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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9 Nov 2014
"Awesome unique place with a great host Mario"
Wonderful apartment accompanied by a great owner, who met us in the train station and walked us home,Mario was a gracious owner, very detail oriented, about all the history of the apt, he gave us sugg… More
Dear A. and F.,
thank you so much for your superlative review, it enhances my property a lot but mostly I'm happy for your stay was fine. Hope to see you again!
My best regards, Mario
4 Nov 2014
"A truly special place"
We spent a week here and every previous review said how amazing the apartment was. Actually, it exceeded all our expectations, even though we had read how lovely it was. The week passed far too quic… More
thank you! "The view from the bathroom" made me laugh a lot, but finally it's true! I'm sorry for I couldn't spend some time with you in Florence. Hope you'll come again in the future, the lower apartment is under restoration and the place will increase. See you and your friend, thanks, Mario
2 Nov 2014
"It really doesn't get any better"
Believe the hype! We just returned from a 3 day stay and couldn't be more satisfied with our stay. Mario met us at the station and escorted us the short walk to apartment. He was a gentleman a… More
it was a pleasure to host you! Your review is really helping me in maintaining a very high reputation of the house and to demonstrate it has deserved the Excellence 2014 from Tripadvisor. Thanks again, all the best, Mario.
10 Oct 2014
"Best find in Firenze"
My husband and I stayed at the Corillia House for 6 nights, and we can't say enough about the apartment. It is perfectly situated within Florence; it's tastefully decorated in the style of … More
Dear S., thank you so much for your review and favorable opinion about me. Of course if possible I will help you to stay in the best places I know in Tuscany. Receive my best regards and thanks, Mario.
30 Sep 2014
The whole experience was fantastic. Mario was quick to respond to request. The apt was better then I imagined. The views from the windows were priceless. The apt was clean, well organized, well stocke… More
your review is a real pleasure to receive! Thank you so much for giving such a good opinion of your stay at Corilla's, hope you to come again, all the best, Mario
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.
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