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“Beautiful old villa” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Residenza Oltrarno

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Residenza Oltrarno
Ranked #372 of 653 Florence B&B and Inns
China
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23 reviews
18 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Beautiful old villa”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2014

We stayed with our extended family for 4 nights over Christmas. The Villa was well appointed and very comfortable to stay in. We prepared Christmas dinner in the apartment and were able to use all of the beautiful crockery and glassware to have a lovely celebration. The Villa is very close to a supermarket which made self-catering easy. The location is pretty good - it is a decent walk in to the old town centre, but it is all flat so easy walking. We often walked in to town and then taxied back which was convenient. There are many restaurants and bars in the area so eating out was also easy. Stefano, the owner was very helpful and provided lots of information. We would definitely stay back here on a return visit to Florence.

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2013

Of all the places we stayed in Italy this was the most comfortable. My family of five appreciated the space to spread out and relax. It was well equipped and everything worked well - in fact a brand new washer was delivered the day after we arrived. In early August it was fabulous to have individual air conditioning units for each of the bedrooms. You are definitely outside the tourist zone here, living and shopping at the local supermarket among regular Florentine residents. However getting to the tourist sites is correspondingly more of a hike, about 30 minutes walk to the Duomo or the Uffizi. (From the train station, bus #12 takes you right to the front door.) The hosts were readily available one floor up and were very helpful.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2013

We spent 7 lovely days at Residenza Oltrarno. First of all, Stefano was extremely kind and helpful in advising in different questions. The apartment is really beautiful, kept in old style, even nice piano in the living room. Very spacious with lots of beds to accomodate and 2 shower rooms. It was clean, yet could be even better.
The location is excellent: supermarket is nearby, morning coffee place and bus stops.
We enjoyed it very much, and we would recommend people to stay at this apartment.
Thanks again to the staff of Residenza Oltrarno for making a nice and pleasant place to stay!

Room Tip: All rooms are very nice, equipped with A/C.
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Wilmington, Delaware
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2013

We spent 5 nights at Residenza Oltrarno and it was perfect for our 2 families of 8. The apartment was clean, spacious and just what we were looking for. It is within walking distance of Florence center and there are many conveniences nearby: restaurants, supermarkets, ATM's. The owners are very nice to work with and I would highly recommend staying here. We had a great time and would definitely come back again!

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank LBC220
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Houston, Texas
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30 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 17, 2013

We stayed in Residenza Oltrarno for 10 days in June and just got back to the States and consider our stay there as one of the highlights of Italy oddly enough. I stayed there with my wife, mother in law, and our two children yet the apartment felt like it could of accomadated two more families. The place is huge and well equiped and we felt like we were staying in a high end Italian home. Stefano was a great host and always there if we needed him but that was hardly the case because he gave such a great introduction to his place that we had all the info we needed for a stay in Florence.

I've read about the complaints of noise and while its true that it is located in a busy intersection, the apartment is real quiet when you shut the doors and windows to our surprise. We enjoyed sitting out on our balcony drinking wine and watching Italian life go by so the noise was actually welcomed in a weird way.

There are two supermarkets very close to the apartment (we prefered the Penny Market about a 5 min walk) and there is a bus stop right outside the main door when we chose not to walk to our destinations. There is also a great food truck outside the apartment that makes the best florence sandwiches which I think are called Lampredettos. A Must Have!

Anyways, we loved the place, loved the piano (sorry if our kids played it too much) , and it became the best place to hang out after a long day of walking and visiting Florence and Italy.

Thanks again Stefano for making your place feel like home (Let me know if you ever want to sell it) :)

  • Stayed June 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank AggieJAC
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leonardo B, Proprietario at Residenza Oltrarno, responded to this review, June 19, 2013
Thank you very much for your review, it's fantastic!

We loved to had you like guest, and we hope to see again in the future!

Stefano
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Southampton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

The apartment was clean, bright and spacious, within easy reach of Florences many sights. It was comfortable and well equiped. Unfortunately despite being exhausted from our busy days our nights were disturbed by a noisy neighbour and the busy road also added to little sleep. However we did enjoy our stay and Stefano was very helpful, with lots of visitors information. He also recommended places to eat, all within walking distance, the ones we tried were excellant, the ice-creams were sublime. The nearby supermarket was also well stocked and reasonably priced. A lovely apartment in a beautiful city

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 2 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Lesley61861
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leonardo B, Proprietario at Residenza Oltrarno, responded to this review, April 24, 2013
Dear Ms. Lesley,
thank you very much for your review.
I would just like to point out on the issue of noisy neighbors. Hers was a unique case in which the neighbor upstairs has moved the furniture during the night. We told them and will not happen again.
In any case, we are not responsible for the noisy neighbors or the bad behavior of those around, so I do not see the need and usefulness of including this aspect in a comment on your stay. In this way, everyone will think that near the apartment there are always noisy neighbors who do not let you sleep at night. In reality it is not and in the bedrooms there are double windows to isolate road noise.

Thanks again and see you soon.
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Kennebunk, Maine
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2013

I will start and end my review by mentioning (as others have) how thoughtful and attentive Stefano was as a host. Three small examples: 1) My family of four was there over Christmas 2012, and Stefano decorated a Christmas tree in the living room for us. 2) Wi-fi went out, so I called Stefano and he had it back working within two minutes 3) Due to some street work, we decided to take a cab to the train station when it was time to leave, and Stefano arranged the cab, even giving them my phone number to call if any issues came up

The apartment was warm, spacious, and clean. The beds are comfortable, the kitchen is fully stocked with all appliances in perfect working order--my wife made us a terrific dinner and we lacked for nothing when it came to pans or dishes. Americans should be warned that as is the case with all Italian apartments, there is not an endless supply of hot water (the hot water heater is in one of the bathrooms), so the four of us had to plan our showers accordingly. As for street noise, the windows on the street side are "double-paned," so I was amazed at how quiet the apartment was, given that you are staying in a busy city.

The neighborhood is terrific--Esselungha supermarket across the street is as large as I have seen in Italy (it has an ATM inside), and there are smaller bakeries and butcher shops within a few blocks. My wife and I have been to Florence dozens of times, but we never stayed in Oltrarno before. Stefano gave us a very helpful introduction to the area as well as recommendations for restaurants and how to use the bus system (very handy bus service) although we usually walked through the beautiful area on our way to the Historic Center.

If you are looking for a roomy apartment where you can trust that all will be "tutto bene," then this is it. Stefano was attentive before and during our stay, and we would certainly stay there again.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank A F
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Property: Residenza Oltrarno
Address: Viale Raffaello Sanzio 2, 50124, Florence, Italy
Location: Italy > Tuscany > Province of Florence > Florence
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi )
Hotel Style:
Ranked #372 of 653 B&Bs / Inns in Florence
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Residenza Oltrarno is the ideal home for your stay in Florence. No matter if you come for vacation, work, study or any other reason: Residenza Oltrarno is the best solution for your needs. Residenza Oltrarno is a large apartment, about 200 square meters and it is near the center, just outside the ZTL (Limited Trafic Zone) where videocameras block the access to the cars of non-residents) in the municipality of Florence. Additionally, Residenza Oltrarno offers to its guests many spaces and amenities that meet all the needs of those want to feel at home while away from home. ... more   less 
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