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Sleeps: 4 Bedroom(s): 1 Bathroom(s): 1
A charming cottage 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 toll!
Casetta Bonsi sets the "gold standard" for location, good value and great guest reviews. 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.
Excellent home-away-from-home just two blocks tothe 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.
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.
Italian terracotta tiles throughout and charming decorative touches throughout. The house is on two levels with the living room and kitchen on the ground floor and bedroom, bathroom and terrace on the second level.
The spacious living room has a comfortable sofa that converts into two separate twin beds and two armchairs.
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.