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Florence 50125 Italy

Listing # 111598

Rates From EUR 860 Monthly
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Last Updated: Tuesday, October 15, 2019

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.


Number of Bedrooms
Number of Bathrooms
Number of Offices

Suited for
2 people
Property Type
Studio or Loft


Available from Wednesday, September 18, 2019 onward
Minimum Stay
1 month(s)
Flexible With Dates
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:

EUR 860 Monthly
Rental Fee Comments
6+ months: 860 pm utilities included (+ final cleaning 90 euros); 5 or less months: 900 pm utilities included (+ final cleaning 90 euros). 1 month deposit required
Rent Negotiable
Utilities Included
Cleaning Services Included


  • 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


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


Kid Friendly
Small Children Safe
Smoke Free
Pets Welcome
Car Available

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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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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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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
About listing #111598 (Florence) - A perfect traditional mezzanine studio flat in Florence. Great location, a stones throw from Ponte Vecchio and all the amenities but on a quiet street. Great for anyone who has an interest in art or art history as the bookshelves are crammed with relevant books. Donatella is a wonderful host who is kind, easily contactable and made the whole experience very easy. Highly recommended. Excellent Jess 8/30/2018 12:12:00 AM
About listing #111598 (Florence) - The studio apartment was situated in the perfect location. We were able to enjoy the delights of Florence and its regions for 4 weeks from a position within a few minutes’ walk to the local buses and 15 minutes’ walk to SMN Station. We enjoyed easy access to the apartment and excellent communication with our helpful, kind and attentive host. After the hustle and bustle of Florence streets across the Arno, we found the apartment in the Oltrarno, a quiet, cool haven at the end of the day. Good Stephen Best 8/20/2018 3:20:00 AM
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