Beautiful Arno River Views
- Name: Caravella
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: From €2610 to €3360/wk, 3 nights minimum
We can't stop talking about Florence, the apartment and food!
The Arno right out your window, you can’t get any closer! Breathtaking and timeless views of the Arno and Florence from this refined and elegant apartment in a magnificent, convenient location.
Located in a Renaissance palazzo directly across the river from the Uffizi Gallery, Florence`s most famous museum. You`ll enjoy beautiful views of Florence and the Arno river.
The building blends with its Renaissance-age neighbors with grey stone, pietra serena, accenting its classical proportions. The building is locked and has a doorman during business hours.
Enter Caravella into the dining room that contains a square table and that also serves as an entry with a closet for holding coats and luggage.
The living room is brightly and pleasantly furnished with light colored upholstery highlighted with pretty cornflower blue walls. A three-seat sofa and two upholstered chairs and some extra chairs create a comfortable and relaxing atmosphere. Antique furniture pieces help you get the feel of the beauty of Florence. Oriental carpet over parquet floors throughout the apartment.
Gazing out the window is a delight for the panorama of the iconic Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi Gallery, the Church of Santa Croce and many other landmarks of the city of art.
Freshly renovated, the kitchen is fully equipped.
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 master bedroom with dual-king sized bed also enjoys an Arno/Uffizi view. An original decorative painted cupboard opens into the wardrobe and bathroom. The tiles and walls are a warm ochre yellow.
The twin bedroom is painted cornflower-blue. It overlooks looks over the terracotta roofs of Via de`Bardi, with its terraced gardens. Built-in closets flank the beds. Antique Italian prints on the walls.
Master bathroom is ensuite and has a shower, toilet, sink, bidet.
The second bathroom is accessed off the small hall that connects the twin bedroom with the kitchen. Sea green and white tiles, tub with hand-held shower, toilet, sink, bidet.
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Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||2. Master bedroom has dual-king sized bed that can be split to form two singles. Second bedroom has two narrower single beds that can be joined to form a queen bed.|
|Bathrooms||2, one with shower over tub and second with shower|
|Floor||5th Floor European, 6th Floor North American designation|
|Mobility||Four steps from the building entrance to the elevator. Elevator door is narrow, 65cm, 26.|
|Size||80 Sqm, 860 sq ft|
|Outlook||View of Arno River, Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio|
|Dining||Table for 4 in entry/dining room|
|Kitchen||4 burner gas stove top/cooker and oven/hob. Refrigerator with freezer compartment, full size, not under counter. Drip coffee maker. Toaster. Microwave. Dishwasher.|
|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 less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks, utilities are paid as consumed and a flat rate for heat in the winter, prorated for shorter stays. See price page for amount.|
|Transport||Busses and taxis nearby.|
|Crib||Crib, baby cot, and high chair on request.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives a few English language news channels. Italian DVD player on request.|
|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.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included for 1 week or 2 week stay. For stays greater than 2 weeks 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 can 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.|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|High Season: March 15 - November 14, December 20 - January 6|
|3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 nights||14 nights||4 Weeks||3+ Months|
|Low Season: Nov 14 - December 20, January 6 - March 15|
The 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 less than two weeks.
- Security deposit: €500 Euros paid in cash or by credit card on arrival. Returned on check-out less charges.
- Utilities: All included for stays less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks, utilities are paid as consumed and a flat rate for heat in the winter of €300/month, prorated for shorter stays.
- Florence City Hospitality Tax, see www.italyperfect.com/tax for current rate.
- Telephone charges as used.
- Final Cleaning: Included for stays less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks €160 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.
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• Friendly doorman is on duty weekdays during business hours. He is helpful with luggage, directions.
• Management is professional.
• Good floor plan for two couples
• Very high quality apartment, elegant and refined
• Magnificent location and breathtaking views
Our Guest Reviews
Our family of 4 loved staying in this apartment. There was a lot of space, especially for European accommodations. The location and view is fantastic. We will stay here again.
[We are glad that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
This 2-bedroom 2-bath apartment south of the Arno is perfectly located for a visit to Florence. It is within walking distance of the Ponte Vecchio and all the hustle and bustle of Florence, yet it is removed enough to provide for quiet evenings and great nights’ sleep. The apartment is clean, fully equipped, and large.
The staff both locally, the greeter, and the staff in the United States, with whom we booked, were extremely helpful and very accessible.
This is a five star accommodation and we will highly recommend it to anyone and everyone we know traveling to Florence.
[Thank you for your kind review. We are happy that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to working with you again. The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful apartment on the Arno!
My sister and I recently spent a week in Florence and we LOVED this spacious, light-filled apartment. It's in a perfect location on the quiet side of the Arno where excellent restaurants, lovely shops and peaceful neighborhood streets abound. Yet it's in easy walking distance to just about everything. The views over the Arno, and including the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi, are heavenly and quintessentially Florentine. The apartment is comfortably furnished with high quality furniture, linens and appointments. We really lacked for nothing. Instructions from our greeter were thorough and a written packet with map, directions and suggestions is in the apartment. The building is very secure with a doorman on duty weekdays and is relatively quiet, especially given that this apartment is on the top floor. I have rented apartments in Italy before, but this one is at the top of the list. Highly recommended.
[Thank you Deborah, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Caravella and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful family stay experience in Florence
We thoroughly enjoyed our one week stay in Caravella in Florence. The location was wonderful. Quiet, beautiful, close to wonderful attractions on each side of the river.
The beds were comfortable, the kitchen was great to cook in and well stocked with anything needed for meal prep.
We would stay there again.
[Thank you Barrett, we are pleased you enjoyed staying at the Caravella! The Italy Perfect Team]
A Great way to Stay In Florence
This was our fourth stay with Italy Perfect and second in Florence. That alone should speak to our satisfaction with our stays. This apartment is great for us but also has a second bedroom and complete second bath. The furnishings were quite nice, the bed we used ( master) was very comfortable.
The kitchen was complete and large by most European standards. A dishwasher and washer with dryer built in also were quite nice to have. The building overlooking the Arno, Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio were postcard fantasy shots. there is good security with locking doors and a door man during the day. Excellent apartment, excellent location and excellent value.
[Thank you so much Jack, we are happy you enjoyed your stay, please come again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect Florence Experience
We couldn't have been happier with our choice of the Caravella apartment. The view is timeless, across the river to the famous buildings, spires and domes of the city. The furnishings top quality. Apartment in excellent shape. Overall very comfortable. The service of Italy Perfect and the onsite staff, well, perfect!
We were very pleased with the apartment; it was spacious and elegant
We were very pleased with the apartment; it was spacious and elegant with a magnificent view of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio and the museums across the river. It was within easy walking distance of the major attractions and there were numerous restaurants in the area. They were good but it seems the quality of food seems to have gone down versus our earlier trip to Italy in the mid-80’s. That is not to say the food was bad, there just weren’t any “Ah-Ha” moments. Believe the food would have been better away from the cities.
There is an excellent grocery store within a few hundred meters of the apartment that we made good use of. Like the French, the Italians don’t seem to be much on breakfast.
Believe we hit the weather just right. A little later and things would have been uncomfortably warm.
Support staff in Florence was great! They were very cordial and helpful for the few requests we made. In fact, the same can be said of all the Italian people we ran into.
FYI, we had spent a week in Rome before taking the train to Florence. Many of the comments about Florence, especially the restaurants, held true there as well.
The only negative we had was our departure from the Florence Airport. No one seemed to be in charge. There were long lines that you really weren’t sure of whether you were in the right one or not. Quite frankly, it reminded us of our days living in the middle east. Guess the best take away is be sure to have plenty of time allocated to airport activities.
Best location, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio
Best location, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio on the Oltro Arno side. Apartment was spacious, clean, and comfortable. Made extensive use of the kitchen due to convenient supermarket just two blocks away. Look forward to returning someday!
Beautiful Arno Apartment
Could not have been more pleased with the beautiful apartment with spectacular view of the Arno with the Ponte Vecchio on the left and beautiful Florence in front. The Italian hosts were helpful, warm and welcoming. We would definitely stay again. The location is great close enough to everything, yet far enough for quiet.
After staying in Florence as a couple or solo a few times, it was time to find a "family" apartment for a summer vacation. AC and American amenities were desired for two young adult sons and husband comfort. The apartment suited our needs perfectly. The apartment was cool during a very hot, humid stretch of weather. After traveling for weeks and eating out, it was nice to fix some meals in the well equipped kitchen and do some laundry. The location was great. It was super easy to get to all our favorite places in Florence, and discover new ones. Street level next door is a gelato place and a fab restaurant nearby Bar Golden View is very good. Overall, everything was very nice.
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Map and Location
|Ponte Vecchio 5 minute walk|
|Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens - 10 minute walk|
|Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica 15 minute walk|
|Train station 20 minute walk|