Florence: Sorriso Bello
The Beauty of Florence from Your Window
- Name: Sorriso Bello
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: From €1450-€1900/week, 3 or 4 night min
It is hard to beat the views and location of the Sorriso Bello apartment, with stupendous views that will bring a lasting smile to your memories of Florence. Aptly named, Sorriso Bello means "beautiful smile" which it certainly delivers from the bright and airy rooms overlooking the Arno River. The location is one of the most central in Florence, all the sites are walkable. The iconic Ponte Vecchio bridge is a half block from your doorstep.
The Oltrarno area of Florence is beloved by locals and tourists alike for it's more authentic feel, old-world charm, great restaurants, boutiques and artisan workrooms that specialize in the fine crafts Florence is famous for: goldsmiths, bespoke shoes, gilding, picture framing, upholstery. The location of the Sorriso Bello is primely situated along a lovely street that runs parallel to the Arno river and just around the corner from the the Ponte Vecchio bridge. This famous pedestrian-only bridge is known for its beauty, spanning the Arno, lined with gold jewelry shops from one end to the other. You're sure to pause for a photo or two along this famous spot.
As with many of the buildings in this area, the construction is solid post-WWII as this area was heavily bombed during the war and rebuilt afterwards.
Modern chic decor and clean lines in the bright living room with sofa, leather easy-chair and open dining area create a comfortable area for relaxing and taking in the amazing views. A little juliette balcony off the living room is where you'll likely gravitate to take in the views, gaze at graceful rowers in their sculls rowing along the river, and people-watching the Ponte Vecchio bridge, sure to bring 'un bel sorriso' (beautiful smile) to your face.
A TV on bookshelves opposite the sofa receives a few English-language news channels. The owner has thoughtfully provided useful local tourism information on the bookshelves for guests to peruse.
On entering the apartment there are large windows facing a clean inner terrazzo courtyard. This pleasant features illuminates the center of the apartment. It is not accessible from the apartment or by any building residents, but it is a delightful feature enhanced with tasteful urns that brings even more of the outdoors inside. The living room and bedroom with 2 single beds overlook the Arno river. The kitchen and queen-bedded room overlook the street.
The kitchen is fully appointed with plenty of pots, pans, dishes, large refrigerator, freezer with ice maker (very rare to find an ice maker in Italy!), stove, oven, microwave, dishwasher, toaster, coffee maker. A nice touch is a wheeled nylon shopping cart for guests to use. There is an excellent gourmet supermarket just a few blocks away.
The apartment isn't large but it packs a lot of punch with carefully selected furnishings and thoughtful warm touches.
Tucked away in the hallway is a little niche with desk with a printer for the convenience of guests to use. A handy bonus space if your's is a working vacation.
From the twin-bedded room you can lie in bed and take in views of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio bridge and Florence skyline. The beds can be prepared together for form a dual king. A large built in closet to hold your clothes and a built-in bench in front of the large picture window can be used as the ultimate seat for river-gazing or to hold your suitcases. A comfy armchair completes the room. Roman shades on the windows.
The queen-bedded room is amply-sized. It also has plenty of closet space and an upholstered armchair. Put your most sound sleepers in this bedroom because it does get street noise from pedestrians walking below, even through the double-glazed windows. Sheer drapes plus rolling wooden blinds for darkness on the windows.
Both bathrooms have enclosed showers, sink, toilet and bidet. A few bath toiletries are provided to get you started. The red-tiled bathroom is en-suite to the queen bedroom. The white tiled bathroom is just outside the twin-bedded bedroom.
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Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Two bedrooms: Bedroom 1 queen sized bed. Bedroom 2 single beds that can be prepared together as a dual-king.|
|Bathrooms||Two bathrooms each with enclosed shower, sink, toilet, bidet.|
|Floor||20 steps from building entry. 2nd floor North American designation, 1st floor Italian.|
|Mobility||Not recommended, 20 steps, no elevator.|
|Size||1077 sq ft, 100 m2|
|Outlook||Views of the Arno river, Ponte Vecchio bridge, Ponte Santa Trinita, Palazzo Vecchio tower|
|Dining||Dining table seats 4|
|Kitchen||Stove, oven, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, coffee maker, tea kettle, large side-by-side refrigerator/freezer with ice maker, pots, pans, dishes, juicer.|
|Laundry||Washing machine, drying rack, iron, ironing board|
|Utilities||Utilities paid in cash at check out based on meter readings taken at arrival & departure.|
|Transport||Public transportation nearby|
|Neighborhood||1/2 blocks from the Ponte Vecchio Bridge on Oltrarno side of river, easy walk to Uffizi Gallery, Piazza della Signoria, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives a few English language news channels|
|Internet||WiFi. A computer printer is also available.|
|Family||Not suitable for families with children under age 12.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning €100 paid on-site.|
|Parking||Automobile not recommended. Public garage 2 blocks away, about €35/day|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
Prices in Euros
Mar 31 - Nov 1
Dec 20 - Jan 6
Jan 6 - Mar 31
Nov 1 - Dec 20
Minimum price is for 3 nights.
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, utilities, final cleaning, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Computer and printer available. Not included is final cleaning fee €100, utility usage, hospitality tax paid in cash on-site. For current tax information see www.italyperfect.com/tax. Amounts can change without notice. For stays of two weeks and more there is a weekly cleaning and linens change included.
No children under age 12.
Utilities paid at check out based on meter readings taken on arrival and departure.
To guarantee check in or leave your luggage 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 leave your luggage, or check out late if you do not reserve these extra nights.
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- Fantastic, central location, really wonderful
- Panoramic views
- Apartment is well maintained, clean and bright. Plenty of pride of ownership.
- Greeter is warm, friendly, attentive to details
- In the heart of the city, many tourists in this popular area
- This is a popular tourist area, many pedestrians
- Windows are double glazed sound dampening
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Map and Location
|Ponte Vecchio 1 minute walk|
|Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Piazza della Repubblica 10 minute walk|
|Duomo 12 minute walk|
|Train station, Galleria dell Accademia (The David) 20 minute walk|