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Casa Laura & Duccio
This apartment is on the more artsy/less touristy side of the river called the Oltrarno, on Piazza Santo Spirito, home of the Basilica di Santo Spirit - Brunelleschi's last work. The piazza is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and hosts daily farmer's market every morning.

From here you can reach the Ponte Vecchio in a few minutes, and the Duomo and Uffizi are just on the other side.

The one bedroom has a double bed and single bed and there's a sofa bed in the living room, so it's also good for families with kids who don't want to share a bed (although one will be sharing the bedroom).
  • 1st floor
  • 2nd floor
  • air-conditioning
  • crib upon request - up to 3 y.o.
  • flatscreen TV
  • full kitchen
  • hair dryer
  • high chair
  • independent heating
  • iron
  • linen and towels provided
  • no elevator
  • washing machine
  • WiFi
Chris on May 2017:
The flat is very conveniently located in the Oltrarno, across the river from the Duomo, Uffizzi etc all of which are within easy walking distance. Santo Spirito square has a small daily market and several restaurants right on the doorstep. Comunication with Laura was excellent, and we were met at the flat promptly as arranged to check in and out. The flat was spotlessly clean, well equipped and well presented. Our daughter had decided to come with us at the last minute and this was accommodated without any difficulty for a small additional cost. We were also able to leave our bags for a couple of hours after checking out (there were other guests arriving immediately after us), which was much appreciated. We very much enjoyed our stay and would 100% recommend Laura & Duccio's place.
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Booking details: vacation rental apartment (1 bedroom / 1 bathroom), sleeps max. 5 people
Payment accepted: cash on arrival in euro, bank transfer, by credit card with 5% surcharge
Minimum stay: no minimum stay
Cancellations allowed up to: 14 days before arrival
Occupancy: double
Bed options: 1 queen & 1 single or 1 queen (160 cm) or 1 queen bed & 1 double sofabed
Policies & Extra Charges: cleaning fee of €35 is not included in the price, city tourist tax €3 per person per night (not included in price), apartment will be clean by 2 pm on day of check-in, check-out time is 10 am, non-smoking, fee for check-in after 9 pm is €15, fee for check-in after midnight is €35
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 Casa Laura & Duccio
Stazione Santa Maria Novella
Boboli Gardens
Ponte Vecchio
Piazza della Signoria
Galleria dell’Accademia
Pitti Palace
Piazza Santo Spirito
Mercato Centrale