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Florentine Elegance in Historic Santa Croce

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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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  • Minimum stay:4 nights
  • Internet:Yes
  • Pets considered:No
  • Wheel chair accessible:N/A

Property 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 is very often featured in travel magazines like Travel and Leisure or Conde Nast.

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 our apartment, at the corner. To be sure, every stone in Florence has a story to tell...every stone, every corner, every medieval alley.

Our 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.

You'll find beautiful parquet floors to pad around in after a day of walking around Florence. 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 are en suite bathrooms and bidets. In addition, there is a hallway powder room.

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. Or simply walk across the street to Dino's, a favorite of our guests.

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

Our housekeeper is available for you to hire 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

Onsite Services

  • Housekeeper Included

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

  • Our housekeeper does 1 hour of cleaning each day of your stay. Also, there is a landline, wireless and/or broadband internet access (bring your own laptop), also, plush down comforters in the cool months...moreless

Entertainment

  • Books:

    A library full travel books or classics by famous writers through history written about Florence. ...moreless

  • CD Player
  • Music Library:

    IPod connection available for online music...moreless

  • Satellite / Cable

Theme

  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic

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:

    Long solid walnut table can be set easily for 6 with lots of room. ...moreless

  • Dining Area
  • Seating for 8 people

General

  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating:

    Toasty radiator heating...moreless

  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided:

    Fluffy towels and pressed linens for your comfort...moreless

  • Living Room
  • Parking Off Street:

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

  • Telephone:

    Long distance calls to the US can be made from our special phone....moreless

  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet

Kitchen

  • Coffee Maker:

    Italian mocha coffee maker ...moreless

  • Cooking Utensils:

    Great utensils for cooking....moreless

  • Dishes & Utensils:

    Everything you need to cook a gourmet meal and set a nice table. ...moreless

  • Dishwasher
  • Kitchen
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items:

    Sugar, coffee, oil, salt, spices, etc....moreless

  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster

Outside

  • Lawn / Garden:

    There is a courtyard area with a view to an interior garden in the building....moreless

House Cleaning

  • Housekeeper Included
 

Reviews

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Feb 7 - Dec 31, 2015
4 night min stay
€225
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4 night min stay
€225
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Additional information about rental rates

Fees:

  • Cleaning Fee €100
  • Taxes Included

Notes:

Please talk to us about off season rentals.

50% of the rent is due 3 days about booking, the rest, as well as a $600 reimbursable damage deposit is due 2 months before your arrival.


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Last updated: 04/22/2015
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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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Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian

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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

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  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2.5
  • Property type
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Member since: 2004
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
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  • Calendar last updated 04/22/2015
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