Apartment | 4 bedrooms | sleeps 8
Located just two minutes' walk from the Duomo, in an only pedestrian street, you will have all around shops, restaurants, and all the main attractions will be at walking distance. You will not need car or buses. Even if it is in the heart of the Florentine life, the apartment is still quiet and peaceful, yet only ten minutes walking from the main train station Santa Maria Novella.
The apartment benefits from its own private roof top terrace, with stunning San Lorenzo cloister views, furnished with a table and chairs to enable you to dine al fresco. With three double and one twin bedroom, the apartment is ideal for families, with plenty in the surrounding area to see and do during your stay.
|Size||Sleeps up to 8, 4 bedrooms|
|Will consider||Corporate bookings, Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Amerigo Vespucci Florence airport 4.5 km, Nearest railway: Santa Maria Novella 400 m|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||No pets allowed, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 En suites|
|Furniture||Single beds (2), Double beds (3), Cots (3), Dining seats for 8, Lounge seats for 10|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Three enclosed double bedroom and one enclose twin bedroom.
two bathrooms, one with shower and one with bathtub. Large well equipped kitchen, dining room, living room.
One of the most famous and historical restaurants is on the ground floor of the building.
|Further details outdoors|
The roof top terrace offers an incredible view of San Lorenzo cloister where easily at dinner time you can listen priests play violin or piano in the silent
English-speaking representative on hand to answer any questions. She will meet you at your arrival directly in the apartment.
The Tuscany region
It is impossible to divorce Tuscany from one's preconceptions. A row of cypress trees breaking the blue sky on a rolling hilltop. Olive groves and grapevines marching tidily down the side of a slope. Small medieval hill towns gazing down upon a country that has been carefully cultivated since Roman times. It has been said indeed, that rather than take a photo of the modern landscape, you can gaze into a painting by Michelangelo, Donatello, Raphael or Piero della Francesca. Much of the scenery is simply unchanged in 500 years.
Where to start with Tuscany? We have the 'art cities' of Florence, Pisa and Siena - the galleries and museums, devotional buildings and architecture of Florence (Firenze) alone could swallow your entire holiday in Tuscany. Another week would just about deal with Pisa and its Campo dei Miracoli around the Leaning Tower and Baptistery. There is also the lesser known Lucca, a perfect medieval city within its unbreached medieval walls. But let's take a few other highlights without which no tour of Tuscany is complete.
Siena is a superb medieval city, which depopulated a few hundred years ago as a result of the Black Death and never quite filled up again. Indeed parts of this opulent and stylish town, around the stunning black-and-white marble Duomo, retain a semi-rural air. Cobbled streets spiral towards the central 'Campo' site of the twice yearly Palio horse race. There are dozens of little hill towns towards the south and west of Siena, with San Gimignano (the city of towers) being best known. Montepulciano, Cortona and Pienza are joys, but also see lesser-explored Pitigliano, Massa Marittima and Volterra.
Between Florence and Siena you have Chianti, superb wine country of course and a popular retreat for British and American expatriots. The main towns of 'Chiantishire' are Greve and Radda in Chianti. See too the medieval cloth town of Prato, with the Castello Imperator and a fine Pisan-Romanesque Duomo. Another undiscovered gem is Pistoia, with a well preserved medieval core. Heading towards the coast we have Pisa, Lucca and then the coastline of the Versilian Riviera. The most famous of the local resorts is Viareggio, a fashionable resort in Victorian times, and still a fun seaside town, with great gelaterie, restaurants, beaches (though you will have to pay) and the huge February carnival. Livorno (or Leghorn as Brits dubbed it) is often dismissed as a bombed and uninspiringly rebuilt port town, but there is a lovely old town of canals and humpback bridges, a 'little Venice' indeed. Offshore we have the isle of Elba, once home to a defeated Napoleon.
The southern Tuscan coast becomes Maremma, once a malaria-ridden backwater but now home to the famed Maremma cattle and the 'butteri', cowboys who tend them. The countryside rises to the hills of Monte Argentario and the rather lovely and ancient town of Orbetello. South of Siena we come to the remarkable San Gimignano, a small town that became a powerful republic, albeit briefly. The soaring towers are monuments to the pride and hubris of the warring families of this town. Volterra is something quite other - built remote and striking on a high plateau, DH Lawrence wrote that it 'gets all the wind and sees all the world ... an inland island'. Thence on to Massa Marittima, an important mining town since pre-Roman (Etruscan) times. And south of Siena spreads the countryside of the Crete Senese ... which is probably that Tuscan countryside that most of us first-time visitors picture in our minds.
We can't leave southern Tuscany without visiting the Abbazia dei San Galgano, one of Italy's most stunning Gothic buildings, and the Abbazia di Monte Oliveto Maggiore, with its superb Renaissance frescoes. On to Montepulciano, at 600 metres above the sea it's the highest hill town in Tuscany. Then to Pienza, a Renaissance new town created from scratch by Pius II in 1459. Another lovely hill town nearby is Montalcino - wine buffs will know the name.
Eastern Tuscany's main towns are Arezzo - a beautiful Etruscan, Roman and medieval city, and the home and inspiration of movie clown Roberto Benigni (much of 'La Vita e Bella' was filmed here). Finally on to Cortona, from whose heights you gaze down upon Lake Trasimeno. The town has the Museo dell'Accademia Etrusca, a fine Duomo and the Museo Diocesano.
Florence city centre and the city of Florence
When we say that an apartment is centrally located this means that it is situated inside the area of the ancient walls surrounding the city.
The centre of Florence is divided into two parts by the Arno river.
The neighbourhoods of San Lorenzo, lie to the north, and are the most centrally located. The San Giovanni quarter, where you find the Duomo, the Baptistry and Palazzo Vecchio you might call the heart of the city center.
The principal museums and churches of Florence are located both to the south and to the north of the river.
In the centre of the city you will find houses dating back to Medieval, Renaissance, Neoclassical and early 19th Century times, but never modern homes.
When, on the other hand, we say that an apartment if located in the city of Florence this means that it is outside the ring of roads circling the city where once there stood the last city walls, destroyed in the middle of the 1800's.
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3 Dec 2013
This apartment was beautiful! Great location, right in the heart of Florence. Nice building. It was very spacious and clean. We were steps away from everything you would want to see in Florence, a… More
7 Sep 2013
"it's so amazing we came back 4 years later"
If you are looking for an enormous apartment in the heart of Florence then look no further. We stayed here in 2007 and came back again in 2011. We were a family of 9 travelling together and all very c… More
Thanks for your nice comment and I hope to have you again shortly hosted in one of my apartment.
5 Apr 2013
"A home away from home in Florence"
The place is situated just a few steps from the Duomo and the dome of the Basilica San Lorenzo could be seen from the terrace that would greatly compliment a breakfast to complete your morning. The pl… More
18 Jan 2013
"Great apartment - ideal location"
The apartment was comfortable for our large, extended family group offering 3 bathrooms and 4 bedrooms. It is ideally situated in the old town close to the Duomo and walkable to the Academia and Uffizi gallery.
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