Most conscious travelers have something in common, they are all looking for a more authentic and localized experience that benefits the local community as much as it does themselves.
If there’s one way to have a true authentic experience in Florence it’s to stay in a real Florentine apartment rather than in one of Florence’s many hotels.
While Airbnb has some pretty good spots, we’ve found the selection on Vrbo in Florence Italy to have the best options— and so many to choose from. We’ve shortlisted the best of Vrbo Florence Italy featuring 9 incredible places to stay in Florence.
Here are the criteria we’ve based it on:
Location: All of these vrbo apartments in Florence are in top-notch locations. From being a stone’s throw from the center to being in the hip and trendy Oltrarno.
Cool factor: This could be that it has great design, a historic touch, or something that just wowed us.
Space: Space is hard to come by in Florence, apartments are usually a little on the smaller side, so we’ve taken into consideration how much space each of the apartments offers.
Price: We’ve included a space for every budget from ultra-luxury to budget backpackers there’s a VRBO in Florence that fits every travel budget.
The Best of VRBO Florence Italy
Peaceful Santa Croce Apartment
Nightly Cost: $275
Location: Santa Croce
Located in a 13th-century “palazzo,” this apartment effortlessly combines old-world charm with modern amenities. Meticulously renovated, it boasts a unique feature—a delightful small balcony—and the added comfort of air conditioning in every room, a rarity in Florence.
Situated on the first floor (second floor by American standards), the apartment has the convenience of an elevator, a true luxury in this city.
When you step outside you’ll be immersed in the heart of the Santa Croce neighborhood, just a short five-minute stroll from the city’s main attractions.
Nearby, you’ll discover a grocery store and a bustling street lined with inviting coffee shops and mouthwatering restaurants. Despite its central location, the apartment exudes a tranquil ambiance, guaranteeing peaceful nights and restful sleep.
San Niccolo Garden Home
Nightly Cost: $270
Location: San Niccolo
This apartment is nestled in the historic neighborhood of San Niccolo, known for its iconic landmarks such as Piazzale Michelangelo and the Rose Gardens.
Located on the first floor of a medieval building called Quarratesi tower-house, this architectural relic from the medieval era exudes a timeless allure. While the apartment itself was created in a later period, it has preserved the original structure’s charm.
Enjoying serene views of Palazzo Vegni park, this apartment offers a tranquil retreat. The adjacent park, which houses a university branch, opens its doors for free visits every Sunday.
The location, just 500 meters from the renowned Ponte Vecchio, strikes the perfect balance between proximity to popular attractions and a tranquil ambiance away from tourist crowds.
This vrbo is located just steps away from some of the city’s best restaurants, which is a key factor for a good trip to Florence.
Historical and Luxury House
Bedrooms: Three (Loft Style)
Nightly Cost: $383
Location: Santa Croce Neighborhood
If the rich history of Florence excites you, then this apartment is a perfect fit. From its exposed stone and frescoed walls to its exceptional charm, this apartment exudes a timeless beauty that will transport you to the Renaissance era.
Situated in the Santa Croce neighborhood, you’ll be right in the heart of the city, surrounded by narrow cobblestone streets and quaint cafes, where the real Florentines live their everyday lives. Immerse yourself in the local culture and experience the vibrant atmosphere that makes Florence so enchanting.
While staying in this remarkable apartment, you’ll also have the luxury of being on the border of tourist areas, allowing you to easily explore the iconic landmarks and attractions that Florence has to offer.
From the magnificent Duomo to the iconic Ponte Vecchio, you’ll be just steps away from immersing yourself in the city’s rich heritage and architectural marvels.
It’s important to note that this apartment is located on the 3rd floor with no elevator. Being a historical building, the steps may not always be even or smooth, adding to the authentic charm of the place. While this unique feature adds character to the apartment, it may not be ideal for elderly individuals or young children.
Nightly Cost: $1,553
Location: Near Uffizi Gallery
If you’re seeking a luxurious vacation in Italy, you have more options than just the five-star hotels in Florence. Take it up a notch by staying in this exquisite Vrbo apartment located in the 19th-century Palazzo Fossi. With its ornate ceilings and stunning living spaces (the kitchen is absolutely breathtaking), you’ll truly feel like Florentine royalty when you return to the palace after a day of sightseeing.
The location is perfect, it’s near the Arno River and just around the corner from the Uffizi Gallery. This area offers everything you need, from charming cafes and world-renowned restaurants to an array of shopping opportunities.
Night at the Museum Apartment
Nightly Cost: $204
Location: In front of Uffizi Gallery
This charming apartment is definitely the biggest bang for your buck. It’s conveniently situated in the heart of the city center. Its prime location offers unparalleled proximity to the world-renowned Uffizi Gallery, as it’s quiet literally just across the street from the main exit. This means that you can easily beat the lines at the Uffizi and you’re just a few steps away lies the iconic Piazza della Signoria.
The apartment is on the top floor so you’ll need to climb approximately 80 steps but don’t let that deter you, it not only adds to the authenticity of the place but also provides an opportunity to work off all the pasta and gelato.
Stepping inside, you’ll be greeted by a space that effortlessly combines timeless elegance with Florence’s distinctive aesthetic– polished wooden floors and exposed beams above add a touch of rustic charm.
But the true main attraction awaits you on the tiny terrace, where you can sip Aperol spritz while taking in the view of the Tower of Palazzo Vecchio.
Loft w/ 360° view
Bedrooms: Two (Loft Style)
Nightly Cost: $441
Location: Center, Near Palazzo Vecchio and Uffizi Gallery
This top-floor apartment is a true gem, boasting stunning panoramic views of the iconic Duomo and the lively Piazza Della Signoria. From the comfort of your own home, you can gaze upon the magnificent architecture and soak in the vibrant atmosphere that Florence has to offer.
The unbeatable location puts you right at the heart of the city, within walking distance of renowned landmarks, charming cafes, and bustling markets.
However, it’s important to note that privacy might be compromised as the “rooms” are open and can only be separated by elegant curtain dividers. This unique design adds a touch of modernity to the space and allows natural light to flood every corner, creating an airy and inviting ambiance. You’ll feel connected to the vibrant energy of the city even when you’re indoors.
On the bright side, this extraordinary apartment features an elevator that takes you almost all the way up, with just a short climb of 10 stairs remaining. This convenience is quite rare in Florence, considering that most apartments are traditional walk-ups. It’s a testament to the historical nature of the city, where elevators were not common in the 1400s when most of Florence was built. You can truly experience the charm of the past while enjoying the comforts of modern living.
Nightly Cost: $910
Location: Santa Croce
Located in the iconic 15th-century Palazzo Corsini, this remarkable 195 sqm apartment seamlessly blends Renaissance charm with contemporary design. Situated in the heart of Florence, just a stone’s throw away from Piazza Santa Croce, it offers a serene retreat amidst the vibrant city ambiance.
Indulge in the Tuscan atmosphere on the private terrace or unwind in the cozy bedrooms. Immerse yourself in history as you admire the antique artworks and savor the fusion of old-world Florence with modern comforts in the fully-equipped kitchen.
With three spacious bedrooms, each accompanied by an en-suite bathroom, an office space, and a beautiful terrace that overlooks the Santa Croce square, this haven is perfectly suited for families or groups seeking an authentic Italian experience.
Nightly Cost: $159
This quaint apartment is the perfect hideaway for two. The interiors are a perfect blend of modern appliances and amenities with authentic florentine detailing.
The wooden double doors that lead the bedroom open up to the kitchen so you can turn the apartment easily into an open concept.
The location in the trendy Oltrarno neighborhood is perfect proximity to get to all the touristic destinations while still getting a glimpse at where the real Florentines hang out— plus you’re right by all the best restaurants in the city.
Rustic Terraced Apartment
Nightly Cost: $244
If you’re after the authentic rustic flair of Tuscan living, Casa Leopardi is your spot. It’s a charming two-story apartment, located on the second floor of a meticulously restored historic building.
Stepping onto its stunning terrace, you will be greeted by a panoramic view that stretches across the picturesque rooftops of Florence, offering a breathtaking sight that will leave you in awe of the city.
On the enchanting San Giorgio hill, this delightful abode enjoys a prime location, just a mere 30 meters from the iconic Ponte Vecchio, allowing you to easily immerse yourself in the city’s vibrant atmosphere.
A leisurely 10-minute stroll will lead you to the Santa Maria Novella Station, providing convenient access to explore the captivating Oltrarno district and beyond. Immerse yourself in the building’s rich history as you admire the 18th-century marble inscription, serving as a testament to its past use as the oratory of Santa Maria Maddalena, adding a touch of timeless allure to this already remarkable dwelling.