Studio | No Bedrooms | sleeps 2
The Studio is located in historical centre of Florence.
The Studio is located in the palace on 1 st floor on a silent street between Piazza T. Tasso e Bellosquardo Hill.
The apartment is composed by a nice bedroom (sofabed) and american kitchen fully equipped, bathroom with a shower, a wardrobe, and a beautiful balcony.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, Studio|
|Nearest beach||Viareggio 100 km|
|Access||Car not necessary|
|Nearest Amenities||300 m|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Amerigo Vespucci 8 km, Nearest railway: SANTA MARIA NOVELLA 2 km|
|Notes||Pets welcome, Yes, smoking allowed|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, CD player|
|Standard||Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms and 1 Shower rooms|
|Furniture||1 Sofa beds, Dining seats for 2, Lounge seats for 2|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace|
|Further details indoors|
Amenities: lines, towels, video entry phone, alarm system, shower, tv, air conditioning, central heating, washing machine, iron, kitchen, electric oven, fridge, hair dryer, wardrobe, cd stereo, lift.
|Further details outdoors|
Near the Studio there is a public parking
The Tuscany region
Tuscany was founded by the Etruscans in the 11th century BC. The region was originally called Etruria and constituted the majority of the area controlled by the Etruscans. Most of what we know about the Etruscan people was learned from archeological data collected in Tuscany. The complex culture of the Etruscans and their appreciation for art, beauty, and the Greek style of democracy led to peaceful people's defeat. In the third century BC the region came under the power of the Roman Empire and was renamed Tuscia. After the Roman Empire fell the region was invaded by several peoples including the Goths, Lombards, Byzantines, and Franks. In 1860 Tuscany became part of Italy.
Tuscany is divided into ten provinces: Arezzo, Firenze, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Pistoia, Grosseto, Massa Carrara, Livorno, and Prato. Tuscany has a population of nearly 3.5 million and covers an area of about 23 kmÂ², making it the fifth largest region in the nation. The triangular shaped region is bordered by Liguria, Emilia-Romagna, Marches, Umbria, and Latium. It is bordered by the Tyrrhenian Sea on the west and is crossed by the Apennine Mountains. The capital of Tuscany is Florence.
The Tuscan economy is very stable and according to the U.S. and Foreign Commercial Service, Tuscany is the leading region when it comes to economic growth in Italy. Despite a drop in tourism after the September 11th attack Tuscany has continued to grow economically. The unemployment rate continues to drop as the GDP continues to rise. In 2003 the GDP was at an estimated 85 billion euro. Tuscany owes its success to a broad range of industries. While the majority of the region still relies on agricultural production, industries such as the iron mining and works industry, the ship building industry, chemical, textile, and machinery, as well as computer science and research industries have taken a serious foothold in the region. Tuscan wine, oils, marble and cigars are legendary and are part of the regions growing exportations. Tourism also accounts for a great deal of the region's wealth.
Tuscany has become a popular tourist destination over the years in part to its dynamic scenery. Because of its location Tuscany has the benefit of being a mid way between those regions which are almost entirely agricultural and those which are highly industrialized. Most of the region is mountainous. The Alpi Apuane mountains are home to the regions white marble deposits, cinnabar deposits can be found at Mount Amiata, pyrites in the Grossets area, and iron ore is mined at the Island of Elba. Tuscany is also home to a system of underground borax geysers. The Casentinesi Forests are full of tall silver firs and old growth beeches. Tuscany has more forest than any other region in Italy. The mountains slope down to gently rolling hills and a small plain area. These areas are alive with small vineyards and fields of olives, tobacco, potatoes, vegetable and sunflowers. Tuscany is the highest producer of such commodities in Italy. Tuscan artichokes and cauliflowers are well known in Italy. Tuscan cigars are highly desired due to the fermentation process used to cure the tobacco is unique to the area.
Interspersed between cultivated fields are small farmsteads with small herds of sheep and cattle. Medieval castles and villages dot the landscape. Visitors can stay in any number of beautiful villas or by the coastline and can even rent rooms in castles and small out of the way villas. The Tuscan seaside is well developed for tourists. There are many holiday resorts and nice hotels. Internationally recognized health spas can be found in Tuscany as well. The area is rich with culture and history; there are many architectural and artistic wonders to be seen.
All of these attractions are wonderful, but visitors should make an extra effort to visit the Chianti region of Tuscany. The Chianti area of Tuscany has been a hotspot for wine production for hundreds of years. It is amazing that an area with such rough terrain and high altitude would produce such a wonderful wine grape when other crops would fail. Tourists will delight in seeing rows of grape vineyards alternating with rows of olive trees and enjoy seeing the wine making process first hand. Chianti is produced in six different provinces: Siena, Firenze, Arezzo, Pistoia, Pisa and Prato. Chianti Classico is only produced in the areas between the provinces of Siena and Florence to exacting specifications.
Tourist will also enjoy activities such as biking and boating, which are very popular in the region. Walking though Tuscany can prove a scenic adventure and there are numerous outside markets and small cafes to investigate and enjoy. Tuscan food is deceptively simple. Even though Tuscan dishes are often comprised of only two or three main ingredients and a lack convoluted array of spices, the flavors in Tuscan cuisine are complex and varied. While the region is famous for its Chianti there are wide arrays of red and white wines and Cognacs to sample. For those interested in shopping there are outlet distributors of high end Italian clothing such as Loro Piana, Prada, Gucci, D&G, Lowe, YSL, Bottega Veneta, Max Mara, Fendi, Miu Miu, Armani, Sergio Rossi, and Celine on the outskirts of Florence. Out door markets offer a variety of competitively priced goods and wonderful souvenirs, but are traditionally only open during certain days of the week.
There are plenty of festivals and historical reenactment pageants to visit while in Tuscany, but most are held during the warmer months. Here is a list of some of the more popular events.
Chiusi hosts a historical horse race and pageant during the month of June.
Montepulciano hosts a historical pageant and games during the month of August.
Grosseto hosts a cowboy parade and rodeo in August.
Florence hosts a historical soccer game and parade during the month of June as well as a medieval "Explosion of the Cart" festival in April. Florence also hosts a yearly Cricket Festival. It's not about sticky wickets though; it's about our chirpy buggy friends.
Lucca hosts a medieval parade and horse race during the month of July.
Arezzo hosts a medieval pageant and jousting tournament in June and September.
Querceta also hosts a medieval parade and horse race in May.
San Miniato hosts a festival dedicated to the white truffle in November.
Pescia celebrates Pinocchio's birthday in May.
Prato has a parade prior to its yearly historical ball game in September.
Vernio hosts the Polenta Festival in February.
Carmignano hosts a historical parade and horse race in September.
Pistoia hosts a historical parade and jousting tournament during the month of July.
Livorno hosts a historical regatta during the month of July.
Siena hosts a palio horse race and pageant in both July and August.
Massa Marittima hosts a historical pageant in May and August.
Giglio Island also hosts a historical regatta in August.
Pisa host the Battle of the Bridge during which water games are hosted over the Arno River in June. Pisa also hosts the Regatta of the Great Maritime Republics every four years.
Whether wine tasting, cycling, swimming, boating, hot air ballooning are just walking through the scenic country side Tuscany offers its visitors a unique cultural experience.
Firenze ( Florence) was, and will always be, my most beloved city - not just in Italy but in the world. When I left the train station and entered this magical world for the first time, I felt I had come home. Something about the orange cupolas, cobbled streets and burnished light felt familiar, as if I had spent a number of previous lifetimes there. I saw Firenze through my own eyes, my children's eyes and the eyes of the charming Florentine man who captured my heart. It was he who introduced me to some treasures I would otherwise not have been able to discover...
…It was a festival night, and all of Florence was assembled in this famous square to witness a pageant of extraordinary proportions. Costumed knights on horses decked out in full Renaissance regalia paraded in front of the crowds huddled together on risers erected especially for the occasion.
Every bit of this hubbub seemed appropriate since the Piazza had long been thought of as the political heart of the city: a symbol of the prestige and greatness of the Florentine state.
The entire atmosphere created an indelible, unforgettable impression in me, and I became carried away with a fantasy of living the life of a citizen during the former glory of this enchanting city. I imagined myself as a Renaissance noblewoman of the Medici Court...betrothed to a handsome Florentine knight…
And there were more delights to discover: a unique open-air performance, by amateur musicians, of Verdi's Vespri Siciliani overture, which could not have been experienced anywhere else but in Italy...
I let the music wash over me, its penetrating intensity evoking an opera plot full of intrigue, conspiracy, jealousy and lust for power.
Here was an overture bursting with swelling tunes, searing colours and intense images, which portrayed an event - the thirteenth-century Sicilian insurrection - that held an esteemed place in the history of Italy's quest for independence and individuality. And here was I, celebrating its magnificence with its extraordinary citizens - and with Carlo, mio bene.
The few out-of-tune notes and other inaccuracies of the playing did nothing to detract from the exquisite feeling of experiencing the deep love of these devoted musicians for the music of their esteemed compatriot and composer, Verdi. And I recognized that henceforth, when I myself played this particular overture, its passion and expressiveness would incite feelings much more profound than any I had ever known in my musical life thus far.
It was not only the city itself, but its surroundings as well, which captured my writer's imagination. How many travelers have fallen in love with Fiesole, for example?
As we drove the cypress-lined road into the hills of Fiesole, the scenery that unfurled before my eyes was spectacular, completely beyond my imagination. There were awe-inspiring views awaiting us at every turn, a continuous succession of unforgettable vistas across rows of shade trees and beautiful villas, the breathtaking carpet of green-covered hillocks and fiery-orange roofs that unwound in the ever-increasing distance behind us.
No wonder everyone loved Florence. I imagined myself back in the Renaissance, gazing at the same panorama with a handsome young Florentine at my side. I was suddenly brought back to an image of ancient Florence which I had seen in my guide book: young people clad in long, flowing silks strolling along a passageway with the Arno River in the background: a view which had remained unchanged over the past five centuries.
The approaching darkness added an element of mystery to the surroundings. The cypresses took on an air of intrigue. I was in a fantasy world of unimaginable beauty, with no idea what new adventure awaited me at the next bend in the road.
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29 May 2014
"Good location, very large appartment. Could be better with a few upgrades..."
The appartment was very large and had everything one would need. It was easy to find, just a straight 15 minute walk from the train station. There are a couple of things which would make all the diffe… More
17 Nov 2012
"Great apartment for 2 within easy walking distance of all attractions"
We rented this apartment for a week and it was great. Small, but perfect for a couple, this apartment is in a quiet residential area within easy walking distance of all the major museums etc. If you don't want to walk, the bus stops are very close. The apartment owner Giancarlo was very welcoming and it was a delight to meet him on arrival. All the facilities were as described and we will definitely be returning. The only thing that could have been improved was the size of the towels provided (they were tiny), so if bath towels are your thing you should take your own.
18 Sep 2012
"Great value studio appartment in walking distance of central Florence"
We stayed for three nights in this studio appartment and had a great time. It felt very central; just 15-20 minutes walk to the Uffizi and Duomo. The appartment is as decribed in the advert. It is small, but provides you with everything you need. We felt it offered fantastic value in Florence. Giancarlo responded quickly to all my emails and met us when we arrived.
5 Jul 2012
"Very nice accommodation in Florence"
We can certainly recommend this place to stay in Florence. It was very nice, clean and all the staff helpful and friendly. It is not super central, but you can easily walk to the old town, take several buses or rent bikes. Overall we had a great time and I would book it again when I am back in Florence.
19 Oct 2011
"Beautiful tuscan studio"
Modern studio in elegant Italian house at Via Della Bella - with a lift, small kitchen (fully equipped) and bathroom. Very kind owner - we saw him only on the first and the last day - everything was OK. Studio is placed about 15-20 min. walk from the center of Florence - it is good for everybody excluding group above 2-3 people. In October was warm and sunny in Florence ;-)
1 Sep 2011
"Delightful studio in central florence, with a charming owner"
I´ve just returned from a one week stay at Giancarlo´s studio in Florence and have to say we were simply chuffed to get such a nice place for such a good price. It´s in the Oltrano part of Florence and you can walk / stroll to the Ponte Vecchio in about 10 to 15 minutes. The studio is well decorated, clean and fully equiped, with a nice bathroom, lounge/bedroom and kitchen. We had a balcony, washing machine and everything you could need. It´s on the 1st floor but does have a lift too. It has air conditioning and central heating so is great all year round! The sofa bed took a few days to get used to but wasn´t too bad. It´s a nice quiet area and has 2 good super markets near by, one is in Piazza Torquato Tasso, 4 calle Centro Sur ok for fresh fish and the other one, much cheaper is in Via Domenico Burchiello, 95 and is called Penny supermercato. They´re both easy to find. The owner Giancarlo was lovely, and came in a flash to help us out when my husband left the keys inside the studio! Florence is very walkable and everywhere is accessable from the studio. We will definately go back.
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