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A concise guide for renting a student apartment in Florence.

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Why a student have to choose an apartment in Florence instead to live in hotel or in other places?

An apartment, provides you a different quality of life for your stay in Florence. You will find yourself hanging around in local markets buying your own bread, zucchini, tomatoes, salami or pecorino cheese. You will have the chance to buy and taste some exclusive bottle of wines with your friends and cook for them your own meals.
You will have all the room you need for studying, designing, painting or just relaxing yourself. The most important thing of all is to choose the right apartment for you.

The first thing most students get wrong, about renting an apartment in Italy, is they assume – wrongly – they can only rent one by the month. It is totally wrong. Tuscan Feeling, as many other international real estate companies, can provide you a long term rental, as long as you need.

Tuscan Feeling rent apartment on yearly or monthly basis. You can also rent apartments by the week, or even for just three nights.

Of course, apartments are rented at different nightly, weekly, and monthly rates, which vary by the quality of the apartment and the furnishing, the number of rooms and people, and the area of Florence where the apartment is. Everything is well indicated in every page of our website relating to each individual apartment.

In addition to technical data, related to the apartment (square meter, price, number of beds), Tuscan Feeling pays special attention to the completeness of the individual descriptions of the apartments. The descriptions, in fact, are the result of our thoughts and observations, after our careful examination visit. In them, you will find the strengths and weaknesses of each apartment, including the number of steps to climb (in the absence of a lift), the exact number of plans and a precise description of the appliances in your home.

We dedicate also much space to the description of the area and places of interest in the vicinity of each apartment. On each page, they are also shown useful places for the life of every day, such as proximity to banks, pharmacies, hospitals, small grocery stores, fruit and vegetable markets, or large supermarkets.

Comparing apartments by our site, it is not impossible, but we suggest you to ask in advance our offers. We could provide you a long list of free apartments, also showing you new entries at affordable prices.
Students are used to send us their request specifying budget and the school they are going to be part. Don’t forget to tell us you what are your real needs, and what you like and dislike. Our goal is to have satisfied clients.

Each apartment’s page on our website are with several pictures. Unlike what usually can be seen on the world wide web, we do not use a professional photographer who embellish the apartments that we propose you.
Our policy is to take pictures when we visit the apartments and to catch, in our experience, the important aspects. Our goal is to provide our customers a portfolio with realistic images, without filters, without wide-angle objectives, lighting installation and photoshop treatments.

We have now lost count of the times in which our customers have told us that the apartment is much nicer than they had imagined, looking at our photos.
For us, as long experienced real estate agents, it is a real great compliment. As amateur photographers, however, it forces us to improve our technique yet!
Tuscan Feeling provides you a professional service. We will send you a contract in english and italian in advance, just for you to know all the rental terms.
A deposit (or caparra) will usually be necessary to hold your reservation. The amount depends from the kind of rentals you have chosen. It is clearly indicated in the apartment page as well as all the additional costs. Long term rental contracts in Italy, usually, doesn’t comprise the utilities: gas, water and electricity, and the final cleaning fee.
The price of the utilities (as well as the final cleaning fee) is also indicated in the rental contract that we will send you in advance. All the utilities, as well as the rental fee, should be paid month per month. WiFi is usually an extra cost and should be asked in advance, for being sure that you can Skype with your parents (or your boy/girlfriend!) as well as you enter in your florentine apartment!
We also ask you to pay a deposit against potential damages. The money will be refunded when you check out. In the contract, you will also can read our cancellation policy.

At the moment of your check in a representative will usually meet you at the front door of the apartment, at a prearranged time according to your travel plan. Be sure to give us a working mobile phone number in Italy and, please, leave it on when you are in Florence!

He or she will lead you to the flat, show you which keys fit which locks, location of the fuse box, where are all the central controls for heating, gas, electricity, water, A/C. For avoiding any kind of problem we will provide in advance a local number to call if you have questions.
Most kitchens come fully equipped, but there are diffences between apartments. So check our website, to be sure that your apartment has dishwater, washing machine, oven or microwave. Towels and linens are provided, but maid service is an extra cost to ask in advance. Remember: You’re living like a local, which includes taking out the trash and recycling. Your host will show how and when you have to do that.

So, live like the locals and rent your own flat in Florence – it will likely be as cheap as (if not cheaper than) a hotel, plus will get you a kitchen and the other amenities of everyday life!

Here you find some suggestions for your stay in Florence:

Apt. S. APOSTOLI – 35sqm – 3rd floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. S. Apostoli terrace

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Apt. AMETISTA – 70sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Ametista's living room

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Apt. PAULA – 55sqm – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 2 persons

Apt. Paula's living room and kitchen

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August in Florence? All closed for holidays? Stay calm and enjoy the city!

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Are you in Florence, in August, and think you have the wrong month for your vacation? You are wrong! There are many good reasons to spend the summer in the city, starting with the possibility to park easily and move around with your car with no traffic.
Florentines loves August holidays, so the city is free from the crowds and the lines for the museums are short or non-existent. Shopping malls never close, as well as downtown shops an boutiques. This year, more then 60% of food stores will remain open and all local markets will remain in operation.
To escape from the big the heat and lack of tan you can always make use of the communal swimming pools. You can choose from the swimming pool the Pavoniere, in the heart of the Cascine Park, the crowded pool Costoli (reduced price for those arriving after lunch), and the less crowded pool Bellariva.
Pavoniere are in the Cascine Park, they were fully renovated in 2012. The pool is connected to a nice restaurant and a cocktail bar, in an elegant and refined atmosphere. The place is also ideal for a nice ‘aperitivo’.
If you are looking just for tan catching, a real good place is the Arno Beach, near S. Niccolò. A nice beach, well maintained, with a cocktail bar: a true guarantee place for relaxing after a sunny day in Florence.
Only in August, you can visit every day, the Torre di Arnolfo and Torre di San Niccolò, a great occasion to admire the city from a breathtaking perspective. Tuscan Feeling has many apartments in the area, and is an opportunity not to be missed.
During the month of August, Tuscan Feeling suggest you try the experience of renting an apartment in San Frediano or near S. Croce, in the deep heart of Florence.

Apt. LA TIPOGRAFIA – 100 m2 – 1st floor (without elevator) – for 4 persons

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La Tipografia

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Apt. AUREA – 140 m2 – 2nd floor (without elevator) – for 6 persons

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Aurea

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‘Amore’ and food. Learning to cook Italian in Florence is easy!

You need passion for cooking, and a lot of ‘amore‘!

That’s what, usually, all the chefs says. Food is not only nourishing but also comforting, loving, fun, pleasurable, stimulating. If you decided to learn to cook Italian and you want to attend the best cooking schools, Florence is the right city!

Passion and ‘amore’ are not enough to become the best Italian chefs of all the times and maybe take part in Masterchef! You need hard work, concentration and, above all, a good cooking school.

In the historic center, where are many of the apartments that www.tuscanfeeling.com offers in Florence, there’s Apicius: the most famous cooking school of Italy. They provide a professional and academic environment in which students can gain expertise in the areas of business, hospitality & tourism, culinary arts, wine studies, and publishing. It is probably the best you can find in Florence. Discover their study programs www.apicius.it

Italian cuisine is a mix of tradition and innovation. Our cultural origins and food, are always in our heart and they are the first step in the construction of new recipes. Our cuisine is a discipline in constant motion. Our food is not the simple result of an ancient tradition, but a product of constant innovation. That’s why, you should like to experiment with different tastes and textures, taking inspiration from the Italian culinary culture to create your own personal recipes.

Keep in mind that italian chefs, usually, try to remain faithful to the authentic Italian traditions, flavors, and ingredients. Food in Italy, it is not just a simple nourishing, but something more and sublime. It is something that have to do with social life and with self knowledge. In Italy we say that “A tavola non si invecchia” (one does not grow old at the table). It means that the pleasure of good food, wine, and company is can stop the passage of the time.

Since you decided to learn cooking, you’ll certainly need your own kitchen, where you will be keen to exercise and experience. That’s why, we suggest to rent an apartment in Florence. Tuscan Feeling can offer you a choice of apartments with fully equipped kitchens, in the typical italian style. I mean, kitchen with gas stove, oven, refrigerator, freezer, microwave, and especially with a dishwasher. We are sure you will appreciate the fact that you have a dishwasher in your apartment in Florence, once you have finished cooking!

If you are a true lover of Italian food or just a curious, there are many people in Florence, that offer fun and informal lessons about florentine cuisine and culture, as it happens in many other parts of Europe and US. We call them ‘chef a domicilio’. You have to agree with them the menu and the price (that clearly changes depending on what you want) and give them some basic directions. They come to your apartment, they cook your dinner and when they leave home, the kitchen is in perfect order. Of course you need to have your own kitchen.

If you dream to learn cooking Italian, you have to come to Florence! In Leonardo and Michelangelo’s town, you will find the right balance between art, food, cuisine and culture, to fully understand the Italian way of life.

Apicius School is located in the heart of the historical center, where you can find many www.tuscanfeeling.com ‘s apartments. We could suggest you, for having an idea, three different locations:

1)    Apt GIRASOLI – Lovely 60sqm apartment located at the first floor of an elegant eighteen century building, in a quiet street of the historical center, between Piazza San Marco and the Church of San Lorenzo. http://www.tuscanfeeling.com/details.php?n=GIRASOLI&submit=Invia&l=IN

2)    Apt. AMETISTA – Cozy 70mq apartment located in an nice nineteenth century building, in a typical street of the historical center, between Piazza San Marco and the Church of San Lorenzo, near the police station. http://www.tuscanfeeling.com/details.php?n=ametista&submit=Submit

3)    Apt. VINCENT - Spacious apartment situated on the second floor of a typical classic Florentine house, located between Piazza San Marco and Piazza Indipendenza, near Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia, the Conservatorio Luigi Cherubini and Opificio