Vela

3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 6 Firenze
  • The living room of the Vela apartment is spacious with gorgeous views.
    The living room of the Vela apartment is spacious with gorgeous views.
  • The view from this apartment is wonderful_ the Arno river, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio.
    The view from this apartment is wonderful_ the Arno river, the Uffizi and the Ponte Vecchio.
  • Comfortable seating with flat screen TV which receives several English language news channels.
    Comfortable seating with flat screen TV which receives several English language news channels.
  • Open dining area seats 6.
    Open dining area seats 6.
  • Admire the beautiful Renaissance facade of the Uffizi across the river.
    Admire the beautiful Renaissance facade of the Uffizi across the river.
  • Welcoming foyer of the Vela apartment.
    Welcoming foyer of the Vela apartment.
  • Up to 6 guests can enjoy the generous proportions of this spacious apartment.
    Up to 6 guests can enjoy the generous proportions of this spacious apartment.
  • The kitchen is modern and of an adequate size for the apartment.
    The kitchen is modern and of an adequate size for the apartment.
  • Bedroom 1 has beautiful Arno river views with a bed that can be split to form two beds.
    Bedroom 1 has beautiful Arno river views with a bed that can be split to form two beds.
  • Bedroom 1 opens to the foyer and the living room, there are doors on both.
    Bedroom 1 opens to the foyer and the living room, there are doors on both.
  • Bedroom 2 also has a nice view.
    Bedroom 2 also has a nice view.
  • Beds can be prepared together or apart.
    Beds can be prepared together or apart.
  • Bedroom 3 has two beds that can be joined to form one large bed.
    Bedroom 3 has two beds that can be joined to form one large bed.
  • Bathroom 2 with a shower en suite to bedroom 3.
    Bathroom 2 with a shower en suite to bedroom 3.
  • Savor the view from the rooftop cafe of Rinascente department store.
    Savor the view from the rooftop cafe of Rinascente department store.
  • Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
    Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
  • Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
    Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
  • Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
    Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
  • Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.
    Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.
  • Another view of the picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge near the Casetta.
    Another view of the picturesque Ponte Vecchio bridge near the Casetta.
  • The Baptristry is a must with the Doors of Paradise and some of the finest mosaics in the world.
    The Baptristry is a must with the Doors of Paradise and some of the finest mosaics in the world.
  • The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
    The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
  • The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
    The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
  • Elegant Piazza Repubblica from the mid-1800s was once the site of the Roman forum and retains the role as a gathering place.
    Elegant Piazza Repubblica from the mid-1800s was once the site of the Roman forum and retains the role as a gathering place.

Live like royalty with spectacular views over the Arno river and the Uffizi Gallery! The spacious, refined and very elegant Vela exudes sophistication, comfort and elegance.

A large and bright apartment with lovely views of the Arno river and the storied galleries of the Uffizi, once the offices of the powerful Medici family.

Location

Located in a Renaissance palazzo directly across the river from the Uffizi Gallery, Florence`s most famous museum. You`ll enjoy beautiful views of Florence and the Arno river.

Exterior

The building blends with its Renaissance-age neighbors with grey stone, pietra serena, accenting its classical proportions. The building is locked and has a doorman during business hours.

Interior

The welcoming entry has an antique table with mirror and a coat closet. The front three rooms of the apartment, the living room and two bedrooms have splendid views of the Arno River, the Uffizi Gallery art musuem, the Ponte Vecchio with its little houses and the Vasari Corridor and, above it all, the iconic bell tower of the Palazzo Vecchio. Each element of the view resounds with history of the city that contains more art than any other in the world. Because the palazzo faces the river, there are no buildings in front, maximizing natural light.

We love this palazzo when we stay in Florence because the apartments are full of light, have great views, and are decorated with quality and style.

The first and largest bedroom opens onto the entry (with door) and also onto the living room (with door). A rich color palette of dusty salmon and ivory in the fabrics extends to antique bird prints on the walls. There is a queen sized bed, armoire, bureau and a view!

In the living room there is a sofa and three upholstered chairs. The dining table, also located here seats up to eight.

Opposite the living room is a well equipped and light-filled kitchen, with a breakfast table. The kitchen is fully equipped; it has a low counter that can be used as a breakfast table for two.

The kitchen window and third bedroom overlook Via dei Bardi and terracotta rooftops with a nice view uphill of rooftops, the hills and sky.

Along the central hallway are two more bedrooms and two bathrooms. 

Additional Services Available: Italy Perfect would be happy to assist in arranging additional services to provide ease as well as enrich your stay in Florence. The following services can be coordinated, paid locally:

- Pre-arrival grocery shopping
- Welcome or daily lunch/dinner prepared by a cook.
- Customized tours, excursions and/or cooking classes
- Mid-stay maid and laundry services


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Ponte Vecchio

Size: 133 m2, 1430 sq ft

Accessibility/Security: Four steps from the building entrance to the elevator. Elevator door is narrow.

Utilities/Taxes: Stays of 15+ nights: utilities are paid as consumed & final cleaning paid in cash on arrival.

Other: Check in 3:00 to 6:00pm.heck in 4:00 to 6:00pm. Luggage drop for arrivals before 4pm. Fee for holiday, weekend arrivals.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom 1 Dual-Extra Wide Queen (1) Dual-extra wide queen (63in x 79in; 160cm x 200cm) which can be separated to form two single beds
Bedroom 2 Single (2) Two single beds (31in x 75in; 80cm x 190cm) that can be pushed together to form an extra wide queen bed
Bedroom 3 Single (2) Two single beds (31in x 75in; 80cm x 190cm) that can be pushed together to form an extra wide queen bed
Bathroom 1 Combination bathtub/shower (flexible showerhead), sink and toilet
Bathroom 2 (en suite to Bedroom 3) Shower, sink and toilet

Vela Floorplan

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi
    • TV - Limited English Programs

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    Accessibility

    • 6th Floor North American
    • Elevator

    Kid/Family Friendly

    • High Chair
    • Travel Crib

    Laundry

    • Washer/Dryer Combo

    Amenities

    • Elevator
    • Air Conditioning
LEAVE A REVIEW
October 16, 2019 - Website

Vela Review

by Chris
My family and I can't say enough good things about our experience in Florence. We were having a difficult time finding the right accommodations for our family -- which includes 2 kids under 3. Once we connected with the Italy Perfect team, the process couldn't have been smoother. The U.S. team provided all of the information we needed to book our stay and was incredibly responsive in the weeks leading up to our trip (thanks Kelly!). When we arrived in Florence, our greeter was waiting for us and spent a lot of time getting us settled after a long trip. The apartment itself was fantastic -- spacious, clean and convenient to everything. The building had a doorman who helped us with local directions and advice throughout our stay. We enjoyed everything so much, we ended up extending our time in Florence by 4 days, which Italy Perfect was happy to accommodate. The next time we head to Italy, we won't waste anytime on AirBnb or the rest. Italy Perfect is the way to go! Thanks again! [Thank you for your wonderful review Chris! We are thrilled you had such a lovely time and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
August 9, 2018 - Website

Vela Review

by Julie
Gorgeous apartment with great views of Arno. Close to everything, but quiet enough to rest. Only issue was very uncomfortable pillows in all bedrooms. [Thank you Julie, we are sorry you found the pillows to be uncomfortable. The Italy Perfect Team]
July 20, 2017 - Website

Vela Review

by David K
The apartment we rented from Italy Perfect was just that — perfect. Beautiful place, amazing views and outstanding location. Accessing the apartment was easy as we were met at the door and shown around. The apartment is spacious, well equipped and located in a wonderful part of the city. The building also had an incredibly helpful doorman (Paolo) who assisted us with everything we needed. We would stay here again in a heartbeat.
July 19, 2017 - Website

Vela Review

by Jane M
The gorgeous Vela apartment had my family feeling like royalty! Across the river from the Uffizi Gallery, the views were beautiful and we were close to everything we had planned - a cooking class (Eating Italy), a city tour (CrisRomanGuide), the Accademia, Ponte Vecchio shopping and watching the sunset from Piazzale Michelangelo. We even caught the high speed train one day for a quick trip to Venice! Well appointed and very comfortable, the Vela suited the five of us perfectly. Groceries, wine and gelato are a quick 3min walk around the corner, as well as numerous cafes! Having a washing machine and air conditioning during the July heat wave helped us all feel comfortable and relaxed after busy days of seeing the sights. We spent three weeks in Italy and our favorite accommodations were the ones booked through Lisa. I HIGHLY recommend this property and Italy Perfect!!! [Thank you Jane, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
July 31, 2015 - Website

Vela Review

by Joyce & H.T.
We were very pleased with the apartment; it was spacious and elegant with a magnificent view of the Arno River, Ponte Vecchio and the museums across the river. It was within easy walking distance of the major attractions and there were numerous restaurants in the area. They were good but it seems the quality of food seems to have gone down versus our earlier trip to Italy in the mid-80’s. That is not to say the food was bad, there just weren’t any “Ah-Ha” moments. Believe the food would have been better away from the cities. There is an excellent grocery store within a few hundred meters of the apartment that we made good use of. Like the French, the Italians don’t seem to be much on breakfast. Believe we hit the weather just right. A little later and things would have been uncomfortably warm. Support staff in Florence was great! They were very cordial and helpful for the few requests we made. In fact, the same can be said of all the Italian people we ran into. FYI, we had spent a week in Rome before taking the train to Florence. Many of the comments about Florence, especially the restaurants, held true there as well. The only negative we had was our departure from the Florence Airport. No one seemed to be in charge. There were long lines that you really weren’t sure of whether you were in the right one or not. Quite frankly, it reminded us of our days living in the middle east. Guess the best take away is be sure to have plenty of time allocated to airport activities.
January 31, 2015 - Website

Vela Review

by Scott
Best location, just a few steps from Ponte Vecchio on the Oltro Arno side. Apartment was spacious, clean, and comfortable. Made extensive use of the kitchen due to convenient supermarket just two blocks away. Look forward to returning someday!
August 15, 2014 - Website

Vela Review

by Paula
We had an excellent stay. The location of the apartment was the best in the city and the views were unforgettable. Italy Perfect also did an excellent job with reminders and prep for the stay. My family had an incredible vacation.
November 8, 2012 - Website

Vela Review

by Joanie & Ed
We could not have been happier with the location, size, or amenities the Vela provided. We took advantage of having provisions in the apartment when we arrived as we knew we would be tired and had quests arriving the next day. It's great to be able to walk into the apartment and to be able to open a bottle of wine and have some bread and cheese while looking out at the Arno. With the exception of some pesky mosquitoes we had no issues at all. The greeter and building staff were extremely kind and helpful. If you will be in Firenze long enough - seriously consider joining the Friends of the Uffizi (Amici Degli Uffizi) it provides unlimited visits to many of the major museums with no reservations necessary and much shorter lines. Although the location is outstanding, remember the parking and driving restrictions quests and friends will have to deal with. We strongly recommend both Italy Perfect and the Vela apartment.
August 26, 2012 - Website

Vela Review

by Mariana
The location was perfect for our family, the city is amazing. Italy Perfect helped us to create our own calendar -- which was magnificent (tour guide, art classes and other suggestions). The apartment was super clean and everything worked perfectly. Anything we needed was available and done. We want to go back!!!!!

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Things to See & Do

Ponte Vecchio (5 mins Walking)
Awesome ancient bridge over Florence's Arno river that has survived 800 years. Famous for the shops of goldsmiths along its length.
Boboli Gardens (10 mins Walking)
Expansive and beautiful gardens behind the famous Pitti Palace with statues including the fat man (Bacchus) on the turtle.
Pitti Palace (10 mins Walking)
The famous Medici family's home, it is a large museum with many fascinating galleries. It opens to the large Boboli gardens that may be visited separately. I the origin of the Vasari Corridor, an enclosed, protective "bridge" between the palace and the Medici offices at the Uffizi.
Uffizi Gallery (10 mins Walking)
One of the greatest museums in the world. The defining collection of Renaissance art. A tour is recommended.
Duomo (15 mins Walking)
Florence's famous and glorious cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, beautiful to gaze at since the 1300s. Don't miss and, if you can, read about -- then visit the amazing dome by Brunelleschi erected without scaffolding!
Piazza della Repubblica (15 mins Walking)
A great piazza of Florence. The shape reflects its role as the forum in Roman times. Now it has fine palaces and a triumphal arch and colonnaded sidewalks. You will see street artists, impromptu musical performances and a colorful merry-go-round. Glitterati in the fancy cafes.

Public Transport

Firenze S. M. Novella (20 mins Walking)
Florence Santa Maria Novella main train station

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