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Florence: Casetta Bonsi

Unbeatable Location, Cute Scenic Terrace

  • Name: Casetta Bonsi
  • Sleeps: 2 + 2
  • Bedrooms: 1
  • Bathrooms: 1
  • Price: Winter Sale! From €910/week, 4 nights min
The house was GREAT and perfectly located in Florence!

Enjoy

20% Discount for stays thru February 2017, valid on new reservations from November 18, 2016.  

At dusk hear the church bells tolling throughout Florence as you enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace. In the morning stroll a few blocks to enjoy a coffee at a nearby cafe or pick up fresh bread at the bakery.

Our most popular Florence property is a charming little house with a terrace right in the heart of Florence, a rare find. It sets the "gold standard" for location, good value, and high marks from our guests. Stroll two short blocks and you`re at the famed Ponte Vecchio. This is an wonderful house in an excellent historic center location, close to the action but situated in its own little piazza on the Oltrarno side of the Arno river so that you can escape and relax on the terrace while listening to the sound of church bells tolling throughout majestic Florence.

The house met all our needs and was immaculately clean and smartly furnished.

Location

The Casetta Bonsi della Ruota house is an excellent home-away-from-home very near the famed Ponte Vecchio. Tastefully decorated, you`ll enjoy the great location and charm. The major sites are all within easy walking distance. Also nearby are many excellent cafes, restaurants and shops. A favorite bakery, gelateria and pizzeria are within a five minute walk. The Oltrarno neighborhood is famous for it`s many picturesque crafts workshops that carry on centuries-old artisan traditions.

The location and surrounding area are perfectly situated for getting a sense of old Florence without sacrificing creature comforts.

Exterior

Casetta Bonsi is a rare example of an independent house in the center of Florence as very few still exist. The original building where the living room and kitchen are now located was built in 1450. In 1540 a landslide destroyed eighteen neighborhood houses and killed many residents, which lead Cosimo de` Medici to decree that no houses could be built in this area. This ruling lasted 350 years until landowners began to ignore the decree and rebuild.  In 1890 the Florentine Bonsi della Ruota family rebuilt and expanded the little house to the current size.

Interior

As you enter the house, the living room and kitchen are to your right, and the staircase to the second floor is directly in front of you. The house has Italian terracotta tiles throughout the main living area, up-to-date kitchen and bathroom and charming decorative touches throughout.

A beautifully maintained residence with a lovely living/dining room, excellent kitchen well-outfitted, and a little laundry room.

The spacious living room has a delicately painted Venetian china cupboard, Tuscan dining table and chairs, and a comfortable sofa that converts into two separate twin beds. The television receives some English language news channels.

The kitchen is well appointed. Enjoy breakfast at the little counter that overlooks the private garden of the villa next door. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with washing machine and utility sink.

Off the upstairs landing is the terrace with a shaded pergola where you can sip your morning espresso or enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over this dazzling small city. 

The balcony just off the master bedroom is a lovely and tranquil addition.

Bedrooms

The bedroom is upstairs with a divisable king bed which can be made up as 2 twins and beautiful Tuscan armoire and marble-topped dresser. 

Bathrooms

The bathroom is nicely appointed, clean white tile and Carrara marble, an enclosed shower, bidet, good water pressure, lots of storage and halogen lighting.

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Property and area amenities

Location Ponte Vecchio
Sleeps 2+2
Bedrooms 1 bedroom with divisable king bed which can be made up as 2 twins. Sofa bed in living room converts to 2 twin beds.
Bathrooms 1 bathroom with fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet and bidet, heated towel bars (in winter), hairdryer.
Floor Two-story house
Elevator No
Mobility Internal staircase 10 steps with banister to access master bedroom, bathroom, terrace. 1 short steep block uphill to reach house.
Size 800 sq ft, 75 m2
Outlook Terrace with views of rooftops, Arnolfo di Cambio's belltower has small fountain, patio table and 2 chairs.
Hairdryer Yes
Dining Dining table seats 4. Terrace table seats 2.
Kitchen Full refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, 4-burner gas stove, combination microwave/small oven, toaster, drip & Italian coffee pots.
Laundry Washer - Yes. Dryer - No. Drying rack, clothesline, iron & ironing board provided.
Air Conditioning Yes, A/C in the bedroom and living room.
Heating Cost for heat from 7-9 am, Noon-3 pm & 6-10pm at a temperature of 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 Celsius) is included in the rent. You can ask the owner to adjust the thermostat to provide more heat, but this will likely result in extras fees, paid at check out.
Utilities Utilities are included up to a very generous €9/day, over double the standard utility allowance.
Transport Public transportation nearby
Crib Upon request. €30/week or portion thereof.
Neighborhood 2 blocks from the Ponte Vecchio Bridge on Oltrarno side of river, just across from Uffizi Gallery. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens nearby.
Entertainment Satellite TV receives English-language news channels.
Telephone No
Internet Free WiFi Internet access.
Linens Included
Pets No
Smoking No
Family Good for families except toddlers due to internal stairs
Cleaning Final cleaning included. Mid-stay cleaning & linen change for stays of 2 weeks or more.
Parking Automobile not recommended. Public garage 2 blocks away, about €35/day
Safety Hotel-style safe is provided

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Price Information

20% Discount for stays thru February 2017, valid on new reservations from November 18, 2016.

Prices in Euros   4 Nights 5 Nights 6 Nights 7 Nights 14 Nights 21 Nights 28 Nights

High

Holiday Season

March 24 - Oct 31

Christmas-New Years 

1-2

Guests

€760 €860 €1010 €1110 €2000 €2830 €3460

3-4

Guests 

€1000 €1160 €1370 €1510 n/a  n/a n/a

Low Season

Nov 1 - March 23

1-2

Guests 
€640 €710 €830 €910 €1640  €2320  €2840
 3-4

Guests

€880 €1010 €1190 €1310 n/a  n/a  n/a

Property Terms

The price includes booking fee, transaction fees, keyholder fee, greeting fee, WiFi/internet, linens, towels, linens, final cleaning, utilities up to €9/day, that guests seldom exceed. A weekly change of linens and towels, and cleaning after every two weeks of stay are included, day for this service to be agreed upon between owner and guests on arrival.

Not included are utilities used over the allowance of €9/day, (that guests seldom exceed). Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.

The heating thermostat is pre-set during the winter and can be adjusted for an additional cost that is paid at check out.

To guarantee check in before 5pm or to check out after 10am, you may reserve the night before or the night after your stay, if available, for ½ the nightly price calculated against the price for the number of nights you are staying in the property.  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.

We ask that you leave the house tidy on departure and empty the trash. Failure to empty the trash incurs a €40 fee charged to your credit card or deducted from your damage deposit. 

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Our Review

• We love Casetta Bonsi as do all of our guests! Year-after-year, our most popular Florence property.

• Location is marvelous

• Many special little touches and a warm welcome. Pristine condition!

• The sofa bed twin beds are comfortable

• One short but steep block walk uphill & occasional noise from neighbors` motor scooters but almost no through traffic noise. The walk uphill to Casetta is a 13% incline for 74 meters/80 yards.

Guest Book Testimonials

Great House and Location
Oct 2016

We arrived in Florence by train after five days in Venice staying at another Italy Perfect property.
As usual Italy Perfect did not disappoint. The Casetta Bonsi was everything we hoped for. The owner/greeter met us at the agreed time. He welcomed us with a bottle of wine, sweets, fresh fruit and flowers. He gave us a complete walk around of his house and answered any questions we had. His home was spotless. Also little things that could be a problem were not an issue at the Casetta. We had ample water pressure, plenty of hot water, and a good supply of linens. He also had the heat turned on per my wife`s request. Bottom line everything was in working order.
The location was within walking distance of all the major attractions (Duomo, Accademia, Uffizi etc.) One day we took a bus to Fiesole. Another day we went with Maurizio to wine country. He was very informative and great to be with.
We made use of his restaurant recommendations and found some good ones on our own. We did not have a bad meal during our stay.
Which brings me the to the steep incline to the Casetta. My wife and I are both in our late 60`s and it was not a problem for us (we both workout), but it could be a challenge for someone out of shape.
We will continue to recommend Italy Perfect to anyone planning a trip to Italy. Thank you Lisa and thank you Maurizio.

Ed & Betty, Michigan

Casetta Bonsi
Oct 2016

Casetta Bonsi lives up to the name "Italy Perfect" - a perfect home away from home in Florence. Spacious accommodations comfortably furnished with all the amenities that you need, the house is ideal for two people.

Situated in a quiet residential neighbourhood well away from the throngs of tourists, you can appreciate Florence as those who live here know it and yet just a two minute walk down the road and you are looking across the Arno River at the Ufuzzi directly in front of you. Head into the Oltrarno district (the south side and less touristy side of the Arno) and you can enjoy all the local stores and cafes. Cross the bridge and in less than ten minutes you are in the heart of Florence.

Our charming host, Maurizio, could not have been more welcoming. He met us when we arrived, gave us a tour of the house and provided us with his personal guides to the neighbourhood, his recommendations for shopping and dining, and a detailed history of the house that he had written. And as an added touch, he left us with a bowl of fruit, a plate of candies, and a full canister of espresso to enjoy.

Beautiful accommodations, a perfect location, and a charming host - all for less than the cost of a hotel room. What more could you want?

Keith Davey, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

The reviews are true
Sep 2016

I am late in writing this review but better late than never! My husband and I stayed at Casetta Bonsi for 9 days in April and it was everything we could have hoped for. We have always been 'hotel' people so we were a little nervous but we didn't need to be. Lisa at Italy Perfect was very helpful and Maurizio was wonderful. He met us at the appointed time, showed us around, answered our many questions and was extremely pleasant. He left us a nice bottle of wine (which we enjoyed on the terrace the next day for lunch) as well as some delicious sweet treats. He was also kind enough to arrange a taxi for our departure to the train station. We found the house to be spotless, comfortable and spacious enough for 2 people. As others have stated, the location is great, away from the crowds but close enough to walk to the sights. I highly recommend both Italy Perfect and Casetta Bonsi if you're considering a trip to Florence. You won't be disappointed!

Laura, Chicago

Perfect for us!
Aug 2016

From the minute we approached Casetta Bonsi we knew we made a great choice. Mauricio took such pride in introducing us to his historic family home. It had all the comforts of home but in an Italian authentic way. Great location. We'd return again in a heartbeat!

Jill and Marty Smith, Bradenton, FL

We had a great stay and loved the Casetta Bonsi.
Aug 2016

We had a great stay and loved the Casetta Bonsi. Maurizio clearly takes great pride in the house. He is a lovely person and we appreciated his insights and his help with transportation to the airport.

The Casetta is truly a gem of a home in a perfect location. We hope to return some day!

G.A., Staunton, Virginia

First Choice
Aug 2016

Casetta Bonsi has been our first choice for accommodations in Firenze since 2009. It fits every requirement for comfort, charm, and location. Within short walking distance of the Ponte Vecchio and Ponte alle Grazie, in Firenze's artsy Oltrarno district, it provides a peaceful retreat from a full day of exploring one of Europe's most beautiful and fascinating cities, and easy access to a fully stocked grocery market literally feet away from the south end of Ponte Vecchio. Spend a week at Casetta Bonsi and you'll be back!

Joe and Ginger, San Diego, California

Location, Location.....
Aug 2016

My girlfriend and I had such a fabulous time in Florence. We were greeted at the house upon our arrival and given the tour of the house and instructions. Maurizio was so pleasant and full of "inside" info on Florence. I slept on the pull out couch downstairs while my girlfriend took the upstairs bedroom. The sleeping arrangements were quite comfortable. The owners left us with a full bowl of fruit and a bottle of wine. Very generous. I had my breakfast each morning on the second floor veranda. It was so lovely. Listening to the church bells ring all over Florence on Sunday morning while having coffee was unbelievable. I'll never forget it. I thought the location of the house was perfect. It's a bit of a climb up the street but you are central to everything without the noise. I got lost once taking a stroll around but knew if I just got to the Ponte Vecchio I could get back. I loved that. Working with Lisa at Italy Perfect was a pleasure. She always got right back to me with any questions I had. I would definitely use Italy Perfect for future trips.

Susan W., Sarasota, FL

They think of everything!
Jul 2016

Grazie, Italy Perfect!! We have stayed in several apartments/houses on trips and this one was far and away the cream of the crop: Maurizio and Gabrielle clearly know how to make you at home from the soap at every sink to the nightlight in the bathroom. Nice quiet location but just steps from the Ponte Vechhio and the sights on the other side of the Arno. The hill is steep - especially after a long day of sight-seeing - but the payoff at the end is worth it. Maurizio had good shopping and restaurant suggestions - take his advice. Finally, if you love art, museums, and architecture and are planning on visiting lots of the sites in Florence, we can recommend getting the Firenze card. It's not cheap at 72 euros, but if you do your homework and decide which 3 successive days will be most advantageous, you can easily get your money's worth. The best part is that you get priority access so you'll spend less time standing in lines. Try to get to the most popular sites (Duomo, Accademia, Uffizi) right when they open and you should be able to just walk right in.

Jane and Chris, Dallas, Texas

The host was charming and informative.
Jul 2016

Wonder little house close to everything. A gourmet market is a 5 minute walk for supplies. The host was charming and informative. Everything was perfect except that the air conditioner was on a lock setting and it was uncomfortable at night.

Tbomari, San Francisco

At home in Florence
Jul 2016

We could not have chosen a more perfect apartment for our family stay in Florence.
The owners were most welcoming and directed us to their favourite places in the neighbourhood for shopping , dining and sight seeing. The apartment was charming and spotless.
We had a wonderful time.

Sherri, Canada

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Map and Location

Distance to

Ponte Vecchio 5 minute walk
Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Repubblica 10 minute walk
Duomo 15 minute walk
Train station, Galleria dell Accademia (The David) 20 minute walk

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