For an authentic Parisian experience in a delightful neighborhood on the Left Bank off the usual tourist route but within easy reach via excellent public transportation of all that Paris has to offer, welcome to l'Impasse du Rouet.
First of all, an explanation: Vittorio, my husband, and I - he a native of Florence, I a California-raised specimen - divide our time between our home in Florence and a pied-a-terre in Paris.
Many decades ago we built our home in the midst of an olive grove overlooking Florence . Here we raised two children and it now serves also as a sometimes base for five grandchildren. The pool and/or lunch under the trees serve as a magnet for them and their friends!
Last year - 2013 - we closed in an unused loggia in our garden, turning it into a mini-apartment, complete with its own small but welcoming bit of garden. There - eventually - we might be tempted to move in ourselves but for the present we are pleased to offer it to guests - preferably long term - who want to enjoy the luxury of open country but within a few minutes of the center of Florence.
As for Paris, we continue to make use of it ourselves when we both feel the need of a Paris "fix". We lived there for several years in our younger days and try to make it back every year for at least a few weeks.