Roomy Historic Center Apartment
- Name: Prisco
- Sleeps: 3 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €1010/wk, 3 nts min
Everything was just as advertised - in fact, even better!
In the middle of the historic center, the very large Prisco has dramatic, high ceilings and tall arched windows overlooking Via della Spada with its great restaurants and chic, world-class shopping.
A central location puts you in the heart of the historic center. The charming street where the apartment is located has convenient amenities including a nice cafe, a delicious bakery, two small alimentari (mom-and-pop grocery store) and an excellent rosticceria for delicious baked and roasted prepared foods. Walk two blocks and you are in the timeless and graceful Piazza della Repubblica.
This very large Florence vacation apartment has dramatic, high ceilings and beautiful large arched windows overlooking Via della Spada. It is located smack in the historic center of Florence in the chic neighborhood where local and tourists alike come to stroll, see the sights and enjoy the large selection of excellent restaurants and world-class shopping. This is an exciting neighborhood, where you can step out and be part of the scene and then retreat back to the comfortable Prisco apartment when your feet need a break. You can be back "home" within minutes from most of the major sites in the center of town.
The apartment building is located at the intersection of Via della Spada and Via della Vigna Nuova where they form a triangle off Via Tornabuoni. Around 1740 (recent by Italian standards!) Pietro Leopoldo, Grand Duke of Tuscany, decided to rename the streets of Florence. At that time the name Spada, meaning "sword" was chosen for this street. Some city historians believe that the name was selected since the straight direction of the street somewhat resembles "una spada" -- that is, a sword. Via Spada is located where the first circle of Roman walls surrounded the city, as the ancient walls ran along what is now Via Tornabuoni. Historians believe that Via Spada was the continuation, from east to west, of the ancient Roman road which includes Borgo degli Albizi, Via del Corso and Via Strozzi.
The Gucci store is directly behind the apartment building, the Roberto Cavalli boutique is right outside your front door, the Tod and Hogan stores around the corner, Salvatore Ferragamo`s flagship store and shoe museum are only a 2-minute walk away.
15th century four-story apartment building.
The apartment is extremely spacious for a one bedroom apartment. The large living room features original terracotta tiles and two large arched windows that overlook Via Spada. The morning sun illuminates the living room and kitchen area.
Throw open the kitchen windows and enjoy the lively scene below. Or enjoy meals around the table with the freshest ingredients from the many wonderful local food merchants. The apartment features many original Italian antiques, yet the living room maintains a casual feel with a modern, top quality new Italian sofa that opens to become queen size bed. The casual feel means you can put your feet up on the coffee table or stretch out on the sofa for a nap.
Enjoy relaxing meals in the open plan kitchen around the large dining table. In the morning stop in at the bakery that is next door to the apartment building and pick out your morning bread and pastries. Only a few blocks away is a large news agent that has newspapers and magazines in every language. What a great way to begin your day each morning in Florence! At night, enjoy a glass of wine and relax a bit before you head out to one of the many excellent neighborhood restaurants. On the same block as the apartment are several good cafes and restaurants, making it so convenient if your feet are crying for mercy after a busy day filled with sightseeing.
The kitchen has an English-style gas stovetop with grill, a large oven, lots of cabinet and countertop space, dishwasher, and a large refrigerator with freezer. The kitchen is fully equipped with pots, pans, dishes and serving pieces.
Just off the living room is a short hallway that leads to the bathroom and a good sized storage closet handy for luggage and coats. The bathroom has blue glass countertop, handy shelves for personal items, under-sink storage, ample hooks, towel racks (heated in winter), toilet and bidet. The full size bathtub features an ingenious glass shower enclosure, which folds back flush to the wall out of the way when taking a bath. An arched antique window high above the bathtub lets in light and air.
The spacious master bedroom is to the right off of the living room, with soaring ceilings and a romantic fabric-draped wrought iron frame queen size bed. In the bedroom there is also chaise longue-style single bed for one. A pretty hand-painted armorie and an antique dresser provide ample clothing storage space. Night stands on either side of the bed provide good reading light at night. The bedroom alone is over 40 square meters, or 430 square feet...larger then many Florence apartments! We like to advise guests that since this apartment is in the popular historic center, there can be street noise at night from pedestrians (not cars) down below who are strolling by after a meal at one of the many nearby restaurants.
Prisco also offers flexibility if you need additional sleeping space, as it can be rented in conjunction with the Strozzi or Michaela apartments which are on the same floor, just a few steps down a private hallway.
If you want to be right in the center of Florence, with all the sites within a few minutes walk, this apartment is an excellent choice. Please note that this is a bustling neighborhood filled with cafes, restaurants and a pub nearby. If you prefer a quiet location, please bear this in mind as the windows overlook the street below where pedestrians can be noisy. The bedroom has double glazed windows which helps to reduce the noise.
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Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||1 bedroom with a queen size bed and a single bed. Queen size sofa bed in living room.|
|Bathrooms||1 bathroom: Full size bath tub with shower enclosure, sink, toilet and bidet. An additional half-bath down a private hallway is available to Prisco or Strozzi apartment guests.|
|Floor||2nd European, 3rd North American|
|Mobility||8 steps up to elevator which will fit a wheelchair if collapsed|
|Size||900 sq ft, 85 m2|
|Dining||Eat-in kitchen table seats up to 5|
|Kitchen||4 burner gas stove, large oven, microwave, toaster, drip & Italian coffee pots, dishwasher, large refrigerator with separate freezer compartment.|
|Laundry||Washer - Yes. Dryer - No. Clothes drying rack, iron & board provided. Laundry room is down the private hallway & is shared with the Michaela apartment.|
|Air Conditioning||A/C in living room and bedroom|
|Utilities||Not included in the price is utility usage over €9 Euros per day, additional usage paid in cash on departure based on meter readings taken at arrival & departure.|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby|
|Neighborhood||One block off fashionable Via Tornabuoni, abounds with historic sites, two alimentari (little grocery stores) & a bakery on the block. Three blocks from Piazza della Repubblica, one block from Palazzo Strozzi.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV with English news channels, mulitstandard DVD player, CD player|
|Telephone||Loaner cell phone available, no landline phone|
|Internet||High speed WiFi throughout. Computer with DSL in shared workroom with DSL available free to Prisco, Strozzi, Michaela apartment guests.|
|Family||One of our most popular family apartments due to extremely central location|
|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 two blocks away, about €35/day|
|Safety||Hotel-style safe is provided|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights||14 Nights||21 Nights||28 Nights|
Apr 1 - Nov 1
(Christmas and Easter- 4 night min)
Apr 9 - Apr 15
Dec 19 - Jan 2
|1-2 Guests||€ 590||€ 740||€ 850||€1000||€1150||€2090||€2930||€3670|
|3 Guests||€ 640||€ 800||€ 920||€1090||€1250||€2300||€3250||€4090|
|4 Guests||€ 680||€ 860||€1000||€1180||€1360||€2510||€3560||€4510|
|5 Guests||€ 730||€ 920||€1070||€1270||€1460||€2720||€3880||€4930|
Jan 2 - Apr 1
Nov 1 - Dec 18
|€ 530||€ 660||€ 750||€ 880||€1010||€1820||€2550||€3190|
|€ 580||€ 720||€ 820||€ 970||€1110||€2030||€2870||€3610|
|€ 620||€ 780||€ 900||€1060||€1220||€2240||€3180||€4030|
|€ 670||€ 840||€ 970||€1150||€1320||€2450||€3500||€4450|
Minimum price is for 3 nights. 4 night minimum for Christmas, New Year's, and Easter.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utility allowance, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Weekly linen exchange for stays of two weeks or more.
Not included in the price is utility usage over €6 Euros per day, charged at €1.00//Kwh, paid in cash on departure based on meter readings taken at arrival & departure. Additional cleaning, linen and towel changes for longer stays are also not included. Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
Check in is from 4pm to 7pm, by appointment, for this apartment. There is no check in after 7pm, no exceptions.
To guarantee check in before 4pm 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.
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• One of the most sought-after historic center locations
• Very roomy, well maintained, clean
• Kitchen is really nice, bedroom is huge
• Double glazed bedroom windows help reduce pedestrian noise, light sleepers take note of lively neighborhood
Our Guest Reviews
Holiday Stay at Prisco, Michaela and Strozzi
My family and I spent most of December through early January at the Strozzi, Prisco and Michaela apartments. The accommodations were perfect for 3 couples with both privacy within each unit and the ability to be together in the larger Strozzi unit for meals and Christmas dinner. The units are located on a very busy street, close to every type of restaurant and shop the city offers. And, it is all just steps from Piazza della Repubblica, and a couple blocks more from there to the Duomo. The owners were attentive and accommodating - bringing us extra dining chairs for the 6 of us to share meals together in the large and well appointed kitchen in Prisco; gifting us with a Panettone at Christmas and offering many suggestions for restaurants and shopping. As we travel to Florence frequently, we found the location to be a centralized hub for walking throughout the city.
[Thank you for your lovely review Susan! We are delighted that the apartments were so well suited to your needs. The Italy Perfect Team]
The Pisco apartment is a comfortable place - stayed here 11 days. It is well maintained and provisioned. The location is perfect for exploring Florence, five minutes walk to Piazza Repubblica, less than 10 minutes to train station and surrounded by excellent restaurants.
It is very secure - locked street door, locked door to the common area between the apartments and then your own locked door. The hosts were very nice and informative.
It is a noisy area, at the convergence of 3 streets with mostly foot traffic, but there are double windows in the bed room that keep out all noise.
We would recommend the apartment and Italy Perfect.
[We are delighted you enjoyed your stay as well as the location! The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect apartment in Florence
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Prisco. The location is perfect! Close to the train station, easy walk to all the sights, in the middle of outstanding restaurants and shopping. The apartment is very well equipped with anything you might need. The bedroom is very spacious and quiet as long as you close up everything. The bathroom is extremely spacious. Miki and Franco explained everything thoroughly. They were always available for anything that might come up. We hope to stay at Prisco next time we come to Florence. The apartment is spacious and very lovely. Thank you for a wonderful stay! We already miss it!
[Thank you for your lovely review Jane! We look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
We loved it!
Everything went very well with our VRBO Apartment in Florence! We loved it! Franko and Mimi greeted us upon arrival and went over everything with us. They even allowed us to check in early as when we arrived, we were exhausted and it was pouring rain! We took a taxi from the train station and it brought us right to the front door! The elevator helped tremendously because we had large bags for our 3 week trip. The apartment is in the middle of great shopping, eating and touring spots and we will certainly come back here again. Thank you for a wonderful visit to Florence!
We were amazed at the size of this apartment for Florence! It is exactly as pictured and very lovely. It is close enough to walk to the train station and about a block from a grocery store. There is an ATM across the street, a bakery a few doors away and also a travel agency where you can purchase train tickets for a small fee (which was WAY more convenient that doing it at the station). It was an excellent value for the money. Our hosts met us and went over everything with us. One thing to note is that they monitor the electric and bill you for extra so you don't want to leave the air conditioning running or excess lights when you are not there. I would absolutely stay there again the next time that we visit Florence!
[We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay Marsha. Just a reminder that the utility allowance information is always explained before reserving and in all the confirmation materials. The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful Stay in Italy
The property was beautiful, cozy, practical, functional, clean, and very conveniently located. All the supplies we needed for everyday use and comfortable living were abundantly provided. The property managers, Franco and Miki, were kind, gracious, available, helpful, personal, and professional. A wonderful couple to work with and even befriend. Very highly recommended this property. Gary and Diane
[We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed the apartment! The Italy Perfect Team]
My stay at Prisco was far better than I would have ever imagined thanks to Miki and Franco!
From my arrival Franco was there to meet me and help with my luggage since I arrived with an injury that I couldn’t lift anything. He also helped with getting me groceries.
The location is prime and the apartment looks exactly like it does on the photos.
Because of my injury, I needed extra help and both Miki and Franco were always there. I even locked myself out one day and Franco was there in less that 20 mins.
I enjoyed my stay so much that I’m going back In October.
Thanks again and see you in a few months!
[We are thrilled that you enjoyed our stay! We look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Beautiful apartment in a great location.
We would happily stay there again.
Centrally located and outstanding hosts
This is a spacious, clean, and well-appointed apartment, centrally located in Florence. Shopping, groceries, the train station and restaurants are within a few minutes of walking. In fact, a nice aspect of Florence is how easy it is to get anywhere without calling a taxi. The kitchen is fully equipped and easy to make a meal in if you want to stay in. The master bedroom has a sound-proof window which cuts the city sounds out at night when it's time to sleep. I think one of the highlights of our stay was our hosts, who made us feel at home, helped with arranging taxi's as necessary and were genuinely interested in making our stay as best as it can be. I highly recommend staying at this property.
[We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect Describes Our Experience
We stayed a month in Florence in the Prisco Apartment, a beautiful large high ceiling apartment with a very comfortable bed and extremely quiet bedroom (important because it cuts out all street noise). Florence was a great place to take trains to other locations(Rome, Milan, Parma, Venice , Vineyards). While our hosts spoke limited English, they could not have been more gracious and accommodating in answering all our questions in assisting us with our plans.
We would highly recommend this venue to anyone traveling to Italy. We really loved the convenient safe location and cleanliness of the city of Florence. The central location of the Prisco Apartment allows you to walk a few blocks to the Duomo and train station and basically anywhere in Florence. We took cooking classes which I highly recommend and found some very special family restaurants.
[Thank you for your great review! We are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us! The Italy Perfect Team]
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Map and Location
|Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica - 5 minute walk|
|Santa Maria Novella train station, Piazza della Signoria - 9 minute walk|
|Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, Accademia - 10 minute walk|
|Pitti Palace - 20 minute walk|