Unique Terrace Ponte Vecchio
Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Terrazza de’ Medici is situated in the historical centre of Florence, just a stone’s throw from the Ponte Vecchio and the main sights of the city. Elegantly furnished with a rich combination of antique furniture and modern day comforts, the apartment is found on the first floor of a beautiful 14th century building which looks out onto Borgo San Jacopo, a characteristic street which leads to the famous Ponte Vecchio and its boutiques, bars and restaurants. The apartment is 70 sqm and is made up of the entrance, lounge, dining room, kitchen, bathroom and bedroom.
In addition, there is a wonderful terrace with aedicula, where guests can enjoy a panoramic view over 5 avenues and relax with a cool drink, or have dinner under the moonlit sky. The triangular terrace is closed to one side by a 14th century loggia, known as the “bellosguardo”. It is in fact from here that Francesco I de’ Medici watched his beloved Bianca Cappello who lived in the building on via May which the Great Duke had built in 1566 by Buontalenti, whose beautiful fountain is underneath the aedicule. Indeed, the love story between Francesco I de’ Medici and the venetian Bianca Cappello was one of the most beautiful and passionate love stories from the Renaissance period, and this house bore witness to their story.
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 1 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Florence or Pisa Airport 5 km, Nearest railway: Florence SMN|
|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
|General||Central heating, TV, CD player, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Single beds (1), Double beds (2), Dining seats for 6|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
4 sleeps - 1 double bedroom – 1 bathroom with bath – 1 large terrace
The apartment is made up of:
Electronic entrance door and lift
Kitchen: gas hob - fridge - freezer - oven - microwave - dishwasher - washing machine - Nespresso coffee machine - toaster - kettle.
Bathroom: in mosaic, with bath with shower
Bedroom: large wardrobe, Tv, dvd, double bed.
Lounge: furnished with sofas, armchairs and other antique furniture.
Dining room: sofa, french table, venetian cabinet, internet adsl wireless.
Terrace with aedicula: 20sq.m. + loggia with pot plants, 16th century marble shell fountain, 14th century decoration on the entrance to the aedicula.
|Further details outdoors|
Terrazza de' Medici is located in the heart of Florence, just a stone's throw from the main tourist sights of the city. To one side there is Ponte Vecchio, one of the most important symbols of the city, and to the other there is Ponte a Santa Trinità which leads into Via Tornabuoni, the most exclusive shopping street of the city.
It is possible to leave the car for a few days and wander around, taking in the sights and sounds one of the most beautiful cities in the world - the museums, the buildings and the churches, Palazzo Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, the Cathedral with Brunelleschi's magnificent dome and Giotto's Belltower. Continuing towards Piazza Santa Croce, you can stop in a 'trattoria' for a light lunch, or wander around the characteristic market of San Lorenzo. You can also enjoy a visit to the Palatina Gallery, and Palazzo Pitti with the splendid Boboli Gardens.
Wandering through the characteristic city streets of 'Oltrarno' you will be able to soak up the atmosphere of the shops, cafes and craftsmen's workshops of this part of Florence which have maintained some of their magnificent past and where tradition lives on today.
If you choose to dine in one of the top restaurants on the banks of the Arno you will be able to sit back and watch the Florentine hustle and bustle.
Terrazza de' Medici is ideal for people who wish to spend an unforgettable stay in Florence, whether for business or holidays.
PRICES AND AVAILABILITY
Terrazza de' Medici: Daily Prices from 160 to 250 euro (minimum stay 3 nights)
INCLUDED IN THE PRICES: one set of bed and bath per week - central heating - electricity - final cleaning
Welcome Kit: 1 bottle of wine - coffee by Nespresso - tea - water
Check-in standard from 03.00 PM
Check-out standard by 11.00 AM
Payment: upon arrival plus refundable damage deposit (200 euro): in cash
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is one of the most important Italian regions for the historical, artistic, economic, cultural and landscape. The history of Tuscany covers a long period of time, ranging from prehistory to the present day, making it crucial since the Middle Ages to the birth of the Italian language.
Only Florence, the Cradle of the Renaissance, attracts around 6 million visitors a year. The Uffizi Gallery Italy's most visited museum some 1,5 milion a year.
Lucca is a prosperous town entirely enclosed within superb Renaissance walls with a rich heritage of churches and places.
Siena one of the loveliest town in Italy, with great museums, interesting shops and many hills. Siena is home to the famous Palio, a horse race held in Piazza del Campo on 2 July and 16 August.
Fernand Braudel, one of the greatest historians of the century, had no doubts:“Chianti is the most moving countryside in existence.” An area of gently rolling hills that spreads out between Florence and Siena, Chianti is a garden of woods, vineyards, farmhouses with shingles faded by the sun, stone walls, Romanesque churches, fortified villages and castles encircled by imposing walls. From Greve to Gaiole, Castellina to Castelnuovo Berardenga, Volpaia to Badia di Coltibuono up to the walls of Monteriggioni, and the gates of Siena, Chianti is a breathtaking spectacle. A perfect symbiosis between man and nature. The roads wind slowly and sedately along itineraries marked by vineyards and cypress trees, olive-groves and oak woods: there is no reason to hurry in Chianti. Here in the country of wine and olive-oil, Chianti Classico is at home in Greve in the month of September, during grape-harvest. Taste and smell are taken very seriously in Chianti where cooking is a joyous art, but serious and rich. And so are the country traditions: in June, in Castelnuovo Berardenga, a sumptuous historic reconstruction evokes the centuries-old military rivalry between Florence and Siena for domination of the Chianti hills.
The Campo, the most beautiful square in the world, Siena’s Piazza del Campo, lies like an open shell in the heart of the city. Built during the fourteenth century, it was able to accommodate the entire population of Siena, and was frequently the site of fairs, festivals and performances in general, as well as bull and buffalo fights. Its role as an arena is still alive today, when in July and August it becomes the theatre for the famous horse-race, the Palio. For a whole year the entire city of Siena nurses the Palio fever, looking forward to those few minutes when the seventeen contrade of the city release their horses onto the track of the Piazza del Campo, dreaming of victory. You can only admire the courage of those who chose to build a city such as Siena. A walk through its streets and alleys inspires feelings of delight and wonder. The nearby towns bask in the reflected glow of Siena’s beauty, and are taken over by it. A landscape of rain-sculpted valleys where the chalk and clay have formed strange shapes like minarets of sand; rows of cypresses, severe in winter and gentle in spring, are flooded by the sun in summer. The villages of the Val d’Orcia are jewels of Renaissance architecture, while Pienza is often held up as an example of the “perfect city”. The “Colline Metallifere” (a series of volcanic hills with ‘hot-rocks’) are the wild heart of Tuscany. The wine is famous here: the hills of Montalcino have bequeathed to the world the myth of Brunello.
Once the capital of Italy and indeed the centre of the world’s Renaissance movement, the ancient city of Florence, in central Tuscany, enjoys a rich history in arts and science, with masters such as Michelangelo, Da Vinci and Dante.
Greatly influenced by the powerful Medici family in the 15th and 16th centuries, Florence became a pioneering city for medicine, for Renaissance art and for gold and leather work. Many workshops and artisan craft stores along the Ponte Vecchio bridge are literally hundreds of years old.
With one of the highest concentrations of art, cathedrals and museums in the world, Florence and its centro storico are hugely popular for culture. Visitors come for the stunning frescoes in its many cathedrals, Michelangelo’s David or the palazzi spreading out from the central Duomo cathedral.
With a dizzying array of Roman, medieval and Renaissance artefacts to be found around Florence’s winding streets and nestled in its hills, this is an amazing city for views and exploring or for simply relaxing with a caffe or Italian gelato.
A Mediterranean climate means that Florence and its surrounding Tuscan hills, thanks to hot summer days and cooler winters, has developed a great wine reputation in its world-renowned Chianti vineyards, along with some fine culinary specialities from the Tuscany region.
Although pasta dishes are certain in any Italian city, Florence is more famed for its breads, such as Schiacciata or Crostini, Florentine pizzas and also meats such as T-bone steak and tripe.
Florence has a sweet dessert wine, Grappa and of course some of the best Italian ice cream, including its own speciality; Buontalenti.
Invented for the Medici’s, this Florentine gelato blends rum, honey and buttermilk and must be tried on your visit.
Loved for its history and admired for its continuing traditions in fashion and fine quality, Florence is a great destination city for culture, shopping, sampling the produce, with plenty of leisure spots when you want to relax and unwind.
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