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!)
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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.
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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!
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Wonderful home.....Wonderful host.....Wonderful time!
Maurizio's home is very nice and in a great location....just steps up the hill from Ponte Vecchio. Maurizio provided a detailed briefing on the home's operations and everything worked as described/planned. Our stay was exactly what we were looking for and will return again!
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After repeat stays in Casetta Bonsi, we can enthusiastically say it remains a charming delight in an ideal location. Many thanks to Maurizio and Gabrielle for their continued warmth and hospitality.
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