Warm welcome + goodie basket
- Name: Solare
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: €530/week, min 3 nights. Low monthly rate.
Perfect apartment for our Florence stay!
The top floor position of this cute, newly remodelled apartment yields lots of light with views over the rooftops of Florence. Situated in the historic center, you can easily walk to all the sites.
Sunny apartment in the historic center provides walkability to the sites. The top floor position yields lots of light. It is a cheerful, pleasant apartment.
Located near Piazza San Lorenzo it`s an easy walk to the Duomo, the train station, the Church of San Lorenzo and Medici Chapels. The Mercato Centrale nearby offers vast varieties of Italian food specialities, cheeses, hand made pasta, artisan olive oils and fresh fruits and vegetables.
This is a very central location so you can be back "home" within a matter of minutes from most of the historic center sites. The neighborhood has many convenient shops, there is a small supermarket within 2 blocks, a mom-and-pop style grocers, a pizzeria, several restaurants, a pharmacy and a bakery with one block.
The building is small with only two apartments per floor and has a newly renovated exterior facade. The Solare apartment has an enviable top-floor position, commanding all three windows across the top floor of the building.
The building dates back to the 15th century so the building`s stairwell shows some wear, with old stone steps that have been well used for centuries. It`s not an impressive entrance, there are no architectural details or adornments but the location is marvelous for exploring Florence and the apartment is a delight.
As you reach the top floor a skylight over the stairwell admits light. On each floor the residents have put personal, neighborly touches on their front door or a little flower pot next to their door, so it feels homey and welcoming compared to a large, bustling impersonal apartment building.
The apartment was remodeled in early 2010 so all is fresh and up-to-date. A special feature that delights us are the nice views from the windows in the living room and bedroom. Gaze out at timeless views of the distant hills that surround Florence. It`s a bright, pleasant apartment.
The living room, bedroom and hallway have parquet wood floors, easy on the feet. The living room is cozy, with wood bookshelves, flat screen TV, IPod dock, multistandard DVD player with a small selection of English language DVDs. A comfy sofa and two arm chairs provide comfortable seating for four people. A nice feature is a pull-down double size Murphy bed in the living room that folds up flat into the wall. The living room has a door that can be closed, creating a private space when the Murphy bed is in use, thus guests in the bedroom can get up and move about the apartment without waking up other members of their travel party sleeping in the living room.
The bedroom has a queen size bed with a comfortable, good quality mattress. A large, handsome armoire provides good clothing storage space. Here too you can enjoy views across rooftops towards the hills. Night stands with small reading lamps are on either side of the bed.
The bathroom has a fully enclosed shower with adjustable sprayer and also a fixed rain style shower head. The shower stall is standard Italian size, but a bit small by U.S. standards. Plenty of natural light too from the window as well as good lighting over the medicine cabinet mirror.
The newly remodeled kitchen is delightful. It has a window facing the light well with a flower box, a nice touch. Full size refrigerator with separate freezer compartment, all amenities and thoughtfully appointed with pots, pans, utensils. The dining table is positioned in front of the kitchen window and can seat four people. It`s a pleasant spot for eating and the table also provides good work surface for catching up on emails if you bring a lap top since the apartment has WiFi.
Property and area amenities
|Location||Duomo, San Lorenzo|
|Sleeps||2 + 2|
|Bedrooms||Master bedroom with queen size bed. Living room with double size pull-down bed.|
|Bathrooms||1 with fully enclosed shower, toilet, sink, bidet.|
|Floor||3rd European, 4th North American|
|Elevator||No elevator, 66 steps.|
|Mobility||No wheelchair access due to steps.|
|Size||592 sq ft, 55 m2|
|Outlook||Rooftop views and distant views of hills|
|Dining||Dining table with 4 chairs in kitchen|
|Kitchen||Refrigerator, freezer, 4-burner gas stove, electric oven, microwave, dishwasher, Italian and drip coffee pots, tea kettle, toaster|
|Laundry||Washer. No dryer. Clothes line, drying rack, iron and ironing board provided.|
|Air Conditioning||Yes, in living room and bedroom.|
|Utilities||Up to a generous 15 Kwh/day|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby. Easy walk to all historic sites.|
|Crib||Crib and high chair on request|
|Neighborhood||San Lorenzo, San Marco, Duomo area|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives English-language news channels. Multistandard DVD pla<x>yer, CD pla<x>yer with IPod dock.|
|Telephone||Loaner cell phone upon request|
|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 parking garage within one block.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Mar 23 - Nov 1
Dec 20 - Jan 6
Christmas, New Years 4 night minimum
|3 nights||4 nights||5 nights||6 nights||7 nights||2 weeks||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|1 - 4 Guests||€ 480||€ 600||€660||€ 780||€ 860||€1490||2080||€2410|
Nov 1 - Mar 23
|3 nights||4 nights||5 nights||6 nights||7 nights||2 weeks||3 weeks||4 weeks|
|1 - 4 Guests||€ 330||€ 400||€ 410||€ 480||€ 530||€890||€1240||€1430|
Minimum price is for 3 nights except Christmas and New Year's week when there is a 4 night minimum price.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. A loaner cell phone is available upon request.
Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in. Not included are phone charges incurred paid in cash at check out. Mid-stay cleanings including linen change are available if arranged in advance for an additional charge of €40 paid in cash at check in.
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 drop off your luggage, or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
If you don`t pay for an early arrival (before 5pm) and wish to get in before 5pm, then call your greeter from your point of arrival and if you can get in earlier, s/he will let you know if you can come ahead. It is not possible to drop luggage before your check in time.
Normal check in is 5pm-8pm. Check in between 8pm-10pm is possible with advance arrangements, subject to a €50 cash fee paid on arrival. No check in after 10pm.
By reserving this apartment you acknowledge that there is no elevator and there are 66 steps up from street level.
Rental license 048017LTN0308
• Very pleasant, bright apartment, really cute and charming
• Well maintained, newly remodeled, thoughtfully appointed, nice welcome basket with goodies
• Great location for seeing the highlights of Florence
• Lack of elevator is a drawback
• Some street noise from pedestrians passing by down below, common in the historic center of Florence
Our Guest Reviews
We really enjoyed our stay. The apartment was very clean and the location was great.
Chiara welcomed us warmly to her wonderful apartment in Florence. The apartment is well maintained providing all the amenities for a comfortable stay. It was a great location to experience Florence on foot. A welcome basket was provided which was a lovely touch! Yes there are stairs however if you are fit, they will not be a problem.
[Thank you for your review! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
We loved how it was situated, in a place that was easy to walk to all the main attractions in Florence.
The house was one of the warmest we've been to whilst travelling throughout the north of Italy during winter. It was also clean and well appointed. It is quaint and close to the main train and bus stations. We loved how it was situated, in a place that was easy to walk to all the main attractions in Florence. There was more than one supermarket less than 5 minutes away by foot. It was a little bit small for a family of four and, with the apartment being on the third floor, it isn't too practical if you are travelling with large suitcases. Frankly, though, apart from this it was a very pleasant stay. Sharon and Chiara both saw to it that we were well accommodated both, before arriving and that we enjoyed our vacation as we were leaving.
Had the most wonderful stay at the Solare during my 4 weeks in Florence. I could not have asked for a better location, with amazing local wonderful restaurants right at my doorsteps. The host was incredible and very accommodating, which made my stay that much more enjoyable. She was knowledgeable, kind, and always available, from allowing me to drop-off my suitcases early in the morning before the check-in time, to always being available if I should have any questions or ever needed anything. The apartment itself was perfect, and felt like my home away from home. It was a wonderful reprieve to come home to after a long day in beautiful Florence. Thank you again to the beautiful Solare apartment and it's wonderful host, and to Italy Perfect for making it so easy to find a perfect apartment for my stay in Florence.
[Thank you so much for your kind review, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Solare and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful apartment and amazing location. We felt like Florentines for a week!
My stay at the Solare apartment in Florence was spectacular. I was there for a 6 week artist's workshop, so a lengthier stay. My flight was delayed by almost 12 hours, and I got to the apartment close to midnight. Chiara, my host, was so sweet and accommodating despite everything!
The apartment is beautiful, clean, cozy and well kept. It made my stay extra special to come home to such a great place every evening during my long days of study! Thanks Italy Perfect, and thank you to such a fabulous host!
[Thank you so much, we are pleased you enjoyed staying at the Solare! The Italy Perfect Team]
Exceptionally clean, well-stocked, and centrally located in a vibrant neighborhood!
We have always stayed in hotels while in Europe, but never again! We were thoroughly impressed with Italy Perfect, the Solare apartment and our host, Chiara. The information that was sent to us before the trip was exactly what we needed to prepare for our vacation in Florence. Our flight from the USA was delayed, so we had to coordinate a later meeting time with Chiara. She was cheerful and accommodating and she made us feel right at home. The place was extremely clean and had everything we needed...laundry detergent, shampoo, bath gel, salt and pepper, sugar, olive oil, even Italian and American coffee. We were planning on a trip to the grocery store upon arrival but we skipped it since we had everything we needed. The location at San Lorenzo was perfect for walking to all the sites we hoped to visit. We never had to rely on a taxi or bus. Even though we walked all day, the stairs to the apartment weren’t a problem. There were plenty of stores and restaurants in the neighborhood for provisions and meals. The central market was only a few minutes from our door. Open windows allowed breezes to keep us cool, but when it got hot later in the week, the air conditioners and fans did the trick. This was my third trip to Florence and I hope to return someday. If I do, I’ll be sure to rent through Italy Perfect again and hopefully the Solare apartment will be available.
Great neighborhood, cheerful & bright!
We loved the location near to Academy & Duomo. We walked to everything. There were many great restaurants & cafes in immediate neighborhood. The apt had everything we needed & was very comfortable.
Short walk to the Duomo and the train station, so every convenient. The apartment is well furnished and steps from a nice market. Very accommodating!
Excellent place to stay in Florence
The Solare apartment is airy and light, with plenty of space; it's certainly not huge, but it doesn't feel at all claustrophobic. It has obviously been set up with a great deal of thought and care, and with good-quality fittings. Our hostess was very welcoming and friendly, and as well as a basket of wine, biscuits and pasta had provided kitchen basics such as salt, pepper, oil, tea, coffee and so on (the things you really don't want to have to go out and buy if you are there for only a few days, as we were).
The location is excellent: it took us about 10 minutes to walk there from the station, and it is close to all the big sights (so when the hordes of tourists get too much, it's easy to go 'home' and escape the crush for a while).
We enjoyed dining in Cafaggi (and not just because it is conveniently located, practically next door), and also went a little further afield to the Trattoria Pallottino, very traditional with excellent food - but we also cooked in the kitchen, which is well set-up and even has a dishwasher. We bought the ingredients in the nearby central markets, good not only for food shopping but for a wide range of casual eating upstairs. There are also supermarkets and other food shops (indeed, shops of all kinds) nearby.
All up, this is a really pleasant place to stay in Florence and highly recommended.
[Thank you very much Alice for your review, we are glad you enjoyed your stay! The Itlay Perfect Team]
Map and Location
|3 minute walk to San Lorenzo, Accademia|
|5 minute walk San Lorenzo & Mercato Centrale markets|
|7 minute walk to Duomo, Fortezza da Basso, Palazzo dei Congressi|
|9 minute walk Santa Maria Novella train station|
|13 minute walk to Ponte Vecchio, Uffizi|
|14 minute walk Piazza della Signoria|