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Apartment in centre of Florence, balcony and terrace with amazing view

Bedrooms 1
Space 55 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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About the property

1 bedroom apartment to sleep 4 in Central Florence near Duomo

The apartment, (55 square meter - 592 square feet ) is situated in the historical centre of Florence. It is located at the 4th floor (without elevator). From the balcony and the roof terrace you will enjoy a wonderful view over Florence and its monuments. From the living room five stairs take you on the lovely roof terrace with the view of Duomo, Campanile di Giotto, Battistero, San Lorenzo church (Medici Chapel) and the hills around Florence. The apartment has a living/dining room, a bedroom, a fully equiped kitchen, large enough for you to self-cater (seats 4) and a modern bathroom with shower. The apartment has parquet floors, air conditioning and heating, wi fi internet access, coffee, espresso, tea. There are many travel guides in the unit for easy reference. All main museums and monuments of Florence can be visited within walking distance. It has a lot of light and fresh air, and the views are spectacular. Even the shower has a window with a view! Most of the major attractions are easily reachable within walking distance (Duomo, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio, Galleria dell’Accademia). The stairs (73) are a bit of a challenge, but think of them as your private gym...

Giovanni Paxia
Member since: 2010
Speaks english, french, italian
Response time
Within an hour
Response rate
Calendar last updated:
29 March, 2017

About Giovanni Paxia

I have been dealing with management activities for many years in companies operating in consulting and design services for cultural and educational Private and Public Companies.

I worked with several companies and organizations for the design and delivery of classroom modules in organizational behavior

Giovanni Paxia purchased this apartment in 2010

Why Giovanni Paxia chose Florence

First time I saw this property, I realized it was the perfect place for everybody wants to spend some days in Florence. The apartment is bright, calm and close to everything.

What makes this apartment unique

It's quite unique to find in Florence an apartment with a balcony and a terrace where you can enjoy a view of Cathedral S. Maria del Fiore, the bell tower of Giotto and the Baptystery and the church of San Lorenzo.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment rental in San Lorenzo, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment (terraced)
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 55 m²
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy 4
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
Location Type:
  • City Centre
  • Town
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Alarm Clock
  • soap
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Laundry Soap
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • local restaurant guide
  • Paper Towels
  • Shampoo
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen ...
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 4 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , shower enclosure , bidet
  • Even the shower (large and comfortable) has a window with a view!
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 large double bed , 1 sofa bed/futon
  • The shades in the bedroom do a great job of keeping it dark when you want it to be.
  • Books
  • books - fiction/non-fiction
  • books - kids
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television
  • video player
  • Video Library
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Terrace
  • 4 garden chairs
  • long term rentals available
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • laundrette - not serviced
  • festivals
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
A mobile telephone is available in the apartment. Booklet with instruction for using the house equipment


Wonderful! 4.9/5 -
(118 traveller reviews)

Apartment in centre of Florence, balcony and terrace with amazing view
average rating of 4.9322033 based on 118 reviews

Perfect, Perfect, Perfect!

  • 5 of 5

Ottimo, un salto (in senso figurato) e sei sulla cupola del Duomo. Non abbiamo potuto sfruttare al meglio le due terrazze, era il periodo più freddo dell'anno, ma nonostante ciò, facendo capolino, non abbiamo rinunciato alla vista mozzafiato. L'appartamento è ben pulito, tenuto bene e attrezzatissimo. Costantemente riscaldato non abbiamo sofferto il freddo in nessun giorno della nostra permanenza. Le scale? Salire le scale fa bene alla salute e quindi abbiamo unito l'utile al salutare. Grazie ai preziosi consigli del signor Giovanni siamo riusciti a sopperire ad ogni nostra piccola defaillance. Sicuramente, quando torneremo a Firenze, fisseremo le date del nostro soggiorno in base alla disponibilità dell'appartamento. Grazie ancora signor Giovanni e, sicuramente, a presto.

  • Review Submitted: Jan 22, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jan 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Such a charming apartment!

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I stayed here for the weekend. It was a perfect location. The stairs did give us a good workout, but overall were not that bad. Giovanni was a perfect host! He really made renting from him a pleasant and easy experience. The apartment itself had everything we needed. We really enjoyed the balcony and the roof terrace. We would recommend to anyone to stay here and if we ever visit Florence again we will stay here.

  • Review Submitted: Dec 16, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Mathews, Va

Great apartment right in the middle of Florence

  • 5 of 5

We arrived as planned, and Mr. Paxia was there to welcome us. Although I protested, he carried one of our bags up the stairs, I carried the other. The apartment was clean, attractive and well stocked. It is comfortable, but not fancy. Mr. Paxia gave us a complete run down on how everything in the apartment works, showed us where to shop, gave us some restaurant business cards and also showed their location on a map he left for us; all were close by. We later noticed that Rick Steves had mentioned several of these restaurants, and we wound up going to one of them three times. Mr. Paxia left a cell phone in case we needed to contact him.

The positives of the apartment include: 1. location on a pedestrian-only street, so it was quiet. The Duomo bells go off several times a day, but with the windows closed weren't a problem for us. Often I would open the windows sometimes to hear them 2. A great food market is about a half block away with any food item from eggs, wine and milk, to gourmet sweets, meats, cheese, etc, and the prices were reasonable. You can shop for all your food needs here, you really don't have to go anywhere else, unless you want to eat at a restaurant 3. About four(?) long blocks to the main train station, with buses next to it, so you don't need a car (a car is a liability if you stay in this apartment since you can't drive in the center of Florence in general; we took the train to Cinque Terra for two days) 4. Half a block to the C1 minibus stop which will take you to multiple galleries, and you can also transfer to other city buses 5. location is fantastic about a block away from the Duomo and close to many other key sites by foot 6. Apartment has a balcony with table which looks over the street and a terrace for enjoying a broader view 6. apartment has nice views of Duomo, San Lorenzo, etc.

If we return to Florence, we would stay here again; the price is reasonable, and I recommend it. The only downside is its location on the top floor, as is mentioned, I believe, in the Homeaway writeup. I'm 73, and the stairs weren't a problem for us, but you should be aware of this.

  • Review Submitted: Nov 18, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Nov 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Great location in the heart of Florence

  • 5 of 5

We really enjoyed Giovanni's apartment in Florence. The city is extremely walkable and his location is an easy jaunt from many great spots. There are great views from the rooftop terrace. Giovanni was a terrific host and we appreciated the care he put into our stay with great directions and additional resources on the local area.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Oct 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
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Saint Cloud, MN

Great Apartment! Perfect Location, Perfect Host, Lots of Steps

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is perfect for a couple of people who don't mind steps. It's a great workout!

My sister and I stayed here for 10 days, and loved it! For the price, you won't find better in Florence.

The location is fantastic, right in the middle of everything, just a few steps from the Duomo and not more than a 15 minute walk to any attraction in Florence. A lot of great eating and shopping in the neighborhood, and Giovanni had a lot of recommendations ready to read when we got there. The balconies were wonderful, and the views from them outstanding. The washing machine definitely came in handy, too!

I would caution against too much luggage, as the streets are cobblestone and not easily navigated with suitcases, not to mention 74 steps up to the apartment. Once you are up there, it is definitely worth the effort!

The gelato place at the bottom of the stairs, right outside the door, is not the friendliest or the best, and I would avoid. The one on the corner is great, though!

There's a little supermarket just a few doors down, so getting things to cook at home is very convenient, saves a few euro. Being Italy, there is also wine at the supermarket, as well as several wine shops in the street.

Shop around for leather goods. There is a lot of it, so you can be picky.

Between the host, the location, the amenities and the atmosphere, I would definitely stay here again! My sister and I had a great time!

  • Review Submitted: Oct 17, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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  • 5 of 5

I cannot say enough great things about this apartment. It was by far the most incredible place you can stay in Florence for the price. My husband and I stayed for four nights and were so sad to leave.

Let's start with the location - It's right near the big attractions in Florence, about a 5-10 minute walk away from the train station and down the street from incredible restaurants. Try Giovanni's restaurant recommendations.... they are some of the best meals we ate in Italy.

Working with Giovanni was so easy as he was fast in his responses and met us when we arrived with the keys. He was lovely!

The best part of the apartment are the TWO rooftop balconies. Every night we would buy a bottle of wine and be serenaded by the music below and sit on the rooftop overlooking the dome. You do not want to miss that! It was incredible.

While there are a lot of stairs to get to the apartment it's worth it. It also helps you burn off the endless amounts of pasta and gelato you will consume.

Again, this apartment is perfect and we loved it! Thank you for having us and we cannot wait to come back.

  • Review Submitted: Oct 3, 2016
  • Date of Stay: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! I'll be happy to have you again as our guests the next time.
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Nearest Airport
9 Kilometres
Firenze Peretola
Nearest Barpub
30 Metres
Via de' Ginori
Nearest Ferry
115 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
3.5 Kilometres
Circolo del Golf dell'Ugolino
Nearest Train
800 Metres
Firenze SMN
Nearest Motorway
8 Kilometres
A1 Firenze Sud
Nearest Restaurant
50 Metres
Sergio Gozzi
Nearest Ski
85 Kilometres
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Car: not necessary

If you like cooking, you will find everything you need in Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo (central market), the main market for food, 100 mt from home. The market was built in the second half of the XIX century, at the time when Florence was capital of the nation. The market offers meat, fish, fruit, vegetables, cheese of the best qualities at cheap prices. It is the traditional market used by people living in the town. It is open only in the morning till two pm. If you prefer to do the shopping in a self-service minimarket, there are two great supermarkets right near by.

Close to the front door (to the left leaving the building) there is one of the most equipped cd-DVD shops in town (Alberti). And a TIM shop (mobile phone service).

Many restaurants and pizzerias are available nearby.


Rates & Availability

Rental Rates for this holiday apartment in San Lorenzo, Italy

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Winter season
7 Jan 2017 - 31 Mar 2017
3 night minimum stay
Low Season
1 Nov 2017 - 24 Dec 2017
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$14 per night, per additional guest
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
Notes: Rates are based on 2 guests; add A$21 per night, per additional guest

Additional information about rental rates

Fees No additional mandatory fees

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
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