Florence: Casetta Bonsi
Cute Cottage, Great Location, Scenic Terrace
- Name: Casetta Bonsi
- Sleeps: 2 + 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €880/week, 4 nights min
The house was GREAT and perfectly located in Florence!
A charming cottage with a terrace right in the heart of Florence, a rare find. Stroll two short blocks to the famed Ponte Vecchio, relax on the terrace and listen to the church bells tolling…heaven!
At dusk hear the church bells tolling throughout Florence as you enjoy a glass of wine on the terrace. In the morning stroll a few blocks to enjoy a coffee at a nearby cafe or pick up fresh bread at the bakery.
Our most popular Florence property is a charming little cottage with a terrace right in the heart of Florence, a rare find. It sets the "gold standard" for location, good value, and high marks from our guests. Stroll two short blocks and you`re at the famed Ponte Vecchio. This is an wonderful house in an excellent historic center location, close to the action but situated in its own little piazza on the Oltrarno side of the Arno river so that you can escape and relax on the terrace while listening to the sound of church bells tolling throughout majestic Florence.
The house met all our needs and was immaculately clean and smartly furnished.
The Casetta Bonsi della Ruota house is an excellent home-away-from-home very near the famed Ponte Vecchio. Tastefully decorated, you`ll enjoy the great location and charm. The major sites are all within easy walking distance. Also nearby are many excellent cafes, restaurants and shops. A favorite bakery, gelateria and pizzeria are within a five minute walk. The Oltrarno neighborhood is famous for it`s many picturesque crafts workshops that carry on centuries-old artisan traditions.
The location and surrounding area are perfectly situated for getting a sense of old Florence without sacrificing creature comforts.
Casetta Bonsi is a rare example of an independent house in the center of Florence as very few still exist. The original building where the living room and kitchen are now located was built in 1450. In 1540 a landslide destroyed eighteen neighborhood houses and killed many residents, which lead Cosimo de` Medici to decree that no houses could be built in this area. This ruling lasted 350 years until landowners began to ignore the decree and rebuild. In 1890 the Florentine Bonsi della Ruota family rebuilt and expanded the little house to the current size.
As you enter the house, the living room and kitchen are to your right, and the staircase to the second floor is directly in front of you. The house has Italian terracotta tiles throughout the main living area, up-to-date kitchen and bathroom and charming decorative touches throughout.
A beautifully maintained residence with a lovely living/dining room, excellent kitchen well-outfitted, and a little laundry room.
The spacious living room has a delicately painted Venetian china cupboard, Tuscan dining table and chairs, and a comfortable sofa that converts into two separate twin beds. The television receives some English language news channels.
The kitchen is well appointed. Enjoy breakfast at the little counter that overlooks the private garden of the villa next door. Off the kitchen is a small laundry room with washing machine and utility sink.
Off the upstairs landing is the terrace with a shaded pergola where you can sip your morning espresso or enjoy a glass of wine as the sun sets over this dazzling small city.
The balcony just off the master bedroom is a lovely and tranquil addition.
The bedroom is upstairs with a divisable king bed which can be made up as 2 twins and beautiful Tuscan armoire and marble-topped dresser.
The bathroom is nicely appointed, clean white tile and Carrara marble, an enclosed shower, bidet, good water pressure, lots of storage and halogen lighting.
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Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||1 bedroom with divisable king bed which can be made up as 2 twins. Sofa bed in living room converts to 2 twin beds.|
|Bathrooms||1 bathroom with fully enclosed shower, sink, toilet and bidet, heated towel bars (in winter), hairdryer.|
|Mobility||Internal staircase 10 steps with banister to access master bedroom, bathroom, terrace. 1 short steep block uphill to reach house.|
|Size||800 sq ft, 75 m2|
|Outlook||Terrace with views of rooftops, Arnolfo di Cambio's belltower has small fountain, patio table and 2 chairs.|
|Dining||Dining table seats 4. Terrace table seats 2.|
|Kitchen||Full refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, 4-burner gas stove, combination microwave/small oven, toaster, drip & Italian coffee pots.|
|Laundry||Washer - Yes. Dryer - No. Drying rack, clothesline, iron & ironing board provided.|
|Air Conditioning||Yes, A/C in the bedroom and living room.|
|Heating||Heat set at 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 Celsius) from 6-9am, 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Paid in cash baed on usage. Florence Municipality regulates the heating calendar: heat available November 1 thru April 15 for a maximum of 12 hours/day.|
|Utilities||Utilities paid in cash at check out based on meter readings taken at arrival & departure.|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby|
|Crib||Upon request. €30/week or portion thereof.|
|Neighborhood||2 blocks from the Ponte Vecchio Bridge on Oltrarno side of river, just across from Uffizi Gallery. Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens nearby.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives English-language news channels.|
|Family||Good for families except toddlers due to internal stairs|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning €60 paid on-site. Complimentary change of sheets & towels after every 7 days.|
|Parking||Automobile not recommended. Public garage 2 blocks away.|
|Safety||Hotel-style safe is provided|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 Nights||14 Nights||21 Nights||28 Nights|
Mar 24 - Nov 1
Dec 20 - Jan 6
Jan 6 - Mar 24
Nov 1 - Dec 20
Minimum price is for 4 nights. The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Complimentary change of sheets & towels after every 7 days.
Not included is the final cleaning €60 paid in cash at check in and utilities paid in cash at check out. Please go to www.italyperfect.com/tax for information on local hospitality tax paid in cash at check in.
Heat: Heat set at 69 degrees Fahrenheit (20.5 Celsius) from 6-9am, 11am-2pm, 5-10pm. Paid in cash baed on usage. Florence Municipality regulates the heating calendar: heat available November 1 thru April 15 for a maximum of 12 hours/day.
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 check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
We ask that you leave the house tidy on departure and empty the trash. Failure to empty the trash incurs a €40 fee charged to your credit card or deducted from your damage deposit.
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• We love Casetta Bonsi as do all of our guests! Year-after-year, our most popular Florence property.
• Location is marvelous
• Many special little touches and a warm welcome. Pristine condition!
• The sofa bed twin beds are comfortable
• One short but steep block walk uphill & occasional noise from neighbors` motor scooters but almost no through traffic noise. The walk uphill to Casetta is a 13% incline for 74 meters/80 yards.
Our Guest Reviews
Another Memorable Stay
Had stayed in the Casetta back in 2006 and always remembered how nice it was, so for our 50th anniversary trip this year we opted for a longer stay of 18 nights. We were certainly not disappointed. Casetta Bonsi is one of the nicest properties we've ever stayed at in all of our years of travel around the world. The Oltrarno location is terrific - a couple of blocks from the Ponte Vecchio but a world away from the bustle (and noise) of central Florence. Being able to come "home" every afternoon after a day out and about was a real treat. The little house contains every amenity, making it an extremely comfortable nest for an extended stay. My wife prompts me to mention that the washing machine was extremely efficient - the best she experienced during our recent 5 week stay in Tuscany.
Maurizio (owner and greeter) was a pleasure to deal with ... just a true gentleman in every respect.
In summary, we cannot recommend Casetta Bonsi highly enough.
[We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay with us! We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Casetta Bonsi, Florence
Our host was extremely punctual, welcoming and wonderful. As most have said about Casetta Bonsi, you could not ask for a more convenient location to explore Florence - close to everything, but far enough from the crowds to enjoy quiet glasses of wine on the terrace. Italy perfect indeed.
Great location, beautiful home and lovely host.
Perfect Florence Apartment
We loved our stay at Casetta Bonsi. Maurizio was very thorough when we arrived and gave us all the information we needed to have a wonderful stay. Very clean, beautiful furniture and plenty of room for the two of us. The bed was comfortable and the bathroom was a great size with storage. This is our second time in Florence and we like this side of the Arno river because it is quiet and away from all the crowds. A grocery store is just down the way and the Open Bar for cappuccinos is close too. When we return, we will definitely return to Casetta Bonsi!
[We are so glad to hear about your perfect stay! We look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect freestanding house
Located very close to the ponte vechio, uffizi overlooking a landscaped quiet courtyard. While Located approx 150 metres up a narrow street it is a great advantage as only a few cars and people use it. There are so many good restaurants wine bars gelato shops museums. If you are staying some time in Florence the "Friends of Uffizi" is very worthwhile. We have been back to Florence 6 odd times staying from 3 weeks to 2 months and still have not visited all the things worth visiting. We do not use Florence as a base to visit Tuscany. Do that separately if can arrange the time. Florence remains our second best city in the world (after Sydney!)
[Thank you for your kind review! We are glad to hear that you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Beautiful and well-located little house
We really enjoyed staying in this distinctive little house. The bed was very comfortable, the kitchen had everything we needed, and there was plenty of space to relax. We loved the nearby Golden View cafe and the gourmet supermarket. We weren’t at all bothered by noise in spite of the motorcycles parked outside. The location was great — close to everything but away from the crowds. If you stay here, don’t forget to visit the nearby Bardini Gardens. Some drawbacks: no mirror except in the bathroom, somewhat temperamental hot water system, and unreliable Wi-Fi. The owner was very friendly and helpful and I’m sure would have been responsive if we’d asked about any of these things but we were too busy enjoying Florence.
If you have a car there is a garage very close by and parking there means you aren’t subject to the ZTL fine. But it was very expensive (45 euros a day) so we parked outside the ZTL for 20 euros a day in the Porta al Prato garage.
[We are so pleased you enjoyed your stay, having plenty of space, great location and proximity to everything. The Italy Perfect Team]
A fabulous place to stay in fabulous Florence
Casetta Bonsi was a wonderful place to stay during our visit to Florence. It is immensely charming, perfectly laid out and accommodating, and hosted by the friendly and VERY helpful Maurizio and his wife Gabriella. The location, a few steps on the quieter side of Ponte Vecchio, is far enough off the beaten tourist area to feel like living in a Florence neighborhood, but close enough to make it easy to walk to the riches of the city. (The one caveat: It is a short but steep walk up a hill--it is not a place to stay for someone who would find that too much of a challenge. But for us healthy 70-somethings, it was fine.)
Here are a few suggestions for things that might be less than obvious in a city jammed with great riches:
- Bardini Gardens, further up the hill, is gorgeous and has stunning views of the city.
- Two superb restaurants not so well-known: Fishing Lab and Trattorio Sergio Gozzi.
- The frescoes by Fra Angelica in the monks' cells on the first floor of San Marco.
- The bar food at the back of the bar of the Golden View, just down the street from the Casetta. For €8 you get a flight of three wines and three small bites of delicious appetizer; for another €7-€9 you can choose among tasty small plates. A great place for a very light dinner or pre-dinner outing, with a wonderful view just on the south bank of the Arno. (Note: this is not the Golden View's restaurant, which we did not visit.)
Overall: We can't imagine a better place to stay in Florence. We hope to return to this great city some day and would be very disappointed if we couldn't stay at the Casetta.
[Thank you Lee and Esther, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Casetta! The Italy Perfect Team]
A Perfect Week in Oltrarno with Italy Perfect
My husband and I spent 8 nights at the Casetta Bonsi at the end of September, 2018.
If we come back to Florence, we definitely would hope to stay at the Casetta again.
Maurizio, the owner, met us for check-in and departure. He is a charming host and had great suggestions for nearby “hidden gem” restaurants. He also arranged to have a taxi there for us at checkout.
The apartment itself is great for 2 people and could easily accommodate 1 or 2 more (using the pull-out bed downstairs) if you are willing to share the one bathroom. Everything is spotlessly clean and up-to-date and the bed was great. We had a few unseasonably warm days during our stay and the air conditioning quickly brought both upstairs and downstairs areas to a comfortable temperature when we returned.
There was very little street noise (only the sound of an occasional moped coming or going). We slept very well.
After spending a week in the Oltrarno district, that it is only area of Florence where we would choose to stay on a return visit. A 15 minute walk will reach any of the tourist sites in Central Florence. Meanwhile, after a day in the crowds across the river, we found great restaurants, enoteca’s, shops, and, of course, gelato on the quiet side.
The only caution I would offer is that the uphill walk to the apartment is steep as mentioned in the property description. It shouldn’t present a problem for anyone who can climb a few flights of stairs but is probably not the best choice for someone with mobility issues since the bedroom and bathroom are also on the upper floor of the apartment.
Other nice amenities provided were a small wall safe (nice place to store passports) and a security alarm. Maurizio also greeted our arrival with a plate of fresh fruit and a nice bottle of Chianti.
[Thank you Martha, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Casetta Bonsi and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Very lovely, well appointed home located on a quite picturesque side street.
The owners, Maurizio and Gabrielle, provided a warm welcome upon our arrival. Maurizio gave us a complete understanding of all the features of the home as well as providing detailed info on local shops, restaurants and points of interest. He was also very helpful in arranging transportation to and from the train station. The house itself is well appointed and provides all the comforts of home. It is also just minutes away from the Ponte Vecchio and other historical sites.
When we return to Florence there will be one place we will want to stay and that will be Maurizio’s home.
The perfect place for our first trip to Florence
The first thing you will discover with Casetta Bonsi is the incredible location, right in the heart of Florence. It’s perfectly hidden away off a little side street which ensured plenty of privacy during our stay, yet we were mere moments from stunning Ponte Vecchio - definitely one of the most photogenic spots in the city.
The moment you walk into the main living area you will find a comfortable sofa, dining table, and TV. The aircon was particularly welcome during our hot July stay. The owners have really considered everything for the perfect vacation: from the useful maps and guidebooks, to the very thoughtful (and delicious!) gift of biscuits on our arrival. On the first floor, along with a very comfortable bedroom, you will find your very own balcony which is a great place to relax and soak up the atmosphere. We recommend having a glass of wine at sunset before you head out for dinner.
We could not have wished for a more lovely home away from home during our vacation, and will certainly be booking again with Italy Perfect!
[Thank you so much John and Stephanie, we are delighted you enjoyed staying at the Casetta Bonsi! The Italy Perfect Team]
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Map and Location
|Ponte Vecchio 5 minute walk|
|Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Repubblica 10 minute walk|
|Duomo 15 minute walk|
|Train station, Galleria dell Accademia (The David) 20 minute walk|