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Florentine Elegance in Historic Santa Croce

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Last updated: 09/09/2014
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:No

Santa Croce apartment description

The apartment is located in the heart of Renaissance Florence in the Santa Croce neighborhood, between Borgo Allegri and Via Dei Macci; about two blocks away from Michelangelo's house, five minutes walk to Piazza Santa Croce, 15 minutes walk to the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria. This neighborhood was featured in the May '05 issue of Bon Appetit.

The main part of this building was registered in the 'Comune' as a convent in the 12th century and renovations and additions have been made throughout the centuries. It is probably part of the surge of the Dominican and Franciscan convents, monasteries, and churches that took over the Santa Croce area in the 12th century.

Recently, on a visit to Leonardo Da Vinci's hilltop town of Vinci, west of Florence, I discovered that he first came to work for the well-known sculptor Andrea Del Verrocchio. To my surprise, the workshop was located on the corner of Via Ghibellina and the street that is now called Via Dei Macci. That would be just below my apartment, at the corner. To be sure, every stone in Florence has a story to tell.

The apartment is on the third floor (no elevator), going up a wide staircase made of pietra serena, a local Florentine stone, with a hand wrought iron railing. The stairs are low and manageable with a large landing at each level.

The architect who restored this apartment cleaned through several layers of paint and grime to reveal the original ceiling frescoes in the living room and applied paints to the rest of the house accordingly. Faux finishes on the walls complement the Florentine colors of the frescoes on the airy, high ceilings of the living room.

The apartment has beautiful parquet floors. There is a hand-painted, built-in in the corner of the living room with its matching console. An ancient hand-carved marble sink found in the building serves as a sink in the kitchen striking a distinct contrast to the gleaming white Carrara marble countertop. Some ceiling light fixtures feature Venetian Murano glass or other locally blown glass.

The bedroom lamps were custom-made by local Florentine artisans in the Renaissance tradition. The antique doors to every room are restored and curiously stand on their hinges in the manner of many doors of 'old' buildings in the area such as Cibreo's (a nearby restaurant), for example. The apartment is decorated with a few antique pieces.

The bedrooms are spacious and sunlit with suite bathrooms. The master bathroom has a bathtub with towel warmer. Both bathrooms have bidets and there is a powder room as well.

The heavy walnut dining room table can easily seat six persons. There are table linens, placemats, and table protectors for it.

In the kitchen you will find everything you need to create a gourmet meal, (including all the basic staples), if that is what you like to do. There are even cookbooks in case you really want to experiment with some of the great ingredients you will find in the Sant'Ambrogio market just around the corner from the house.

The neighborhood is colorful, full of great restaurants such as the famous Cibreo, as well as a produce, dairy and meat market,(Sant'Ambrogio) and antique and artisan shops. It is minutes away from everything. After you're done sightseeing, arrange dinner reservations at Enoteca Pinchiorri, said to be one of the top 10 restaurants in the world, on the same street as the apartment, 5 minutes away.

Finally, walk 'home' to a hot bath to rest your tired feet and slip into the bathrobes provided before sliding into crisp pressed linens for the night.

Our housekeeper will come in for 1 hour each day to tidy up for you and is available for you to hire her to cook Tuscan specialties at a reasonable price.

We have a local landline for you to use for your local calls and we also have an American phone from which you will be able to make free long distance calls.



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Property Type

      • Apartment

      Accommodation Type

          • Vacation Rental

          Meals

              • Guests Provide Their Own Meals

              Suitability

              • Non Smoking Only:

                If you smoke please skip this property. ...moreless

              • Not Suitable For Children:

                Small infants allowed as well as very well-behaved children 10 years or older ...moreless

              • Pets Not Allowed

              Bedrooms: 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4, Beds for 2-4

              Bathrooms: 2 Bathrooms, 1 Half Bathroom

              Other Amenities

                  • Cell Phone, landline, wireless and/or broadband internet access (bring your own laptop), including plush down comforters in the cool months...moreless

                  Entertainment

                  • Music Library:

                    IPod connection available for online music...moreless

                  • Satellite / Cable

                  Theme

                      • Historic

                      Attractions

                      • Churches
                      • Cinemas
                      • Health/Beauty Spa
                      • Library
                      • Live Theater
                      • Museums
                      • Playground
                      • Restaurants
                      • Synagogues

                      Local Services & Businesses

                      • ATM/Bank
                      • Groceries
                      • Hospital
                      • Laundromat
                      • Medical Services

                      Leisure Activities

                      • Antiquing
                      • Outlet Shopping
                      • Scenic Drives
                      • Shopping
                      • Sight Seeing
                      • Walking

                      Sports & Adventure Activities

                      • Cycling
                      • Hiking
                      • Mountain Biking

                      Dining

                      • Dining
                      • Dining Area
                      • Seating for 8 people

                      General

                      • Hair Dryer
                      • Heating
                      • Iron & Board
                      • Linens Provided:

                        Fluffy towels, bathrobes, pressed linens for your comfort...moreless

                      • Living Room
                      • Mobile Phone:

                        Guest must purchase his own credit if he wishes to use the cell phone....moreless

                      • Parking Off Street:

                        There is an underground (pay) parking garage nearby....moreless

                      • Telephone:

                        Long distance calls can be made on this with a calling card....moreless

                      • Towels Provided
                      • Washing Machine
                      • Wireless Internet

                      Kitchen

                      • Coffee Maker
                      • Cooking Utensils
                      • Dishes & Utensils
                      • Dishwasher
                      • Kitchen
                      • Oven
                      • Pantry Items
                      • Refrigerator
                      • Stove
                      • Toaster

                      Payment Type

                      • Amex
                      • Mastercard
                      • Visa
                       

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                      Location

                      • Hairforce

                        "Great place to get a styled haircut, blow-dry...friendly, inexpensive compared to US."

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                      • Maggiore Rent

                        "Convenient car rental, only a few minutes' walk from our apartment"

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                      • mercato di Sant'Ambrogio

                        "Awesome open air market, just steps from the apartment. It is open air and indoors. Inside y..."

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                      12 Miles
                      Nearest Airport
                      Peretola (FLR)
                      1 Miles
                      Nearest Train
                      Santa Maria Novella
                      60 Miles
                      Nearest Beach
                      Ligurian Coast

                      Car: Not Necessary

                      If you are interested in cooking classes, you will find several excellent cooking schools with exciting classes to offer. Opportunities for classes are not only in Florence but in the surrounding medieval hilltop towns which are close-in to Florence and easily reached by car or train.

                       

                      Owner info

                      Year Purchased: 2003

                      About the owner: I am a Lower School teacher at a private school in Washington DC and spend all my vacations in my home in Italy. Florence is the place I come to relax and enjoy the art, the food, and the people.

                      Why the Owner Chose Santa Croce:
                      I have always been in love with the city of Florence. There is a magic in the city and its people that is difficult to describe; everyday is a feast for the senses.

                      The Unique Benefits at this Apartment:
                      In Florence there is no dearth of activities whether it be artistic or simply people watching. Simply taking an afterdinner stroll is always an adventure. But walking to the boisterous food market around the corner from my house is a must; it's hard to start the day without first doing this. There, the grizzled Tuscan farmers sell you the products they grew or gathered themselves, just as it's been done for centuries. In this market you can find even wild asparagus when the season calls for it, or freshly gathered porcini mushrooms.


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                      Photos

                      • Guest bedroom with private bathroom

                        Guest bedroom with private bathroom

                      • Dining area

                        Dining area

                      • Living room reading corner with a variety of travelbooks

                        Living room reading corner with a variety of travelbooks

                      • Livingroom

                        Livingroom

                      • Santa Croce Church with statue of Dante, two blocks from apartment

                        Santa Croce Church with statue of Dante, two blocks from apartment

                      • Enjoy leisurely reading of a great selecton of travel books.

                        Enjoy leisurely reading of a great selecton of travel books.

                      • Guest bathroom

                        Guest bathroom

                      • Detail of the ceiling frescoes

                        Detail of the ceiling frescoes

                      • Master bedroom has a queen-size bed in a light-filled room with private bathrm

                        Master bedroom has a queen-size bed in a light-filled room with private bathrm

                      • Well equiped kitchen

                        Well equiped kitchen

                      • Tub in Master bathroom

                        Tub in Master bathroom

                      • The neighborhood 2 blocks from apt: Cibreo, Il Pizzaiuolo, Teatro del Sale

                        The neighborhood 2 blocks from apt: Cibreo, Il Pizzaiuolo, Teatro del Sale

                      • Piazza dei Ciompi at Christmas, one block from apartment

                        Piazza dei Ciompi at Christmas, one block from apartment

                      • Medieval vaulted ceiling inside entrance of apartment building

                        Medieval vaulted ceiling inside entrance of apartment building

                      • Perfect apartment for a holiday celebration.

                        Perfect apartment for a holiday celebration.

                      • Master bedroom

                        Master bedroom

                      • Sant' Ambrogio market just around the corner from the apartment

                        Sant' Ambrogio market just around the corner from the apartment

                      • Cloister sitting area of the building

                        Cloister sitting area of the building

                      VRBO #41088

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                      This listing was first published here in 2004.

                      Date last modified - Wednesday, October 01, 2014

                      €250 per night (EUR)
                      42

                      2 Bedroom / 2.5 Bathroom
                      Sleeps 4

                      View calendar: Updated 09/09/14
                      Minimum stay: 4 nights
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