Florence: Casetta Bonsi
Irresistibly Cute, Charming Terrace, Fabulous Ponte Vecchio Location
- 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 jewel-box of a house 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.
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|
|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.
• 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
Home away from home
This was the second time we've stayed at Casetta Bonsi. This time for 4 wks! We loved living like a local. Shopping at the markets, eating at the fabulous cafes in the Oltrarno, day trips to other towns by train... an easy 20min walk.
Maurizio is the perfect host. Always available to answer any query & give advise when needed. We adored the little patio & spent time there every day having a coffee in the morning or a drink in the evening. We really felt at home.
[Thank you Anna! We are happy you enjoyed your stay at Casetta Bonsi. So pleased you enjoyed living like a local! The Italy Perfect Team]
Wonderful, convenient location
Casetta was everything we hoped it would be: fantastic location, cozy and quiet and sooo cute! It was our dream vacation. Thanks Italy Perfect for everything.
My favorite Florence place
This was my third stay at Casetta and each time I fall in love with this charming small house and with Florence again and again! Thank you for the terrific welcome and the wonderful stay. Can't wait to return again.
We had such a great time and loved our stay at Casetta Bonsi. Booking process was easy, Lisa provided many good tips and Maurizio who greeted us was very informative and helpful. Loved the great location, we will be back again!
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]
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|