15 Best Apartment Rentals and Airbnbs in Florence, Italy

Florence is one of the most historically-rich cities in all of Europe and is one of the top-rated destinations to visit in Italy. This romantic city surrounded by the rolling hills of Tuscany is an absolute must-visit for anyone planning a trip to Europe anytime soon.

Finding a place to stay in Florence can be difficult, but you can truly get the most for your money by staying in an apartment rental. Plus, many of the best Airbnbs in Florence have breathtaking terrace views of the city and the Duomo, which is the top sight to see in the city!

To make your research a lot easier when planning trip a to Florence, I’ve rounded up this list of the 15 best places to stay in Florence. No matter if you’re spending only 2 days in Florence or you’re staying for a week, I’m sure you will find the perfect holiday rental in this article that suits all your needs!

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Overview of the Best Holiday Rentals in Florence 

Before you consult my guide to the best apartments in Florence, let me help you get orientated, especially if it’s your first time visiting the city. 

Florence is located in Tuscany and is the capital of the region. The city straddles the Arno river which flows through the town beneath a string of ornate bridges, with Ponte Vecchio being one of the city’s touristic highlights. The historic core of the city, the Duomo neighborhood, is where you’ll find all the star attractions of any Florence itinerary. If it’s your first time visiting I recommend that you choose accommodation in this part of town. 

Slightly further afield you will find San Marco to the north of the center and Santa Croce to the east. These two neighborhoods are both situated within walking distance of the main attractions, however, the accommodation is less expensive and somewhat quieter. 


If you cross over the Arno you will arrive into the Oltrarno quarter. Oltrarno means ‘beyond the Arno’ and this district is swimming in yet more museums, galleries, and resplendent green parks. This is a lovely place to find holiday rentals in Florence if it’s your second visit or you want to be away from the hustle and bustle. It’s also a wonderful location for families or honeymooners. Keep traveling south from here and you’ll soon reach the Tuscan hills.

If you want to read more about the characteristics of each area, make sure to check my in-depth guide about the best areas to stay in Florence!

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Quick Lockdown of the Best Apartment Rentals in Florence, Italy

Renting an apartment in Florence is by far the best accommodation option as it means that you have more space to unwind after a busy day of exploring. The other benefit is that you can preserve some money by cooking a couple of meals for yourself. 

Before we dive into my complete list of accommodations, these are my top picks for the best apartment rentals in Florence Italy:

Keep reading to know more about each apartment and to find some more amazing holiday rentals in Florence to choose from!

Best Apartment Rentals and Airbnbs in Florence, Italy

1. The Loft

The Loft
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Price range: $
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

This funky apartment with bucket loads of space and natural light is one of the coolest Florence vacation rentals you will find. High ceilings, loads of windows, and exposed brickwork create an industrial chic edginess that’s atypical of classic Florentine apartments.

The master bedroom is fitted with a queen-size bed and a freestanding bathtub which you’ll love after a day spent sightseeing in town. There is a second bedroom that contains two twin beds. Another perk of this loft is the courtyard garden which is exclusively for guest use. It’s a lovely spot to top up your vitamin D!

The apartment is located in the Oberdan neighborhood which sits just to the east of the city center and Santa Croce. It is only a 20-minute walk to the Duomo and the area is populated with some fantastic local eateries and grocery shops. 

Guest review: “This property is magical! We loved being in this space! We find it hard to match the quality of our own home when we travel, but this matched/exceeded our expectations. It’s very cool! We will certainly book this property again when in Florence, Italy.” – Carol, December 2019

2. John’s Dome 

John's Dome
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 6 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

Overlooking the Mercato Centrale and boasting two huge outdoor terraces, this is one of the best holiday rentals in Florence for those who like to cook and enjoy the results al fresco. The views from said terraces are world-class, overlooking the bustling city with panoramas of the Tuscan hills in the distance. The contemporary interiors extend to a modern kitchen decked out in scarlet red, immaculate bathrooms, and tasteful wall art. 

The apartment is conveniently situated right in the heart of the city. Bear in mind that this apartment is located on the fourth floor and the block does not offer a lift, so that may not be appropriate for all guests. However, if you want to burn off all that pizza and gelato, you may appreciate the daily workout.

3. Elegant Penthouse fit for Royalty

Admire the Sumptuous Style at an Elegant Riverside Penthouse
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 6 people
Minimum stay: 1 night

Wondering where to stay in Florence? Look no further than this elegant penthouse. It features three bedrooms and three bathrooms, making it one of the best Airbnbs in Florence for up to six guests at a time. Oh, and did I mention it’s located inside a 17th-century palace? What more could you ask for!

In addition to the three bedrooms and three full bathrooms, there’s also a full kitchen, living room, dining room, grand entrance and entryway, and two outdoor spaces for you to admire Tuscany.

The furniture is truly fit for royalty, as is the color palette of the entire penthouse. Throughout, you’ll find dark forest greens, vibrant reds, marble, and even gold furnishings. If you want to live like royalty, this Airbnb in Florence is the perfect place for you. It’s located near the Arno River, next door to the American Embassy.

Guest review: “Despite the luxury and size of the penthouse, it turned out to be very cozy. Terraces with breathtaking views. Daniele is an amazing host!”– Yana, September 2019

4. Exclusive Suite with Amazing Terrace 

EXCLUSIVE SUITE with Amazing Terrace in the heart of Florence Ponte Vecchio
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Price range: $
Sleeps: Up to 7 people
Minimum stay: 1 night

This dainty abode is one of the best apartments in Florence if you want to experience local life. It is kitted out with unique period furnishings and original Persian rugs that encourage you to feel right at home. One of the most attractive aspects of the apartment is the corner dining table from which you can gaze out across the surrounding residences and rooftops. This space opens out onto a snug balcony where you can peer down at daily life in the picturesque alleyway. 

The apartment space comprises three bedrooms and two bathrooms that are fitted with tubs. There is a compact yet functional kitchen with a coffee machine, oven, and stove where you can whip up your own meals.   

The suite is located on the southern side of the Arno in the Costa San Giorgio neighborhood, within the Oltrarno district. This is ideal if you want to have easy access to the principal landmarks but also take some peaceful moments in the nearby parks and gardens.  

Guest review: “This is a truly authentic Florentine apartment in the heart of the action! Just steps away from the famous Ponte Vecchio and a few of the vibrant neighborhoods on that side of the river. Living like a Florentine.” – Jason, February 2020

5. Wonderful Penthouse with Duomo View

Wonderful Penthouse with Stunning View of Brunelleschi Cupola of Duomo
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 8 people
Minimum stay: 2 nights

Occupying the converted attic of a historic property, this four-bedroom apartment provides covetable views across the rooftops of Florence and affords views of the Duomo from the lounge. The high ceilings and white decor enhance the feeling of space and the apartment is carefully appointed to allow up to eight guests to coexist in harmony. 

As well as four bedrooms and three bathrooms, the apartment features a modern kitchen which is perfect for rustling up a dish of pasta. If you’re looking for pet-friendly apartment rentals in Florence Italy then note that this property allows your four-legged friends to stay. 

Situated in the heart of Santa Croce, the apartment is within walking distance of the many wonderful attractions of Florence. 

Guest review: “This penthouse was by far our favorite out of our multiple-city trip to Italy. Everything was smooth from check-in through checkout. Both Ruben and Daniela responded within 5 minutes whenever I reached out with a question. Penthouse was extremely clean, well-appointed (everything we needed was there) and I’d go back in a heartbeat and recommend it to friends and family.” – Patricia, October 2019

6. Romantic Apartment in the Heart of Florence

Romantic Apartment in the Heart of Florence
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Price range: $
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

Located in the Sant Ambrogio neighborhood, minutes away from the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, this cute little holiday rental is one of the best apartments in Florence if you’re looking for a romantic yet centrally located place. Thanks to the two bedrooms it can comfortably accommodate 4 people so it’s suitable for two couples or a family. But since the apartment is rather on the budget side, it can be an amazing choice for a romantic getaway with your significant other as well!

The apartment has an authentic Florentine style with two beautiful fireplaces, exposed beams and parquet. The furniture was made by Tuscan artists which makes the whole place even more authentic. If this weren’t enough, the rooftop view from the windows will surely steal your heart!

One of the biggest draws of this apartment in Florence other than its cozy inside area is the fact that it comes with free parking which is not so easy to come by in the city. Please note that the parking area is 15 minutes away from the apartment but in exchange it’s behind close gates so your car will be absolutely safe while you’re in Florence.

Guest review: “We stayed four amazing nights in this place. Everything about the apartment is perfect. The kitchen is big enough to cook breakfast. It even has dishwasher. The beds are comfortable. We had amazing four nights of our best sleep in Florence. The owner David and Claudia were always willing to help you with any questions that we had. They even greeted as in a bus station and guided us to the apartment on our arrival in Florence. We will greatly recommend this place if you want to stay in Florence.” – Bernadette, May 2019

7. The Academy

The Academy
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 7 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

Is it a holiday home or is it a museum? As one of the most artistic apartment rentals in Florence Italy, this home is brimming with antiques, oil paintings, books, and statues. The Aladdin’s Cave of holiday homes even features splendid views of the Duomo so you really don’t need to leave the apartment to capture a sense of Florence!

The apartment comprises four bedrooms and three bathrooms to ensure a comfortable family stay. One bathroom is equipped with a fabulous whirlpool tub so you don’t need to worry about searching for a spa in town. 

This offbeat apartment is located in the midst of the historical center within walking distance of the major museums, galleries, boutiques, and of course, Ponte Vecchio. 

8. Lovely Flat with Terrace and Duomo View

Lovely flat in Florence city center with terrace and Duomo view
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Price range: $
Sleeps: Up to 5 people 
Minimum stay: 2 nights

If you’re seeking wallet-friendly apartment rentals in Florence Italy with unforgettable views then this little treasure will not disappoint you. Your spacious terrace overlooks the iconic Duomo and is the perfect spot to enjoy a leisurely breakfast or evening glass of wine. For those who prefer shade, you will appreciate the fact that the patio is partially covered. 

The apartment features two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lounge, and a fully equipped kitchen. The color scheme is particularly fetching, with a ruby red master suite and a golden second bedroom. In contrast, the kitchen is decorated in a soothing mint green hue.

It’s located right by the Sant’ Ambrogio Market which is on the cusp of the Duomo and Santa Croce neighborhoods. Step outside this historic Florentine building and you are mere moments away from the best museums, galleries, and restaurants in town.

Guest review: “The apartment was very comfortable and the managers was very attentive to our needs. The local neighborhood had several very nice restaurants and it was convenient to local markets. I recommend this apartment highly.” – Richard, July 2019

9. Renaissance-Style Opulent Apartment for Three

Renaissance Apartment in Historic Building with Duomo Views
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 3 people
Minimum stay: 2 nights

This Renaissance-style apartment looks like an accommodation straight out of history which undoubtedly makes it one of the best Airbnbs in Florence. The interior has been designed to precisely reflect the way of life for Florentines in the early Renaissance, and it’s very lavish. Plus, it’s located right next to the Duomo. Look out your window and see it right across the street!

The furnishings inside consist of a unique bookcase surrounding the bed’s headboard, fresco paintings on the walls, an indoor fireplace, and a full kitchen. Even though it’s decorated historically, it has modern luxuries like Cable TV and an air conditioner to keep you comfortable!

This amazing Airbnb in Florence is fit for up to 3 guests, featuring one bedroom and two bathrooms. It boasts a perfect 5-star rating, making it one of the best places to stay in Florence. If you’ll be in Florence for a short time, this is the perfect place for you to stay.

Guest review: “Fantastic Hosts, extremely responsive and helpfull and went well above and beyond, Very Comfortable and Amazingly decorated Renaissance Home and Prime City Center Piazza de Duoumo Location with direct “front line” views of the Duomo !!! Looking forward to returning.”– Brian, October 2020

10. Meringue

Meringue
Photo credit: Meringue via Plumguide.com

Price range: $
Sleeps: Up to 6 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

This cozy apartment is meticulously laid out to make the most of the space available. Its defining feature is its gorgeous outdoor terrace which is around the same size as the apartment itself. The space includes plush sofas and a dining table, and the master bedroom opens up onto the patio, where you are enveloped by the meringue-colored walls of the residence. 

The two bedrooms feature luxurious quilting and cushions that ensure everyone sleeps like royalty. If you need additional space then the sofa in the lounge converts into a third bed and is useful for vacationing families. 

You’ll struggle to find Florence vacation rentals that compare in terms of location for the price point. Its prime location means that the train station is five minutes away, Piazza della Repubblica is six, and the Duomo only two.

11. Take Me To Church

Take Me To Church
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Price range: $$
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Minimum stay: 4 nights

Located in the medieval town of Lucca, this apartment is the perfect option if you want to visit Florence but stay outside the city itself for a night or two. It’s also only a 20-minute drive away from the Leaning Tower of Pisa. 

Fitted with two bedrooms and two bathrooms, this cute nook is perfect for traveling friends or a pair of couples. A real highlight is its swanky and spacious lounge which affords tonnes of space for entertaining, playing games, or watching a movie. The terrace with its view of the local church is accessible via the second bedroom. It’s the dreamiest spot for a candlelight dinner or a morning coffee. 

A lovely alternative to apartment rentals in Florence Italy.

12. The Old Ford

The Old Ford
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

The floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room of this holiday home look directly out over the Ponte Vecchio. Crank open the door and step onto your private balcony and you can listen to the water gush past while gazing at one of the most famous sights in the city. 

The living space and bedroom are decorated with elegant wooden furniture, natural hues and fibers, and ambient fixtures. There is one bedroom and one bathroom with the option to sleep two additional people on the sofa bed in the common area. 

Due to its location and overall attractiveness, this apartment does get booked up far in advance so I recommend you plan ahead if you want to choose this for your Florence home base. 

13. River Elegance 

River Elegance
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Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 10 people
Minimum stay: 3 nights

This sophisticated and contemporary apartment sits alongside the Arno and rewards you with unrivaled views of the Ponte Vecchio. The heart of the apartment is the gigantic living room which features a working fireplace. This communal space is kitted with sumptuous seating where you can while away an evening talking, eating, or indulging in a movie marathon. From here you can just see the tip of the Duomo. 

The property features five bedrooms and five bathrooms, making it the perfect choice for a family or group of friends seeking a luxurious holiday rental. The apartment makes good use of space and gives guests the chance to indulge in their privacy. For fitness fanatics on the hunt for apartments in Florence, you may be delighted to hear that this one is equipped with a basic home gym. 

The apartment is situated on the south bank of the river, moments from Ponte Vecchio. It is the ideal spot for exploring both sides of the Arno. 

14. Limonata 

Limonata
Photo credit: Limonata via Plumguide.com

Price range: $$$
Sleeps: Up to 4 people
Minimum stay: 4 nights

Situated within a heritage building that dates back to the 12th century, this apartment is phenomenally well preserved. The interiors strive to impress with an original wooden ceiling and extensive roof terrace with its own lemon tree. From here you can soak up views across the city skyline, enjoy al fresco dining and bask beneath the rays in between sightseeing in Florence. 

The decor in the apartment is pleasant but rather simple and invites you to relax. More importantly, the property is well equipped with two comfortable bedrooms, two marble bathrooms, and a well-stocked kitchen where you can prepare your own meals. 

The location, right in the heart of the Duomo neighborhood, is flawless and features all the tourist spots of Florence right on your doorstep. This is easily one of the best Florence vacation rentals for first-time visitors. 

15. Converted Palace with Jacuzzi

Cozy Converted Palace near Duomo with Jacuzzi
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Price range: $$
Sleeps: Up to 3 people
Minimum stay: 1 night

This list of best Airbnbs in Florence had to end strong, so here’s a fantastic palace that has been converted! It’s great for three guests and is incredibly unique with its classic Italian furniture, jacuzzi, high ceilings, and marble details throughout. Plus, the host offers free wi-fi and Netflix during your stay! It’s the little touches like a heated towel rack in the bathroom that sets this accommodation apart.

It’s located right in the San Marco district, surrounded by tons of great shops and restaurants. If you want affordable accommodation situated inside a historic palace, then this Airbnb in Florence is the perfect place for you! Live like luxury while on a traveler’s budget.

Guest review: “This place is perfect for anyone who plans to explore the town and eat *all* their meals out. The bath tub was super appreciated and bathroom in general was super stylish and luxurious. The location is absolutely perfect, mere steps from the duomo and close to tons of restaurants and also a grocery store right across the street.”– Patricia, November 2020

Final Thoughts

No matter when you visit Florence, you’re in for a treat! Staying in a unique accommodation featuring a terrace or even staying in a historic converted palace will make your trip to this gorgeous city unforgettable. I hope you liked this post about the best apartment rentals in Florence and you will manage to find the perfect place for your upcoming Florence trip.

If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment below or send me an email, I always love helping you out! Do you know of any other unique Airbnbs in Florence that I should include on this list? Tell me about it in the comments!

xoxo, Kriszti


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