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Florence 50125 Italy

Listing # 111598


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Last Updated: Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Totally Silent Loft near Ponte Vecchio

Our flat is located in a Renaissance 'palazzo' in one of Florence's most beautiful --and less touristic-- neighbourhoods known as Oltrarno (or the 'left-bank'). It is on a quiet winding street leading from the Lungarno to the Forte Belvedere and is a 5 minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, Palazzo Pitti and the Boboli Gardens. The Duomo is a 10 minute walk, and SMN Train Station is some 15 minutes' away (there is also a bus to the Station). I lived here when studying Art History in Florence and then in Pisa, and before moving to London.

The flat is ideally located within walking distance from all major research libraries and institutions (including all American progams, the Kunsthistorisches Institut, the Archivio di Stato, the Biblioteca Nazionale and the University of Florence) and there are a number of bus stops conveniently located close by so Institutions further afield, such as the EUI or I Tatti, too can be easily reached.

Food shops, including a supermarket (and a market at Santo Spirito) are all within 5 minutes' walk; as are hardware shops and a local post-office and banks.

The flat has an open plan kitchen, dining and living and study area; the bedroom, with a small double bed, is on the first floor. It is exquisitely and fully furnished: the coffered wooden ceilings are over 5 metres high and there are wooden floors throughout. The bathroom, with a shower, bidet, sink and toilet, has been recently refurbished and there is independent heating and a washing machine (located in a small utility room).

Its location, with windows opening onto a light well and not onto the street, guarantees light and total silence thus facilitating research; it is ideal for a couple.

Basics:

Number of Bedrooms
1
Number of Bathrooms
1
Number of Offices
1

 
Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Studio or Loft

Availability:

Available from Monday, June 1, 2020 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
No
Comments on Dates
6+ months preferred
*Approximate location of the property is within the blue radius. Red markers indicate surrounding points of interest including schools, universities, libraries and museums.

City Florence
Postal Code - State or Province 50125 Toscana
Country Italy
Neighborhood Keywords Oltrarno, Pitti, Ponte Vecchio
Closest University Biblioteca Nazionale, Archivio di Stato, Kunsthistorisches Institut, Univ Firenze, American Programs
University nearby I Tatti, European University




Rental Price:

Asked
EUR 860 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
6+ months: 860 pm utilities included (+ final cleaning 100 euros); 5 or less months: 900 pm utilities included (+ final cleaning 100 euros). 1 month deposit required
Rent Negotiable
Yes
Utilities Included
Yes
Cleaning Services Included
No

Surroundings:

  • Near Shops
  • Walk To Campus
  • Urban Environment
  • Near Public Transports

Additional Information:

  • Furnished
  • Available for Academic Term
  • Available for Long Term
  • Architectural Gem
  • Writing or Country Retreat
  • Historical Home

Amenities:

  • Washer
  • High Speed Internet
  • Wireless Network
  • Stairs
  • Other:

Considerations:

Kid Friendly
No
Small Children Safe
No
Smoke Free
Yes
Pets Welcome
No
Car Available
No

Perform Housesitting Duties?:

No

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I am an Art Historian living in London since 1998. I grew up in Rome, studied in Florence and am bilingual, English and Italian. My family and I love travelling, good food and quiet places where to conduct our research.

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#124357
A haven of green and light in the centre of Rome: totally silent independent house with a large roof top terrace and a lush private garden.Offered View
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We absolutely loved staying here. The location is fantastic. It is within a short walking distance of many of the most beautiful and unique places in Rome such as the Piazza Navona and the Pantheon, as well as the Vatican and Trastevere. One of us strolled each day to work at the most beautiful library either of us had ever been to, in the Palazzo Corsini, which is on the edge of a botanical garden, then stepped out into Trastevere for a coffee. Every day, and evening, we both looked forward to our delightful walks, which were each full of discovery, taking our daily exercise amidst beauty.

Although this “flat,” which stands somewhat independently, more like a split-level town house, is so well located in such a busy city, the house is off of a quiet side street, and has the feel of a villa in the countryside. It is very comfortable and spacious—more spacious than the pictures can show—with a large living and dining room and a study/office area looking out at its own charming courtyard, with green everywhere in sight. That study, with its huge windows, is an ideal place to read and write. The kitchen is well supplied so that we were able to prepare meals with the fantastic fresh food we bought at the nearby stores.

Donatella was always extremely helpful and responsive to any and all of our queries, beyond the call of duty. She is warm, interesting, reasonable and extremely conscientious, and always kept her word and delivered. By email or phone, she tried to make sure that we were comfortable. She is truly a wonderful and caring landlord. We would not hesitate to return if we have the opportunity to do so to enjoy this wonderful location in our favourite city.

Excellent kbl 3/28/2020 8:06:00 PM
My husband and I stayed in Donatella’s absolutely wonderful home for three months and it was a delight. This is truly one of Rome’s hidden gems. The apartment is quiet—nearly silent—and is conveniently located close to everything (the city center, the Vatican, Trastevere). It is at an intersecting point of many bus lines. It is a truly special place as it is a standalone house in the middle of the city. The garden is right out the window so that you are essentially enveloped in a green space while living steps from the center. The roof deck is also lovely and has a table and lounge chairs.

The house itself is spacious, comfortable, and is furnished with family antiques. Beds are excellent. The kitchen is a standard Roman kitchen and very functional and there is more than adequate dishes and glasses and cookware. The washing machine works well too.

The office looks out into the garden and is a beautiful place to sit and read, write, email, etc.

Internet is fast and reliable. Donatella is an incredibly responsive landlord—any question or concern that we had was addressed immediately. A very nice person too!

This place is on one of Rome’s most beautiful streets—a true oasis. We look forward to staying there again the next time we return to Rome.

Excellent Carolyn 12/19/2019 5:45:00 AM
I lived in Donatella's apartment in Florence for three months and it was a truly wonderful experience. The apartment is small, but totally lovely and the perfect space for one person to work and relax and enjoy the best of Florence. It is in a very quiet neighbourhood in a quiet street and the art books that fill the shelves are good company. Besides the apartment has got everything you could possibly need to cook and entertain friends and enjoy life. Donatella is a one of a kind landlord, very attentive, kind and efficient and went out of her way to make my stay as pleasant as possible and solve all kinds of problems which were not even her issues to solve. I am greatly touched and grateful for everything she did for me. All the beauty and attractions of Florence are just outside the doorstep and one can walk everywhere in no more than 20-30 minutes. I can not recommend staying in this apartment strongly enough and if I ever come back to stay in Florence I will definitely try to get to live here again. Excellent rikka 6/23/2019 7:57:00 AM
The landlord’s description of this property is very accurate. We had intended to rent this lovely flat for one year, but we loved the flat (and Rome) so much that we stayed for three years.

The location is convenient to the bus system and to major sites in Rome, from Saint Peter’s Basilica (less than a ten minute walk) to the center of Trastevere and to Piazza Navona, the Pantheon and the rest of the historic center. Also close (a ten minute walk) to the Stazione San Pietro, so you do not need to go to the central train station (Termini) for some trains.

Despite its central location, the house is off a quiet street and away from traffic noise. There is no air conditioning, but we never felt the need for three years due to the surrounding garden and trees. All windows and sliding doors are also fully screened. The landlord was very kind in agreeing to have the screens installed, as well as a new gas stove and refrigerator. The wooden flooring was recently completely refurbished.

The landlord has always been very responsive.

Excellent B&B 1/29/2019 9:52:00 AM
Refers to listing # 124357 (Rome): I had left a review for this place, but the owners changed its location in the sabbatical homes site. The place, the location and the garden are fine, but the whole place needed a serious refresh in 2016, mainly electricity, humidity and a lot of stuff crowding the cupboards. These problems may have been addressed. My main complaint was that the owners kept 1050€ of the deposit, on the basis of a piece of paper with no legal value in Italy. This was done after the final visit of the flat with the owners when nothing was mentioned. I still do not understand what the problem was. This should not be the behaviour of members of the academic community. For this reason, I would recommend not to leave a deposit and to make sure that potential tenants know what they are getting themselves into.

RESPONSE from Lister: What happened with Anna was indeed most unfortunate; as our other reviews show, we have never received complaints about ourselves or our properties, rather the contrary. Security deposits are a common feature of tenancy contracts (as Sabbatical Homes too recommends, see https://www.sabbaticalhomes.com/NewsArticle.aspx?id=199) to protect owners against tenants who, like Anna, damage properties. Anna was fully briefed, in writing too, about the damages she caused and the necessary charges for the repairs, yet chose to go to the law about this. Her lawyer agreed that the partial sum of her deposit we retained was fully justified to make good the damages Anna caused. We very much hope that, three years on, Anna can finally put this situation behind her and move on.

Disappointing Anna 12/2/2018 6:56:00 AM
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