Corilla Olimpica's House
Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
In this house the young W.A.Mozart played on April 4th 1767 during his Italian journey, hosted by Corilla in her famous and fascinating living room. Napoleone Bonaparte wanted a still existing marble epitaph at the entrance of the palace to remember her.
Corilla, celebrated also by Madame De Stael in "Corinne ou l'Italie", was appointed Court Poetess by the Granduca di Toscana and by the Zarina of Russia. She celebrated with her "improvviso" poems most of the main Italian happenings of the XVIII century among Rome, Florence and Bologna. This is the right place to spend some time visiting and studying Florence.
All the Museums and art masterpieces are around you and you can reach them with very short walks, the house is 100m from the Dome. There are wonderful sights on the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo, on the north side, and on the Dome on the South side. The photographs showed are taken from the house's windows. The apartment has been restored to give a sight on the past of Florence.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi (Italian West Coast) 90 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Firenze 3 km, Nearest railway: Firenze Santa Maria Novella (Centre) 500 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages, Suitable for people with restricted mobility|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|Luxuries||Log fire, Internet access, DVD player|
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, CD player, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Cots (1), Dining seats for 6, Lounge seats for 1|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
You can find inside books and a complete kitchen and table set of high quality . Working ancient fireplace. Laundry room separated from the apartment at the same floor. Lift at the floor, no steps apart the main door of the palace (2 steps). Information on tipical restaurant and a detailed city map are provided.
|Further details outdoors|
Parking at 200mt, daily fee 25,00€, Garage Giglio, Via del Giglio. Free parking out of the centre (bus n°22).
We accept a minimum of 2 guests for a minimum of three nights. Daily rate is 60,00€/person/night. Possible reductions depending on the number of guests and on the duration of your stay.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is located in the western part of the boot of Italy, north of Rome and south of Genoa. It is bounded by the Apennines to the North and East and by the Mediterranean on the West. Its land area is about 9,000 square miles. Its major cities are Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo, and Pistoia. Its major river is the Arno, on which Florence and Pisa are located.
It was the home land of the Etruscans, which was annexed by Rome in 351 BC. After the fall of the Roman empire, the region, which became known as Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) came under the rule of a succession of rulers (Herulians, Ostrogoths, etc.) and emerged as a political entity with its own rulers. By the twelfth century the Tuscan cities were gradually gaining their independence as republics and forcing the nobility to live in the cities. By the high Middle Ages the cities of Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Lucca, and especially Florence had become wealthy because of textile manufacture, trade, banking, and agriculture. Gradually Florence came to overshadow and conquer all other cities in the region.
After several experiments with representative government, Florence was ruled by an oligarchy of wealthy aristocrats, among whom the Medici family became dominant in the fifteenth century. Under the patronage of these wealthy families the arts and literature flourished as nowhere else in Europe. Florence was the city of such writers as Dante, Petrarch, and Macchiavelli, and artists and engineers such as Boticelli, Brunelleschi (who built the magnificent dome on the church of St. Mary of the Flowers), Alberti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Because of its dominance in literature, the Florentine language became the literary language of the Italian region and is the language of Italy today. Lorenzo de' Medici, who ruled Florence in the late fifteenth century was perhaps the greatest patron of the arts in the history of the West.
But times changed. After Lorenzo the friar Savonarola
ruled Florence, and the Medici were exiled. With the shift of commerce away from the Mediterranean and toward the Atlantic, after 1492, the economy of Tuscany went into a slow decline. In 1530 the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V conquered Florence and re-established the Medici family in power. They were now dukes of Florence, and within a few decades Cosimo de Medici was made Grand Duke of Tuscany. Cosimo aggressively pursued a policy of economic revival, building the great harbour at Livorno because the harbour of Pisa had silted up.
Galileo was born under the rule of Cosimo in 1564. It was during this period that the Medici court increasingly firmly established its hold over the city. The court came to dominate all aspects of civic life, and for the Galilei family the route to success lay through the patronage structure in which the Court was central. In the seventeenth century Florence and Tuscany increasingly faded into obscurity and did not revive until the nineteenth century. It is today a major cultural centre and attracts millions of tourists each year.
Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo
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31 Jul 2014
"Fantasitc appartment for your visit to Florence"
A beautiful, historic apartment in the centre of Florence with even a view of the Duomo from the front window! Ideally situated for sightseeing as in the heart of the historic centre, close to all the… More
Dear L. and P.,
thank you so much for your very appreciated review, I'm proud to read such comments for my work. Please come again at Corilla's. All the best, Mario.
11 Jul 2014
Mario [--], the owner of the property met us at the train station, which was a short 8 minute walk to the house. He was gentlemanly and helpful, and full of information about the history of the house … More
I'm happy I was able to give some parts of our history for your memory, hope to meet you again, cheers, Mario.
30 Jun 2014
"Wonderful location and beautiful apartment in central Florence"
This is a beautiful apartment, perfectly located in order to walk to everywhere we wanted to go. Steps from the Duomo, there were many options for dining. We particularly liked having access to mark… More
Thank you so much for your appreciation, I'm proud of it. Hopefully I will better the location with further amenities for my guests! Yours sincerely, Mario.
28 May 2014
"Fantastic appartment and perfect location"
This apartment was probably the best of all the ones we stayed at while travelling and definitely the best value. We were met at the train by the host who could not have been more welcoming or helpful… More
thank you so much for your review! I try to do the best, hope to see you again in Florence, Mario.
28 Apr 2014
Previous reviews say it all. Luxurious, clean, comfortable, ideal position, affordable, and above, all a genial host.Thank you Mario, we hope to return.… More
thank you so much, it was my pleasure and really I hope to host you all again, Mario.
20 Apr 2014
"Perfect Florentine Apartment Rental"
Mario offered the most incredible apartment, in so many ways. The location was central and convenient to all major sights. The apartment was spotlessly clean. The elevator is such a bonus after a l… More
thank you so much for your review, it was a real pleasure to meet you and your friend, my regret is only when having few time to know better my guests. All the best, Mario.
13 Jan 2014
Mario's beautiful apartment in florence is the perfect getaway, if you want to experience florence. Everything is within walking distance, even the train from rome is a 10 minute walk.The apartme… More
Dear Anne, thank you for coming and giving me a such good review! I wait to see the drawings! Sincerely yours, Mario.
10 Jan 2014
"A very special New Year's at Corilla Olimpica's!"
What can we say that hasn't already been discussed? All the features and amenities described in previous reviews are absolutely true! We (family of 4 with 2 college-age daughters) just finished s… More
Dear M., thank you so much for considering me a friend more than a host! That's absolutely true and to share with friends good things is the best reward I could ask. All the best, Mario.
12 Nov 2013
"The Only Place to Stay in Florence!"
I agree with other reviewers: If I can't stay here when I return to Florence, I'll just won't come. Mario met us at the train and walked us to his wonderful apartment. He explained h… More
Thank you so much S., I'm always delighted of how much guests appreciate hospitality. Mine however is genuine, the highest reward is to have warm friends instead of customers. All the best, come again, Mario.
26 Oct 2013
"Wow! What a great place."
My wife and I recently visited Florence for a conference combined with some tourism. We have stayed in apartments for extended holidays in several countries, but we have never stayed in an apartment a… More
Dear R., sorry for not answering earlier to your excellent review, I thank you so much for that. The opinion of a personality, as you are in your field , is highly rewarding for me! All the best to you and your Lady, Mario.
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