Terrace, Breathtaking Views
- Name: Amore
- Sleeps: 2 + 1
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: €1920/week, 5 nite min
We fell in love with the Amore apartment
Take in the splendor of Florence with vast views and an expansive terrace. We dubbed this apartment Amore because we fell in love with the amazing views and terraces which are the centerpiece of this special apartment.
Florence`s Oltrarno is prized for it many wonderful restaurants and fine Florentine craft workshops. The walk up to the apartment is about two blocks and can be made by walking up the street or via steps that rise from the river. A short but steep uphill walk and you`ll be well rewarded by the spectacular views when you reach the Amore apartment.
The building in which the Amore apartment is located was once a noble palazzo dating back to the 1400`s and then it became a monastery. A marble plaque inside the building lobby commemorates its historic significance.
The building has about eight vacation rental apartments. The Amore apartment is located on the top floor, with elevator. A sofa bed in the living room can sleep one. It is flanked by two upholstered arm chairs. An antique bureau greets you as you step into the apartment. Antiques have been used thoughtfully throughout, just the right amount to give it a timeless feeling without the impression that you`ve stepped into a furniture museum. The large picture window in the living room floods the room with light. Black out rolling shades can be drawn if you desire. Enjoy whiling away the hours absorbing the marvelous views of historic Florence. A mirror over the sofa reflects light and views all the way out to the terrace which is just beyond the dining area.
The dining area seats four. There are handsome polished wood floors throughout the apartment. French doors by the dining table lead out to the terrace.
The main terrace is on two levels, paved in terracotta tiles. The lower level, accessed off the dining area has a table and four chairs. Views from this terrace faces towards the south, with wonderful views of Florence`s Oltrarno area as well as the center of the city. The kitchen window has views out onto this terrace. A flight of stairs leads to the upper terrace which has two recliners for sunbathing, and a small table and chairs. This apartment has views, views and more views! Take in all 360 degrees of historic sites, from San Miniato to the Duomo to the hills of Tuscany. Watch the light as it moves across the buildings and enjoy living with fabulous views of Florence that few get to experience. These terraces will surely be the setting for many wonderful hours where you can enjoy meals, coffee or cocktails under sunny Florentine skies, certain to make for special memories of your Florence stay.
The living room has a love seat and two armchairs. The living room furniture is basic and, in our opinion, not very comfortable. The dining table and chairs are also basic. If you are not expecting luxury but want great views, this apartment is a good choice.
The kitchen is small but well equipped with microwave, 4 burner gas stove, refrigerator with separate freezer section, dishwasher. A nice feature in the kitchen is the little window overlooking the terrace with views of Florence. The washing machine is in the kitchen.
The bedroom has a divisible "king", two single beds that can be made up separately or joined to form a bed that is 10 inches wider than a North American Queen and 6 inches narrower than a King. It is nicely appointed with an antique cornice detail and a painting over the bed that lends a romantic touch. Another surprise is the little terrace off the bedroom. This small terrace has nice views too and two lounge chairs.
The bathroom is accessed off the living room. It has a sink set into an attractive green marble countertop, bathtub with shower attachment, toilet and bidet.
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Property and area amenities
|Sleeps||2 + 1|
|Bedrooms||1, master bedroom bed is between North American Queen and King size, 2 twins joined 70 x 79", 10 inches wider than US Queen but 6 inches less than a King, 1 inch shorter. Sofa bed in living room sleeps 1.|
|Floor||4th floor European, 5th floor North American|
|Mobility||2 steep blocks to reach apartment building|
|Size||Apartment 700 sq ft, 65m2 + Terrace 540 sq feet, 50 m2|
|Outlook||Expansive terraces with fantastic views|
|Dining||Dining area in living room seats 4, external dining area also seats 4.|
|Kitchen||Refrigerator, freezer, 4 burner gas stove, microwave, dishwasher, Italian and drip coffee pots, tea kettle|
|Laundry||Washer in the apartment. Dryer in the common laundry room. Iron & ironing board.|
|Heating||Heat paid based on usage|
|Utilities||Paid in cash at check out based on usage|
|Transport||Buses and taxi stand 2-3 blocks away.|
|Crib||Available on request|
|Entertainment||TV, iPod dock for music|
|Family||Yes. Families with a toddler be aware of terraces.|
|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.|
|Luggage Drop-Off; ?>||On day of arrival luggage may be left at apartment after 12:30pm.|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros|
|4 nights||5 nights||6 nights||7 nights||1 month
Minimum stays: 4 nights except holiday weeks when it is 7 nights.
The monthly price quoted is available during November, December, January, February, March and August.
Price includes booking fees, credit card fees, greeting fees, keyholder fees, Wi-Fi/internet, linens, towels, final cleaning. Mid-stay cleaning included for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Not included: Click here for local hospitality tax amount paid in cash at check in.
Check-in is guaranteed by 5pm, luggage may be left from 2pm on. For guaranteed check-in before 5pm or luggage drop before 2pm, please reserve the night before. If you don`t pay for an early arrival and wish to get in before 5pm, then call your greeter from you point of arrival and if you can get in earlier, s/he will let you know if you can come ahead to drop your luggage and/or check in.
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- Special apartment due to the magnificent views and wonderful terraces.
- Furniture is basic, not luxury. If you prefer good decor and high quality living room furniture, this apartment is not for you.
- Sofa is narrow and firm, not comfortable. Armchairs not particularly comfortable either.
- Kitchen is small but functional. Good for light meal preparation since there is no oven but there is a gas four burner stove top and a microwave
- It is a steep uphill walk about two blocks to get to the apartment.
Guest Book Testimonials
The Amore apartment far exceeded any "expectation" I might have had! The apartment is conveniently located for walking, and the views are simply spectacular in all directions. The church bells are charming and the immediacy of the duomo constantly remind visitors that they are in florence!
Pat and the Italy Perfect crew could not have been more organized and kind... I look forward to another adventure booked through IP!
[Love enjoying your stay through your eyes and ears. Also thank you for the compliments. We, too, look forward to your next adventure. The Italy Perfect Team]
The views will sweep you away!
The apartment was just as promised. The views were sweeping - 360 degrees - and will knock your socks off! It was hard to drink it all in. If you are going for view, then this is the place you want.
The greeter explained things very well and later sent someone to help us open the sofa-bed when we couldn't figure it out. The location was great - very close to restaurants, shops, excellent gelato, and the Ponte Vechio We are in our late 60's and had no trouble walking everywhere in the historical district, or negotiating the hill to the apartment. We even walked to Il Latini, our favorite restaurant of our whole 3-week trip. Don't miss it!
I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to anyone. They were very responsive and sent us lots of good information that I made use of (about telephones, adaptors, etc.)
The view from the rental is beyond words. Every room has a view! A comparable hotel with this view would be $1,500 Euros a night.
Only negative is the bed is two doubles pushed together which separate throughout the night. So, someone will be in "the crack." The other item to be aware of is the climb to the flat. It's not bad but if you are out of shape or have some physical problems walking, you may want to reconsider the location and maybe even visiting Florence. You will be doing a great deal of walking! The good news is you will walk off the extra pasta and wine.
When we return to Florence in a few years, we will stay here again.
Great Location and View
Our greeter was right on time and very helpful. Logistics working with Italy Perfect were professional and easy. Quick responses to our pre-trip questions. Great info packet as our trip got close. The apartment was in a killer location, a block from Ponte Vecchio. Yes it's up hill/steps, but manageable. Just make sure to cab it the first time and not walk with suitcases. Elevator in the building makes the fourth floor location easy. Kitchen is tiny. Great for assembling a breakfast, but Americans wouldn't ever think to cook in something that small. No prep area whatsoever. Nicely stocked with plates, cups, mugs, silverware etc. Coffee maker, toaster, microwave. Nice size refrig/freezer. The real benefit is the combo washer/dryer. Somewhat confusing to figure out the controls and settings, but a real godsend when trying to travel light. Nice sitting area. Nice sized bathroom. Plenty of hot water and good water pressure, although the shower/tub combo is pretty cramped. And the view from the patio is amazing. Exactly like the pictures on the website. 360 panorama of the Florence skyline with the Duomo staring you in the face. Nothing like a bottle of wine and some snacks at days end and soaking in the view and the sound of all the church bells. Our only complaint was the bedding. Blankets that weren't wide enough to cover two people, old thin pillows and some pretty threadbare sheets. They could really use an upgrade.
Our week in Florence
The amore apartment in Florence can be described in two words: view and location. The view from the terraces is amazing and the location is near to the central attractions of Florence, but tucked away on a quiet street. Our greeter was friendly and informative and the apartment is clean and comfortable. We stayed in Europe in VRBO's for a month and at this price point, the only improvements I would suggest for the amore apartment are: stock the kitchen with some basic condiments, oil, salt, pepper, sugar, etc. and improve the bedding. Italy perfect was easy to work with and even emailed us ahead of time to warn us that the world cycling event was in Florence that week and helped us to make some dinner reservations. I would recommend them highly.
Apartment was Great
The apartment was great, especially the terraces which we enjoyed every evening. The apartment is located in a great neighborhood, quiet but close to excellent restaurants and shopping. A delightful walk to the main attractions in Florence and along the arno river bank. The apartment would be exceptional if stocked with some condiments such as salt, pepper, EVO etc and extra towels and kitchen supplies. That aspect was somewhat disappointing. The best restaurant in the area is Palazzo Tempi, which is around the corner from the apartment. Food and service were excellent.
Amazing but true
With all the positive comments, great photographs, and video clip all showing how great this apartment is, our expectations were pretty high.Our expectations were beaten the minute we walked in. Quite simply, this place is wonderful.In short, every good and positive word in these reviews is true. And I don't recognise any of the less-positive comments: the furniture was perfectly comfortable and we had no problems with the lift.We loved this place. We will go back to it.[Thank you, Andy. We are so happy you enjoyed your stay! Italy Perfect.]
Beautiful, wonderful, magical!
We will return ………..
Thank you to Ylenia, Massimo, Cristina and Emanuele for being so helpful, cheerful and for the delicious Chianti
Amore for the view and location!
We spent 11 wonderful days in the apartment in June 2013 and were not disappointed. It was as promised, quiet and with a superb view from every terrace and window that included additional landmarks too numerous to mention on the website. The apartment is small, and, Italy being Italy, has its charms and quirks which we expected. We made ourselves at home and became part of the neighborhood. The laundry (Lavanderia)in the small piazza at the base of the hill is convenient and all of our clothes came back with the tag "Lorenzo" because I had joked that my husband was my own Lorenzo the Magnificent! (We did not waste our time with the washing machine in the apartment as it takes too long.)
Three places not to miss: Il Papiro on Via Dè Guicciardini between the Ponte Vecchio and Pitti Palace for a demonstration and shopping, the best gelato in Florence at the Gelateria Eporio at Ponte Santa Trinita on the Oltrarno side (it's not too far to walk at any time of day), and please at least have lunch at Ristorante del Fagioli, Corso dei Tintori, 47-r for an all-around Italian experience in dining. The restaurant is small and crowded, but the brothers are talented in the kitchen and aim to please. I'll visit their menu in my dreams.
I would recommend Italy Perfect's Amore to anyone willing to settle for just enough space in order to enjoy the best views in Florence. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect and will use their services for future rentals Our greeter was wonderful and even helped my husband carry our bags and set up wifi. The one blip that we had, trouble with a window that would not stay closed, was addressed promptly, even though it was not able to be repaired promptly. In no way did that mar our vacation or should it mar this review.
As advertised, this apartment is all about the terraces. Great 360 degree views. Inside, everything is clean and in good state of repair. Its just upstaged by the outside spaces. One criticism: the antique elevator has both inside and outside doors which both need to be closed when exiting. Failure to do so means it cannot be called to other floors. Why can this fact not be posted on the elevator door? [Italy Perfect: We are so glad you enjoyed the apartment and the terraces. As for the elevator, very sorry. That is pretty much the standard in Italy, so your hosts didn't think to mention, but you are totally correct, should be posted.]
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Map and Location
|Ponte Vecchio - 5 minute walk to|
|Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens - 10 minute walk|
|Duomo 15 minute walk|
|Train station 20 minute walk|
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