Fabio Apartments San Gimignano
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Apartment | 2 bedrooms | sleeps 4
Apartment "Il Duca" (2-6 beds)
Bright three-roomed apartment (85 mq). With its twelve windows it offers a beautiful panoramic view of the surrounding Chianti countryside, the nearby gardens, the ancient buildings and the legendary Torre del Diavolo. It is finely furnished with "arte povera toscana" furniture. Spacious living room with kitchen corner, twin room, double room and a large bathroom with shower and bath. The apartment is equipped with TVSat, washing machine, safe, hairdryer, wi-fi connection, air conditioning.
Information and services at your disposal:
** Car parking is not a problem. On your arrival you will be given a special access permit to reach our apartments. For every apartment a private garage is available few metres far;
** Bus lines for Siena and Firenze (every hour)
** Supermarket (200 mt from your apartment) and minimarket (30 mt)
** Bank, Bank-o-mat and exchange and information offices in Piazza del Duomo
** Pharmacy (30 mt)
|Size||Sleeps up to 4, 2 bedrooms|
|Nearest beach||Cecina 65 km|
|Will consider||Long term lets (over 1 month), Short breaks (1-4 days)|
|Nearest travel links||Nearest airport: Pisa 65 km, Nearest railway: Poggibonsi 9 km|
|Family friendly||Great for children of all ages|
|Notes||Pets welcome, No smoking at this property|
Features and Facilities
|General||Central heating, Air conditioning, TV, Video player, Safe, Satellite TV, Wi-Fi available|
|Standard||Iron, Hair dryer|
|Utilities||Cooker, Microwave, Fridge, Freezer, Washing machine|
|Rooms||2 bedrooms, 1 bathrooms of which 1 Family bathrooms|
|Furniture||2 Sofa beds, Single beds (2), Double beds (1), Dining seats for 8|
|Outdoors||Balcony or terrace, Bicycles available|
|Further details outdoors|
History of the building
In the famous Piazza del Duomo, in front of the Cathedral, near the Palazzo del Podestà and the little city theatre (XVI century), is set Palazzo Chigi, one of the most ancient and prestigious buildings in San Gimignano. Its history is strictly linked to that of the city. It is a patrician building, with a large front split into different levels. This is a typical example of a local house with tower, which in the Middle Ages was an important symbol of nobility and power. The Ancient Documentation of the building tells us that it was constructed in the first half of the thirteenth century.
Although the building takes the name "Chigi", the Chigi family was not responsible for its construction, but perhaps Count Antonio was the most important person that lived in it. The building belonged to the families Savorelli and Abbracciabeni, and later became the residence of the Useppi family. This powerful family had many successors, some of them were engaged in local policy (they were Guelfi), and others were dedicated to the lucrative saffron trade, which was the main activity in San Gimignano. Appreciated for its artistic beauty, the building is one of the richest and most important testimonies to the art and history of the town.
The Tuscany region
Tuscany (Italian: Toscana) is a region in Italy. It has an area of 22,990 km² and a population of about 3.6 million inhabitants. The regional capital is Florence.
Tuscany is known for its landscapes and its artistic legacy. Six Tuscan localities have been UNESCO protected sites: the historical centre of Florence (1982), the historical centre of Siena (1995), the square of the Cathedral of Pisa (1987), the historical centre of San Gimignano (1990), the historical centre of Pienza (1996) and the Val d'Orcia (2004).
The city of San Gimignano took its name from the saint, then bishop of Modena, who helped the tuscan village to fight against the barbarians. The origins of the town date back to the Roman period, when the consul Silvio was forced to leave Roma with his followers. Because of this, the town of San Gimignano was anciently known as Silvia. Between XIII and XIV century, San Gimignano was known as a very important town, for its commercial activity as well as for its poetry, architecture and the arts in general.
The beautiful medieval village of San Gimignano is well known all over the world as one of Tuscany's treasures. It is the only example of a medieval city which has preserved through the centuries many of its ancient and beautiful towers. San Gimignano can always amaze the visitor with its charm, beauty and the unique atmosphere of its historical centre, which is almost intact. The ancient walls embrace the built-up area, with its square, streets and alleys that offer magical glimpses and unforgettable corners. Set on the top of a hill, San Gimignano dominates the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
San Gimignano is 40 km from Florence, 65 km from Pisa, 30 km from Siena, 28 km from the etruscan Volterra, only a few minutes from Chianti and one hour from the sea. Thanks to its central position in Tuscany, San Gimignano offers its guest the opportunity to spend a relaxing holiday in the town, or to go for a trip in the surrounding area. It is not only a peaceful and ancient place to stay, but also a perfect starting point to visit all major places in Tuscany: this makes San Gimignano one of the best places to spend a holiday.
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26 Jun 2014
We stayed for one week with two friends in Il Duca apartment.The location was excellent and we even appreciated the stairs after repeatedly indulging in Domdorli ice cream every eveningFabio and Sara … More
30 Oct 2013
Aggiungere commenti alle bellezze di San Gimignano sarebbe superfluo! Se siete stati ospiti di Fabio, però, la cosa è diversa: cortesia, disponibilità, serietà professionale contribuiscono a far v… More
17 Oct 2013
"Perfect location and incredibly well equipped"
We stayed in Il Duca immediately before the last reviewer, and left wishing we'd booked for a fortnight. It's worth what you pay, and absolutely deserves all the good reviews it's got.T… More
4 Oct 2013
"Wonderful, as always!"
For the third time, we stayed at Fabio's apartment in San Gimignano. We have stayed in the larger and smaller apartments-both of which are clean, have WiFi and are centrally located! This year we… More
17 Jul 2013
"Wonderful gem in San Gimignano"
We stayed in Fabios apartments for 1 week in July and it was the highlight of our trip in Italy. Fabio and Sara were so helpful and welcoming to us, helping with luggage and giving us so many tips abo… More
26 Oct 2012
"A fabulous find!"
We stayed at Fabio's for only one night on our short trip around Italy, and one night was just not enough! The apartment is a great size for family, it was very clean and Fabio and his beautiful … More
18 Oct 2012
"A lovely apartment in a stunning location."
The apartment was spacious, well appointed and very comfortable. It had fabulous views of the surrounding countryside from every window. Fabio and his daughter, Sara were wonderful hosts who met us at… More
3 Sep 2012
"Great apartment in wonderful location with fantastic personalised welcome by Fabio and Sara."
We stayed for a week in this very clean and comfortable apartment and it was a highlight of our trip. San Gimignano is an idyllic place and the accommodation was perfect for our family of four. Fabio … More
20 Aug 2012
"Ottima sistemazione- Consigliatissimo"
Abbiamo soggiornato dal 18 al 20 agosto presso l'appartamento La Contessa. Centralissimo, fornito di tutto e pulito. Fabio e Daniela ci hanno accolto con calore e ci hanno consigliato al meglio s… More
11 Aug 2012
"Great Tuscan apartment... but not for summer heat."
My husband and I had originally hoped to stay in Il Duca for 2 months, but because of the heat in Tuscany this summer, we had to seek other accommodations with air conditioning.
Pros: The apartment is quaint with nice views.
Fabio was very helpful, but could do nothing to help the heat.
Ample dishes and glassware
Beds were comfrotable
Authentic Tuscan building
Not suitable for Americans in the summer used to air conditioning
It got loud with motorbikes below at night.
Birds WILL wake you up at 5:00 a.m.
Top floor walk up with slick steps.
Scratchy sheets and towels
Short showers; tiny hot water heater.
The location in town was great, but in terms of traveling elsewhere in Tuscany it was quite inconvenient. I would recommend staying in Siena and taking a day trip to San Gimignano or staying at the local Hotel Leon Bianco for a night or two instead.
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