Beautiful Views of the Treasures of Florence
- Name: Diana
- Sleeps: 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: €3080/week, 3 nights minimum
My husband and I stayed in the Diana for one week and considered never leaving.
The wow factor is high at Diana with especially spacious, luminous and very lovely interiors and incredible views of the Duomo and San Gaetano church that you will remember for a lifetime.
Experience living in a true palace and walking to all the sights in this city treasured for its art. This apartment is especially large and luminous with comfortable and gracious living room with a view of the Duomo that you will remember for a lifetime.
If you are a larger party, there are several vacation rental apartments within this same building.
The location is excellent, right on Piazza Antinori. There is bound to be some traffic noise in this bustling district, but your 5th floor location will mitigate that. And, after all, you are in a city. This also means that there is a shop for each and everything you need or want in the neighborhood. This quarter of Florence has been home to important Florentine families since the mid 1600s.
The building has retained a clean and simple aspect that is reminiscent of the Renaissance period when it was first built. Renovated over the centuries, the building acquired its present appearance in the mid 1700s.
High in the Palazzo , on the fifth floor (American designation), the Diana apartment is bright and spacious. The foyer is large and even has a window. A gold with blue theme carries through from the foyer to the very large living room that has two windows with views of the dome of the cathedral of Florence as well as of Giotto`s beautiful bell tower. In the foreground is the fascinating facade of San Gaetano the only baroque church in Florence, allowing you to appreciate, up close, the many decorative and architectural elements that typify that architectural style.
Two large sofas and an upholstered armchair accommodate guests. Antique prints are hung on the walls and the fireplace is a focal point although it no longer works. An antique porcelain heating stove is another pretty decorative element.
The kitchen is small but fully equipped. A breakfast bar runs under the window and has it`s own private view of the details of the facade of San Gaetano.
There is a washer and dryer in a closet off the entry foyer.
Pause at the window to marvel at the view of the dome of the cathedral that has stood proudly over Florence since 1445 when this small city thrived as a republic governed by its merchants. The aroma of fresh espresso coffee beckons you into the kitchen where your wonderful mate is laying out fresh cornetti (croissants) from an early trip to the nearby bakery. Shall we climb the dome this morning? Or shall we stroll through the Boboli gardens and find that dwarf on a turtle?
Additional Services Available: Italy Perfect would be happy to assist in arranging additional services to provide ease as well as enrich your stay in Florence.
The following services can be coordinated, paid locally:
- Pre-arrival grocery shopping
- Welcome or daily lunch/dinner prepared by a cook.
- Customized tours, excursions and/or cooking classes
- Mid-stay maid and laundry services
The bedroom opens off the living room and it, too, has a view! The dual-king bed can be made up as twins, on request.Between the bedroom and the master bathroom is a full, walk-in closet so don`t hesitate to indulge in fashion.
There is an ensuite bathroom with shower, double sinks, toilet and bidet.
The second bathroom, accessed off the foyer, has a sink, toilet, tub with shower attachment and bidet.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Bedroom has dual-king bed that can be prepared as two single beds on request|
|Bathrooms||2. Master bathroom is ensuite with shower, two sinks, toilet, bidet. Second bathroom with tub with shower attachment, sink, toilet, bidet|
|Floor||4th European, 5th North American Designation|
|Mobility||Elevator is small. Elevator door width is 50cm. Two steps from the street to the elevator. The bed has a thick mattress on frame, no box spring, the standard in Italy.|
|Size||1100 sq ft, 106 m2|
|Outlook||Views of the Duomo, bell tower, church façade|
|Dining||Dining table in living room seats four. Breakfast bar in kitchen facing window.|
|Kitchen||Four burner gas stove, electric oven, sink and refrigerator with a freezer compartment, dishwasher, drip (American) coffee maker, Italian coffee pot, toaster, microwave.|
|Laundry||Washer, dryer, iron and ironing board.|
|Heating||Yes. The date of the heat being turned on/off is controlled by the government. Normally turned on by November 15th and off by April 15th with exceptions possible for extreme weather. It is hard to estimate utility costs since it will largely depend on your habits and the weather but based on historical usage you might want to budget for studios and one-bedroom apartments €10/day, for 2-3 BR €15-30/day. To track your usage, the manager can come to the apartment every 3 or 4 days to take a meter reading and give you an estimate of usage so that there are no surprises at check out.|
|Utilities||All included for stays of one week or less. For stays greater than 1 week, utilities are paid as consumed.|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby|
|Crib||Crib, baby cot, and high chair on request.|
|Neighborhood||This is the Duomo neighborhood|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives a few English-language news channels|
|Telephone||Yes, landline telephone that is rather expensive, like hotel charges. Your first use generates a charge of about €10 that includes some minutes. The cost of your calls depends on where you are calling. Local calls are not expensive. If you need it, having a landline phone in the apartment is a real convenience.|
|Linens||Two sets of linen included. One set of towels (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) per person. Extra upon request and at an additional fee. See price web page.|
|Family||Good for families|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included for 1 week or less stay. For stays greater than 1 week see price web page More frequent service available for additional charge upon request. See price web page.|
|Parking||It is difficult to impossible to drive in the center of this city. No on-street parking is available for visitors. You may rent from the owner, a parking space in the garage under the train station.|
|Security Deposit||Paid on arrival. See price web page for details.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Prices in Euros
|3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||1 Week||2 Weeks||3 to 4 Weeks||Per Month for 3+ Months|
Minimum price is for 3 nights.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Utilities and final cleaning included for stays up to one week.
- -- Security deposit: €500 Euros paid in cash or by credit card on arrival. Returned on check-out less charges.
- -- Utilities: All included for stays of one week or less. For stays greater than 1 week, utilities are paid as consumed.
- -- Telephone charges as used.
- -- Florence City Hospitality Tax, see www.italyperfect.com/tax for current rate.
- -- Final Cleaning: Included for stays of one week or less. For stays greater than 1 week €180 Euros.
- -- Cleaning: Maid service of 3 hours including towel and linen change is €75 Euros and €100 Euros for Saturday. Additional hours €25.
- -- Extra towels (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) left in apartment €5/set.
- -- Extra sheet sets left in apartment €10/bed.
- -- Welcome or anytime lunch or dinner prepared by cook. From €50pp (according to Menu) plus cost of food. Minimum 2 guests.
- -- Pre-arrival grocery shopping: €25 Euros plus cost of groceries.
- -- Welcome basket from €25 Euros (flowers or chocolate or wine) or all three for €55 Euros.
- -- Laundry service and ironing in apartment €25/hr. External services (dry cleaner - ticket reservation) €25.
- -- Transfer service - Florence train station: car €55 or van €65. Florence airport: car €55 or van €65. Pisa airport: car €200 or van €250.
Arrivals can be at any time M-F 9-6 by appointment. If the apartment is occupied the night before your arrival it will not be ready until the afternoon but you may leave your luggage. Evening, weekend & holiday arrivals (Epiphany, April 25, May 1, June 2, June 24, Aug. 15, Nov. 1, Dec. 8) pay €50 fee directly to your greeter. High holiday (Christmas Day, Dec. 26 Jan 1, Easter, Easter Monday) arrivals pay €100 to greeter.
- Excellent location.
- Beautifully furnished.
- Cleaning is spotless and maintenance appears good.
- The apartment is large, appealing and comfortable.
- Because of the view and windows, it is pleasant & bright year-round.
Our Guest Reviews
Perfect spot in Center of town
We stayed here for a month in October 2018. The immense living room is great for hanging out and watching Sat and local TV. Hint: bring your Amazon fire stick - the internet is fast enough to support it and you can just plug it in the TV.
The bathrooms are very well set up. A large walk in shower in the ensuite for the MBR. The other bathroom has a tub shower. The bedding is excellent.
The kitchen is a bit small but worked out just fine for us. The only negative thing is that there's really no place to put any groceries as all of the cabinets and drawers are full. This is a common thing in these sort of apartments - you just have to move stuff around a bit to free up some space.
The staff in the building is excellent, from the doorman to the cleaning staff. One advantage of this building is that the management company office is on a lower floor of the building.
The street is full of high-end stores (in case you have a need for some expensive items from Hermes their store is right outside) and is essentially closed off to traffic almost all the time by virtue of a bollard that pops up. However the nearby intersection is a popular short-cut for buses etc so that's a noise source. So as the description says, it sometimes noisy outside - Friday and Saturday nights were generally noisier late into the evening and buskers (some quite good) often set up on those nights on the steps of the church across the street. But these are things you'll find pretty much anywhere in the Centro Storico (Central historic district).
So all in all we'd stay here again and probably will do so in 2019.
[Thank you Jeff, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
The apartment was even nicer that it looked in the photos
Such a great apartment, great location in the midst of the historic center of Florence. Convenient to everything you might want to visit - Duomo, Uffizi, Accademia, shopping, Mercado, restaurants - all within easy walking distance. The apartment was even nicer that it looked in the photos - extremely spacious, very comfortable, perfect for two people who want a little extra room to spread out. The amenities were very thoughtful, with a few extra touches like a bottle of Prosecco in the refrigerator for our first night! We enjoyed being greeted each day with a big smile, by Massimo, our doorman.
We would definitely return here again!
[Thank you Maureen, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
We've found the "perfect" in Italy Perfect
This was our fourth time staying with Italy Perfect and our first time at the Diana Apartment. I simply can't say enough about what a fantastic apartment this was for the two of us. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and felt at home in this spectacular apartment. The location is so convenient to everything in Florence - we walked everywhere, even to San Miniato al Monte for a magnificent sunset. We loved the view of the Duomo from the bedroom and living room windows - it was like our own art installation! We didn't experience any issues with noise from the street, but February was a pretty quiet time in the city in general. One afternoon there was a violinist playing in the piazza, but the sound was muted and actually quite pleasant. The doorman was a pleasure, with his smiling face ready to greet us whenever we ventured out during the day and helping us with pre-arranged deliveries. The only negative would be if you're looking for a true dining area as the kitchen is tiny and there's a table placed awkwardly in the living room. However, this was not an issue for us as we enjoyed breakfast or a snack at the kitchen counter on stools overlooking the beautiful San Gaetano church. The kitchen was just fine for making coffee and prepping simple meals and was well stocked with pots and kitchen gadgets. The comfortable bed, sofas made for lounging and 2 well appointed bathrooms left us wanting for nothing. We are definitely looking forward to our next trip to Florence and to returning to the Diana Apartment!
[Thank you so much Suzanne, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Apartment with stunning views and great amenities
The Diana is a terrific apartment with lots to offer. One, location. It is right on the main shopping street of Florence and since part of the time there is no traffic allowed, it's a great quiet location. Two, the view. Anytime you can see the view of the Duomo out of all of your windows, it is a win. The minute we walked in the door, we knew we picked the right place. Our hosts were gracious, nearby and explained everything thoroughly as well as leaving us a guide to everything. There is a doorman during the day which is a nice perk if you need someone to call a cab, etc. The apt. itself was very comfortable with 2 bathrooms, a huge living space and a decent kitchen. It is large for a one bedroom but it does have a pull out couch in the living room if you need it.
The heating was easy to adjust and understand - which says a lot since we have struggled in the past with cold apartments. We loved working with Italy Perfect as well - it is our third or fourth apt. with them.
[Thank you Marilyn, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
This place was absolutely perfect! So spacious and beautiful. The views out the windows were spectacular. At night, a couple of different times, women were playing the violin on the steps of the chapel below. We opened up the windows as the beautiful music floated through the air. The location was absolutely perfect to walk everywhere. We would most definitely want to stay at this beautiful apartment again!
[Thank you Connie, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Diana Apartment, Florence Italy - a real gem!
My husband and I rented the Diana apartment for 16 days in September for a fabulous trip to Florence for our 25th anniversary. The Diana is located in the historic center, walking distance to everything including nearby grocery stores. The street was particularly quiet as it had been blocked to thru traffic. The concierge was incredibly kind and helpful in finding us a priest to perform a wedding vow renewal to make the trip a complete success.
The apartment itself was spacious, clean and comfortable - perfect for such a lengthy stay. The views of the Duomo and San Gaetano church were incredible. The kitchen worked well for cooking light meals. In fact, it was so well stocked, we hardly ate out. The greeter and staff were always available and ready to help. We had one issue at night where the outside door would not unlock via the automatic key entry, but we were able to get our greeter on the phone immediately and use the other manual key they had provided. That was the extent of any problems. Everything else went smoothly. Staying at Diana was truly like living as a local in Florence. It was beautiful. We were sad to leave.
We particularly loved the location and the spaciousness of the apartment. The air conditioner worked well as it was very hot in Italy when we were there. The location was superb. The Diana is in a building with a doorman during the day. This was a real bonus. Having someone to ask questions and having the extra layer of security was something we really enjoyed.
Staying at the Diana apartment was a pleasure. I would stay in the Diana again without a doubt. This is our second time booking with Italy Perfect and I wouldn't hesitate to use them again. The last time we were at the Prisco apartment and that was fabulous too. We ended up at the Diana because the Prisco wasn't available this time around and it turned out even better. Italy Perfect is definitely my first choice for luxury rentals in Florence. We'll be back! Thank you, Lisa!
A beautiful stay!
Our apartment in Florence was wonderful. It had 2 on suites and was very accommodating,
We especially loved the location of the apartment!
All was great!
Rooms with a view!
This is a fabulous place to stay in Florence!! I want to go back already! Fifth floor, excellent views of the Duomo and city.
Location is within walking distance to everything. Staying on the "Rodeo Drive" of Florence was comfortable and glamorous and active enough so that you feel part of the city without too much disturbance. Easy grocery not too far walking....everything easy. The apartment itself was well appointed, comfortable and roomy. Loved the large windows and light.
Only down side was the outside spotlight like fixture that was right outside of the windows and not quite eliminated by the curtains at night.
I had a great stay.....everyone affiliated with this apartment was polite, helpful, timely and I definitely would recommend this accommodation and Italy Perfect.
[Thank you so much! Sorry to hear about the spotlight, wish you had mentioned to the manager to have it immediately fixed. The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful apartment and location
This apartment was perfectly located: a quiet area very close to all the main attractions. The apartment was very spacious, well appointed, and comfortable. The bathrooms were spacious (the master bath is really nice) and the amount of storage in each room was beyond what we usually expect. The kitchen was large and well appointed - certainly could have cooked large meals in there (but with the Mercato Centrale just a few blocks away, you could just pick up great meals to enjoy in the apartment). Massimiliano (the doorman) was gracious and warm, the building was extremely secure, and it was a pleasure to be greeted by the peace of Piazza Antinori (not to mention the great coffee shop a block away) each morning. We would recommend this apartment (and return) in a heartbeat.
My husband and I stayed in the Diana for one week and considered never leaving.
The huge door on the street to the apartment foyer is open during the day where Massimo, the friendly, helpful, charming doorman, greets you from about nine to five. He helped with our luggage and oriented us on how to use the impressively quiet elevator. His presence was very comforting and personalized the building.
The door to the Diana apartment opens to a large, beautifully decorated foyer. We were pinching ourselves as our lovely, spirited greeter, Christiana, led us inside just the foyer. The WOW factor set in immediately as she guided us into the large, perfectly decorated living room. Views of the San Gaetano church directly across the street will knock your socks off. The large windows put you eye level with the church’s beautiful structure and sculptures. Just past this magnificent creation you see Il Duomo and Giotto tower. You will be compelled to stare out the windows in amazement.
The two large bathrooms, one en suite, are perfect. The en suite features a beautiful walk-in shower; the second offers a tub and hand-held showerhead. Each had great storage space, towel heaters, and perfectly working toilets. There was never an issue with water pressure or temperature. Couldn’t have been more confortable.
Just off the bedroom is a large walk-in closet that easily accommodated the clothes we brought plus the leather jackets, scarves, etc., we bought in Florence.
The spacious, nicely appointed bedroom features a very comfortable bed and more windows that overlook the street’s charm and beauty. There is zero noise. Slept very well. There was just the two of us, but, if needed, I believe the living-room couch opens up to accommodate more travelers.
The kitchen is just fine. Though it’s possible, I wouldn’t want to cook a Thanksgiving dinner for two-dozen in it, but we cooked breakfasts for our two friends in Italy without bumping into anything. Never made dinners; they were always at one of the nearby delicious restaurants. We came to eat, not cook, but Diana’s comfortably equipped kitchen offers anything a working kitchen needs.
The washer and dryer are hidden in the Foyer. Many apartments don’t offer a dryer so we really appreciated having one. The machines perform, but they take much longer than our US counterparts. Just be sure to ask your greeter how the combo works. And be patient.
The Diana is on a clean, beautiful street, conveniently located close to everything you want to see. Five minutes or an hour and five minutes, it was a pleasure to walk everywhere from the apartment. Taxis can be found a few feet away from the front door, but we never used one. We would leave at noon and often not return until after dark at ten or eleven. It was sheer joy to end the long day back in the wonderful Diana.
Our greeter, Christiana, was helpful and informative. She collected museum passes for us before we arrived and taught us how to make Italian coffee.
We highly recommend Italy Perfect and have referred many to the web site. If you want to stay in an Italy perfect location, in an Italy perfect apartment, Diana is your choice.
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Duomo Cathedral, Piazza della Repubblica - 5 min walk|
|Train station - 7 min walk|
|Piazza Signoria, Accademia - 8 min walk|
|Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi - 10 min walk|