Clean, Neat Plus Convenience of 2 Bathrooms
- Name: Michaela
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: 15% March Discount!
The apartment was perfect for my needs and the location, well, perfect
15% DISCOUNT for stays during March 2015. Minimum 4 nights to qualify for the discount. Valid on new bookings from February 28, 2015.
This is an excellent Florence apartment if an historic center location and affordability are top priorities. The Michaela apartment in Florence is a perfect retreat from Florence`s busy downtown streets.
The apartment building is located at the intersection of Via della Spada and Via della Vigna Nuova where they form a triangle off Via Tornabuoni. Around 1740 (recent by Italian standards!) Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decided to rename the streets of Florence. At that time the name Spada, meaning "sword" was chosen for this street. Some city historians believe that the name was selected since the straight direction of the street somewhat resembles "una spada" -- that is, a sword. Via Spada is located where the first circle of Roman walls surrounded the city, as the ancient walls ran along what is now Via Tornabuoni. Historians believe that Via Spada was the continuation, from east to west, of the ancient Roman road which includes Borgo degli Albizi, Via del Corso and Via Strozzi.
The apartment is located on Via della Spada just off of the high-fashion Via Tornabuoni, with numerous major designer boutiques just outside the front door of the apartment building. You can stroll along downtown Florence pedestrian thoroughfares, enjoying outdoor cafes, easy museum access due to the central location, plenty of shopping, restaurants and the best produce market, the Mercato Centrale, all within walking distance. This is the Florence you see in the postcards and glossy coffee table books. The perfect location of the Michaela apartment will help you appreciate the village atmosphere of Firenze.
If you`re looking for a chic neighborhood and a convenient stopping point at the end of a busy day of sightseeing, the Michaela apartment offers the perfect solution. The Gucci store is directly behind the apartment building, the Roberto Cavalli boutique is right outside your front door, the Tod & Hogan store are around the corner, Salvatore Ferragamo`s flagship store and museum are only a 2-minute walk away. Or, if your dream has been to attend language or cooking school in Florence for several weeks, this apartment provides a comfortable home base for your sojourn.
The apartment is located on the back side of a six-story Renaissance building.
The Michaela was once part of an extremely large family apartment that has since been sub-divided into what are now three vacation rental apartments. The Prisco and Strozzi apartments are located down a private hallway from the Michaela apartment.
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Property and area amenities
|Sleeps||2 + 2|
|Bedrooms||1 bedroom with two single beds that can be prepared together or apart. Queen size sofa bed in the living room.|
|Bathrooms||2 bathrooms. 1 with shower, sink, toilet and bidet. 1 with shower, sink, toilet.|
|Floor||2nd European, 3rd North American|
|Mobility||8 steps up to elevator. A few steps within the apartment.|
|Size||645 square feet/60 m2|
|Dining||Table seats 4|
|Kitchen||Efficiency kitchen with 2 burner electric stove, microwave/grill, toaster, drip & Italian coffee pots, under-the-counter refrigerator.|
|Laundry||Washer - Yes. Dryer - No. Clothes drying rack, iron & board provided|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby.|
|Neighborhood||One block off fashionable Via Tornabuoni, abounds with historic sites, two alimentari (little grocery stores) & a bakery on the block. Three blocks from Piazza della Repubblica, one block from Palazzo Strozzi.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TVs in living room & bedroom receives English language news channels, CD player with radio.|
|Telephone||Loaner cell phone available, no landline phone|
|Internet||High speed WiFi throughout.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included|
|Parking||It is difficult to impossible to drive in the center of this city. No on-street parking is available for visitors. If you need to have a car, please ask us where the closest paid parking garage is located. Parking in garages can be relatively expensive. Public garage 2 blocks away, about €35/day|
|Safety||Hotel style safe|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights||2 Weeks||3 Weeks||4 Weeks|
March 24-Oct 31
Nov 1-March 23
The price includes booking fee, transaction fees, credit card fee, keyholder fee, greeting fee, WiFi/internet, final cleaning, linens, towels, tax and utilities.
The standard check in time is 5pm to 8pm, by appointment. To check in before 5pm or to check out after 10am, you may reserve the night before or the night after your stay, if available. Early Check In from 9am. Late Check Out until 5pm. We cannot guarantee you will be able to check in early or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
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• Very clean and well maintained
• Great value for terrific location
• Convenience of two bathrooms
• Warm and friendly welcome
Guest Book Testimonials
Michaela rental from Italy Perfect
I felt very confident from the first communication with Lisa that this was going to be a very special experience. Both my husband and I are assumebly well travelled and described to Lisa our requirements in terms of location, type of area etc., that we were looking for on our trip to Florence. Michaela was perfecto! Great street to open our doors to in the morning!
Quality shops were around the corner, markets, artisans and the list goes on and on. We especially enjoyed the Saturday morning artisan market (near the Novella ) eating on warmed benches under the Florence sunshine.
Our hosts went above all expectations as we drove into the narrow streets when we first arrived (lost and about to enter a one way street the wrong way) to personally walk to our car and take us to the appartment. And then, taking us to return our rental vehicle as Florence is definitely not a driving city! On our last day, again taking us to the airport to ensure we were there on time and without any hassle. Mama Mia! This was my very best experience to date. A very special thank you to our hosts and to Lisa for an absolutely perfect experience. Italy Perfect? Without a question. By the way Lisa, any hopes for a Spain Perfect soon?
[Note from Italy Perfect: Thank you so much for your lovely feedback. No plans for Spain soon but our sister companies Paris Perfect and London Perfect have beautiful apartments too.]
The Michaela in Florence was a wonderful accommodation for my husband and myself, it was even better than the photos, very clean, convenient, and our hosts were informative as well as friendly. The apartment is so comfortable and charming, as is the entire building that I can't imagine anyone complaining about a thing. Loved it.
Italy Perfect matched us exactly with beautiful place in a beautiful city. We would definitely stay there again.
One thing you should do is go to the market at San Lorenzo for fresh groceries - wonderful, and then go back in the evening for dinner in the second level. It's a great experience and the best food we had during our stay.
We loved this apartment, perfectly located in Florence within easy walking distance of everything. Plenty of room, comfortable, well-equipped, peaceful and private, it was the absolutely perfect place for my husband and I to call 'home' during our visit. Our greeters were delightful, and took a lot of time showing us around the apartment, showing us how things worked, and giving us some hints and tips on places to eat. The apartment is very close to the Ponte Vecchio, and within very easy walking distance to all the famous sites. We found some wonderful restaurants and can highly recommend La Cucina Del Garga, Enoteca Coquinarius, Il Barretto and the 'food court' in the Mercato Centrale. We bought the 'Firenze Card' so we didn't have to stand in line when visiting the various sites - it's definitely worth it for the line-skipping alone (we spent four days in Florence in mid-Sept). We have already recommended Italy Perfect to several people, we are very impressed with your company!
The Michaela was perfect for the three of us! We LOVED the convenient location and relaxing atmosphere of the apartment. It was nice to have two bathrooms and the kitchen was perfect for our breakfast & light meals at home. We can't wait to go back and we are already planning our vacation for next year, to stay in the Michaela again.
A little gem in Florence
On a recent trip to Italy one of our destinations was Florence where we stayed at the Michaela apartment. The location was absolutely perfect for us being in the heart of the old city, within walking distance of many of the places we wanted to see including the Duomo and the Uffizi. The apartment itself was spacious, comfortable, and well-equipped. Our hosts were extremely helpful and kind, going out of their way to recommend particular restaurants, shops and places of interest. The welcome package which we ordered as a separate service through Italy Perfect was particularly well chosen and complete. We would have no hesitation in recommending both Italy Perfect and the Michaela Apartment to others like ourselves who were looking for a comfortable refuge in the heart of Florence.
We loved the Michaela, the location was so central, and Miki and Franco were wonderful hosts. The apartment was perfect with lots of room to spread out. Highly recommended.
Firendly Owners and Convenient Location
The apartment is exactly as described. The beds are comfortable and the bathrooms are modern. The kitchen is adequate for warming take-out meals, though not for ambitious cooking. What the description leaves out are the apartment's two great assets: (1) The owners are friendly and extremely helpful in every way. For example, they gave us a ride to the train station. (2) The apartment is very conveniently located for sight-seeing, as well as for everyday needs. These is an excellent coffee shop right across from it, a small grocery store down the street, several widely recommended restaurants within two or three blocks, and the main train station a short walk away. We would definitely come back here.
Great apartment in a perfect location.
We stayed in the Michaela apartment Sept 15 thru Sept 20. It was a great apartment in a perfect location. The owners were lovely and very accommodating and friendly.
Perfect location - Perfect hosts
As a single traveler, I had the wonderful stay at in the Micheala apartment. The apartment was spacious, clean and comfortable with a modern bath and well-equipped kitchen. Miki and Franco were charming hosts, greeting me and ensuring that everything was perfect for my 8 day stay! The location was outstanding. It's minutes to the train station in one direction and to the main tourist areas in the other. I really enjoyed numerous shops and restaurants in the immediate neighborhood. I have already recommended Italy Perfect to friends and shall look to Italy Perfect in the future.
Best Location, Affordable, HIghly Recommended
The accomodations exceeded our expectations, centrally located for touring Florence, easy access from the train station, in an upscale shopping area. Apartments was very quiet with use of a washing machine, internet, secure apartment with very spacious and modern bathroom. Sleeper sofa was easy to use and comfortable for 2. No real view but you can't beat the price on this one! We would return and have already recommended to close friends. Micki and Franco were very kind, thorough and helpful. Lots of great little restaurants in the area. Gucci and all of the top-end stores are on the same street, so very nice location. Try out Casalinga (they don't speak much English, but worth it!) across the Arno river in the Oltrano area or Marione - have the steak and potatoes with rosemary, yummy! Recommend the Uffizi, the David at the Accademie, tombs of Galileo and Michaelangelo at Santo Spirito, the Museo at the Duomo and definitely "Florence for Foodies - add on the tour of David" - it was just the best way to learn about the food of Florence - you'll also learn about the very best gelato in the world, right in Florence...I highly recommend Italy Perfect! We also took 2 tours from walkaboutflorence.com into the Tuscan countryside (visited an organic farm) and the Cinque Terre walk, both nice if you are spending 5-6 days in Florence.
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Map and Location
|Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica - 5 minute walk|
|Santa Maria Novella train station, Piazza della Signoria - 8 minute walk|
|Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Accademia - 10 minute walk|
|Pitti Palace - 20 minute walk|
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