Discover the best Airbnbs in Florence with this handy guide to the city’s top accommodations.
So, you’re planning a trip to Florence? I’m ridiculously jealous – it’s a gorgeous city that I fell head over heels in love with on my last trip. Florence is a place famed for its food, culture, art, and Renaissance architecture topped with distinctive red roofs.
But that’s not all – this gorgeous city also boasts plenty of museums and art galleries for you to explore.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Florence, you’ll be glad to hear that this Tuscan city is jam-packed with Airbnbs.
In fact, Florence has it all. From up-scale lofts in the heart of the city to quirky homes that can fit a big group of friends, there are so many places to bed down.
Psst… I love using Airbnb, but when looking for a place to stay in a new city, I prefer to use Plum Guide. Their handpicked properties are individually vetted so that only the highest quality properties make the cut.
Best Airbnbs in Florence: At a Glance
|Best Airbnbs in Florence – Top Picks||Hotel|
|Best Overall Airbnb||Astride the Arno|
|Best Airbnb for Sightseeing||Casa Eclettica|
|Best Airbnb for Couples||That’s Amore|
|Best Airbnb for Groups||Avanti on the Hills|
Best Airbnbs in Florence
Astride the Arno
First up might just be my favourite find. Perched above the Arno River, this charming 2-bedroom apartment features classic decor with parquet floors, eye-catching artwork, and splendid views of two of Florence’s bridges.
The property boasts antique furnishings with contemporary touches that create a modern feel, but it might be a little noisy being in such a busy area. Step outside to take in views of Ponte Vecchio, an arch bridge crossing the Arno River and known for its fabulous souvenir shops.
Location: San Giovanni
San Giovanni is one of the best places to stay in Florence for sightseeing. It’s home to an array of cathedrals, museums, restaurants, and art galleries like the famous Uffizi Gallery.
Cool, quirky, and cosy — this lovely 2-bedroom apartment in the heart of the city is one of the best Florence, Italy rentals you’ll find. Nestled behind the vibrant Piazza del Duomo, this modern apartment features hardwood floors, elegant furniture, and high-beamed ceilings.
You’ll have a front-row seat to the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore from the terrace, but only its elaborate dome-shaped red roof. You’ll also get sweeping views of the city and its stunning Gothic architecture.
The Duomo neighbourhood is an excellent place to stay, especially for first-time visitors. Here you’ll have access to some of the best things to do in Florence, like strolling through Piazza del Duomo or admiring the Renaissance architecture at The Baptistery of St. John.
If you’re looking for a peaceful stay in the heart of Florence, this minimalistic 1-bedroom apartment has got you covered. That’s Amore features a plain white interior paired with contrasting wooden floors and modern furniture, giving it that spa feel.
You’ll also find a sense of tranquillity outside at the private outdoor terrace, where you can meditate, do yoga, or enjoy a romantic al fresco meal under the stars. The only downside? You won’t get any city views.
Location: Santa Maria Novella
That’s Amore is situated in the quieter parts of Santa Maria Novella, so while you won’t be in the midst of the hustle and bustle, you’re still within walking distance from historical sites.
Avanti to the Hills
Looking to experience the more traditional side of Florence? Look no further than this stunning traditional villa.
Perched on a hill above a verdant forest, Avanti on the Hills boasts an idyllic Tuscan setting with bare brick walls, beamed ceilings, original fireplaces, and antique furniture.
You’ll love having meals on the closed patio or in the garden under a big tree. This villa also features an expansive pool, perfect for taking a dip after a long day of exploring.
Better yet, Avanti on the Hills sleeps up to 10 people, making it a perfect place to stay for a large family or group.
Located under a 20-minute drive away, Fiesole is a perfect day trip from Florence. This hillside village has an authentic atmosphere, with several Roman ruins, monasteries, and museums dotted across the area.
Luxury Condo in Santo Spirito
Perfectly blending antique and contemporary design, this beautiful 3-bedroom condo makes the perfect Florence vacation rental for a large family or group. You may have trouble walking up the narrow stairs, but it’s all part of the experience.
The apartment features white walls contrasted by dark wood furniture and pops of colour in the finishing elements.
The open-plan setting, which allows you and your family (or friends) to gather around the heart of the home, is a nice touch – especially for enjoying evening meals together.
Location: Santo Spirito
Admire the town’s artisan craftsmanship stores, stroll through outdoor farmer markets, and marvel at the Basilica di Santo Spirito.
The Emerald Maisonette
Set in a building just behind Piazza della Libertà, this 1-bedroom loft features sleek modern furnishing, high ceilings, dark wooden floors, and a spiral staircase that steals the show.
Suitable for a solo traveller, young couple or small family, The Emerald Maisonette spans over two floors. It has blackout blinds to help recover from jetlag and a cute workspace to catch up on emails.
Location: Santa Maria Novella
Located in most northern parts of the historic district, this cosy apartment is within walking distance from Arco di Trionfo dei Lorena and the beautiful Gherardesca Gardens.
The Cage of the Cricket
Set within Florence’s historic district, this adorable 1-bedroom home boasts a charming interior featuring bare brick walls, a modern kitchen, and an amazing private courtyard.
Start your days with an al fresco breakfast and a cup of espresso on the verdant terrace. You’ll also love having dinner out there or stargazing and enjoying a glass of wine.
From your courtyard, you get a preview of the famous Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore. You’ll also be close to the Piazza della Signoria, where you can admire its unique fountains and sculptures.
Looking for an authentic experience? Step back in time at this boho chic 1-bedroom apartment. Fusing original elements like thick wooden beamed ceilings and exposed brick walls with modern comforts, Casa Eclettica is a unique Airbnb in Florence, Italy.
The quirky antique elements, such as the dark timber furniture, cement-wash sinks, and overall rustic feel, will make you feel like you’re living in a remote Italian village. A perfect base for your Florentine adventures.
Location: Piazzale Michelangelo
The apartment is a short walk from top attractions like the Renaissance Palace, Palazzo Pitti, and the white-washed Basilica di Santa Croce.
Santa Croce Studio
Tucked in the heart of the historic downtown, this contemporary studio apartment is the best Airbnb in Florence, Italy, for solo travellers looking to explore the city’s highlights. This pretty apartment is quite spacious, featuring a full kitchen, sitting area, and dining table.
You’ll love having easy access to bustling main streets, monuments, and piazzas. And you’ll be able to safely walk back to your apartment at any time of the day.
Location: Santa Croce
Explore the highlights of the historic district, from the numerous eateries, handicraft shops, and bars in the Piazzale Michelangelo to the Basilica di Santa Croce, where Michelangelo and Galileo’s remains lie.
Practical Tips to Consider Before Booking Your Airbnb in Florence
- Picking a neighbourhood can seem overwhelming, I know. But decide on the sights you’d like to explore and pick the most convenient location based on your Florence itinerary.
- Always book skip-the-line tickets for attractions ahead of time, especially in the peak season, as the best landmarks in Italy usually have long queues.