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Corilla's Palace, true Florence core center house – Home 100909 Apartment

  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Corilla's Palace, true Florence core center house – Home 100909

Excellent Excellent – based on 56 reviews

  • Apartment
  • 2 bedrooms
  • 4 sleeps
  • 3 nights min stay

Apartment / 2 bedrooms / 1 bathroom / sleeps 4

Key Info

  • Nearest beach 90 km
  • Child friendly
  • Car not necessary
  • Air conditioning
  • No pets allowed

Description from owner

Description

In this house the young W.A.Mozart played on April 3rd 1770 during his first Italian journey, hosted by Corilla Olimpica in her famous and fascinating cultural saloon. Napoleone Bonaparte wanted a still existing marble slab at the entrance of the palace to remember her.

Corilla, celebrated also by Madame De Stael in "Corinne ou l'Italie", was appointed Court Poetess by the Granduca di Toscana and by the Zarina of Russia. She celebrated with her "improvviso" poems most of the main Italian happenings of the XVIII century among Rome, Florence and Bologna. This is the right place to spend some time visiting and studying Florence.

All the Museums and art masterpieces are around you and you can reach them with very short walks, the house is 100m from the Dome. There are wonderful sights on the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo, on the north side, and on the Dome on the South side. The photographs showed are taken from the house's windows. The apartment has been restored

In this house the young W.A.Mozart played on April 3rd 1770 during his first Italian journey, hosted by Corilla Olimpica in her famous and fascinating cultural saloon. Napoleone Bonaparte wanted a still existing marble slab at the entrance of the palace to remember her.

Corilla, celebrated also by Madame De Stael in "Corinne ou l'Italie", was appointed Court Poetess by the Granduca di Toscana and by the Zarina of Russia. She celebrated with her "improvviso" poems most of the main Italian happenings of the XVIII century among Rome, Florence and Bologna. This is the right place to spend some time visiting and studying Florence.

All the Museums and art masterpieces are around you and you can reach them with very short walks, the house is 100m from the Dome. There are wonderful sights on the Medici Chapels and the Church of San Lorenzo, on the north side, and on the Dome on the South side. The photographs showed are taken from the house's windows. The apartment has been restored to give a sight on the past of Florence.

The Tuscany region

Tuscany is located in the western part of the boot of Italy, north of Rome and south of Genoa. It is bounded by the Apennines to the North and East and by the Mediterranean on the West. Its land area is about 9,000 square miles. Its major cities are Florence, Pisa, Siena, Lucca, Arezzo, and Pistoia. Its major river is the Arno, on which Florence and Pisa are located.

It was the home land of the Etruscans, which was annexed by Rome in 351 BC. After the fall of the Roman empire, the region, which became known as Tuscany (Toscana in Italian) came under the rule of a succession of rulers (Herulians, Ostrogoths, etc.) and emerged as a political entity with its own rulers. By the twelfth century the Tuscan cities were gradually gaining their independence as republics and forcing the nobility to live in the cities. By the high Middle Ages the cities of Pisa, Siena, Arezzo, Pistoia, Lucca, and especially Florence had become wealthy because of textile manufacture, trade, banking, and agriculture. Gradually Florence came to overshadow and conquer all other cities in the region.

After several experiments with representative government, Florence was ruled by an oligarchy of wealthy aristocrats, among whom the Medici family became dominant in the fifteenth century. Under the patronage of these wealthy families the arts and literature flourished as nowhere else in Europe. Florence was the city of such writers as Dante, Petrarch, and Macchiavelli, and artists and engineers such as Boticelli, Brunelleschi (who built the magnificent dome on the church of St. Mary of the Flowers), Alberti, Leonardo Da Vinci, and Michelangelo. Because of its dominance in literature, the Florentine language became the literary language of the Italian region and is the language of Italy today. Lorenzo de' Medici, who ruled Florence in the late fifteenth century was perhaps the greatest patron of the arts in the history of the West.

But times changed. After Lorenzo the friar Savonarola
ruled Florence, and the Medici were exiled. With the shift of commerce away from the Mediterranean and toward the Atlantic, after 1492, the economy of Tuscany went into a slow decline. In 1530 the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V conquered Florence and re-established the Medici family in power. They were now dukes of Florence, and within a few decades Cosimo de Medici was made Grand Duke of Tuscany. Cosimo aggressively pursued a policy of economic revival, building the great harbour at Livorno because the harbour of Pisa had silted up.

Galileo was born under the rule of Cosimo in 1564. It was during this period that the Medici court increasingly firmly established its hold over the city. The court came to dominate all aspects of civic life, and for the Galilei family the route to success lay through the patronage structure in which the Court was central. In the seventeenth century Florence and Tuscany increasingly faded into obscurity and did not revive until the nineteenth century. It is today a major cultural centre and attracts millions of tourists each year.

Central Florence

Built on the site of an Etruscan settlement, Florence, the symbol of the Renaissance, rose to economic and cultural pre-eminence under the Medici in the 15th and 16th centuries. Its 600 years of extraordinary artistic activity can be seen above all in the 13th-century cathedral (Santa Maria del Fiore), the Church of Santa Croce, the Uffizi and the Pitti Palace, the work of great masters such as Giotto, Brunelleschi, Botticelli and Michelangelo

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Families

  • Great for children of all ages
  • No pets allowed

Bed & bathroom

  • Bedroom 1: Super King Bed
    Bedroom 2: Double Bed
  • 1 Family bathroom

Amenities

  • Wi-Fi available
  • Air conditioning
  • Internet access
  • Central heating
  • Fireplace
  • Cooker
  • Fridge
  • Freezer
  • Microwave
  • Toaster
  • Kettle
  • Dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Iron
  • Satellite TV
  • DVD player
  • CD player
  • Hair dryer
  • Linen provided
  • Towels provided

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Access

  • Lift access
  • Not suitable for wheelchair users

Policies

Check in time:15:00, Check out time:10:00
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Smoking
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About the owner

Mario C
Response rate:
95%
Calendar updated::
21 Nov 2016
Years listed:
7
Based in:
Italy
Overall rating:

Languages spoken: English, Italian


This Apartment has 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom and sleeps 4. It’s been listed on Holiday Lettings since 17 Sep 2009. Located in Florence, it has 56 reviews with an overall rating of 5. The average weekly rate varies from £712 to £1424.

The Owner has a response rate of 95% and the property’s calendar was last updated on 21 Nov 2016.

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“Just perfect”

Reviewed 17 Sep 2015

Excellent location, wonderful apartment that was even better than it looked online, caring and attentive owner. We have stayed at many different places over the years and this was truly top notch. The beds were very comfortable, plenty of china/glasses/cutlery, the kitchen well equipped . We highly recommend this locale. The only thing that would make it even more perfect would be a microwave:)

Dear K., thank you for the excellent review! Also thanks for the advice, given I don't use the microwave I didn't think to it ... thanks again for all, hope to meet you again, Mario

“Outstanding apartment, location and Host!!!!!”

Reviewed 22 Jul 2013

This was our first time renting an apartment when on vacation and we Could not ask for a better experience because of Mario. He met us at the train, clearly explained everything we needed to know about the apartment and the area. His resturant suggestions were great we went to 3 of them and 1 twice we liked it so much. The location is perfect to the sites and the train. Mario I hope your family liked the hats and patches. We hope to see you again. Rich, Kelly, Alexandra and Caroline

Dear R., thank you so much for your kind present, my sons are still wearing them all the days. Hope to see you again in Florence, all the best, Mario.

“Our favorite memory of our European adventure”

Reviewed 30 May 2013

From the moment we stepped from the train in Florence until we regretfully had to leave this amazing apartment, we felt cared for & surrounded by the best of owners in the best of accommodations. It was as wonderful to just stay in the apartment as it was to walk from this perfect location to all the unforgettable sights in Italy's most lovely city. There is no hype involved in the description of the property - it is as beautiful, tasteful, & well appointed in every room as is shown or described, ... or better. If you want the true Florentine experience, currently & from the long past, find a way to stay here!

Dear S., thank you so much for your fantastic review, your description matches what really moved me while restoring to the past ages the property. Thank you again, all the best, Mario.

“A room with two excellent views”

Reviewed 5 Feb 2013

As if Florence isn't enough, I would go as far as to say that this luxury apartment is reason in itself to visit this beautiful city. Mario, our gracious landlord, greeted us from the taxi and we could not believe how centrally the apartment was located; literally one block from the Duomo, one block from the Medici Chapel and no more than 10 minutes walk to any prominent place of interest. The apartment was GORGEOUS. We honestly had a moment's worry that we had misinterpreted the cost by a decimal point it was so lovely. The place was a blend of antique furniture and tasteful modern conveniences: comfy beds, fully stocked kitchen, washing machine, plenty of towels, excellent heating, WiFi, and even SKY television and a nice sofa to crash out on after a day's walking. And the history of the place...it's something else. The poetess Corilla Olimpica used to live here, and once Mozart held an informal concert in this very building. It was a well-known hub of the arts back in the day. Mario took the time to recommend to us his personal favourite eateries, having purchased for us a map of the city, and even offered us use of two bicycles (which we didn't end up using as everything was so within walking distance). If you are planning on making use of the excellent kitchen facilities, be sure to hit the food market first thing, as buying food from the Spar store is very expensive and not nearly as fun as perusing all the fresh local produce in the market. Osteria Nuvoli is the nearest eatery (you can see it's small white awning from the front windows of the apartment) and has a "secret" cellar restaurant area downstairs. The food and wine is excellent and reasonably priced, and the ambiance is fantastic. There is no English menu so you'll have to hope that one of the lovely waitstaff has got enough English to talk you through the options! The second nearest eatery is a block down when you take a right out of the building and is called the Red Onion (or translates as such). This is another excellent restaurant and does delicious freshly made pasta dishes. Unless you are planning on hitting a significant number of museums and galleries, I would say that it is not necessary to buy a Florence Card. You will certainly not be making use of the public transportation as it truly is a very compact city. We had such a lovely stay in Florence and it is in great part due to Mario's welcome and his wonderful apartment. We can't recommend this place more highly. Grazie mille, Mario!

Thank you so much, this is the main reward I was thinking to when hardly was restoring this house. To share is even better than to own.

“No Exageration”

Reviewed 13 Jan 2012

This apartment lived up to it's descriptions. A wonderful location with views of the Duomo or old Florence from every window. The two bedroom, one bathroom apartment, siting and dining rooms made it a very comfortable place to live during a few days in Florence. The kitchen was well equipped. The owner is a more than gracious host who was prepared to go out of his way to make sure we didn't encounter any difficulties. His library of books about Florence and the history of the family and building provided a different perspective of the city. The apartment, as shown in the photos, is beautifully appointed. It was a poseurs to stay here and we hope to repeat it.

Thank you so much for encouraging me to do always better!

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