EXTERNAL DESCRIPTION Located on the fourth floor, with elevator, (the elevator goes up to the 3rd floor, then there are 20 steps to climb) of a building on via de' Servi, in between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza SS Annunziata near the Accademia museum. The property is quiet, situated in the center of Florence with a private terrace with a view of the Duomo. INTERNAL DESCRIPTION Classic apartment (65 sq.mt /699 sq.ft) with 1 bedroom that can sleep up to 4 people and has 2 bathrooms. The property has been recently renovated (August 2008). The apartment has an entrance, bathroom with shower, master bedroom that opens onto the beautiful terrace and that has an ensuite bathroom. The living room/dining room (with pull out couch 160 cm) also has access to the terrace. The kitchen is well furnished and completes the apartment. The floors are made in parquet. Because of the high quality of the furnishings, the rental is not recommended to students. OUR OPINION Ideal for a family or two couples looking for a short term rental. It is perfect for those who want to live in Florence in an area that is close to the monuments, restaurants, and stores. CONDITIONS AND PRICES Included in the price: utility bills for rentals up to 60 days, final cleaning , condo expenses, agency fee and taxes Excluded from the price: utility bills for rentals over 60 days (charges based on meter readings); contract registration fee for rentals over 30 days. The contract is in the Italian language and the fee is equal to 1% of the total rental price (with the minimum fee being 33,50€) plus 30,00€ for revenue stamps. City tax (2.50€ per person only over the age of 12 - per night for the first 7 nights). Security Deposit: all clients staying up to 14 days will have to grant 300,00€ as deposit with a valid credit card, while for stays between 14 days and 60 days the guests will have to grant 1000,00€ as deposit with a valid credit card (prepaid cards are not accepted). For rentals over 60 days special conditions apply. Please see our F.A.Q. for more information. DESTINATIONS The apartment is located within Duomo district in Florence’s historic city centre. The Duomo area constitutes the very heart of Florence and the area takes its name from Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome on the wonderful Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral. The Duomo neighbourhood offers an array of beautiful historical buildings and superb piazzas including the Mercato di San Lorenzo, the Piazza del Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica, famous for its attractive cafes, patisserie shops, live music, street performers and caricature artists. Furthermore, the area is surrounded by the city’s main cultural attractions, notably Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, Ponte Vecchio, the Bargello Palace and Casa Buonarroti, the former home of Michelangelo, not to mention the Uffizi Gallery and the museum dedicated to the city’s cathedral “Museo dell'Opera del Duomo”. The area also has much to offer in terms of fine dining and exclusive boutique shopping. The top Italian fashion houses are located along Via Tornabuoni, Via Calzaiuoli and Via del Corso and include the famous names of Salvatore Ferragamo, Armani, Versace, Fendi, Louis Vuitton, Burberry, Tiffany & Co. and many more. For those choosing an apartment in this area, the Duomo quarter also offers several food stores otherwise known as “alimentari”, supermarkets, laundrettes and individual gift shops as well as being adequately served by the local public transport service. PUBLIC TRANSPORT Link for the public bus service in Florence: www.ataf.net Link for the national train network in Italy: www.trenitalia.it PARKING Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a “limited traffic zone” and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red/green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify they need access for the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
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