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XVII Century Splendid Apt in the Center of Florence, Tuscany

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Last updated: 05/10/2013

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  • Minimum stay:7 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:Ask Owner
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santa Croce apartment description

Our apartment is the only fully furnished apartment of this size (and beauty!) on the market in Florence. Ideal for family gatherings !!!
It is large (3000+ sq fts), sunny and beautiful. It is the only one of its size to be offered short term in central Florence and it is for instance the perfect place for family reunions, with lots of amenities for all ages! It sits on the 2nd and 3rd floor of a very beautiful classic XVII century building in the center of Florence. The building was built by my family when (1867) Florence became the Capital of Italy and it is still mostly owned by my family. My parents and one of my sis live in the building, too. It is our own main house in Italy; however, since we are only there a couple of months a year, we offer the possibility to selected few to fully enjoy Florence by staying in our place. If you want to live in Florence like Florentines do—and do it in the most wonderful setting!— this is the perfect place for you. We give you our home as if it was a home exchange rather than a rent and we expect you to be respectful and treat it as your own home.
Let’s begin with the living room, a favorite of ours: it’s very large, comfy and sunny. We love sitting there next to the library and the books I have inherited from my great-grand father one - of the main historians of his own time. The living room is furnished with a mix of antique and modern. Some of the furniture have been in our family for centuries, like the XVII century “double sided” sofa. The living room also has a 42’ plasma TV, a no-zone DVD reader, Apple TV (use your iTunes account just like at home!), international SAT-TV, CD player (with plenty of CDs). The whole house has access to the fast WiFi network.
From the living room one enters the dining room. It seats up to 14 people: the (very long) table has been in the family for a long time. This room also displays beautiful paintings and some historical records from my family. Porcelain dishes from the renowned Florentine factory “Ginori”.
Our place has 5 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms (one with Jacuzzi, all with shower). All have bed mattress comforters that were brought in from the US.
The living room leads to the White Bedroom, it is in fact yellow but we call it white because of the huge white wardrobe, a part of which contain our own stuff and another part is completely free to use. The white bedroom leads into our son’s bedroom and playroom. The bunk bed was imported from the US and features a US-size twin on the top, and a queen size on the lower level . Kids are welcome to play with the toys but NOT to break them and even less so to bring them back home as a souvenir…
The Pink Room has an Italian King size bed. The ceiling has original frescos from the XVIII century and original 1920s furniture. It also has its own TV with VHS reader that it’s supplemented by a large collection of English-speaking movies. There is also a little crib in case a baby or toddler comes along.
Next is the Blue Bedroom, aka the Study: check out the original Derby Desk that my great grandfather imported from the Boston a century ago! The Blue Room has its own TV with Apple TV and Wii . You can also find a HP B/W laser printer should you need to print something. At night, it transforms back into a bedroom.
Let’s go upstairs to the Red Room, the most romantic room of the house, right on the roof and with its en-suite bathroom. It has a (Italian) king bed . Facing the bed there is a fresco displaying the actual Florence view from that point. The Red Room also has a sofa bed in case you need extra space.
Next to the Red Room there are the short stairs to the balcony – a little but most romantic place on Florence’s roofs with an amazing view on the Synagogue (check it out when it is illuminated at night, it is just amazingly beautiful!!) and a bit farther away the Old Palace, aka Palazzo Vecchio.
Let’s enter the gourmet kitchen. It has anything you may want, huge fridge and freezer, BBQ (though beware of the smoke…), traditional and microwave ovens (I actually only use this last one as it can both grill and crisp, too), your very own coffee and cappuccino (and much else) machine etc. Supplies for coffee, cappuccino etc are on the house!!!
Adjacent to the kitchen there is the laundry room with 11kg mega washer and dryer.
The dishwasher is the only extra size one on the market. No need to buy mineral water, the small fountain on the right in the kitchen dispense drinking water.
Renown yummy Sant'Ambrogio day market is a few hundred yards away, so is a great 7/7 grocery market. The area is also home to a number charming little restaurants. The world-renown ice-cream shops Vivoli and Procopio are around the corner too. The area is also renown for its antique shops and monthly Flea Market (last Sunday of the month). There are also shops of all sorts nearby – Yet, the area is very quiet and away from the main tourist mainstream.
The whole water system is filtered and the big filter is also in the laundry room.

2. There is NO elevator: though the stairs are mild, travel light!! (more space for shopping!).
3. Unfortunately, it is NOT a place suitable for physically handicapped people.
4. We rent our max 12 weeks/year because we do not want it to be worn out. But we still ask you to please be respectful.
5. A friend is paid to act as house manager and to assist guests, but please remember that this is NOT a professional rental business (and it is part of its beauty…).
6. Linens, towels etc are provided; the housekeeper normally comes half day in the middle of the week, if you need a change please ask her! Linens and towels are NOT guests souvenirs, if they are missing you’ll be charged for them...


Keywords: apartment in family-owned home; very quite and yet very central, fully furnished; terrace; fully equipped kitchen

Property Type

  • Apartment
  • On floor 2
  • 230 m²

Accommodation Type

      • Vacation Rental


          • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

          Onsite Services

              • Housekeeper Optional


              • Minimum Age Limit For Renters:

                no groups of students please...moreless

              • Non Smoking Only:

                ABSOLUTELY NOT ALOWED!!!!!...moreless

              • Children Welcome
              • Long-Term Renters Welcome

              Bedrooms: 5 Bedrooms, Sleeps 11, Beds for 11

              Bathrooms: 3 Bathrooms

              Kitchen & Dining

              • Kitchen:

                the best gourmet kitchen ever!! with filtered delicious drinking water as well...moreless

              • Refrigerator:

                double refrigerator & freezer...moreless

              • Cooking Utensils:

                top of the game...moreless

              • Dishes & Utensils:

                all porcellaine...moreless

              • Coffee Maker
              • Toaster
              • Dishwasher
              • Microwave


              • Parking:

                Upon request (50Eu /daily)...moreless

              • Heating
              • Towels Provided
              • Living Room
              • Iron & Board
              • Linens Provided
              • Air Conditioning
              • Clothes Dryer
              • Washing Machine

              Other Amenities

                  • We haveLaser print, Full equipped profession Kitchen, with huge frudge and frezer (separated), irononing and wasing room, all sort of Cooking Utensils, porcelan dishes, designer cuttlery, ADSL wireless internet connection, help yourselves bar, wirpool, Private Car Parking (upon request), Terrace, view over Garden, NO-Smoking imperative...moreless


                  • CD Player
                  • Video Library
                  • Satellite / Cable
                  • Stereo
                  • Music Library
                  • DVD Player
                  • Video Games
                  • VCR
                  • Video Game Console
                  • Television
                  • Games
                  • Books
                  • Toys
                  • Game Room


                  • Telephone:

                    Local calls only andto be called. for long distance calls please use a calling card....moreless

                  • Broadband Access
                  • Wireless Internet

                  Pool & Spa

                      • Jetted Tub

                      Outdoor Features

                      • Outdoor Grill
                      • Balcony
                      • Deck / Patio


                      • Family
                      • Historic
                      • Romantic
                      • Tourist Attractions

                      Location & View

                          • Monument View:

                            enjoy the view of the Synagogue and Palazzo Vecchio from our terrace while sippying an apero'.....moreless


                          • Health/Beauty Spa
                          • Tennis
                          • Fitness Center
                          • Medical Services
                          • Massage Therapist
                          • Laundromat
                          • Hospital
                          • Groceries
                          • ATM/Bank
                          • Walking
                          • Shopping
                          • Golf
                          • Antiquing
                          • Horseback Riding
                          • Winery Tours
                          • Synagogues
                          • Playground
                          • Library
                          • Churches
                          • Museums
                          • Cinemas
                          • Restaurants
                          • Live Theater
                          • Sight Seeing
                          • Cycling


                          Write a review 4.6
                          from 14 traveler reviews
                          Rental basis: Per property
                          Dates Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
                          Low Season
                          Oct 31 - Apr 30, 2015
                          7 night min stay
                          High season
                          May 2 - Sep 1, 2015
                          7 night min stay
                          My Standard Rate
                          7 night min stay

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                          • Refundable Damage Deposit $500
                          • Taxes Not included

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                          5 Miles
                          Nearest Airport
                          0.5 Miles
                          Nearest Train
                          campo Marte
                          9 Miles
                          Nearest Golf
                          300 Metres
                          Nearest Restaurant

                          Car: Not Necessary

                          The best area in town, walking distance from everything and most especially to the fresh daily farmers market, Vivoli and Procopio icecream shops, Cibreo restaurant and a tons of great little restaurants, grocery store at your footsteps and much more..


                          Owner info

                          Year Purchased: 1867

                          About the owner: We are a family of 3: a university professor, a diplomat and a son in K. We are originally from Florence but we have been living in Washington DC for the last few years. We travel back home twice a year and generally spend one-tow months each time. We plan to go back to live in Florence some day in the future.

                          Why the Owner Chose Santa Croce:
                          This is NOT a vacation rental, it's OUR HOME!!!! We are NOT professional renters, we love our place and we rent it essentially to pay for the expences since we are now living abroad. here are some comments from previous renters: jane(rochester, new york): My family stayed at this lovely apartment last month. We were eight altogether (4 couples). The entire experience was without flaw. The owner was very helpful and communicative during the process of deciding on dates and other logistics. The apartment itself is very, very nice and just as represented; comfortable, welcoming, and well-equipped. It is big enough for everyone to have their space, but with lots of room to gather in the dining and living rooms. The location is without equal--everything is within easy walking distance, and the proximity to the neighborhood market and shops was terrific. I highly recommend this apartment. Roland K: I highly recommend this apartment for people wishing to experience Florence outside the tourist mainstream. The apartment is old, large, comfortably furnished, cool even on hot days. The neighborhood is quiet, near a park and a wonderful market, an easy walk to Sta. Croce or the Duomo. The rooftop terrace is a tiny gem. Federiga made a great effort to ensure our comfort. Guest: Bryan Scott(-) Date of Stay: 07/31/07 Review Submitted: 07/31/07 Ciao Federiga-My family and I are safe and sound back in California, and I’d like thank you for allowing us to use your Florence home for the month of July, 2007. The apartment was everything I expected it to be. It has close access to the historical sites, and I was surprised by the friendly nature of the local Florentines. The restaurants, wine stores, and shopping all made our extended stay more enjoyable. I feel like I got to know the community, and only wish I didn’t have to leave.Let’s stay in touch.--Bryan Bryan Scott 925-484-2025; bryanATppi-cadotcom

                          The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                          LOCATION: the best in Florence - 3 minutes walking from Santa Croce, the Duom, Uffizi etc, yet away from the usual tourist crowd and very Florentine. the area is filled with amazing mainly local great restaurants of all types, grocery stores (a great one in our street) and most of all an amazing open air market - the reknown Sant'Ambrogio market round the corner not to mention Vivoli and Procopio ice-cream makers! SIZE AND CONFORT: family gathering? no problem, we have space for all! our place is vast, airy, calm, full of light, confortable and well appointed. An amazing little terrace on the roof will allow for romantic aperòs in the evening... IN FLORENCE, ACT LIKE A FLORENTINE: You'll be HOME, like in a home exchange rather than in a rent and we please ask you to consider it that way. my family lives on the 1 and 2nd floor. A friend acts as house manager while I am away and will assist you during your stay.

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                          • The living room

                            The living room

                          • Dining room

                            Dining room

                          • Blue Room - TV, wiil, laser printer etc

                            Blue Room - TV, wiil, laser printer etc

                          • the pink rook

                            the pink rook

                          • The romantic red bedroom, right on the roof...

                            The romantic red bedroom, right on the roof...

                          • .. relax in the roof terrace benefitting of the view...

                            .. relax in the roof terrace benefitting of the view...

                          • one side of the kitchen: micro, traditional owen, BBQ, diswasher, etc

                            one side of the kitchen: micro, traditional owen, BBQ, diswasher, etc

                          • Another view of the very spacious living room - have a drink on us..!

                            Another view of the very spacious living room - have a drink on us..!

                          • The Bue Room

                            The Bue Room

                          • Particular of the cieling fresco in the Blue Room

                            Particular of the cieling fresco in the Blue Room

                          • Our son's bedroom and playroom - personally decorated by him!

                            Our son's bedroom and playroom - personally decorated by him!

                          • the fresco in the red room

                            the fresco in the red room

                          • en suite bathroom to the red bedroo

                            en suite bathroom to the red bedroo

                          • kitchen2: double sink, coffee machine, fountaine w/ purified water

                            kitchen2: double sink, coffee machine, fountaine w/ purified water

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                          Date last modified - Saturday, July 12, 2014

                          $3,290 - $4,760 per week (USD)

                          5 Bedroom / 3 Bathroom
                          Sleeps 11

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                          Minimum stay: 7 nights
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