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|
24 Mar - 31 Oct
18 Apr - 22 Apr
19 Dec - 2 Jan
(Christmas and Easter- 4 night min)
|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|
1 Nov - 18 Dec
3 Jan - 23 Mar
|€ 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|
4 night minimum 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 €.50/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
Lovely apartment in the heart of Florence
The apartment was spacious, very comfortable and perfectly located. Although we could hear street noise in the the living room kitchen area at night, the bedroom was silent, thanks to excellent insulated windows. And the couple who greeted us were so kind and considerate. A really lovely stay.
[Thank you Robert and Roberta, we are delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us at the Prisco! The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect stay in Florence
This apartment was one of the best we’ve experienced in our travels. Clean, comfortable, beautifully appointed, in an ideal location. The spacious bedroom was perfectly soundproof (and even light proof). (That wouldn’t be the case with the living room—something to keep in mind if sensitive sleepers are sharing the apartment.) We appreciated the warmth and attention to detail of our charming hosts. Enjoyed wonderful meals throughout our six-day stay; Trattoria Camillo was a highlight, dined there twice. We’d recommend this apartment and Italy Perfect without hesitation.
[Thank you Sandra, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Prisco! The Italy Perfect Team]
Prisco Florence Apartment
Wonderful stay in Florence. Great location, lively but soundproofed for sleeping. Miki and Franco were wonderful greeters providing tips for dining and sites. Great kitchen for cooks. Would rent again!
[Thank you Maria and John! The Italy Perfect Team]
Beautiful Renaissance Apartment in the Heart of Florence
Our stay for the 1st time in Florence was fabulous! From the prompt greeting by Franco & Micky, who provided excellent instructions and helpful suggestions of where, how and when to visit city attractions, restaurants and tours....to the fun location of this spacious true Italian apartment, we truly enjoyed every minute in Florence. Florence is a walking city with beautiful shopping, museums and don't miss the best attraction, the Piazzale Michelangelo of Florence-spectacular plaza high up on the hill showing off all of Florence! We also took a day tour to Cinque Terra, which we highly recommend....Franco & Micky have information for the tour.
Prisco Apartment was perfect for our visit as centrally located to wonderful restaurants, shopping, museums, and walkable to the train station. The apartment is large and spacious with beautiful authentic decor. Micky arranged our cab transportation to the airport when we departed and made sure our stay was comfortable. We look forward in returning and staying in Prisco, our home away from home!
[Thank you Laura and Mark, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Great Stay in Prisco Apartment
Franco and Miki were charming hosts. They explained everything we needed to know about the apartment and surroundings, as well as recommending some great restaurants, it's obvious they know the area well. The apartment was extremely clean, well equipped and centrally located. The double pane windows in the master bedroom kept the master dark and quiet even though we were in the middle of the city. Our favorite mornings were spent taking a short walk (about 8-10 minutes) to Mercato Centrale to have an espresso and watch the vendors set up. This market is one of the best we've been to in Europe. We wouldn't hesitate to stay here again or use Italy Perfect.
[Thank you Mark and Sharon, we are happy you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
As with many of the reviews, the central location was perfect. The unit was neat and clean and spacious for our family including 3 teenagers. The owners took the time to explain everything as well as make some restaurant recommendations and went beyond to go with my husband to the parking lot down the street for our car - explaining the area on their walk back. They were accessible during our stay for any questions that came up. The detailed information about the unit and area as well as Italian customs from Italy Perfect were very helpful. Have already recommended the apartment to other friends traveling to Florence this year. Would stay here again.
[Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed staying at the Prisco! The Italy Perfect Team]
Stayed at three properties during this vacation and this was the best and the only one that I would stay again. Met by the owners who were charming and very helpful. Apartment was beautiful, well-furnished and comfortable. It was very warm in Italy and this apartment is air conditioned. This is something I take for granted but the other apartments I stayed in were only partially air conditioned or not at all. The Prisco property is in a wonderful location. Easy walk to train station, shopping, great restaurants, sightseeing. Most comfortable for two people but can accommodate more.
[Thank you Peter, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Prisco! The Italy Perfect Team]
The apartment was spacious and clean and perfect for a family of five. The owners could not have been nicer. They took the time to explain everything and provided a map of the city.
The best part of the apartment was the location. It was perfect! It was centerally locates and a few minutes walk from everything.
We were extremely happy!
[Thank you Carla, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Prisco! The Italy Perfect Team]
Historic, Inviting and Conveniently Located!
Franco and Miki are gracious hosts! Franco offered a detailed orientation to the apartments' amenities ... AC, TV, hot water, laundry room, elevator and even a short walk to locate the local delicious take-out and grocery markets. The quarters are part of Miki's original family home and The Prisco has period windows, floors, accents and furniture. The kitchen is very well equipped! Pay close attention to Franco when he explains how to secure both balcony doors as well as the bedroom door to soundproof the very large bedroom as it works perfectly for a great night's sleep in the city center! Also, I really appreciated the meticulous cleanliness of the rental. Lastly, Franco arranged for a taxi on the morning of our departure. His and Miki's kindness are exemplary.
Had a lovely stay at Prisco just off via Tornabuoni. Huge bright sweet with a nice mix of classic Italian style and modern appliances.
Wouldn't hesitate to stay there again
[Thank you so much Jeanne! 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|