Warm & friendly welcome, free Italian dinner
- Name: Vespucci
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: €1360/week, 4 nts minimum
Our ten days in Florence were made even more wonderful by this amazing jewel of an apartment
With scenic views and a terrific location near the historic center of Florence, the remarkably quiet and spacious Vespucci is a only a block from the Arno river and an easy walk to all the sites.
Special “Perfect” Vespucci Apartment Services: Vespucci apartment owner Cynthia, an American who married her Italian sweetheart, has lived in Florence for decades. She provides a warm and welcoming greeting when you arrive at the apartment giving you lots of local "insider" tips. For stays of 5 or more nights Cynthia will invite you into her home (in the same building) for an evening prosecco and appetizers. For stays of 7 or more nights, a complimentary dinner for up to 4 people at a local favorite restaurant will also be included. Additional services are available such as a private Italian cooking lesson with Cynthia.
The Vespucci apartment is located a leisurely 15 minute walk to the east of the very center of Florence near the Ponte Amerigo Vespucci bridge. Luckily, the street the apartment is on in a limited traffic zone so it is notably quiet, something that is a rare find in such a prime Florence historic center location.
Attractive five story apartment building with two apartments per floor. Entry foyer is clean and well maintained, exhibiting the pride of ownership of the building`s residents. Attractive marble on the foyer floor. It is a few low steps up from the street once you enter the building to reach the elevator.
The apartment was renovated in 2007 so the kitchen and bathrooms are fresh and up-to-date. It is a comfortably furnished apartment, not fancy, but just perfect for a family or two couples who want to escape the hustle and bustle just a few blocks away in the very center and enjoy this thoughtfully furnished, clean and comfortable apartment.
The living room has two comfortable love seats. The windows overlook the street and the views are unobstructed and pleasant. There is a dining table in the living room expands to seat up to six people. Two additional chairs can be brought in from the kitchen. Polished terazzo floors are typical of the era the building was built.
The master bedroom has a queen size bed. The bedroom is extremely quiet since it faces the internal courtyard.
The second bedroom has two twin beds and a window overlooking the street. It gets lots of light and because of the limited traffic zone, minimal noise.
The kitchen is very nice with a large window that admits plenty of light from the inner courtyard. There is good countertop space, new appliances, a large (by Italian standards) refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, dishwasher, microwave, gas 4-burner stove, electric oven, a small table with seating for two and an attractive Tuscan terra cotta tile floor. The kitchen comes equipped with pots, pans, dishes. Despite the wide variety of nearby Florence restaurants, you`ll probably want to cook at the apartment when you see the wonderful array of fresh produce and other grocery items that you can buy at the nearby Cascine open air market, a Florence favorite.
Both bathrooms have a fully enclosed shower, sink and toilet.
The windows throughout the apartment have screens which is helpful for mosquito control. Door leading to balcony does not.
We think this is an ideal apartment that is very clean and well maintained.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Ognissanti, Lungarno Vespucci|
|Bedrooms||2 bedrooms. 1 with queen size bed, 1 with 2 twin beds.|
|Bathrooms||2 each with enclosed shower, sink, toilet, heated towel racks (when heat is on)|
|Floor||3rd European, 4th North American|
|Mobility||5 steps from street level to elevator. Elevator will fit wheelchair if collapsed.|
|Size||1507 sq ft, 140 m2|
|Dining||Table in living room expands to seat up to 6. Kitchen table seats 2.|
|Kitchen||Large refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, 4-burner gas stovetop, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, Italian and American style coffee makers.|
|Laundry||Washer – Yes. Dryer – No. Drying rack, iron & ironing board provided.|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby|
|Crib||Yes. €25/week or portion thereof.|
|Neighborhood||Ognissanti area, Lungarno Vespucci|
|Entertainment||TV receives local Italian channels only, multistandard DVD player|
|Telephone||Loaner cell phone, guests pay for calls|
|Linens||Sheets and towels provided|
|Family||Ideal for families|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included|
|Parking||It is difficult to impossible to drive in the center of this city. No on-street parking is available for visitors. If you need to have a car, please ask us where the closest paid parking garage is located. Parking in garages can be relatively expensive. Public garage nearby, about €35/day.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
There is 4 night minimum stay with a 7 night minimum during holiday weeks.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi.
Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
Apartment will be ready for check-in late afternoon. Check-out by 10:00am.
To check in before late afternoon or to check out after 10am, we recommend you reserve the night before or the night after your stay, if available. Early Check In from 9:00 am. Late Check Out until 5:00 pm. We cannot guarantee you will be able to check in early or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
• Delightful, spacious and bright
• Very pleasant apartment ideal, well maintained, nice building
• Remarkably quiet for the historic center of Florence
• Easy walk to all the sites
• Love the proximity to Arno river and its scenic views
Our Guest Reviews
Space and Location
Terrific location on the edge of Central Florence, close enough to walk easily to the major sites but far enough from the center to escape the crowds. On a very quiet street with a friendly cafe across the street and plenty of restaurants and stores nearby. The rooms are large and well furnished with lots of storage space. Screens on the windows allow open windows and plenty of cross ventilation. The balcony is pleasant for morning coffee. When it came time to move luggage in and out, and at the end of a long day the lift was particularly welcome. We were met by the owners who were very friendly and helped us with suggestions and tips a couple of times during our stay. We would love to stay here again and will recommend it to our friends.
[Thank you Ivan, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you back! The Italy Perfect Team]
Studying Italian in Florence
Normally I stay at a hotel wherever I am on holidays. This time around, my daughter and I decided to study Italian in Florence and required something for one month.
Italy Perfect made the rental process incredibly simple. They send you forms (electronically) to fill out that includes your arrival time and contact information. When we arrived into Florence, we called the prearranged phone number and were happily greeted by the owner Cynthia. We took a cab from the Airport and was met at the front door. Cynthia helped us manage the small Italian style elevator to the fourth floor, quickly showed us around, and answered all our questions about the apartment and the neighborhood.
The apartment is located in a quiet neighborhood west of the American embassy. It is a 15 minute walk to the center of Florence where all the tourists hang out; which means, if you want to be in the middle of things, this may not be for you. West of us one block away is a large green area called the Parco delle Casine. It's a safe park with lots of runners, walkers, cyclists and families.
The apartment has a fully utilized kitchen equipped with pots, pans, dishes, glasses, and the works. It even comes with a Braun coffee maker so bring coffee with you. It has a North American size fridge, stove, oven and dishwasher.
The bedrooms are large, one with two single beds and the other with a queen bed. The master bedroom has its own bathroom, while the other bedroom has its bathroom across the hall. Full showers with plenty of water pressure and hot water. All the bedroom windows are screened to keep out pesky mosquitoes. The beauty of being just outside the core is that it is quiet at night when sleeping.
The apartment has a family room with a TV (Italian only), two sofas and a large table to study or watch Netflix. Yes, they have Wi-Fi that actually works remarkably well.
There is a grocery store nearby, a bar (coffee shop) across the street and several restaurants a short walk away.
We had the apartment cleaned once a week, where bed sheets were changed and towels replaced. All arraigned by Italy Perfect.
This location worked well for the two of us and could easily accommodate four people. I plan on going back to Florence soon, and will rent this apartment again.
Great place to stay!
We were very pleased with our stay at the Vespucci apartment while in Florence. The apartment is very spacious, light, bright and clean. Located in a great area near the river we had no trouble getting from place to place. Our greeter, Cynthia, was wonderful. She is very organized and helpful. She had loads of information we could take advantage of......such as emergency numbers, restaurants, taxi numbers and many maps and books on the area. She even supplied a cell phone for our use to make reservations, etc. We would definitely stay there again on our next trip to Florence. I would also recommend Italy Perfect!! They were easy to work with and supplied much needed information about Italy. It was very helpful, especially for a first timer.
Wonderful apartment for a Florence visit
I visited Florence with my two adult sons, and we were all very happy with our Italy Perfect experience. The information sent out in advance was very informative and thorough, and all of my questions were answered before I left the country, which was very helpful. Cynthia is the Italy Perfect contact who lives in the apartment building. Since she's an American, communication was easy. And because she's lived in Italy for so long, she was also very knowledgeable about Florence and how to get to places or where to eat. Cynthia was particularly helpful in straightening out a problem I had with my tour company---I felt that she really went above and beyond. The apartment was cosy and clean, with a great kitchen, comfortable beds, and even a selection of fun English-language DVDs. It's also in a wonderful location. We were able to walk everywhere, with the River Arno as our touchstone, since the apartment is so close to the river. The cafe across the street is perfect for morning coffee and pastry----their home-made apple almond cake was delicious!--and there are many other restaurants in the area as well. It's also walking distance to the Westin Hotel on the river, which has a spectacular view of Florence from its top floor bar. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to family and friends, and have already done so.
Our stay was very pleasant.
Our stay was very pleasant. It was within close proximity to a grocery store and the main attractions in Florence. The downside was that it was not air conditioned. It was very hot during our stay in Sept and if the windows were opened the noise from outside made it impossible to sleep. Cynthia (the owner ) was very pleasant and helpful and even drove us to the train station at departure because we couldn't get a cab. The apt was spacious and would be acceptable for a small family or singles needing two separate bedrooms. I would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to my friends.
[Thank you for your nice comments, we're happy you enjoyed your stay. It is accurate that the apartment does not have A/C, as indicated on the Vespucci webpage.]
Great place, great location
The apartment is wonderful - definitely enough space for the three of us. It was clean and had everything we needed. The greeter was soooo kind and wonderful during our stay. The location is on a quiet corner, which has a nice cafe across the street for coffee in the morning. We would definitely recommend going to the farmers market on Tuesday - its an easy walk from the apartment. Grocery stores are a bit of a hike and not all that great. There is a decent eco-friendly grocery and product store called Natura C but it is a cab ride away (it doesn't have a lot of veggies or fruit). If you want the best pizza in Italy go to Pizzeria Santa Lucia, which is a 15-20 minute walk from the apartment but well worth it.
Vespucci in Florence is wonderful.
We loved staying in Vespucci in late September '14. We had warm weather and we were able to walk everywhere. There are nice neighborhood restaurants close by and a wonderful Cafe across the street that we went to everyday for breakfast. The train station is close also and we did take two side trips by train to Bologna (highly recommended) and by bus to Siena. In Florence seek out Mario's Trattatoria near the market for lunch. It is the best and at unbelievable prices.
The apartment was very nice, clean and comfortable. Having a 2 Br and 2 BA for two couples was great (one w TWIN beds). Cynthia, the owner next door, was wonderful. When the water heater was out of 3 days, she allowed us to shower at her apartment. She also is a great resource of the local area for restaurants!
[Note from ItalyPerfect: Thank you, we're delighted you enjoyed your stay. Thank you for your flexibility & patience about the water heater, which went out over the weekend due to a record-breaking storm that affected much of the city, impacting a pipe on the water heater. We're glad you were so appreciative of Cynthia's efforts and responsiveness.]
We really liked the apartment and the location
We really liked the apartment , and the location, and Cynthia was wonderful and a really nice and helpful person. Having one English Channel like BBC news or CNN would be nice, and the wifi signal only worked in the living room and not the bedrooms. I would recommend your apartment to a friend.
A wonderful place to stay
This apartment was spacious, sparkling clean, well-equipped, in a great location, and quite large. We were impressed that it had a washing machine and even a dishwasher. All detergents, etc., were provided. It is a block from the river, a few minutes from the tram line and a large park, and a reasonable walk to some attractions including the train station. The owner (a bilingual American) lives nearby and was happy to help us when needed. She also had a mobile phone available for our use. Her orientation of how things worked in the apartment was concise, clear, and valuable. We loved being there so highly recommend it.
Brilliant apartment in ideal location
We were delighted with the Vespucci apartment, which provided a beautiful and relaxed retreat from the streets of Venice. The apartment is light, comfortable and very well set up, with lots of thoughtful touches to ensure guests have everything they might want. We loved the rooftop views and the excellent location (just on the edge of the historic quarter - so easy walking distance to key sites, but in a quiet residential area). Walking along the Arno in the evening was a particular pleasure (keep an eye out for otters!). We also really enjoyed meeting Claudia who was very accommodating around arrival and departure times, and gave us an expert run-down on the local area and where to find what we wanted. The local shop (5 minutes' walk) is really well stocked with fresh fruit and vegetables (along with other supplies), and there's a delicatessen/butcher's shop even closer that sells meat and poultry as well as milk and eggs. Cooking meals was great fun with excellent local ingredients and the apartment's well set-up kitchen (better stocked than mine at home!) Overall, this was a brilliant holiday stay and we would thoroughly recommend the Vespucci apartment to other travellers.
Map and Location
|5 minute walk to Piazza Ognissanti, cafes, restaurants, supermarket|
|12 minute walk to train station|
|14 minute walk to Via Tornabuoni|
|16 minute walk to Piazza della Repubblica|
|18 minute walk to Medici Chapels|
|19 minute walk to Duomo, Mercato Centrale, Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi|
|20 minute walk to Bargello|
|25 minute walk to Accademia|