This is our apartment which, since we are not using very often, you are very welcome to rent and enjoy when we are not there. ;) but please remember that this is a private home mainly intended for personal use and only sometimes rented to tourists so please don't expect high standards. Also please remember that, to protect the tranquillity of our neighbors, unfortunately if we receive complaints of any kind from them you will LOSE your Security Deposit money. We are sorry to force this rule on you but it is to avoid problems we've had with tourists in the past. Here are the answers to the questions that I receive more than 10 times/day (the first six 99% of the times):
WILL I SIGN A CONTRACT AND COMMUNICATE THE ID DOCUMENTS OF ALL THE GROUP-MEMBERS? YES.
Since we declare all these rent-incomes in our Taxes Declarations I really need you to sign a Rent Contract (even if you stay only 3 days) that I will send you by eMail and you will have to sign and send back by eMail. Additionally we also need the info of the National ID Documents that you and all your group-members will bring in your vacation (the local authorities gave all house-owners the obligation to communicate the identity of all their renters since 2012). Sorry, but if you don't complete this step within 48 hours from booking I reserve myself the right to cancel it.
IS IT AVAILABLE? YES.
You don't need to ask me. If the Airbnb Calendar shows the place as Available then you can book immediately.
WHAT 'S THE TOTAL COST? THE ONE CALCULATED HERE BY AIRBNB.
You don't need to ask me. Simply select your days of Arrival/Departure and the exact number of Group Members and Airbnb will show you the Total Cost (Deposit excluded).
GAS, WATER ELECTRICITY PAID AT THE END FOR RENTS LONGER THAN 1 WEEK
For 8 days or more the utilities would not be included and you should pay them at the end of your stay proportionally to your use (with this latest average cost of my recent bills):
Ga (Website hidden by Airbnb) 0.98 € / m3
Water 2.97 € / m3
Electricity 0.29 € / kWh
To calculate how much you have used you would simply have to send me the photos of the readings in "cubic meters" and "kilowatt hours" of the gas meter, water meter and electricity meter on your arrival day and on your departure day.
HOW TO PAY? TO AIRBNB.
The Payment Method of Rent and Deposit is the one that you prefer paying directly to Airbnb (as an intermediary).
LOOSING SECURITY DEPOSIT MONEY
The Deposit Money will be returned to you 48h after your departure only if you have followed all the rules shown here below at the end. The Deposit Money is automatically credited on the day of your arrival from the same method of payment you chose during booking.
WHEN CAN I CHECK IN? IT DEPENDS.
It is very important that you tell me immediately during booking your arrival and departure times. Usually the rule is:
Arrival after 4pm
Departure before 1pm
But if you ask me in advance I will try to see if it is possible to make an exception.
IS THE "CLEANING FEE" REALLY FOR A CLEANING SERVICE? NO. YOU HAVE TO CLEAN ON YOUR LAST DAY.
What Airbnb calls "Cleaning Fee" is an amount I use only to "redistribute" the total cost to strongly discourage very short rents of 1 or 2 days. For example:
1-day Rent —> 500€ + 10€
60-day Rent —> 500€ + 600€
So for this booking it is not a fee for a cleaning service but simply part of the rent cost: As explained below you can rent this place only if you accept the obligation to leave the place in perfect order and cleanness before your departure as an obligatory condition to receive back your Security Deposit Money (which is apart and not to be confused with the cleaning fee)
ARE BEDSHEETS AND TOWELS INCLUDED? ONLY IF YOU WASH DRY THEM AT THE END.
We offer at your arrival bed sheets and towels available in the house but only at this condition: if, before your departure, you wash and dry them using the washing machine and dryer available in the house. I'm sorry, but you will lose your Deposit money if you forget to wash and dry them in case you have used them.
Since this is not a "Bed-and-Breakfast" or "Vacation-House" Activity but simply a private rent, this rent is not legally allowed to include any additional service such as: Daily Cleaning Service, Daily Bed Linen and Bathroom Towels Replacement, Food, etc... It's not that we don't want to give you these services, it's the local Law that strictly prohibits it to avoid unfair competition to the Hotel Business. ;(
IS IT NEAR THE CITY CENTER? YES.
This is a lovely Apartment with a FANTASTIC view of Florence at a 20-minute walking-distance (or a 7-minute public-bus-distance) from the historical Centre of Florence.
HOW MANY BEDS ARE THERE?
It has beds for 4 people:
1 Double Bed
2 Single Beds
HOW MANY BEDROOMS ARE THERE? 2.
WHAT ARE THE APPLIANCES/FURNITURE?
Air Conditioning (Heating/Cooling)
Powerful Heating System in each Room
- Washer/Dryer Hybrid
- Induction Cookers (Latest technology to cook)
- Fridge with Freezer,
- Powerful Hot Water Boiler (hot shower for as long as you want)
- Wardrobes and Drawers
ARE THERE MANY SHOPS AROUND? YES.
The location of the house has all kinds of shops you need right next-door: many groceries, supermarkets, cafes, clothes' shops, pubs/bars, etc...
IS THERE FREE PARKING? KIND OF
In the entire city of Florence there are only two types of parking spots: the blue parking and the white parking. The blue parking has to be paid for each hour of use. The white parking instead is free but only residents are allowed to use it. If you're not afraid to get a fine from the police you can use the white parking spots which are practically everywhere. In this residential non-truistic part of the city police is very permissive about letting non-residents use the white parking spots and I have never heard about of or seen any non-resident receiving a fine for this... but it is not guaranteed. Use at your own risk.
IS IT NEAR TRAIN STATION AND AIRPORT? YES, VERY.
You can reach it from Central Train Station "Santa Maria Novella" in 10min with Bus 17 or Bus 11. If you arrive from the Airport there also is a special AeroBus that will take you directly and automatically to the Central Train Station.
IS THERE AN ELEVATOR? YES
WILL YOU ASSIST ME? OF COURSE.
During your stay I will be constantly available for questions or assistance through The free Airbnb App downloadable in your smartphone or tablet where we can speak for free. Alternatively by phone
HOUSE RULES AND DEPOSIT MONEY
The Security Deposit that you have authorized to Airbnb will be automatically "blocked" (not "paid") on your credit card or bank account and it will be "unblocked" 48 hours after leaving only at the conditions below. If instead you didn't follow the House Rules then the Deposit will be really paid. I am sorry about so many rules, but they are necessary to avoid problems we've had in the past with other guests:
1.If I don't receive complaints of any kind from the neighbors. it is very important that you respect the permanent neighbors by not making noise (especially at night) and using your keys instead of ringing their bells to open the street-door.
2. If you are no more the number of persons you have paid for.
3. If you have left the House "perfectly clean and tidy for the next Guests":
Leaving the House perfectly clean and tidy for the next Guests means that, in the 24 hours before your departure, you must have:
left the bathroom "very clean",
- put all the Bedsheets and Towels that you used inside the Washer-Dryer Hybrid and started a Wash&Dry cycle.
swept the floors,
washed the floors,
- TURNED OFF THE CENTRALIZED HEATING AND AIRCONDITIONING!!!
- thrown your garbage in the public garbage containers on the public street near the house,
left no food around that could attract bugs and insects,
- left the refrigerator "very clean".
- left all windows closed to prevent rain inside (but mostly birds and their poop!),
- turned off all the lights,
washed your dishes,
closed all umbrellas,
- put everything (objects, furniture, …) back to its original position,
- replaced consumables when they are less then half-full (like Toilet Paper, Washer Soap...),
- returned the keys before the Check Out time.
Don't worry! It's faster than it sounds!
Please, during your booking request confirm that you have read and understood all the description of the Ad and the Deposit Rules and tell me your arrival/departure times on your first/last days and the following info below from the National ID Documents that you'll bring with you. Sorry, I can't accept your booking without those confirmations. Thanks for your cohoperation! ;)
National ID Info fo all group-members:
National ID Info of just you (who will sign the contract):
ID document type:
ID document number:
ID document origin (City in which it was made):