Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 3
This bright and spacious attic apartment is located on the fourth and last floor of an historical building without lift and has a fantastic outdoor terrace(38mq) which offers views over the city of Florence and surrounding hills. The terrace is equipped with dining table and chairs and a barbecue making it just perfect for “al fresco” dining or even just enjoying the sun and admiring the unique panorama. Furthermore, in the surrounding area you will find many typical local restaurants and shops where you can taste the local flavours and buy the local souvenirs.
Since the apartment has no lift there are 86 steps to climb but you will find the stairs quite open and wide and therefore easy to climb and in any case the fantastic views from the terrace make the climb up to the apartment worth the while.
|Size||Sleeps up to 3, 1 bedrooms|
|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, Air conditioning, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (1), Double beds (1)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors|
The apartment of 80sqm has been accurately restyled and refurnished and has a master bedroom with a beautiful window overlooking the main monuments and a pull out single sofa pouf in the living room and may sleeps up to 3 people. Upon entry you will find a small but nevertheless fully equipped kitchen with medium sized fridge freezer, 4 gas ring hob, dishwasher and breakfast bar which offers views of the Duomo and surrounding hills. There is also a small laundry area with washing machine and sink. From the kitchen, 6 stairs will lead you to the spacious living/dining room which has 3 lovely windows offering views of the nearby church and bell tower belonging to Santo Spirito. There is a modern sofa and a designer dining for up to 6 guests. One of the rooms leading off from this main room is the master bedroom with windows offering views of the main monuments in Florence – the Duomo and Palazzo Vecchio among others. The wardrobe has a walk in unit which also has a safe. Lastly, the modern tiled bathroom has a lovely shower unit with designer sink, bidet and wc.
From the main living room the designer staircase leads up to the 360° panoramic terrace equipped with barbecue, chairs and table covered by a sun shield as well as an automatic irrigation system for the plants. The views from the terrace are endless and will allow you to relax and enjoy the peace even though you are right in the heart of the bustling centre of Florence.
|Further details outdoors|
Not only is on-street parking in Florence extremely difficult to find but also since the historical centre (including the area where the apartment is located) is in the ZTL (a restricted traffic zone) non-residents are prohibited from entering the city centre and driving around during certain hours. Unrestricted access is only granted between the hours of 7.30pm and 7.30am Monday - Saturday (times subject to variations depending on the period of year). We advise you to leave your car in one of the several private garages in the vicinity as most garages will be able to provide you with a 1 hour permission to enter the centre during the restricted hours (only to drop off/pick up luggage).
The prices are all inclusive except for rentals over 60 days when the following extra charges apply:
Utility bills: (Electricity, Gas, Water) charged based on meter readings taken at Check In/Out
On arrival guests will be required to provide credit card details as a guarantee for the security deposit for the following amounts:
- For rentals of 14 days or less: 1000€
- For rentals of 15 days or more: 2000€
- For rentals of 60 days or more the deposit shall be equal to 2 month’s rent.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany is considered one of the most beautiful regions in Italy with stunning scenery, outstanding food and beautiful cities full of art, history and architecture and for that reason many Tuscan towns have become UNESCO protected sites: the main square in Florence, Siena, the Piazza dei Miracoli at Pisa, San Gimignano, the historical centre of Pienza and also the Val d'Orcia. Tuscany is also considered the birthplace of the Renaissance and is also the birthplace of many famous Italian artists, painters, sculptors, musicians such Dante Alighieri ("the father of the Italian language"), Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Galileo Galilei and Botticelli and that’s to name just a few.
The gently rolling Tuscan hills are lined with cypress trees and bathed in vineyards and olive groves which leave everyone who comes here with very special memories indeed. Tuscany has so many attractions and towns worth visiting that you would need to spend months to really appreciate everything there is to see and do here.
We recommend guests to visit Pisa with its leaning tower, Livorno and the Maremma coast for its spectacular beaches and landscape, Siena with its Piazza del Campo, Volterra and San Gimignano, smaller medieval villages but with lots of character and famous for its original medieval towers, Certaldo, the birthplace of Boccaccio and also Montecatini with its renowned spa offering curative waters and beauty treatments.
As you can see Tuscany has so much to offer no matter what your likes, hobbies and interest. For those who enjoy walking, biking and horse riding the options are endless. Other attractions include skiing at the Abetone ski resort which is just an hour and a half away from Florence, and the widely acclaimed Tyrrhenean beaches (between Viareggio, Pisa, Livorno and Grossetto) just over an hour away.
Last but not least is the Chianti. Nestled between the towns of Siena and Florence the Chianti region has become famous on an international level for its stunning hilly landscape covered in vineyards, cypress trees, hilltop hamlets and winding roads, and breathtaking vistas. A visit to Chianti gives access to an endless source to culture, architecture, scenery and many other attractions. Chianti is also internationally well known for its wine, Il Chianti Classico, olive oil and exceptional cuisine. Visiting the Chianti is a must for anyone coming to Italy! When in the Chianti land stop at Greve in Chianti, buy your local wine and stop off for a pannini at “Da Emilio” – the best sandwich/delicatessen store ever known to exist. When at Panzano in Chianti visit the famous macellaio – butcher “Dario Cecchini”. He also has a restaurant open for lunch and dinner (www.dariocecchini.com). Great steaks, meat anything you want. The meat he uses comes from animals specifically raised for him alone).
Furthermore, just 40 minutes from Florence you will find the Mall shopping outlet http://www.themall.it/en/ - a gallery of the world’s most exclusive designers available at bargain prices offering customers a very unique shopping experience.
Florence is considered the birthplace of the Renaissance, the artistic and cultural wakening of the 15th century. Writers such as Dante, Petrarch and Machiavelli, but especially sculptors and artists such as Botticelli, Michelangelo, and Donatello, transformed the city into one of the most important cities for art. The historic centre unravels around the Piazza del Duomo, and is distinguished by its small streets and alleyways, where you can happily lose yourself admiring the endless marvels of the city and its historical neighbourhoods: Duomo, Oltrarno and Santa Croce.
The Duomo neighbourhood is dominated by the beauty and the majesty of the Santa Maria del Fiore church (the Duomo of Florence), by Brunelleschi’s famous cupola and Giotto’s belltower. The main points of interest are: in the square (aside from the Duomo) the Baptistry, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, the Accademia, the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo. There are also the famous shopping quarters (around Via Tornabuoni, Via Calzaiuoli and Via Vigna Nuova) where you will find all the top Italian and international fashion designers such as Gucci, Prada, Bulgari, Tiffany’s, Armani, Roberto Cavalli and Versace.
In the Oltrarno Florence’s magnificent past is still alive today, not only through the historical and artistic evidence, but also through daily life, with the original artisan studios and shops that maintain the characteristic feel of this part of the city. Walk along the beautiful narrow cobble-stone streets and be amazed at how many monuments, churches, parks, museums there are to visit. Choose between the Palazzo Pitti, Santo Spirito, Ponte Vecchio, the Boboli Gardens and so much more. The area is famous for its antique shops, mosaic workshops, carpenters and goldsmiths as well a local trattoria serving good food and wine. Be sure to set aside time to see the vast and varied art collection housed in the Pitti Palace and when you grow weary of museums and monuments, head outdoors. Spend a day at the Boboli Gardens or climb the hill to the church of San Miniato al Monte just beyond Piazzale Michelangelo to experience an enchanting view of Florence.
The heart of the Santa Croce neighbourhood is represented in the beautiful Church that looks on to Piazza of the same name, an important destination for every visit to Florence, above all during the Florentine Calcio Storico event. The area extends to the famous Uffizi Gallery, which holds many artistic masterpieces. Not too far from the Ponte Vecchio, lined with goldsmiths’ boutiques, the symbol of the city in Italy and throughout the world.
There are also many restaurants, trattorie and osterie whose traditional Florentine cuisine will delight your palate as do the great wines of this amazing land! We suggest dining at Perseus, I Latini, La Giostra, Buca Mario, Cibreo, Il Santo Bevitore….For wine tasting and other “speciality” delicacies visit Olio & Convivium.
Some of the most important historical and cultural events in and around Florence
Scoppio del Carro (Explosion of the Cart)- Easter Sunday, at noon a dove descends on a wire from the high altar of the cathedral and starts a large firework display from a cart
Festa del Grillo (Cricket Festival)- this festival takes place on the Sunday after Ascension day in Cascine Park and stallholders sell crickets in tiny woven straw cages, which are traditionally released by their new owners in the park for good luck.
Calcio in Costume (Football in Costume) - is basically a costumed football game played on the 16th, 24th and 30th of June and commemorates the famous match of 1530 and is till today played by men in 15th century costumes.
Festa di San Giovanni (St. Johns) - San Giovanni is Florence’s patron saint and is celebrated on 24th June. The festival ends with a big fireworks display.
Palio di Siena - 2nd July and 16th August, this is one of Tuscany's most famous events in the Campo at Siena. It is a bareback horse race watched by thousands of people.
Festa della Rificolona (Festival of the Lanterns) – takes place on 7th September. Children from all over the area converge at the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, carrying candlelit paper lanterns to honour the eve of the birth of the Virgin Mary.
Mostra Mercato Internazionale dell'Antiquariato (Florence) - September to October, a major biennial antiques fair
Florence has so much to offer no matter what your likes and interests. We always recommend anyone coming to Florence to visit the main attractions and sites but also get off the beaten tourist track and explore. Explore by foot and discover what Florence really has to offer!