Apartment | 1 bedrooms | sleeps 2
Black Suite is an elegantly furnished studio apartment located in the historic center of Florence on Via Maggio, halfway between the Pitti Palace and Piazza Santo Spirito. It is the ideal choice for a couple looking for a short term rental.
The apartment is located on the first floor with lift of a famous building located half way along Via Maggio. The building offers the possibility to choose between different types of apartments in addition to the Black Suite, such as Donatello, Botticelli, Bronzino, Vasari , Leonardo and the Penthouse Suite and also allows customers to combine multiple solutions if families or larger groups wish to stay together in the same building. The palazzo was completely renovated in late December 2010 but originally dates back to the sixteenth century. It features coffered and vaulted ceilings not to mention original frescoes which helps to preserve the original antique feeling whilst the furnishings inside the apartments are luxurious, modern and very comfortable. Furthermore, Via Maggio, is one of the few streets in Florence with so many historic buildings along it and it is also home to many luxury antique shops which give the street a very stylish character. The road leads from Porta Romana to Via Tornabuoni and when you step out of the building you immediately find yourself amidst the true spirit of Florence. Furthermore, being located in the Oltrarno, the area is characterised by narrow streets full of shops, exquisite restaurants and lots more, and all this just a 5 / 10 minute walk to the most important monuments in Florence.
|Size||Sleeps up to 2, 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||Air conditioning, Telephone, Fax machine, Safe, Satellite TV|
|Standard||Kettle, Toaster, Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Dishwasher, Cooker, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||1 bedroom, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||Single beds (2)|
|Other||Linen provided, Towels provided|
|Further details indoors||
Black Suite (56 sq.m) is an elegant studio apartment with frescoes on the ceilings and walls. The frescoes date back to the eighteenth century and are framed by lovely stone and gold reliefs designed by Marco Ricci. This main room has a bed which faces the windows which have been adorned by magnificent black and white silk curtains. The white piece of furniture behind the bed acts as headboard and also helps to divide the big open space between the bedroom and the main living room area. Two antique colored glass doors then lead to the kitchen, the small powder/dressing room and finally onto the marble bathroom with shower.
- Independent Heating System
- Emergency maintenance service
- Fax Service at our office
- Postal Delivery / Pick up Service at our office
- Left Luggage service at our office
- Maid service upon request
Extra Services on Request (please call the office for costs):
- Extra cleaning & change of linen
- High Chair / Bed for small children
- Transfers with private driver
- Cooking Classes
|Further details outdoors||
The entire historic centre of Florence is a “zona a traffico limitato” (ZTL) or restricted traffic zone. Special rules govern access to, as well as transit and parking in this zone. Non-residents are prohibited from driving and parking within the ZTL at the following times:
- all through the year on weekdays (mondays through fridays): from 7.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m
- and from June to September also on thursday, friday, saturday night from 11,00 p.m. to 3,00 p.m.
The boundaries of the ZTL are marked by special road signs and have a series of ‘access points’ which are controlled by cameras that automatically detect the number plates of all the vehicles passing through. Transit through some of the ‘access points’ (those reserved exclusively for public transport and emergency vehicles), is prohibited at all times, 24/7.
Guests travelling by car who need to travel within the ZTL to reach their accommodation facilities or a garage can obtain a temporary access permit, although they should still pass through the authorized ‘access points’ only (excluding the lanes reserved for public transport and the pedestrian zones which may not be used at any time). In order to obtain this permit, the number plate of the car concerned should be given to the relevant garage which will undertake to forward the same to the appropriate office.
Further private garages near this apartment are:
- at 300 mt Garage Geca – Borgo San Jacopo, 10 (Tel: +39 055 282542)
- at 400 mt Garage Fosi – Borgo Tegolaio 72/R (Tel: +39 055 222486)
- at 600 mt Garage Ponte Vecchio - via dei Bardi 45r (Tel: +39 055 239 8600)
- at 500 mt Garage Lungarno - Borgo S.Jacopo 10 (Tel: +39 055 282542)
You can also find on street parking outside the ZTL zone. For further information on the above please click on the following links which will take you to the subpages of Florence's town council website in the English language (http://en.comune.fi.it/index.html) :
Permits and ZTL areas
Cars and Bikes
Taxi and Buses
Railway and Airport
Included: utility bills (for rentals up to 60 days), final cleaning, condo expenses and taxes
Excluded: utility bills for rentals over 60 days are charged according to consumption
Extra services on request: daily cleaning and change of linens
The utility bills as stated above comprise gas, water, and electricity.
For rentals of over 30 days all clients must sign an Italian Rental Contract which is obligatory under Italian law and the cost is equal to 1% of the total rental fee, plus 30,00 euros for stamps.
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!