Panoramic 360º Views + Terrace
- Name: Torella
- Sleeps: 2
- Bedrooms: 1
- Bathrooms: 1
- Price: From €1400-€1680, 3 nights ok
It could not have been better. The location is perfect. The apartment is delightful.
Wake up each morning with awe inspiring panoramic views of Florence and the Arno, all from your bed! With the added bonus of a large terrace, you might not want to leave this romantic nest!
We loved our stay at the Torella--it was a magical time in a perfect setting.
This amazingly sun filled apartment is at the top of a Renaissance palazzo that faces the gallery of the Uffizi gallery, the most famous museum in Florence, across the Arno river.
Torella was a fabulous location, wonderful views of the Arno River and terrifically close to the Ponte Vecchio, Pizzi Palace and other sites.
The building blends with its Renaissance-age neighbors with grey stone, pietra serena, accenting its classical proportions. The building is locked and has a doorman during business hours.
There are a few steps from the street to the level of the elevator which takes you all the way to the floor below the Torella apartment.
The staircase, 18 steps, is beautifully painted and leads past a coat closet to the main level of the apartment.
The expansive, private terrace is the highlight of the main level. It faces uphill and from there you can see across the river to Santa Croce, Ponte alle Grazie, San Miniate and Piazzale Michelangelo with its beautiful views. A garden in the summer, the terrace has a table and chairs for dining and enjoying the sun and views.
I loved the terrace. On sunny days I would sit out there working, facing eastward up river.
From the terrace, step into a charming room that has a full height window and door on its terrace side. There is a glass-topped table with two chairs, a bench and shelf unit in this room. A pass-through window opens onto the kitchen.
Three steps from this dining room leads into the living room with comfortable sofa, chair, credenza with television. The credenza contains the dishes and silver ware as well as the microwave. Alongside the credenza is also the refrigerator-freezer.
The kitchen is small, but has everything for preparing meals: two burner electric stove, sink, coffee pot, drip coffee maker, electric tea kettle, pots, pans, knives, utensils.
Additional Services Available: Italy Perfect would be happy to assist in arranging additional services to provide ease as well as enrich your stay in Florence. The following services can be coordinated, paid locally:
- Pre-arrival grocery shopping
- Welcome or daily lunch/dinner prepared by a cook.
- Customized tours, excursions and/or cooking classes
- Mid-stay maid and laundry services
If the terrace weren`t enough for views and light, the bedroom may even be more wonderful. A room built on top of the building, the bedroom with queen size bed has an arched window in each wall with a memorable view from each. If you stay up late, maybe even just enjoying the view, you can close the light-blocking drapes so you don`t have to rise with the sun.
The bedroom is the highlight of the flat. It is the turret on top of the Palazzo with a 360 degree view all over Florence.
The bedroom is accessed up a narrow staircase that rises from the living room. There are 19 steps that aren`t wide, about 19". Under the steps is the clothes closet and a small closet that holds the vacuum.
The bathroom has a shower, toilet, bidet, sink and washing machine. It has an independent heating unit.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||1 with queen size bed|
|Floor||5th European, 6th North American|
|Elevator||Yes to one floor below apartment, then 17 steps to the apartment. Within the apartment, 18 steps to bedroom.|
|Mobility||Four steps from the building entrance to the elevator. Elevator door is narrow, 65cm, 26. One flight of steps from the elevator to the apartment. Steps to bedroom are narrow, 18inches wide at narrowest.|
|Size||43 m2, 460 sq ft|
|Outlook||Terrace 18 m2, 193 sq ft|
|Dining||Cafe table in the enclosed terrace area. Table on terrace sits four to six.|
|Kitchen||Refrigerator with freezer, microwave, drip coffee maker, two burner electric stove, toaster, electric kettle. No oven.|
|Laundry||Washer, drying rack, iron and ironing board.|
|Air Conditioning||Yes, in living room and bedroom.|
|Heating||Yes. The date of the heat being turned on/off is controlled by the government. Normally turned on by November 15th and off by April 15th with exceptions possible for extreme weather. It is hard to estimate utility costs since it will largely depend on your habits and the weather but based on historical usage you might want to budget for studios and one-bedroom apartments €10/day, for 2-3 BR €15-30/day. To track your usage, the manager can come to the apartment every 3 or 4 days to take a meter reading and give you an estimate of usage so that there are no surprises at check out.|
|Utilities||All included for stays less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks, utilities are paid as consumed.|
|Transport||City bus passes in front of building.|
|Crib||Crib/baby cot, high chair on request.|
|Neighborhood||Renaissance palazzi along the Arno river.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV receives a few English language news channels. Italian DVD player on request.|
|Telephone||Yes, landline telephone that is rather expensive, like hotel charges. Your first use generates a charge of about €10 that includes some minutes. The cost of your calls depends on where you are calling. Local calls are not expensive. If you need it, having a landline phone in the apartment is a real convenience.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included for 1 week or 2 week stay. For stays greater than 2 weeks see price web page More frequent service available for additional charge upon request. See price web page.|
|Parking||It is difficult to impossible to drive in the center of this city. No on-street parking is available for visitors. You may rent from the owner, a parking space in the garage under the train station.|
|Safety||Building has a doorman.|
|Security Deposit||Paid on arrival. See price web page for details.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|High Season: Mar 15 - Nov 14, Dec 20 - Jan 6|
|3 Nights||4 Nights||5 Nights||6 Nights||7 nights||14 nights|
|Price in Euros||€720||€960||€1200||€1440||€1680||€3200|
|Low Season: Nov 14 - Dec 20, Jan 6 - Mar 15|
|Price in Euros||€600||€800||€1000||€1200||€1400||€2800|
The price includes linens, 1 set of towels/person, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi. Utilities and final cleaning included for stays less than two weeks.
- -- Security deposit: €250 Euros paid in cash or by credit card on arrival. Returned on check-out less charges.
- -- Utilities: All included for stays less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks, utilities are paid as consumed,
- -- Florence City Hospitality Tax, see www.italyperfect.com/tax for current rate.
- -- Telephone charges as used.
- -- Final Cleaning: Included for stays less than 2 weeks. For stays greater than 2 weeks €140 Euros.
- -- Cleaning: Maid service of 3 hours including towel and linen change is €70 Euros and €100 Euros for Saturday. Additional hours €20
- -- Extra towels (1 large, 1 medium, 1 small) left in apartment €5/set.
- -- Extra sheet sets left in apartment €10/bed.
- -- Welcome or anytime lunch or dinner prepared by cook. Starting from €80 pp up to €180 pp, min 2 guests
- -- Pre-arrival grocery shopping: €25 plus cost of groceries.
Cancellation: This supersedes all other terms. Upon payment of the deposit, 35% is non-refundable, for cancellations within 90 days of arrival, general terms apply.
Arrivals can be at any time M-F 9-6 by appointment. If the apartment is occupied the night before your arrival it will not be ready until the afternoon but you may leave your luggage. Evening, weekend & holiday arrivals (Epiphany, April 25, May 1, June 2, June 24, Aug. 15, Nov. 1, Dec. 8) pay €50 fee directly to your greeter. High holiday (Christmas Day, Dec. 26 Jan 1, Easter, Easter Monday) arrivals pay €100 to greeter.
- If you like this apartment, don`t hesitate to reserve it as it books up well in advance
- Comfortable, tasteful, a terrace, incredible views in a magnificent location!
- Living room is small but fine for 2 people.
- Kitchen is small too, but with all the restaurants at your doorstep it is perfectly adequate.
- Bedroom up a narrow set of stairs could pose a problem for people with mobility issues. Bathroom is on living room level.
Our Guest Reviews
Our stay in Torella
We had a great stay. The apartment was exactly as advertised and was perfect for two. We often spent the cocktail hour on the patio listening to the bells and watching the changing facades of San Miniato and Santa Croce. Everyone associated with the building was professional and competent, and also offered practically useful advice about cabs, shops, restaurants, etc. We walked everywhere but the airport which shows how central the apartment is.
If you plan to visit the Uffizi more than once go to door 2 and tell them you want to become a friend of the museum. 100 euro gets unlimited skip the line admissions for a family for a year.
[Thank you Mike and Tracy, we are happy you enjoyed staying at the Torella! The Italy Perfect Team]
We loved our stay, this place is in the heart of Florence a short walk to Pointe Vecchio. But what makes it great is the mesmerizing views. You are literally on top of Florence. We sat up each morning to beautiful sun rises over the city. Absolutely breathtaking. Check in was easy and our greeter Christiani was great. I would definitely recommend this apartment...
Wonderful apartment in Florence!
The apartment was fabulous! The terrace overlooking the Oltrano neighborhoods, mountains and Arno river was a perfect spot for coffee in the morning and wine in the afternoon. The bedroom with the vaulted ceiling offered 360 degree views of Florence, the view of the Duomo and Ponte Vecchio were spectacular. Overall it is the perfect getaway for 2 people.
Greeter and info provided - 1st class service - strongly recommend
Property - Torella - excellent. Spacious, cool, very clean, lovely large veranda. All amenities provided.
Only downside (which is mentioned on website) is that the property is not suitable for older clients/disabled clients due to two narrow sets of stairs
[Thank you Andrew! The Italy Perfect Team]
Location & Views
Accommodations were immaculate and luxurious. Location convenient for all the surrounding sites & sounds Florence has to offer. Highly recommend Italy Perfect due to their exceptional professionalism, prompt communication during the entire booking, check-in and check-out process.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
The apartment in Florence is beautiful right on the river across from the Uffizi. The roof terrace is a great spot for morning coffee and before bed relaxing.
Florence can be very crowded in peak season. Definitely see all the tourist sights but also take the time to experience the quieter neighborhoods to see how life is lived
[Thank you so much Bob! The Italy Perfect Team]
Stayed 4 magnificent nights in Torella. Views from the bedroom of Duomo and Ponte Vecchio beyond words. Felt like we were in a castle. Apartment very comfortable. Kitchen sparse but good for cooking breakfast. Patio fabulous with views downriver. 10 minute walk to Duomo. Plenty of good restaurants and grocery nearby. AC and wifi worked very well. Not a place to come with any type of mobility issue as there are two sets of very narrow stairs to get into apartment and then to get to bedroom. The communication with Italy Perfect was flawless from reservation to check-in. Instructions for 1st time visitors to Italy very helpful. Would definitely stay in this apartment again and will most certainly rent from Italy Perfect and sister companies again.
[Thank you so much! We are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Amazing stay at Torella
My husband and I loved Torella. It was clean, perfect location away from the crowds, great view and everything we needed for our time in Florence. We found a lot of charater in the apartment with the 360 degree view in the bedroom, to the breakfast sitting area and outdoor patio. We always looked forward to coming home and having wine on the patio. We were concerned with the bathroom being down the narrow staircase from the bedroom, but it was never an issue. Brining your luggage up and down the stairs at the beginning and end isn't easy, but it would never keep us from returning. We even enjoyed the old lift except for the one night it wasn't closed completely and we had to walk up the 5 flights. After all the food and wine, we probably needed it. Highly recommend Torella!!
[Italy Perfect thanks you for staying with us and for the nice review, we are so happy you enjoyed Torella. Ciao for now!]
We just spent 10 days in Florence at the Torella apartment. The location was great, right on the other side of the Arno, quiet, but very close to the Ponte Vechhio, Pitti Palace, and short walk to the Duomo. The apartment is very close to grocery shopping and restaurants. We have been to Florence many times, and this time explored more on our own, and stayed away from very touristy areas. One restaurant we loved was Signorvino right across the street. They have outdoor seating right on the Arno, and great food and wine.
The apartment is small, but makes efficient use of the space. The large bed is very comfortable, and the room has 360 degree views of the city. You can watch the rowing club practice in the morning. The outdoor terrace is wonderful; we spent many evenings enjoying wine and hors doeuvres. Note there are a limited number of electrical outlets. When using the washing machine, we would recommend using the "rapido" cycle for a quick wash. The cycles are in Italian, so you are not sure what you are selecting. The air conditioners and WIFI worked fine.
Overall a 5 star experience, we can't wait to go back, and Italy Perfect is a great company to work with!!!!!
"Hello Carole, and thank you for your feedback! We loved having you as a guest and hope you will soon return for a visit with Italy Perfect! From your Italy Perfect Team"
Amazing Views and Convenient and Quiet Location
My husband and I spent 4 nights in this apartment in April 2018 to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. We absolutely enjoyed our stay, including the panoramic 360 views from the bedroom, the sunny terrace and convenient location. When we arrived we were greeted by Christiana and she explained everything clearly from how to use the antique elevator, to how to make italian coffee. Very clean and well stocked. The location was great with lots of good restaurants very close by as well as a great grocery and a wine store. We walked everywhere as the Uffizi was just across the river, Pite palace and Boboli gardens was around the corner. Really everything we wanted to do was minutes away, it would be hard to beat this location. The fact that the apartment is across the river meant that it was quieter at night, which we loved. We even walked to the train station twice, once to catch our wine tour bus, and once when we left, pulling our suitcases with us. In the apartment we found a very complete booklet with recommended restaurants, tours and shops. We tried several of the recommended places and were never disappointed and very pleased to be off the touristy choices. We loved that we could do some laundry as we made Florence the middle stop in our Italy tour between Rome and Venice. The bed was super comfy and roomy. We enjoyed relaxing in the little living room in the evenings when we were not on the terrace or eating out. This is an apartment with real character, and not a modern hotel. So, there were some compromises and challenges. We were somewhat surprised by the very narrow staircase up to the bedroom. This made the trip down to the bathroom in the middle of the night bit hairy, but the views offset the inconvenience. The antique elevator was charming but we did have to climb all 4 flights of stairs once when another resident did not properly close all the elevator doors (all 3 doors must be closed to allow operation). The bathroom was tiny and the only place we could plug in the iron was in the bathroom, which slowed us down a bit. We also did get bit by a few mosquitos as we slept with the windows open the first night, after which we used the little plug in mosquito repellers and slept with the air on as it had gotten quite warm. As long as you understand these challenges up front and are comfortable with them, you will love your stay in the Torella apartment. We would definitely stay there again if we are ever in Florence!
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Ponte Vecchio - 5 minute walk to|
|Uffizi Gallery, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens - 10 minute walk|
|Duomo, Piazza della Repubblica 15 minute walk|
|Train station 20 minute walk|