Rent your own masterpiece with this self catering apartment in Tuscany, featuring museum-like frescoed ceilings and walls. Spacious and beautifully furnished, this Tuscany vacation rental in Florence faces an inner courtyard and will provide you with a quiet retreat in the midst of a busy city. See the sites, explore the country, and then return home to this Tuscany apartment.
This lovely, completely restored apartment is situated on the first floor (the main floor or “piano nobile”) of a 16th century palazzo. The architecture of the surrounding buildings, the quiet terrace, and the private courtyards provide ample sunlight and an atmosphere of seclusion. Although there is no private parking available in the building, there are garages in Piazza Santa Croce, as well as on via Fiesolana.
(90 m2/968 ft2)
First Floor (with elevator):
This charming, relaxing apartment is decorated with both modern elements and historic elements that are typical of the neighborhood. The owner, a famous photographer and writer, has chosen elegant furnishings and touches of “high tech” design. The apartment entrance is decorated with 18th century wall/ceiling frescoes. Through an archway, there is a modern living room, which has comfortable couches, a decorative marble fireplace, and a dining area with a table for four. In the bedroom, the queen-size bed (160 cm) is a unique cross between a traditional wooden-framed bed and a modern futon. This bedroom also has an en suite bathroom (with sink, tub) behind a glass wall; a half-bathroom (with WC, bidet) is separate from the bedroom. The apartment also has a studio, decorated with frescoes, which can also be used as a guest bedroom. It has a single sofa bed (available for 150 euros per week), and there is an adjacent bathroom (with shower). The studio is connected to a bright kitchen; the kitchen has access to a lovely terrace overlooking a large courtyard (no city view). The terrace has a table and chairs, making it a perfect place for al fresco dining.
Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.
* Cook Service: Upon request
* Housekeeping: 10 Euros per hour
* Transfer Service: Upon request
* Babysitting: Upon request
* Air Conditioning is in the kitchen and the living room.
Additional amenities include: city centre, housekeeping available - extra cost, cd, elevator (in building), outside area - private, cook service available - extra cost, balcony/terrace, air conditioning - partial house, outside dining, american coffee maker....Read more
Left on 06/17/2011 for a stay in June 2011 | MaxineReviewed Jun 17, 2011Stayed Jun 2011
Spacious, elegant, and full of character, Chiara provided a delightful home with both excellent indoor living spaces and terrace for eating which overlooked numerous gardens. Location was pleasantly off the main tourist route. Close to superb food market, Sant'Ambrogio, the Santa Croce church and museum, and the Arno.
The grandeur, historical character, decor, art and outdoor space for meals and drinks. Fifteen foot ceilings, frescoes, lovely soaps at every sink. Well equipped kitchen, large refrigerator.
The coffee mugs and no access to CNN in English on the TV.
Proximity to the Arno, Piazza Santa Croce, flea market and food market at Sant'Ambrogio. Also, it felt like a real neighborhood.
Left on 10/31/2006 for a stay in October 2006 | CarolynReviewed Oct 31, 2006Stayed Oct 2006
I cannot say how much renting the apartment added to my glorious trip to Florence! I loved the property.
The apartment is decorated beautifully. It is a calm, peaceful environment that really helps transport you to another world. I loved the bedroom set-up, but I spent most of my time out on the terrace reading, drinking a glass of wine and listening to the birds. Just awesome.
It could be a bit loud to someone not used to living in an apartment building. On Friday and Saturday nights you could hear the goings-on of the neighbors and people in the street. No big deal for me, but I could see how a light sleeper might be disturbed.
Loved it!!! Florence is a great walking city and Santa Croce is literally steps from everything! I would walk to the river and watch the incredible sunsets and then back to the apartment each night. Nicely off the tourist path, you felt like a local walking down the small street towards the building!
Left on 05/31/2006 for a stay in May 2006 | ToniReviewed May 31, 2006Stayed May 2006
The owner is a lovely woman, very generous and kind. She leaves the apartment feeling like a home, with her personal photos and art. Very welcoming feeling.
The terrazza overlooking a garden space was right off the kitchen. I could sit out there and watch the birds in the morning and relax in the evening. The only sounds are those of neighbors preparing meals, laughing and family joy. What a perfect spot.
For all of my considerations, this apartment is pretty much exactly what I was looking for.
Santa Croce is my favorite area because it is so close to everything, yet a little off the path. Once the tour buses leave in the late afternoon, it is a wonderfully peaceful neighborhood.
Left on 02/28/2006 for a stay in February 2006 | MarcusReviewed Feb 28, 2006Stayed Feb 2006
It was a beautiful place and a special moment in life for me and my wife.
What I liked most about the property was the property itself!! This was the most convenient location I've experienced, from restaurants to museums - everything was about 5 minutes away from the villa. The owner was delightful, and the people of Florence were so very friendly and kind, we have already talked with the owner about maybe coming back next year in the summer. I know that I am suppose to enjoy myself on my honeymoon, but this trip was more than a romantic getaway, it was a cultural feast for the eyes and the stomach! I recommend Florence to any and everybody, and I would like to recommend this apartment - but I want to keep it as a wonderful secret for myself!!
It was a bit chilly in the villa. The master bedroom warms up fine when you keep the door closed, but the rest of the property can be a bit cool. Of course, I'm sure this is only in the winter.
Everything! As I stated above, everything you need is soooo close. And my wife and I met a designer by the name of Yanni Derma who closed his leather shop and walked us around the streets of Florence for hours with no hidden motive just being kind to newlyweds. By the way I recommend anybody going there to visit his shop. He produces some of the most beautiful, butter-soft leather jackets I've ever seen!
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