Find the best Airbnb for your trip to Florence, Italy | Courtesy of Domizio / Airbnb
Looking for unique and charming places to stay while on holiday in Florence? From luxury condos overlooking the city to restored Renaissance buildings steeped in history, these incredible Airbnbs in and around Tuscany’s capital are ideal choices for your visit.
17th-century Italian villa in the Tuscan countryside
A quintessential Italian villa in the Tuscan countryside, this sprawling 17th-century estate is so picture-perfect that it could be a Renaissance painting. Its private pool is fringed by vineyards and soaring cypress trees, while its interior is full of lovingly restored period features, antique furniture and eclectic decor spanning decades from the early 20th century to the present day (including a funky ’70s-style bathroom, chintzy floral sofas, retro posters and classic art in gilded frames). Balconies and terraces look out over olive groves and the villa’s landscaped garden, and the five bedrooms have a mix of king-, queen- and twin-size beds. Pick up fresh bread and biscotti from the local bakery, sample wine from the vineyard or zip into Florence from the train station in the nearby village.
You’ll find this tastefully decorated one-bedroom flat along an atmospheric street in the centre of Florence, surrounded by some of the city’s best restaurants and cafés. The decor is minimal and soothing, and the dreamy bedroom has a four-poster bed draped in flowing white fabrics and made up with lace sheets. You’ll want to cook at home, or at least have a few meals to go, in order to make the most of the intimate terrace. It’s surrounded by views of traditional terracotta roofs and forest-green shutters, and lined with archways covered in creeping vines, while the retractable striped awning shades you from the summer sun – the perfect setting for a romantic meal.
If you’ve ever dreamt of sleeping under frescoed ceilings in the birthplace of the Renaissance, you won’t beat this luxurious apartment in the heart of the city. It’s bright and spacious with tiled floors, authentic period details and an eclectic mix of antique and modern furniture. A full-size kitchen with an induction hob and stainless steel appliances make it perfect for either a relaxed family meal or for hosting a dinner party, and its two opulent bedrooms can easily accommodate up to eight guests. You’ll sleep in style close to major attractions, including Giotto’s Bell Tower, the church of Santa Maria Novella and the Duomo. Extra features include an original stone fireplace with a bio-furnace and a small but sunny balcony.
High above the city in the heart of the Oltrarno district, this immaculate one-bedroom condo overlooks the breathtaking Ponte Vecchio on the south bank of the Arno. Oversized pale-grey tiled floors, bare white walls and exposed A-frame wooden ceilings create a polished modern atmosphere. Minimalist, retro-chic furniture in muted tones of slate grey and purple are both stylish and comfortable, and a grand window in the kitchen allows for plenty of light and panoramic views over Italy’s most beautiful city. A sleek, luxurious bedroom features a cosy king-size bed and an en-suite bathroom made from marble, and there’s a balcony for al fresco meals under the Tuscan sun.
Overlooking the Neptune Fountain in the centre of Florence, this flamboyant three-bedroom townhouse occupies the top storey of a historic Renaissance-era building. Soaring frescoed ceilings, original terracotta flooring and antique furniture create an atmosphere of grandeur and elegance, and the decadent living room features an ornate tapestry and an imposing statue. Yet despite the antiques, this Airbnb retains a homely, welcoming vibe. French doors draped in heavy silks invite you out to the balcony, where you can marvel at the exquisite views of the bustling Piazza della Signoria below.
Situated in the rolling hills, a 30-minute drive from Florence’s city centre, Castello di Volognano is a fully restored 11th-century castle that has been updated with modern touches without losing any of its charm. Interiors boast authentic terracotta floors, exposed-wood ceilings and antique furniture spread across three levels. Enjoy picturesque walks in the surrounding vineyards and olive groves or take a swim in the huge pool, which offers 360-degree views over the scenery. Each of the six bedrooms is comfortable and uniquely decorated with four-poster beds and period finishes. A personal chef is available for cooking at an additional cost, and guests can enjoy the billiards lounge on the top level.
This 16th-century apartment occupies the first floor of the Palazzo Medici in the Oltrarno district. With high ceilings, herringbone tiling and antique furniture, the interiors are sophisticated and elegant, and tall arched windows draped in flowing white curtains bring in plenty of light. Covering three levels, the three bedrooms and four bathrooms comfortably accommodate up to six guests. Read a book by the carved stone hearth or prepare a family meal in the marble kitchen. The apartment is situated within walking distance of the various artisanal shops and lively nightlife of Santo Spirito, so you can enjoy the best of Florence from the decadence of this historic locale.
On the north bank of the Arno, this 17th-century palazzo is located in Florence’s most upscale neighbourhood and can sleep up to six. It’s a bright two-storey residence fashioned with original wall boiserie (wooden panelling) and sumptuous antique furniture in hues of red and gold. A professional-style kitchen is decorated in white and gold, with marble countertops adding luxury, while other standout features include three expansive terraces with panoramic views of the Duomo and an octagonal bedroom with an ornate arched ceiling. Enjoy charcuterie and wine on the patio or dine in the living room while watching the river gently flow by.
This lovely one-bedroom apartment sits directly on Via de’ Tornabuoni in the historical centre of Florence. Dark-wood flooring, brilliant white walls and framed artworks create a modern, gallery-like atmosphere. The minimalist contemporary furnishings are comfortable, and the apartment is stylised in soft tones of slate grey and energetic pops of red. Ideal for long lazy weekends, the flat accommodates up to three guests. After a day of shopping and sightseeing, relax with a glass of wine on the private outdoor patio. With Florence’s top designer boutiques, museums and restaurants right on your doorstep, you won’t have to go far to enjoy the best of the city.