Typical cozy apartment in the center of Florence

Typical cozy apartment in the center of Florence

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2 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
1 Bathrooms
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Our home

Beautiful and comfortable apartment in the heart of florence.
2 bedrooms, one with a double bed, one with 2 single beds
+ one double sofà bed in the living room.
Large living room and bedrooms, bathroom with bathtub, fully equipped small kitchen, washing machine and wash-and-dry just next door.
Wifi 24h, but no tv, music only!
The neighborhood is called the ‘coolest one on the world’ by lonely planet.. :)
The apartment is located in an ancient typical street and it’s just a few min walk from the main turistic sites:
3 minutes from Piazza Santo Spirito
5 minutes from Cappella Brancacci
5 minutes from
Palazzo Pitti and Boboli garden
10 minutes from Ponte Vecchio
All walking distance!
This is the neighborhood of handicrafts, galleries and vintage shops. It's one if the few really still typical ancient parts if the city, with its contradictions and a great charm.
There are supermarket just next door and many restaurants and cafes in the area.
You can find here everything you might need!

Property features

Who we are

  1. Mother and daughter, travelling together!
    Sometimes I travel for weekends with my partner, or with a few friends.

  2. I am Simona, 46, I work for an international NGO. I have been living abroad for some years in several countries in the world, then I moved back to Florence with my daughter.
    She is almost 13, she goes to school, plays guitar and gymnastics. She loves painting and reading.
    I practice yoga whenever I can!

  3. We are open minded, curious, we love arts, cinema and music
    We like going around the cities discovering streets corners shops galleries, we love walking in the in the country, we really love the sea.
    We live in one of the best areas of Florence city center and enjoy the beauty of our city every single day!

    We really thank all those who send us requests, and apologize for possible late or missing answers!|

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Where is it?

Your neighbourhood

Lively ancient typical neighborhood of Florence, where you am find at the same time monuments and art galleries and popular open markets, bars and restaurants and shops.
Lonely planet defines it 'the coolest neighborhood in the world', It might be a bit too much.. but for sure it’s a lovely and lively area to visit and to live in!

Best restaurants
Places to go eat or drink: Meals: € Cheap: Pizzeria Lo Scugnizzo - A bit ugly :-) but a great pizza! Via dell'Orto, just behind the corner. Trattoria Lola- al Chicco di Caffè - Quite cheap even though not the cheapest, nice and a bit crowded, good for lunch, for dinner, for a drink before dinner. Open until late at night. Corner between Via della Chiesa-Via delle Caldaie. Couple minutes from home. Trattoria Casalinga - still a good price. Borgo Tegolaio behind the corner from Piazza Santo Spirito. Very typical and traditional home made food. Gustapizza - next door, corner to Via Maggio. Quite good for a fast pizza. Pizzeria Gherardo - Great pizza, small cozy lovely place, in Borgo San Frediano 57red Gnam - in via di camaldoli (at the end of piazza tasso, passing the supermarket on the right) - good hamburgers of any sort. Rich, quality meat, bio. Any place inside the Market of San Lorenzo! Don't miss it for lunch or dinner or even just for a visit. It's a beautiful renewed historical market. It can be very cheap or a bit more expensive, it depends on what you choose. €€ Medium price: Il brindellone - piazza piattellina, at the end of via del leone (2min from home) Great especially for meat. Very cheap at lunchtime. Typical good old trattoria! Trattoria da Marione - Via della Spada. If you like meat don't miss it! Eat the stinco or ossobuco.. You will love it! Typical and very good! Trattoria Sant'Agostino - via S.Agostino corner to Via Maffia. Eat any 'piatto forte' they have always the best choice for you! Nice, cute, cozy, good! Tameró - Piazza Santo Spirito. Nice tables outside, in the square. Tasty home Made pasta. Trattoria Zazà - Piazza del Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo. A bit touristic but if you are in that area it can be a good solution if you want to eat outside. Good and typical food. I 4 leoni – between medium and expensive..depending on what you eat.. In Piazza della Passera. Lovely square lovely place not cheap but nice and very good and unique. €€€ Expensive: Places where you can also eat a very good bistecca alla fiorentina (don't eat it in any place!!) Ancient and famous restaurants in Florence. Il latini - via dei palchetti. Historical famous bistecca. Call before you go they must speak english!! Buca Lapi - Via del Trebbio (great and really expensive - about 80-90 eur per person) Trattoria il Parione in Via del Parione 74-76 red Trattoria Camillo Borgo San Jacopo 57 red Vegetarian/macrobiotic food: - il Punto Macrobiotico, in Piazza Tasso (50 mt from home!) - il Vegetariano, in via delle Ruote (the first one in Florence, very good!) - Raw, vegan food, near Piazza Santo Spirito, via S Agostino
Nightlife
For a drink or a light lunch: Piazza Tasso - Aurora - right in the opposite corner of the square. A nice place for a drink before going back home! Piazza Santo Spirito - Pop Café / Volume. Nice for a coffee during the day, for a drink before dinner, for a drink at night! Caffè notte - at the corner via della chiesa-via delle caldaie In front of trattoria la Lola, al chicco di caffè Tasso hostel - via villani 15 near piazza tasso. Beautiful spacious bar with nice events especially on Friday nights Ditta artigianale - via dello sprone, almost piazza della passera. Elegant modern antiques and good cocktails Piazza della Passera - Caffè degli Artigiani for a salad at lunch or a glass of wine at night and a quiet conversation outside in the street. Very popular, not fancy but cozy La cité: Bar and bookstore. Very lively! Borgo San Frediano 20red Gesto: nice place for tapas, borgo San frediano 27red Caffè Letterario: piazza delle Murate. The ancient Florence jail, very interesting structure, beautifully renewed. Good for a drink at night or in the late afternoon. Amblé: right behind Ponte Vecchio (ask for it otherwise you won't find it!) on the other side of the river; great sandwiches and nice design objects from the 60es. Via de' Benci - any place there. Full of people all night long A fancy place with a great view over Florence: The wonderful Sesto at the Excelsion Terrace. Hotel Excelsior, 6th floor, entrance from Piazza Ognissanti. Don't go there for a meal, it's too expensive and not that special. But try it between 7 and 9 pm for a drink and quality finger food (about 15-18 eur). Booking is required! In the summer: Try the Florence beach for a drink at the sunset! On the river, Easy Leaving and the bar down on the beach in front of porta San Niccolò-Piazza Poggi. Rari ristoro sull'acqua, Lungarno Ferrucci 24. In the terrace of the historican swimming pool of Florence. Cozy, a bit out of the center, I just love it at the sunset. Eat an ice cream in piazza tasso at Sorbettiera. Eat catrame if you like dark chocolate.. or nocciola pistachio or any sort of fruit. Tasty artisanal ice cream
Favourite cafés
Here above you find all my favorite cafes among the others!
Where to go shopping
It depends on what you're looking for. But people in Florence usually look for leather. For nice colorful bags and other stuff go around the San Lorenzo market. It's not the best quality ever, but you can find nice stuff at good price. We buy things there as well, it's not just for tourists even though for sure they will ask you for a higher price.. If you want a quality bag at a much higher price go to the Bridge (not sure about the name!) in via del Parione. If you look for an italian griffe go to Furla in via Calzaiuoli or to Coccinelle. If you are in Florence on a Tuesday and you enjoy open markets don't miss the Cascine Market, at Parco delle Cascine for 3km on the riverside Food markets: Every morning you can find fresh great food at the Mercato Centrale (piazza del Mercato), ground floor (the 1st floor is where the restaurants are) Or at Mercato di S.Ambrogio, piazza Ghiberti Hope this helps!!!
Your area's cultural and historical landmarks
Some special spots to visit: Don't limit your visit to the touristic triangle (Ponte Vecchio-Piazza Signoria-Santa Croce) which are wonderful and must be visited, but if you have some time try to walk also in some other areas. San Frediano - Santo Spirito, where you're staying, is a traditional typical and still very 'authentic' neighborhood. Go around the narrow streets between Piazza del Carmine (if you have time a visit to Cappella Brancacci can be great!) Piazza Santo Spirito, Piazza della Passera. Visit the Boboli Garden from the entrance in Via Romana, it is much less crowded than The entrance in Piazza Pitti. Walk to Piazzale Michelangelo along Viale Galileo passing through the gardens and once you are there go down through the path that takes you down to the Roses Garden (Giardino delle Rose) and San Niccolò tower.. And stop for a drink on the beach at Easy Living! If you visit Giardino Bardini go there walking from the stairs of Costa San Giorgio and all the way up to the entrance. There's a nice Terrace with bar at the Villa. Go on top of the Dome, it's an experience much more interesting than the Giotto Tower. You can buy a ticket for Museo dell'opera del duomo, battistero and the dome-cupola. It's the best choice ever! Museo del Novecento, a brand new interesting contemporary collection in piazza Santa Maria novella. Also the Museo degli Innocenti in piazza ss.annunziata is brand new and very interesting The other museums are in the guides.. Sure you don't need my advice!
Local walks
A nice long walk if you visit Florence in one or two days... You'll arrive at Santa Maria Novella station. From there go to piazza Santa Maria novella that is just in front (you see the back of the church from the station). Beautiful church and nice square. From there go back to via Panzani-via Cerretani to Piazza Duomo. It will be full of tourists but walk in the square all the way around the dome, it's beautiful from every side! Than take via Calzaiuoli to Piazza della Signoria, stop in Orsammichele which is a church with the external aspect of an ancient granary and then you arrive in front of Palazzo Vecchio, where the municipality and the major are. Great square, probably a bit too crowded.. if you have time and it is open visit the museum inside Palazzo Vecchio. Pass then through the Galleria degli Uffizi and you'll arrive at the river with the Ponte Vecchio on your right. Cross the bridge and once you arrive to the other side take Via Guicciardini to Piazza Pitti (you're now in my neighborhood :-), go along the square and after the square you'll arrive in front of a column, take the street on the right - via Mazzetta and after less than 100 meters you'll arrive in one of my favourite squares, Piazza Santo Spirito, with a market in the morning and several nice bars and cafes with tables outside. A nice place for a coffe is the Pop café (left side) or the Volume (right side). If you feel like eating a bit in a nice special place you can eat at Tameró (next to volume), if you like to have a typical home Made lunch stop at la Casalinga, right behind the square on the right side. If you want to keep walking go to via Maggio (beautiful Antiques shops) by taking the short street on the right where the Casalinga is and turn left; at the white fountain / city light, before you arrive to the bridge, take the street on the left -borgo San Jacopo- and go back to Ponte Vecchio. You have now the bridge on your left, keep walking in via de Bardi and then keep walking on the riverside. Once you arrive at Piazza Demidoff (the second garden on the river) turn right and down to San Niccolò neighborhood, wich is just behind. You can have a good coffe at the bar Rifrullo or a good ice cream next door, or pass the gate and eat a 'crostone' (crunchy bread with something on top) at the 'Osteria Fuori Porta' right in front of you, on the right side of the street. Are you now ready for a tiring walk? Do you have water and maybe a sandwich since the places you'll find on your way for a while are crap for tourists? Take the street that goes up following the ancient wall, go all the way up until you find kind of a square and the entrance of the old fort – Forte Belvedere. If it's open don't miss it!! Is one of the most beautiful places ever with the greatest view you can imagine.. But I'm not sure it's going to be open now, they open it mainly for exibitions, but you should try. Then take Via San Leonardo, a beautiful street with ancient walls on the two sides and olive trees that come out, and arrive until the end, to Viale Galileo. Turn left and walk and enjoy the green street and the view of the hills around the city or the view of the city. Keep walking until you find on your right side a white marble big stair. Go up to the church of San Miniato al Monte, don't miss it!!! It's one of the most ancient with one of the best views of the city and the surrounding hills. Visit the church if possible because it's really ancient and unique, you will love it. Than go back down to Viale Galilei and keep going the same direction you were going before, and in a few meters you arrive to Piazzale Michelangelo with a copy of David.. Go down the stairs and take the small path that takes you down to the city center again. You will arrive where the gate porta San Niccolò is, just in front of the river. Cross the street and in the summer have another drink down on the beach! Then cross the bridge you see on your left and go straight to Piazza Santa Croce, the square is beautiful and the church is great also inside. If you want to eat a great pizza go to the pizzeria (not the restaurant!!) Caffè Italiano, in a narrow street right behind the square, on the opposite side of the church. Or you can have a nice ice cream at Vivoli (more or less same street) or have a great meal at Pallottino, typical tuscany food and great bistecca alla fiorentina (a bit expensive..!). You are about 25 minutes away from home. You can go back through Piazza Duomo, stopping at the Oblate library in Via dell’Oriuolo, go to the terrace at the last floor and you’ll have the most wonderful view of the Dome ever!! There’s a nice bar up there… just stop and rest…and then keep walking, it’s never enough
Places you love to exercise
My yoga school is just next door, in Via della Chiesa 36. It’s a power yoga School, ashtanga vinjiasa Yoga. Cozy and friendly atmosphere. Classes also in english
Top day trips
If you have some time don’t Miss the main cities of Tuscany like Siena, Pisa, Lucca, Arezzo. A beautiful day trip can be siena-San Gimignano - monteriggioni. Or Lucca-Pisa-Viareggio.

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