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"The house was GREAT and perfectly located in Florence!"
Unbeatable Location, Cute Scenic Terrace
Casetta Bonsi
Location
Ponte Vecchio
Price
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2 + 2
Bedroom(s)
1
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1
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From €1010/week, 4 nts min
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Enjoy

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.

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.

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. It was completely remodelled in 2002. During the remodeling fragments of decorated pottery were found in the cellar dating back to the 1400`s.

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.

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, there is a DVD player as well.

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.

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

Detailed Features for Italy Vacation Rental

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
Accessible & Ample 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
Balconies, Terraces, Views Terrace with views of rooftops, Arnolfo di Cambio's belltower has small fountain, patio table and 2 chairs.
Hair Dryer Yes
Dining Dining table seats 4. Terrace table seats 2.
Kitchen Equipment 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.
Heat 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.
Transportation Public transportation nearby
Parking Automobile not recommended. Public garage 2 blocks away, about €35/day
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. Multistandard DVD pla<x>yer and small selection of English language movies.
Telephone No
Internet Free WiFi Internet access.
Linens Included
Pets No
Smoking No
Family Suitability 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.
Safety and Security Hotel-style safe is provided

Availability and Pricing for Italy Vacation Rental

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Price Information
Prices in Euros4 Nights5 Nights6 Nights7 Nights4 Weeks

High/Holiday Season

March 24 - Oct 31

Christmas-New Years

1-2 Guests

€840€960€1130€1240€3870

3-4 Guests

€1080€1260€1490€1640n/a

Low Season

Nov 1 - March 23

1-2 Guests

€700€790€920€1010€3150

3-4 Guests

€940€1090€1280€1410n/a

 

Stay Restrictions

There is a 4 night minimum stay.

The price includes booking fee, transaction fees, keyholder fee, greeting fee, WiFi/internet, linens, towels, linens, final cleaning, utilities up to €9/day and Florence city tax of  €2/pp/day.  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 is utilities used over the allowance of €9/day.

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

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, 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.

Short Description

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.

Reviews and Customer Testimonials for Italy Vacation Rental

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 Place in Florence Aug 2014

This is a wonderful accommodation in Firenze. It is a small house just a short walk from the Ponte Vecchio so it is centrally located to all the sites in Florence. The apartment is very well appointed in every way with all the necessities in both the kitchen and bath. A warm touch was the bottle of wine and basket of fruit when we arrived. The terrace overlooks a lovely garden. We found this apartment to be a little oasis in the heart of Florence. Our hosts were very thoughtful and attentive to any needs and requests we had. We would stay there again in a minute!

Kyle, San Francisco

Charming, comfortable, getaway that couldn't be in a better location. Aug 2014
Our stay at the Casetta Bonsi was once again, superb. Charming, comfortable, getaway that couldn't be in a better location. We have recommended it and your website to many others and intend to be back as soon as we can. Keep up the good work! You are the Best!

Joe and Ginger, San Diego, California

Lovely House--Prime location Jul 2014

We loved staying at Casetta Bonsi. Ideally located to see all of Florence--the central squares as well as the L'Oltrarno. Maurizio was the perfect host with lots of suggestions of where to visit, eat, sightsee. Loved the restaurants recommended by him, particularly Il Bordino. The furniture in the Casetta was particularly nice--wonderful wood armoires and cabinets. The bed was very comfortable (as was the pull-out couch.) Our only minor complaint was that the pillows are too foamy--would be great to get some softer ones. We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to a friend!

M. Fielder, Washington DC

We had a fabulous time in Firenze Jun 2014

We had a fabulous time in Firenze thanks to Italy Perfect and Maurizio and his wife. It was my first time in Europe and I was very nervous about arrival, getting around, etc. but Maurizio was clocking our plane's arrival and he contacted me before I got off the plane. Everything went prefectly. We loved the house and neighborhood. We even met another client of yours as he walked by on day while in Firenze to take in old memories, a college arts professor/travel group leader from Florida and England. He loves the place too. We hope to return to Florence sooner rather than later. Until then, ciao and grazie!

Gene, Chicago

A perfect week! Jun 2014

As our train was arriving in Florence/Firenze, I called our host and upon our arrival by taxi at Casetta Bonsi, he was waiting on us as agreed. Our host spent time with us explaining everything we needed to know for an enjoyable week at Casetta Bonsi, plus he walked with us to show us where the grocery store and some delightful restaurants were located. Our stay at Casetta Bonsi could not have been more perfect, which made our stay in Florence/Firenze stress free and provided us a week of wonderful memories. At Casetta Bonsi, we had all the comforts of home and from its location, we walked everywhere we wanted. Our host arranged for a taxi to meet us on our day of departure and he was there to say "Goodbye" when we left. Our week "flew by" and I only wish we had stayed longer. I hope to return Casetta Bonsi again, for it was a perfect week!

John M., South Carolina, USA

Wonderful location. Jun 2014

Wonderful location. Lovely home with every thing you would need. Delightful owners!

Happy Traveler, Colorado Springs

Perfection Jun 2014

The recommendations and services provided by Italy Perfect were first class. Easy to review properties, easy payment process, and responsive staff (especially Lisa which recommended this property). The property owner and his wife were wonderful hosts and their apartment was - well "Italy Perfect" . Thanks for making our vacation in Italy successful.

Gonzalez Family, USA

Casetta Bonsi May 2014

This small house was as good as we could possibly have hoped for our stay in Florence. The house itself is spacious, immaculately clean, and well-furnished. We particularly enjoyed the terrace on the second floor. There is a washing machine, which we used twice -- this is something any traveler will appreciate. The kitchen is small but quite functional. Our hosts were extremely welcoming. They gave us a bottle wine, fruit, some chocolates, and flowers, together with suggestions about restaurants, stores, and other things in the neighborhood. We had all the supplies we needed, and usually take for granted --- dishwashing soap, laundry detergent, tablets for the dishwasher. Great towels, too. The location was, for our purposes, ideal, in the Oltrarno, away from the dense concentrations of tourists in the Centro Storico. It is perhaps 300 meters from the Palazzo Pitti, 150 from the south end of the Ponte Vecchio, another 600 or 700 meters from the start of the walk to the Piazzale Michelangelo, and not far from the entrance to the Bardini Gardens, off the Via de Bardi. We found several outstanding restaurants and shops in the Oltrarno, some very close, others within easy walking distance. At night, other than the usual city noises, it was quiet. And since the house stands alone, on its own plot of ground, there were no residents above and below us. So -- a private house, on a quiet side street, in Florence, a few minutes' walk from the Uffizi, the Piazza della Signoria, from osterias and trattorias and restaurants that never fail to delight -- you could hardly do better. We have already recommended Italy Perfect to our friends and will continue to do so. Not everyone wants to travel as we do -- most of the people we know go on guided tours, with essentially everything arranged for them, lodging, transportation, meals. We prefer to travel on our own. We were particularly impressed with the information that Italy Perfect provided for us, about the house, the locality, telephones, travel tips, and recommendations. In short, we felt we were at home. When we returned to the house after a day in the city, and turned the key in the door, it was like coming home.

Bruce and Susan, Cleveland, Ohio

Great location, warm welcome, nice house May 2014

The location is perfect - close to the Ponte Vechio and an excellent little supermarket. Great restaurants overlooking the Arno only a couple of minutes away. Most of the main sights are in easy walking distance. The house is ideal for a couple. Rooms are a good size and very well furnished. There were fresh flowers in every room and fruit and wine left for us. The owner is very helpful in welcoming us and organizing taxis. We were there for five nights. We had been to Florence a couple of times before, but just for a couple of days. Still so much more to see. We will be going back again to this house again! Incidentally for anyone going to Florence from the UK the flight from London City Airport is really good!

Bob and Anne Taylor, UK

Casetta Bonsi May 2014

The accommodation was just as we hoped - we couldn't fault it. Casetta Bonsi is ideally placed - very close to the Ponte Vecchio yet far enough away to enjoy peace and quiet. Not too much of a walk up the steepish road behind Casetta Bonsi are the Bardini Gardens which enjoy a beautiful view over Florence. As we stayed in Florence for almost two weeks we found the "Friends of the Uffizi" pass worked well. It allowed us to visit the Uffizi as many times as we wished. Entrance for "Friends" is through Door 2 and on the occasions we visited we went quickly through. Door 2 also leads to the "Friends" Office where the passes can be purchased. The pass also gives free access to the Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Bardini gardens, the Accademia and a number of other galleries. The Café "O" opposite the Sapori supermarket serves delicious coffee, sandwiches and cannolis. The price is not expensive unless you sit at the tables by the windows looking onto the Arno. Since arriving home we have recommended Casetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect to our friends.

Pam and John Armstrong, Sydney, Australia

Our Firenze May 2014

I am very happy that a friend recommended VRBO and then Italy Perfect to find accommodations for our trip to Firenze (Florence). We traveled there to see our daughter who is studying at Kent State University's Florence campus. Lisa from Italy Perfect was awesome to work with as we had lots of questions and she answered them all and helped us find the Casetta Bonsi. When we arrived at the Casetta, the owner Maurizio was there to greet us and give the tour and explain everything about our house to us. He was also very informative about the area. The Casetta was in a great location on the less busy south side of the Arno River a couple blocks from the Ponte Vecchio. There were lots of things to do and places to eat on our side of the river and everything we wanted to see was in close walking distance. Our house was very comfortable and much nicer and roomier than a hotel would have been. We highly recommend Italy Perfect and the Casetta Bonsi.

Steve R., Erie, PA

We loved our week in Casetta Bonsi! Dec 2013

We loved our week in Casetta Bonsi! Maurizio was a wonderful host - waiting for us upon our arrival and making taxi arrangements for our departure. In addition to the beautiful and welcoming furnishings, the wine, pastries, fruit and candy provided were a thoughtful surprise. The location is ideal - off of a quiet street and near the Ponte Vecchio and many restaurants and shops. We walked everywhere and nothing seemed too far. We loved many nearby restaurants - Casalinga, Quattro Leone, Osteria del Cinghale Bianco, Gusta pizza were some favorites. Cantina del Gelato was a daily stop as well. We would recommend Casetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect to anyone seeking a wonderful Florence experience. We hope to return soon!

Dina M, Fairfield, CT

Beautiful space, incredible location Nov 2013

The location of this property could hardly be better. Literally a two-minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio. Lovely accommodation, very roomy and comfortable. Impeccably maintained. Extremely helpful and kind hosts. We would recommend this property very highly to anyone and would definitely stay there again, should we ever be fortunate enough to return to Florence.

Susan and Larry, Toronto, Canada

Florence charmer Nov 2013

The house in Florence was an ideal first stop location in Italy. I suffer greatly from jet lag and the ability to get up and go downstairs in the middle of the night in a comfortable home setting is ideal. The house is comfortable, near all sites and spacious for Italy. Its only 3 blocks from the ponte vecchio so not as noisy as central Florence but buses and garbage trucks do start early in all cities. The coffee bar recommended by the owner was really good for both breakfast and apperitivo. Its a close walk over to the Pitti Palace and Bobili Gardens. Fall is colder than I would have expected (I'm from the desert) so an extra couple of blankets would have been ideal for me since there is no heat available until Nov 1st [per Italian law - IP]. Owner met us and showed us all around & how things worked. The small wall safe was really a nice extra. We would definitely stay here again.

Lizard Lady, Scottsdale, AZ

"Hidden Gem" in Florence Oct 2013

Casetta Bonsi was truly a "hidden gem" of a house in the middle of a tiny cobblestone street among Florence Apartments. The house was 5 minute walk to the Ponte Vecchio, Ufizzi, and easy access to Florence's main tourist attractions. Actually we walked almost everywhere, even to Santa Maria Novella church near the train station. The owner, Maurizio was a sweet man. He helped us with our taxi arrangements, recommended restaurants and went out of his way to find some information for us. Casetta Bonsi was roomy and comfortable and felt like home, a nice place to come home to every night. We loved Florence, the end to a perfect 3 week vacation in Italy. Recommended restaurants in the area: Casalinga, and the ones on the sheet Maurizio gives you. If you plan to visit at least 8 or so museums and churches, buy the Firenze pass, (at Door #2 of the Uffizi). You will skip the lines and it is well worth it!! Lisa at Italy Perfect was excellent, booking was easy and she provided a lot of valuable information for the Florence area. We would highly recommend Casetta Bonsi and we hope to return soon!!!

Carol & Steve Norris, Ontario, Canada

Thank you for a tremendous stay Oct 2013
We are now back from our trip to Italy and wanted to thank you for making our stay so memorable!  We had a fantastic time in Florence. We will definitely recommend ItalyPerfect to all of our friends and hope to return to take advantage of your great hospitality in the future! Please convey our sincere thanks to Maurizio. He made us feel so welcome and his recommendations for restaurants and other activities were superb. It was delightful to meet him. He is a true asset to your firm. Again many thanks for making our Florentine experience great.

Frank, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Authentic, charming, location Oct 2013

Cassetta Bonsi was exactly as advertised. It was a lovely, charming home in a central location. The owner, Maurizio, was very accomodating and welcoming. He and his wife thought of everything a visitor to Florence would need. One thing I really appreciated were the household items one usually needs to purchase for a vacation rental - toilet paper, soap, kitchen products were already there. I would definitely recommend (and use for future visits) Cassetta Bonsi and Italy Perfect.

Kaki and Patrick W., Glenwood, MD

Casetta Bonsi Sep 2013

We stayed at Cassetta Bonsi in early September. The location is ideal for seeing all of the Florence sights. The house is extremely well maintained and the owner is very helpful. His English is excellent and he will arrange for a cab to pick you up when you depart. The kitchen is well equipped and there is a nice little balcony to have an an espresso and croissant in the morning or a glass of wine and some cheese in the evening. We didn't cook in, but you could in this house. The only negative is that to get to the house there is a rather steep hill of about 50 yards to climb. The cabs will drop you off and pick up at the door, but otherwise you will have to climb the hill. It's good for working off all of the great meals that you will be consuming. There are a number of good restaurants in the Oltrano District and in the evenings, it's a little quieter than the north side of the Arno. The owner has a list of restaurants. Also there is a grocery store just down the street, along with several bakeries, and a good gelato shop. Everything that you will need is just a short walk away. We would strongly recommend Cassetta Bonsi. It's a winner. We would also recommend that you buy the Firenze Museum Card. It's 72 Euros and good for three days and will work in most of the museums. It doesn't save you much money, but it's allows you to bypass all of the lines, except for the Duomo. A great way to see this part of Italy is to spend 3 or 4 days in Florence and then rent a villa in the South Central part of Tuscany. We day tripped for 5 days and saw all the significant Tuscan towns. Take your GPS loaded with a European map and driving is not a problem. We tried to stay on the back roads whenever possible. We stayed about 30 miles south of Florence at Casa Rossa, which is another Italy Perfect property. I have now rented 3 properties from this company. 2 from Italy Perfect and 1 from Paris Perfect. I strongly recommend using this company. They are most helpful and so far, I've been very happy with their properties.

Bill Schirmacher, Brewster, MA, USA

The home was perfect for my wife and I Aug 2013

We enjoyed our stay a great deal. The home was perfect for my wife and I. Very clean and comfortable. The host was very accommodating and a valuable source of practical information . The location was ideal for exploring Florence and for access to the train station. We preferred eating our evening meal in and the small grocery store nearby had a wonderful deli and wine selection. We are runners and ran along the river one morning but subsequently started running up the hill and discovered many wonderful neighborhoods, historic sites and restaurants. Great home.

Don, Minnesota

Casetta Bonsi Jul 2013

Casetta Bonsi is perfectly located for our needs. It is on a quiet street only a four minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, gateway to the old town and the main attractions of Florence. Because it is outside of the tourist center it is peaceful but the Uffizi Gallery is only a 10 minute stroll away across the bridge. The neighborhood felt very safe.

Florence experienced record heat during our stay. We used the bedroom air conditioner at night and were very comfortable. The rest of the house was pleasant in mornings and evenings without AC. It is spacious and well appointed for travelers. The kitchen, living room, bathroom were very nice. There is a wall safe and clothes washer that were very handy.

Our host/owner/greeter was warm and friendly, gave us lots of useful information about the surroundings, went to great lengths to work with our schedule, and was otherwise unobtrusive. He went out of his way to help me deal with Italian bureaucracy.

We ate at local restaurants suggested by our host. They were all good, but we fell in love with one he listed, La Casalinga. Just up the street from the Casetta is the beautiful Bardini Gardens, well worth the walk. The Boboli Gardens, adjacent to the Pitti Palace, are close by. The Bardini are much better.

Must-see tourist attractions are the Ufizzi Gallery and Michelangelo's David. The Galileo Science Museum is worth a visit. Jewelry shopping on the Ponte Vecchio is a must, and shops selling Italian shoes and clothing are in the neighborhood.

Dan, Tucson AZ

great place in Florence Jul 2013

We stayed 4 nights at Casetta Bonsi. Our greeter was very thorough and patient in showing us everything about the place. The wine & treats at check-in were nice touches. The unit was quite spacious for the two of us. Although there were a few scooters, the street was relatively quiet. Everything we wanted to see was in easy walking distance.

Bob & Candace, Longmont, CO

Excellent Choice Jun 2013

Casetta Bonsi exceeded our expectations. The Casetta is in a perfect location where you can easily walk to restaurants, museums, and shops on both sides of the river. When we arrived one of the owners met us, gave us a tour, and a list of outstanding restaurants in the area. A welcome basket along with a bottle of wine was there to greet us. He was very gracious and available should we need anything. The Casetta was immaculate, very spacious, and homey. We cooked several meals and found the kitchen well supplied with all conveniences. Morning coffee was spent on the terrace which provides you with a glimpse of Florence. We highly recommend Italy Perfect for their excellent choice of accommodations and for their superb service.

Ginette, Providence, Rhode Island

Casetta Bonsi - Florence Jun 2013

The home owners met us at the door and were very charming and gracious as they showed us through the property. They offered advice about sights to see, markets, restaurants, etc. On the way out they left a plate of cookies, a basket of fruit and a bottle of wine.

The house was perfect - immaculately clean and modern, located a few blocks from the Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River, and near the city center. It was only about a 5 minute walk to the Uffizi Museum and was close to a market, restaurants, and most conveniences that a traveler might need.

Our stay was wonderful. The owners generous with their time as they helped with restaurant and taxi reservations. It was all that we could hope for.

The folks at Italy Perfect were very professional and returned calls and emails very promptly. I recommend them enthusiastically.

Steve, North Carolina

Perfect Florence home away from home May 2013

We were in Florence to be married, so needless to say, we wanted the perfect place to call home for a week. Casseta Bonsi was all we had hoped it would be and more.

The location could not have been better. We walked Florence easily from our neighborhood. The surrounding cafe's, restaurants, florist, grocery, and deli's were all fantastic. The house itself is so charming and well equipped. We both hated to leave and in fact, felt we could easily live there.....forever!

Maurizio was attentive, available, and very helpful. He and his wife were sincere in there wishes for our happiness.

We miss the church bells.

I would wholeheartedly recommend Casseta Bonsi to anyone planning a stay in Florence.

Lori and Mark, Nashville, Tennessee, USA

My husband and I have stayed at Casetta Bonsi three times. May 2013

My husband and I have stayed at Casetta Bonsi three times. The location is perfect. Casetta Bonsi is immaculate, convenient, lovely and just a wonderful place to stay. From Florence, we are able to take trains and buses to various locations in Italy. The host is extremely helpful and cooperative. The terrace is a real plus. Our favorite restaurants in the Oltrano section are Bordino's, La Mangiatoia (very local), I-Tarocchi. We also like Il Caminetto which is near the Duomo. For great ceramics and friendly service, I recommend A. Carnesecchi, Marino Mazierli located at Via Guicciardini, 4R in Florence. For gelato, Cantina Del Gelato at Via De Bardi, 31 is outstanding.

Lynda, United States

Cosy Hideaway May 2013

As two sisters who travel everywhere we felt Casetta Bonsi was perfect for us. The location was in the best area being only five minutes to Ponte Vecchio and only half and hour to saunter to the train station. Maurizio and Gabriella were wonderful hosts who welcomed us with a package of fresh fruit,wine,pastry and fresh flowers. Maurizio gave us information about the local area and suggested the nearby travel agent instead of queueing at the station to book our train tickets for our onward journey. This was so easy to do for only a 2 euro fee. We bought our groceries and some ready to eat meals at the S&D supermarket at the bottom of our street. The restaurant Alfredo over the Arno had a wonderful view of Ponte Vecchio and we only had to walk up the hill to our home afterwards. We would certainly recommend Italy Perfect to anyone thinking of visiting Florence and would love to stay in Casetta Bonsi again.

Helen and Judith, Australia

Casetta Bonsi was wonderful May 2013

Casetta Bonsi was wonderful and Maurizio and his wife very engaging and proud to offer their property and services to us and others.

G&G, California

Perfect location, perfect house Feb 2013

Casetta Bonsi was perfect for our week stay in Florence. We are a family of 4 with 2 teenagers. Even though it is cozy for 4, it worked out well. The sleeping option is great - the sofa turns into two separate single beds, easy to arrange, easy to put away. The owner, Maurizio, was extremely gracious and gave us a thorough tour of the house. The welcome gift of wine, fruit, goodies and flowers was greatly appreciated after a day of travel. Their info list has great suggestions. The high-end market is only 5 minutes away. There's an ATM just down the hill. We always ate breakfast at the house and even cooked a few dinners. We found the kitchen fully-stocked and extremely clean. Everything was extremely clean and welcoming. Casetta is up a steep hill - not appropriate for all, but great for keeping down the crowds and for working off the gelato.

The location couldn't be better. We loved wandering the Oltrarno neighborhood. Great sites, craftsmen stores, window shopping with not so many tourists. Fabulous gelato and restaurants near by. We especially enjoyed La Casalinga and Il Cantinone (you need reservations). Golden View Open Bar, just down the hill, is more expensive but has great food, amazing views (reserve a window table for a view of the Arno and Ponte Vecchio) and jazz most nights in one of the dining rooms. Don't miss the Brancacci Chapel with Masaccio's frecoes (reservations required). The church is also interesting with fabulous perspective art. We found the Florence Card invaluable to avoid lines and to save money. There's the added benefit that we went into some sites for a quick visit that we would have skipped had they not been free.

Italy Perfect was amazing. Lisa helped me select Casetta and gave me loads of useful suggestions. The materials Italy Perfect sends after you reserve with them are thorough and very practical (using a phone, what to expect).

Casetta Bonsi is a great house in the perfect location. We highly recommend staying in Casetta Bonsi - near all the sites, but in a "real" neighborhood in a real house.

Edie, Manhattan Beach, CA

Great Location Dec 2012

We stayed in Florence in November 2012, and rented Casseta Bonsi. We arrived by train from Sorrento. We got a cab from the train station, just a short ride to the apartment. The owner was great and showed us around. It was nice to be able to spread out and overall the apartment was quiet, except there were some ladies at an adjacent apartment that were quite loud into the night. But that is not the fault of Casseta Bonsi. There is a sweet little terrace but we spent 95% of our time outside of the apartment we never used it. The shower was a bit tricky, I found myself fiddling with the water temp quite a bit even though we followed the directions of the owner precisely. The owners left us a nice bottle of wine and pastries, as well as flowers in the rooms. Very nice. Dined at a restaurant called Open Bar (right around the corner) and it was delicious. A super short walk to the Ponte Vecchio and over the river to other sights. Would stay in that location again for sure. Italy Perfect was very thorough and helpful with all my questions, I would definitely book with them again.

Wendy, Massachusetts

Wonderful hospitality Nov 2012

This was our second stay at the beautiful Casetta and hopefully not our last. We truly feel at home there and this is thanks to the thoughtfulness of Maurizio and Gabrielle, our wonderful hosts who think of all the things required to make a traveller's stay comfortable. Our special treats on arrival were very much appreciated. Casetta Bonsi is also one of the cleanest apartments we have ever stayed in. It is handy to have the kitchen with its many untensils to cook in if the occasion arises, and also the washing machine. There are also many restaurants and cafes to choose from within walking distance, but if you do want to cook there is a supermarket just down the hill with a very wide range including much fresh Tuscan produce. There is also a very good gelataria near the supermarket as well. The neighbourhood is quiet and safe and we enjoyed walking to the Bardini & Boboli Gardens, which are just up the hill. There is a little terrace in the Bardini Gardens where you can get a coffee or wine and look out over a terrific view of Florence. We walked everywhere from the Casetta. There is so much to see and do and it is especially rewarding to get out early and investigate the city before it becomes crowded. If you enjoy art, a visit to the Convent of San Marco to see the Fra Angelico paintings was very enjoyable. We got there first thing when it opened and had the place to ourselves for some time. The short bus trip up the hill to Fiesole is also good to do on a clear day. The Santa Croce Basilica is also amazing and the attached leather school interesting to visit. We highly recommend Casetta Bonsi and dream of returning in the future. Thank you also to Italy Perfect for all your valued assistance.

Greg and Kate, Brisbane Australia

Florence Getaway Nov 2012

We arrived in Florence at 12.30pm, resigned to the fact that we would be waiting until 5pm to see Casetta Bonsi, as this is the usual check-in time. Therefore we were over the moon when Maurizio phoned me as the train pulled into the station to say that everything was ready for us. He and his wife Gabrielle were waiting for us, and showed us around the house, explaining things as they went. We loved the extra touches such as the bathroom, kitchen and laundry supplies, and of course the welcome wine and biscuits. Casetta Bonsi is very close to the Ponte Vecchio, grocery store, restaurants and souvenir shops but is very quiet. It is comfortably furnished and has a lovely little balcony perfect to sit and relax. We ate out every night, using the list Maurizio gave us as our guide, and enjoyed each dining experience. We'll be recommending Casetta Bonsi to our friends, and hope to stay here again if we return to Florence.

Cath and David, Queensland, Australia

Wonderful Nov 2012

We loved being at Casetta Bonsi. The location was perfect for visiting the city, running along the river and enjoying a neighborhood. It was convenient to everything, especially food shops, restaurants and all the major sights. What fun to look across the river at the Ufizzi!

Maurizio met us and was gracious and welcoming. We were greeted with full information and instructions on everything in the apartment, which was very comfortable and well equipped. A bottle of wine and a pie were our welcome gift!

We especially loved the little balcony, and being able to do laundry was a plus.

I would certainly recommend Italy Perfect (and all of the "sister sites") to anyone. The entire booking experience was comprehensive and easy and well organized. Special thanks to Lisa for the great information on making the most of our time in Italy. We are only sorry that you didn't have a Venice apartment available when we were there!

Best,

Barbara

Barbara Benisch, Asheville, North Carolina

Very clean and well maintained and the location was extremely convenient Oct 2012

The property was very clean and well maintained and the location was extremely convenient to everything that Florence has to offer.

There were very good restaurants less than 5 minutes away and a fully stocked grocery store not much farther than that.

The communication from Italy Perfect was very helpful and timely.

We would not hestitate to recommend them.

DL, Mississauga, Canada

Wonderful house close to the Ponte Vecchio Oct 2012

A wonderful little house steps from the Ponte Vecchio. It had everything one could want for a stay in Florence, including a gift of flowers, wine, fruit and sweets from the owners. Lots of restaurants in the area, as well as a grocery store nearby. We couldn't have asked for anything more!

Diana Spicer, Ontario, Canada

The place was impeccable Jul 2012

Casetta Bonsi in Florence was great. You know Maurizio is a great guy, very helpful and also the place was impeccable. You have a great partner in Maurizio. He is the best.

Gerardo, Maryland, USA

Casetta Bonsi in Florence Jul 2012

Casetta Bonsi and the owner's provide a perfect stay in Florence. The apartment is in a fabulous location and packed with helpful information. It is truly just like being at home. Maurizio is so helpful and available for your every need. Italy Perfect is absolutely the best online site for accommodations and have all the information you need to travel to Italy. We will use them again when traveling abroad.

One thing I would do differently is to make sure I had a very good walking map and stop at the official Tourist office to obtain a bus schedule and information on the bus line.

Matt & Kathy, Tampa, FL

We highly recommend Casetta Bonsi and will most certainly stay there again during a future visit. Jul 2012

Casetta Bonsi was exactly as advertised. Small, comfortable, clean, excellent location with an owner who goes out of his way to make you feel welcome and point out the best local restaurants and food markets. We spent 4 nights here with our two teenage daughters, in late June during a period of very hot weather. While the house is small for a party of 4, perfect for a couple, it was nevertheless quite comfortable and surprisingly cool despite the heat. The downstairs living room has a couch that converts to a bed as well as a trundle bed, both quite comfortable. The downstairs kitchen, quite well equipped, has the added advantage of a door allowing for quiet access if the guests in the living room are still sleeping. The upstairs master bedroom is spacious and has both a comfortable large bed and air conditioning. The bathroom is upstairs as well, large enough with a good power shower. The balcony just off the master bedroom is a lovely and tranquil addition, though no view. The location, just a five minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, is exceptional. We were a short walk to all the major sights across the Arno, but far enough away from the throngs of tourists to enjoy peace and quiet during our evenings at the house. We did quite a bit of food and beverage shopping at the outstanding Sapori e Dintorni market just steps from the house. The owner's recommended restaurants, all within 10 minutes walk from the house, were quite good with several offering menus in English. The owner, Mariano, was extremely professional, very helpful and fluent in English. We highly recommend Casetta Bonsi and will most certainly stay there again during a future visit.

Dan Fleet, Newport Beach, CA

A Hidden Gem Jul 2012

This little house is a hidden gem on what is perhaps the tiniest piazza in Italy. A beautifully maintained residence with a lovely living/dining room, excellent kitchen well-outfitted, and a little laundry room. Upstairs is the lovely private terrace, the comfortable and pretty bedroom and first rate bath. My host Maurizio is charming and gracious and helpful. There was wine, a little tray if delicious cookies and even a fancy chocolate by the bedside with a welcome note from Maurizio and his wife. There is a very short walk up a slightly steep street that was no issue. Everything is super, super convenient yet I felt totally removed from the crowds. Good supermarket very close, lots to see and many good restaurants. It is a perfect home in Florence!

Susan McCreight, Charlotte,NC

A Whirlwind Week in Florence Jun 2012

We enjoyed our stay at Casetta Bonsi immensely. The location and surrounding area are perfectly situated for getting a sense of old Florence without sacrificing creature comforts. There is an excellent grocery, florist, restaurant (the Golden View), and cafe (Cafe Ponte Vecchio) nearby. It was a joy to cross the Ponte Vecchio each day to go into the heart of Florence on foot to see the treasures. If you live in Casetta Bonsi for a week you will get lots of exercise climbing the hill as you return from your adventures each day. If you're out of shape, you'll stop to rest halfway up for the first couple of days; but by the third day you'll be ecstatic that you can make the climb in one stretch! We recommend purchasing a Firenze Card online in advance. It makes your major museum access simple and speedy. Italy Perfect and Maurizio, owner of Casetta Bonsi, work together to insure your visit to Florence IS perfect. Ciao

Katie and Aunt Mary, Ohio

Casetta felt like an escape and some tranquility when we needed it. May 2012

Florence is a mad bustling city but this Casetta felt like an escape and some tranquility when we needed it. 

Maurizio is lovely and showed us everything we needed and got us settled In well. Also thank you to Gabriela your wife who was responsible for the little touches around the place that made it feel like home. The red wine and little treats we're muchly appreciated.

The Casetta is homey but perfectly functional. We ate here at least once every day. The kitchen has everything you could ever need for meals while on holiday.

To sum up as I am waffling. Did we enjoy our stay here.. Yes.. Would we stay here again equally yes.

Negatives.. Well it can be a little noisy but that's what you get if you want to be 
in the thick of it all.. Again thank you both and extra thank you to Lisa at Italy Perfect who was fab.

Lou & John, Cardiff, UK

Excellent accommodations Apr 2012

Excellent accommodations

Ideal location 3 minutes from Ponte Vecchio, walking distance to all places

We did the cooking mostly at homes with occasional pizza in town

We warmly recommend Maurizzio and Gabriella our friendly hosts and Italy Perfect

Maintenance excellent

robert gossart, Maine USA

Birthday Trip Feb 2012

Our accommodations were lovely. When we arrived, we were greeted by Maurizio. He took the time to tell us the history of his home, gave us directions to make a perfect cup of espresso and told us where to dine and shop. There are maps and tour books in the apartment (no need to bring them along). The best part about traveling during the first week of January ... holiday lights decorate the streets! (and less crowds). Our favorite restaurants were Bardinos and Trattoria Mama Gina. For gelato, Bar Vivoli near Santa Croce is by far the best. We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to a friend. We plan on returning to Casetta Bonsi very soon! Thank you Lisa at Italy Perfect, you took the time to answer many of my questions. And, Maurizio & Gabriella - grazie!

Scott & Karen S., San Francisco

Wonderful apartment in Florence Nov 2011

The home was more beautiful than pictures did justice. The home was spotless upon arrival. Complete with a welcome basket, fresh flowers, and a bottle of wine. It was as picturesque as I had hoped. The location was excellent. We were walking distance to many attractions (Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Duomo, etc.) and many restaurants of all kinds (gelato, pizza, self service, traditional resturants, up scale seafood restaurants, etc.). When I say walking distance, I mean 3, 5, 10 minute walks. If you are not a city dweller, I recommend ear plugs. The location is very quiet compared to many spots in the city, but if you aren't used to noise at night just bring ear plugs. Otherwise, this was a great place for our stay in Florence. I would go back in a heartbeat, and recommend it to our family and friends.

Stevenson's, Connecticut, USA

Perfect Location Oct 2011

We had a wonderful stay at the Casseta Bonsi. The place is very nicely furnished. Everything is within easy walking distance. The house is located among local people in a less touristy area and you get the real flavor of Italy. We were amazed how quiet the place was at night. We arrived during a heat wave and the temperatures were over 95 deg many days during our stay, the air conditioner in the bedroom was a real lifesaver.

We tried a new seafood restaurant (Bistro del Mare) on the south bank the river between Ponte Veccio and Ponte S. Trinita. The food was excellent and the prices reasonable.

Fred & Kay, Washington

Casetta Bonsi Perfect Oct 2011

Everything about this charming home is perfect. The location in Oltarno is ideal. Much quieter than across the river but easily accessible to everything. If we ever get back to Florence, we would definitely stay here again.

Rob Taylor, Connecticut

We want to thank you for a wonderful experience. Aug 2011

The Casetta Bonsi was actually more than we had expected and the service and information provided by Italy perfect topped our travel experience. With our delayed arrival we were met with sympathetic understanding. Awaiting us was a chilled bottle of wine, A selection of fruits and ice cream. What a pleasant beginning. The house was spotless and very well appointed. It is tucked away from the local foot traffic and the roof top terrace is a window on the neighborhood. The location is excellent for traversing the entire city on foot and for providing the local amenities for a variety of shopping needs with excellent restaurants and Cafes . There were no glitches in preparation for our stay or unpleasant surprises. We were well prepared by Lisa and a very professional Italy perfect team. We will use Italy perfect for future travel and will be guests of Casetta Bonsi again in the future. Trust is a major factor when you travel and Italy perfect was this factor for excellence.

William Walter, Florida

Everything was perfect at Casetta Bonsi Jun 2011

Just a note to tell you everything was perfect at Casetta Bonsi. It was, as always, beautifully presented. Achille and I had a wonderful month in Florence. The Casetta is so perfectly located. It made all our travels so easy.We went on a tour of the Chianti region with Maurizo. It was a very pleasant day, such incredible beauty. We took trips to Fiesole, Lucca , Assisi, San Gimignano, Siena. I am really homesick for Italy !Thank you for your assistance in making our trip so perfect.

[Thank you for your repeat business, we hope to welcome you back to again next year. (Clients' 2nd stay at Casetta Bonsi). Lisa Italy Perfect]

Lynda & Achille, Lebanon, New Jersey

One week of bliss in Florence Jun 2011

We have just returned from a magical month in Italy. The highlight was definitely our week in Florence. Casetta Bonsi was in an ideal location, literally 100m from the Ponte Vecchio. We walked everywhere, shopped at the local supermarket, found a new gelateria just around the corner, ate with the locals on 'our' side of the Arno & couldn't have been happier.The house has everything you could ask for. Maurizio contacted us during the week to check that all was ok. We arrived to find a bottle of wine, biscuits, fresh flowers & a few basics. A very gracious host!

Anna & Peter, Sydney, Australia

We had a great trip Jun 2011

We had a great trip, things could not have gone better.  We took a tour with Maurizio and it was one of the highlights of our trip.  The house was perfect.

 

The new grocery store was really good.

 

We definitely want to return but have to determine when it will be etc.

A.M., New Jersey

Spotlessly clean and comfortable Apr 2011

Every positive point by previous reviewers is seconded by this senior couple who spent ten wonderful nights at this "small" house. You will find Maurizio most friendly, helpful and responsive to every need. While the first time walking up the hill to the house seems daunting (especially to Floridians who never see hills at home) you are rewarded with the comforts of the house and soon forget the steep grade. There is everything you might need in the house and the photos provided are a mediocre substitute for the real thing. It is spotlessly clean and comfortable.

Ed and Dee, Flagler Beach, Florida

Perfect Apr 2011

We spent part of our Honeymoon in Florence 30 years ago and this was our first trip back and our stay at Casetta Bonsi was perfect. We were promptly and politely met by Maurizio who could not have been more informative and charming. There was a welcoming basket of fruit, wine, delicious cookies and candy. The house met all our needs and was immaculately clean and smartly furnished. All the restaurant on the recommendation list we tried were enjoyable. Would return in a heartbeat.

anthony and janis pinto, Baltimore MD

Nice location Mar 2011

Casetta Bonsi certainly lived up to all I was expecting. The location is perfect and the local restaurants, bars, and grocery made it ideal.

I had a wonderful time in Florence walking everywhere.

It was my fault, however, to choose such a cold time of year to come. The house was quite cold in the afternoon. After about 6 or 8 hours of sight seeing, I would come back about 3:00 and it would be about 16 or 17 C in the house. The heat wouldn't come on until 6:00 and it took a long time to warm up after that. I got the impression from Maurizio that there was nothing I could do about it so I didn't complain. He is a wonderful host. I'm not sure how others deal with this.

Italy Perfect did a wonderful job of preparing me for my first trip to Italy and I have nothing but praise for this company.

[We're pleased Mr. Jones enjoyed his time in Florence, which can indeed be cold in late February-early March. We so wish he had contacted Maurizio during his stay to ask him to adjust the thermostat since this could have been done quite readily. Unfortunately he never contacted Maurizio to ask for the thermostat and timer to be adjusted. It is programmed for 20.5C, equivalent to 69F for 9 hours/day and can be adjusted upon request. Lisa, Italy Perfect]

Don Jones, South Dakota, USA

We would return in a heartbeat! Mar 2011

We had a perfect stay in the cozy Casetta Bonsi. Maurizio was a delightful host who has taken great care of this special house. We cooked in several nights and found everything we needed to relax and plan the next day's adventure. Leave your guidebooks and novels at home. The small library includes all the references you need to find your way through and around Florence. The location is perfect - away from the crowds, but close to everything. We would return in a heartbeat!

T.L., U.S. & Germany

Loved Casetta Bonsi and Firenze Feb 2011

From the minute Maurizio met us at the Casetta with wine, cookies, fruit and flowers, we knew this was the place for us. Spent a little over a month in a comfortable, well located,historical surrounding. There were groceries, bakery, gellatti, restaurants all within a few minutes walk. Ponte Vechicco was less than 10 minutes away making the center of Firenze about 15-20 minutes walk. The Casetta was spotlessly clean and well equipped with kitchen needs. We hired Maurizio as a guide one day to travel through the Chianti /Tuscan countryside and he was a knowledgeable, interesting guide. "Discovered" a wonderful wine bar with great home cooking across the Pitti Palace Piazza called GOLA PITTI E CANTINA. Tell the guys that Mark and Ethel sent you. From start to finish, Lisa and Italy Perfect and the Mirandas (owners of Casetta) were molto bene.

Ethel and Mark Katz, Bakersfield, CA

Casetta Bonsi was a great location and a perfect fit for the four of us Jan 2011

Casetta Bonsi was a great location and a perfect fit for the four of us. You couldn't have asked for a better location right next to the Pointe Vecchio. There was also a host of great restaurants, cafes, and a grocery store right down the street from Casetta. Even though there was snow on the ground and there was weather was extremely cold in Florence, we would come back to Casetta and be very comfortable for the night. It was right across the Arno River from the Uffizi Gallery. Good restaurants were plentiful in this area with Quattro Leoni, Il Gatto La Volpe, O Restaurant on the Arno, and Vecchia Bettola. We took a walk to the top of the Piazza de Michaelangelo. We would recommend Italy Perfect without hesitation.

Brian and Linda Delahunty, San Francisco

We loved our stay at Casetta Bonsi Dec 2010

We loved our stay at Casetta Bonsi. The accommodations themselves were very comfortable and perfect for the two of us. The location of the Casetta in Oltrarno was reasonably secluded and quiet but within walking distance of virtually everything we wanted to see and do in Florence. Guests should be mindful that there is a steep street to walk up to the Casetta. We found it to be manageable but some may not.

We tried many of the restaurants recommended by Maurizio and enjoyed all of them. We particularly enjoyed the restaurant Bordino a short walk from the Casetta. For pizza, we liked Baldovino. For local flavor for lunch we had a fun experience at Mario in the Mercato Centrale area. Near Santo Spirito is Trattoria Borgo Antico where we had incredible wild boar stew and cheesecake. For our special evening, La Giostra was perfect.

Our eight day visit to Florence was one of the most stimulating yet relaxing vacations we have had in many years no small measure to our accommodations at the Casetta and the guidance of Maurizio and Italy Perfect.

We would unqualifiedly recommend Italy Perfect to friends.

Rick and Martha Boardman, Washington D.C. area

An excellent stay at Casetta Bonsi Dec 2010

I can't recommend the Casetta Bonsi strongly enough! If anything the web description doesn't do it justice. The location was perfect -- close to everything (including a first rate gourmet supermarket), but just far enough away from the crowds (which were relatively subdued in November) and relatively quiet for Florence (I occasionally heard cyclists get their vespas from the parking area outside, but the street itself isn't terribly busy -- unlike the nearby Via dei Bardi, where I've stayed before). And believe me, I spent quite a lot of time in the apartment because it rained 12 out of the 14 days I was there! (Highly unusual, I hear.) Maurizio was a model host. To compensate for the rain, there were a wonderful Bronzino show at the Palazzo Strozzi, which is an excellent exhibit space. The Palazzo Davanzati, opened after years of restoration, is also a very interesting place to spend a few hours. I would highly recommend Italy Perfect to a friend, and I look forward to returning to Italy soon!

Alice Mattice, Chevy Chase, Maryland

A Tiny Perfect Gem Dec 2010

There could be no better home base for a visit to Florence than Casetta Bonsi. Tucked away on the "Oltrarno," you feel part of the real life of the city -- yet all the cultural destinations are just a short walk away. The local markets and restaurants are convenient and pleasant. The owners are the soul of hospitality; they take loving care of their property, and those who stay there. Lisa made sure all the arrangements were truly "Italy Perfect," and supplemented the extensive information package with some helpful extra advice about trains; we would recommend them without hesitation, and plan to use their sister organization in Paris in the near future.

Ian & Marilyn, Victoria, BC, Canada

Map, Distances and Weather for Italy Vacation Rental

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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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