My girlfriend and I had such a fabulous time in Florence. We were greeted at the house upon our arrival and given the tour of the house and instructions. Maurizio was so pleasant and full of "inside" info on Florence. I slept on the pull out couch downstairs while my girlfriend took the upstairs bedroom. The sleeping arrangements were quite comfortable. The owners left us with a full bowl of fruit and a bottle of wine. Very generous. I had my breakfast each morning on the second floor veranda. It was so lovely. Listening to the church bells ring all over Florence on Sunday morning while having coffee was unbelievable. I'll never forget it. I thought the location of the house was perfect. It's a bit of a climb up the street but you are central to everything without the noise. I got lost once taking a stroll around but knew if I just got to the Ponte Vecchio I could get back. I loved that. Working with Lisa at Italy Perfect was a pleasure. She always got right back to me with any questions I had. I would definitely use Italy Perfect for future trips.
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Grazie, Italy Perfect!! We have stayed in several apartments/houses on trips and this one was far and away the cream of the crop: Maurizio and Gabrielle clearly know how to make you at home from the soap at every sink to the nightlight in the bathroom. Nice quiet location but just steps from the Ponte Vechhio and the sights on the other side of the Arno. The hill is steep - especially after a long day of sight-seeing - but the payoff at the end is worth it. Maurizio had good shopping and restaurant suggestions - take his advice. Finally, if you love art, museums, and architecture and are planning on visiting lots of the sites in Florence, we can recommend getting the Firenze card. It's not cheap at 72 euros, but if you do your homework and decide which 3 successive days will be most advantageous, you can easily get your money's worth. The best part is that you get priority access so you'll spend less time standing in lines. Try to get to the most popular sites (Duomo, Accademia, Uffizi) right when they open and you should be able to just walk right in.
The host was charming and informative.
Wonder little house close to everything. A gourmet market is a 5 minute walk for supplies. The host was charming and informative. Everything was perfect except that the air conditioner was on a lock setting and it was uncomfortable at night.
At home in Florence
We could not have chosen a more perfect apartment for our family stay in Florence.
The owners were most welcoming and directed us to their favourite places in the neighbourhood for shopping , dining and sight seeing. The apartment was charming and spotless.
We had a wonderful time.
Casetta Bonsi is exactly as shown in the pictures. it is more like a 1 bedroom house. Maurizio is a fabulous host. I called Maurizio from the airport and he beat me to the apartment even though my taxi only took 20 minutes.
I was cold the first morning I got to the Casetta so Maurizio came back and programmed the heat to come on in the morning and evening hours. Maurizio booked a cab for me when I left to go to the train station. I left my passport in the safe box (it is is in the Laundry room so don't forget like I did). I paid for Maurizio's taxi and he came to Santa Maria Novella to give it to me. Pretty fantastic service.
The upstairs patio is lovely for a sunset view of the Palazzo Vecchio bell tower.
The hill to the Casetta is short less than 100 meters but steep so I am not sure I would recommend it for folks over 70-75 unless you are in great shape. I am 65 and I was certainly winded the first time I did the hill. Each succeeding time was easier.
Florence is fantastic and it is a fairly easy walk to all the great sights.
Lisa at Italy Perfect was very helpful too.
Kuns huis en prima locatie mits goed ter been. Zeer vriendelijke ontvangst door Mauricio
Casetta Bonsi is the perfect retreat for two in busy Florence. It is perfectly located just a short way from the Ponte Vecchio in a charming miniature piazza in a lovely neighborhood. The Casetta is both cosy and surprisingly large. The renovations were done perfectly making a modern little home in an ancient location.
Maurizio is the perfect host. From a great greeting with fresh flowers, fresh fruit and a bottle of wine to the taxi booking and personal send off on our departure morning , he made us feel very welcome and very special. The home itself was spotless and so well organized. Every little detail was done to perfection. In fact the place is so well outfitted and organized my wife and I decided we could live there comfortably for months at a time.
The house is extremely quiet, something of a rarity in bustling Florence based on our previous 5 visits. It is also very well located. We walked everywhere. The recommended restaurants were close and also very good. We did venture further afield and had a lot of great meals. Reservations are essential unless you want to eat with tourists in subpar restaurants!
We are a little hesitant to recommend this to others because we want to keep it for ourselves... Overall, it's the best place we have stayed in Florence. We will definitely stay there again when we make our next trip!
A gem near the Ponte Vecchio and a bargain to boot!
My husband and I spent a week at Casetta Bonsi and it is all that is advertised. This was our 5 time in Florence so we decided to stay across the river. We were greeted by Mauricio who told us everything we needed to know about the place and gave us a history of it as well. Ask him about it, it's a great story. Located just up small hill (walking it burned off our pasta and wine every night!) from the Ponte Vecchio, Bonsi has a well equipped kitchen, well lit bathroom and cozy bedroom. Since we spent a month in Italy, certain things were important: a dresser to put clothes and a place to hang some, a washer. Drying is not bad in winter if you put clothes on towel warmer or near a heater on a drying rack. The kitchen had what we needed...mostly. If you like ice, you can buy disposal bags at store to make it. There is a great grocery store down the hill and many restaurants nearby as well. It is decidedly less touristy on the other side of the river which is a plus as well. But a short walk across. Totally recommend touring Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Restaurants: Gusta Pizza is nearby as is one of our favorites, Pandemonio. Couple of things to keep in mind - you might have to pay a bit more for electricity at the end especially in winter but considering the price for the place, it's a a small amount. Make sure you read all from Italy Perfect - they do a great job of telling you what you need to know.
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This was a great apartment excellently situated for walking to any site in the city center. We prefer not to eat out every night, and the apartment was perfect for those evenings: the kitchen was very well equipped, the living room was comfortably furnished, and there was ample lighting for reading. In addition, the apartment was immaculate and Maurizio was exceedingly helpful when we called him with questions.
This was perhaps the best rental we've ever had in many years of travel in Italy.