Florence: Casetta Bonsi
Unbeatable Location, Cute Scenic Terrace
- Name: Casetta Bonsi
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €910/week, 4 nights min
The house was GREAT and perfectly located in Florence!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Internet||Free WiFi Internet access.|
|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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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights||14 Nights||21 Nights||28 Nights|
March 24 - Oct 31
Nov 1 - March 23
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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• 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
They think of everything!
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.
The host was charming and informative.
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.
At home in Florence
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.
Casetta Bonsi is exactly as shown in the pictures. it is more like a 1 bedroom house. Maurizio is a fabulous host. I called Maurizio from the airport and he beat me to the apartment even though my taxi only took 20 minutes.
I was cold the first morning I got to the Casetta so Maurizio came back and programmed the heat to come on in the morning and evening hours. Maurizio booked a cab for me when I left to go to the train station. I left my passport in the safe box (it is is in the Laundry room so don't forget like I did). I paid for Maurizio's taxi and he came to Santa Maria Novella to give it to me. Pretty fantastic service.
The upstairs patio is lovely for a sunset view of the Palazzo Vecchio bell tower.
The hill to the Casetta is short less than 100 meters but steep so I am not sure I would recommend it for folks over 70-75 unless you are in great shape. I am 65 and I was certainly winded the first time I did the hill. Each succeeding time was easier.
Florence is fantastic and it is a fairly easy walk to all the great sights.
Lisa at Italy Perfect was very helpful too.
Kuns huis en prima locatie mits goed ter been. Zeer vriendelijke ontvangst door Mauricio
Casetta Bonsi is the perfect retreat for two in busy Florence. It is perfectly located just a short way from the Ponte Vecchio in a charming miniature piazza in a lovely neighborhood. The Casetta is both cosy and surprisingly large. The renovations were done perfectly making a modern little home in an ancient location.
Maurizio is the perfect host. From a great greeting with fresh flowers, fresh fruit and a bottle of wine to the taxi booking and personal send off on our departure morning , he made us feel very welcome and very special. The home itself was spotless and so well organized. Every little detail was done to perfection. In fact the place is so well outfitted and organized my wife and I decided we could live there comfortably for months at a time.
The house is extremely quiet, something of a rarity in bustling Florence based on our previous 5 visits. It is also very well located. We walked everywhere. The recommended restaurants were close and also very good. We did venture further afield and had a lot of great meals. Reservations are essential unless you want to eat with tourists in subpar restaurants!
We are a little hesitant to recommend this to others because we want to keep it for ourselves... Overall, it's the best place we have stayed in Florence. We will definitely stay there again when we make our next trip!
A gem near the Ponte Vecchio and a bargain to boot!
My husband and I spent a week at Casetta Bonsi and it is all that is advertised. This was our 5 time in Florence so we decided to stay across the river. We were greeted by Mauricio who told us everything we needed to know about the place and gave us a history of it as well. Ask him about it, it's a great story. Located just up small hill (walking it burned off our pasta and wine every night!) from the Ponte Vecchio, Bonsi has a well equipped kitchen, well lit bathroom and cozy bedroom. Since we spent a month in Italy, certain things were important: a dresser to put clothes and a place to hang some, a washer. Drying is not bad in winter if you put clothes on towel warmer or near a heater on a drying rack. The kitchen had what we needed...mostly. If you like ice, you can buy disposal bags at store to make it. There is a great grocery store down the hill and many restaurants nearby as well. It is decidedly less touristy on the other side of the river which is a plus as well. But a short walk across. Totally recommend touring Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Restaurants: Gusta Pizza is nearby as is one of our favorites, Pandemonio. Couple of things to keep in mind - you might have to pay a bit more for electricity at the end especially in winter but considering the price for the place, it's a a small amount. Make sure you read all from Italy Perfect - they do a great job of telling you what you need to know.
[Thank you for your repeat business. It's always a pleasure to have you as our guest. The Italy Perfect Team.]
This was a great apartment excellently situated for walking to any site in the city center. We prefer not to eat out every night, and the apartment was perfect for those evenings: the kitchen was very well equipped, the living room was comfortably furnished, and there was ample lighting for reading. In addition, the apartment was immaculate and Maurizio was exceedingly helpful when we called him with questions.
This was perhaps the best rental we've ever had in many years of travel in Italy.
We loved every minute of our time in Florence particularly our stay at Casetta Bonsi. The location was exceptional, being so close to most of the main sights and we walked everywhere, starting with the coffee and croissant run every morning. The house was charming and beautifully presented to a high standard, with everything we needed. It was a wonderful respite after a day's sightseeing. Local food store Sapori e Ditnorni provided an amazing range of food and wine, not to mention the tempting cake shops. A nearby dry cleaner was helpful after 6 weeks in Europe. The dining options were endless.
The owners made us very welcome and responded quickly when I made a mistake with the TV. The bowl of fruit and biscuits which greeted us was much appreciated as were the local walks around Oltrarno - leaflets provided with the house. Proximity to the Bardini and Boboli gardens was a peaceful contrast to the city. Booking with Italy Perfect was simple and the detailed follow up ensured it all went smoothly. We wish we'd had longer.
We really enjoyed our time at Casetta Bonsi. The location could not have been better, near all the sites but not amongst the tourists. We spent three weeks and felt very at home. It is near grocery stores and good restaurants.
The owner was very helpful and available.
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Map and Location
|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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