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Bright Red Suite
This slick and fancy apartment is right in front of the Medici chapels in the heart of the center of Florence between the Duomo and Santa Maria Novella train station.

Located in an historic building called Palazzo Gaddi, the apartment has a large living room area with an open plan kitchen. There are two bedrooms - one with 2 single beds and one with a single bed, as well as a sofa bed in the living room.

The kitchen is totally modern and fully equipped.

There's a garage about 30 meters away and guests with a car can get a special rate to park there through the owner. Everything else, monuments, shopping, groceries, etc. are all within walking distance.

Note: in the same building are the Blue Sky Suite, and the Purple Suite, which combined are perfect for larger groups.
  • 2nd floor
  • air-conditioning
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • double glazed windows
  • tea kettle
  • flatscreen TV
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • independent heating
  • linen and towels provided
  • microwave
  • no elevator
  • toaster
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Lara on Jun 2015:
Prior to booking the apartment, Mariangela Minervini and I chatted over the telephone. She was very friendly, professional, knowledgeable and patiently answered all my questions. I touched base with her a few days before we left Canada for Florence to confirm the time of our arrival. The apartment was exactly as described. It had air conditioning which was great as we were there in July and it was hot & humid. The flat is very clean, all the amenities you would have in a hotel, and more. We were provided with great suggestions for trattorias etc. All were delicious and close by. There's numerous grocery stores and bakeries within steps of the flat. We had fresh bread with cheese and cold cut each morning. The location was perfect for seeing all the sites in Florence. The train station is a 5 min easy walk, that said, the apartment is located in a small piazza, so very quiet in the evenings. Perfect, perfect, perfect location! We highly recommend any of Mariangela Minervini's apartments and will definitely return to this flat next time we are in Florence. Thank you Mariangela for making our trip back to Florence over the top WOW! Grazie and Ciao!
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Booking details
Booking details: vacation rental apartment (2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro
Minimum stay: minimum stay of 3 nights
Cancellations allowed up to: 60 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 2 singles or 1 king (180 cm)
Policies & Extra Charges: fee for check-in after 10 pm is €50, fee for check-in after 8 pm is €30, non-smoking, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), check-out time is 12 pm (noon)
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 Bright Red Suite
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale