our apartment is located at teh very heart of Florence's historic centre, or centro storico. The chic designer boutiques are a stone's throw from the front door and yet this is a very typical and characterful neighbourhood, far-enough removed from the well-worn tourist paths to feel local. Within 10 minutes walk you will find most of Florence's celebrated monuments: the Uffizi and Accademia galleries, Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti, Piazza Signoria, the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella. There are many restaurants, bars and caffès within easy walking distance and we are just across the river from the Bohemian and picturesque 'Oltrarno' district, famous for its artisan workshops and lively nightlife. Santa Maria Novella train station is a 10 minute walk away. If you come with a car, there are several private garages with secure parking close by.