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. It was completely remodelled in 2002. During the remodeling fragments of decorated pottery were found in the cellar dating back to the 1400`s.
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, 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.
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. Multistandard DVD pla<x>yer and small selection of English language movies.|
|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
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.
The apartment was quiet and well located. We were steps from the hub of action... Stores, tourist attractions and great food. The apartment was well appointed. Gelato in the freezer, soap for the wash machine and air conditioning for the heat of summer. We could walk to all of Florence from our lodging. We walked to the train station for a day trip to Pisa. We walked to all the restaurants and tourist sites. We slept well and each morning had coffee on our terrace. I would highly recommend this apartment and the service of Italy perfect. We were given helpful tips from Italy Perfect on trains and taxi's. The owner of the apartment gave us stories and information we felt appreciated and we appreciated all the service we were given. Hope to return in the future!
I will recommend the Casetta Bonsi to all of my friends.
My feedback is nothing but positive -- a 5 star review. First, you made it so easy transitioning to Italy from the US with detailed telephone instructions. I called Maurizio when we arrived and he and his daughter met us at the house. The cab ride was also easy, thanks to your clear directions, printed out in Italian. The home itself was charming, everything the other reviewers described. We had a lovely welcome basket of baked goodies waiting for us. The house was very comfortable and the decor charming. It was fun learning how to make Italian coffee on the Bialetti. I even bought one to take home!
The Oltrano neighborhood was ideal. We could walk everywhere and see all of the museums, etc., but stayed on our side of the bridge for dinner. The restaurants in the Oltranno neighborhood were not full of tourists, and had better prices and better food. Casalinga was our favorite. Our favorite piazza in the City is Piazza Santo Spirito, a 5-10 minute walk from the apartment. We loved having wine at sunset up at the PIazza Michelangelo and strolling through the Boboli Gardens, right in our neighborhood. We had friends staying on the other side of the bridge and they came most nights to “our side" to get away from the crowds. I did not see their rentals, but they said ours was extremely large, quiet, and well appointed compared to the places they were staying.
As you know, we had a little mishap on the last day in Florence, locking our key, and my phone with Maurizio’ contact information in the house. It was a holiday in Italy and a Sunday afternoon in the US. Nevertheless, we borrowed a very friendly neighbor’s computer and emailed Italy Perfect. We were able to get your number, called you, and you immediately responded. You got us in touch with Maurizio who drove an hour out of his way, on his holiday, to bring us the key! Meanwhile, some renters on our street, obviously not booked through Italy Perfect, had just flown in from the US. They were sitting on the curb with their suitcases, trying to contact the owners of their apartments. Needless to say, we were so grateful to have booked through Italy Perfect. Thank you, from the bottom of our hearts, Lisa and Maurizio. I will recommend the Casetta Bonsi to all of my friends.
Comfortable and inviting place
Casetta Bonsi was much nicer than I expected from the pictures and reviews. It is extremely well kept. Everything worked well. Mauricio is the owner and also the greeter. He gave me a very thorough tour of how the place works and I appreciated that. I was able to settle right in and not spend time trying to figure things out.
Casetta Bonsi is nicely decorated and the owners left us some treats like chocolate, ice cream for my kids and wine for me. I felt so welcome.
The location is perfect because it is within walking distance of all the sites in Florence, but it is in a neighborhood so it is a little more quiet than it would be on the other side of the river. I thought people who complained about the steep hill were being wimps, but it really is a bit steep. If you have trouble walking it will be hard to get home after a long day of site seeing. I thought of the hill as a way to work off my gelato. Also, Casetta Bonsi is not that far up the hill and the hill keeps lots of people away, so it is quiet.
Some of my favorite things about Casetta Bonsi was the little terrace. I liked having an outdoor space that was private to sit and have a coffee in the morning or a glass of wine in the evening. Otherwise, the bedroom was dark, comfortable and easy to sleep in. The bathroom is clean and new and a good size. We actually used the kitchen a lot. I did grocery store combat at the shop that is two blocks away. It is a very busy shop and not what I'm used to being from the U.S. The kitchen all works well and I made two full dinners in it. My kids slept in the living room. I have two teenagers. There was a twin bed that slides out from under the couch. One of my kids got that one and my other made up the couch. They were comfortable and next to the router.
This house will exceed your expectations. I confidently recommend Casetta Bonsi.
This was the first time we rented an apartment during our travels. I have to say that up to the point of arrival, we were leery of what we would find. There was absolutely nothing to be concerned about. The greeter was extremely courteous and helpful, the apartment was even better than the pictures, and the location was superb. Just a small block down the hill are the markets, restaurants, the Arno, and the Ponte Vecchio. If we make it back to Florence, we will definitely be coming back to Casetta Bonsi. I will mention a couple of things for future guests there and perhaps a suggestion or two to the owner. It was unseasonably hot for June in Florence so do not hesitate to request the controllers activated for the air conditioners as they were an option for us and may incur added cost. Also the internet is dial up speed at best so bring an airport express extender or something similar. I would recommend the owner to install screens on the windows to keep the mosquitos out, they were vicious and closing the windows would seal in the heat. Be prepared for cars accelerating up the hill and sporadic loud engine noise as there is a small motorcycle parking area just outside the door. There are practically no views from the apartment, but the location is so good that the lack of them was of no consequence to us. Everything you need is there including an american style coffee maker. All in all, our experience was amazing! We will not hesitate to use Italy perfect in the future. We have already recommended the location to several of our friends.
Note from Italy Perfect: To clarify for future guests, the internet is high speed, not dial-up, so we were surprised that this guest found it to be slow. As you can see from all the reviews, no other guest has ever complained about it. It is fine for email and checking the internet but not fast enough for watching movies or gaming. Windows screens are rare in Italy, very few homes have them.
A wonderful week in Florence
Casetta Bonsi is a beautiful typical florentine house. We were very happy to have chosen this immaculate townhouse. Our hosts were wonderful people who greeted us at the property with a bottle of Chianti wine, a bowl of fruit, gelato in the freezer and three welcoming chocolates next to the bed with a handwritten note welcoming us to Florence. What a beautiful and gracious details. The house is located in the best area of Florence walking distance to everything. I would definitely recommend renting this property and if I go back to Florence will definitely be renting Casetta Bonsi again.
Our experience with Italy Perfect was exceptional from the start. So many little hints for making one's stay great were just part of the usual process of renting! The Casetta Bonsi is a lovely house, on a sweet little street, close to everything. We never used a cab except to get to the airport - and Maurizio arranged that for us, so the cab was at our doorstep, ready to go right on time. Maurizio was very nice and helpful and welcoming. . .a great host.
We loved staying on the Oltrano side of the river. We went for morning runs along the Arno, walked everywhere, and were able to easily see all parts of Florence without a car or cab. We would stay there again in a heartbeat!!
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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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