We loved our spacious and homey apartment - Rosa. We booked Rosa because of the rooftop terrace, where we spent quality family time dining, talking and enjoying the flowers, sunsets and church bell. The kitchen was very well equipped, two bathrooms with soap and shampoo provided. The internet was wonderful. The laundry facilities were wonderful. We truly felt like we were living in a home.
A) Stairs - there are 61 stairs up to Apartmento Rosa. No lift. If you need assistance with luggage, arrange in advance with AccaciaFirenze - the management company.
B) Rosa is on the same floor as AccaciaFirenze's office - very convenient for question, help with tour bookings or dinner reservations.
C) Neighborhood - Santa Croce - very close to the Piazza Santa Croce. Depending on your age and inclination- this is either a good or a bad location. There are concerts and events in Piazza Santa Croce all season long. We could hear the miked music and speakers deep into the night. Also, there are at least 4 night clubs very close by, which are open until 4:00 am. Much noise from loud and drunk revelers, sounds of breaking glass, loud music, etc. After 4:00 am there is noise of garbage trucks and street sweepers. Bring earplugs if you don't plan to join the party and want to sleep.
D) Mosquitos - yep - Florence has mossies and no screens. Either sleep with window and shutters closed (which helps with noise - see above), or sleep covered in toxic repellent or bring cortisone ointment to help with the inevitable and numerous bites.
E) Third bed room with single bed- can be reached off dining area up some more stairs with a wobbly railing. Quite a treck to the bathroom at night - but quiet because it faces off the street.
F) Fan - Florence can be very hot. The apartment is naturally cool - especially if you remember to close the shutters before going out for the day. That being said, the management can provide pedestal fans upon request.
G) There is a wonderful binder full of useful and charming recommendations-be sure to read it. The AccaciaFirenze staff is very helpful.