This lovely apartment is located on the piano nobile (noble floor) of an ancient 16th-century palazzo in the heart of the old town, just behind beautiful Piazza Santa Croce.
The owner, a well-known photographer and writer, has personally furnished and decorated this unique apartment with an interesting blend of tradition, taste, and high-tech design, along with a few hints from the recent past of the 50's, 60's, and 70's. These diverse styles come together to give the apartment a relaxing, comfortable ambience.
The architecture of the surrounding buildings, with their tiny private courtyards, gives the Il Fiorino apartment a cozy, secluded feeling, in spite of being located in the heart of Florence.
An archway leads to a modern living room, with white couches, and a dining area with a table for four. A small hallway leads to a studio, completely adorned with frescoes and outfitted with satellite TV, high-speed Internet access, telephone/fax, and stereo. A sofa converts to a single bed to sleep an additional guest. Next to the studio is a bathroom with shower. The kitchen is bright and spacious, and a door opening onto a lovely terrace just perfect for al fresco dining in the summer.
The owner's eye for the aesthetic is perhaps most obvious in the beautiful wood-paneled double bedroom. A queen-sized bed (can not be separated) is a crossover between a traditional wooden bed and a modern platform bed. There is an en suite bath with sink and tub, and a separate WC.
The apartment has a modern air-conditioning system. Because of the historic frescoes, the owners are not permitted to install central air-conditioning. The "splits" located in the living room and kitchen cool the entire apartment using inverter technology.
Its central location puts many of Florence's attractions right at your doorstep, as well as coffee bars, restaurants, and shops. There is a grocery store just 200 meters from the apartment. Santa Croce square is just a one-minute walk, and the Uffizi Gallery is just ten minutes away.
Other favorites are Michelangelo's David in the Accademia, the Duomo, Campanile and Bapistry, the museum of the works of the Duomo, the Palazzo Vecchio, the Bargello, San Marco with Fra Angelica's frescos and San Miniato, not to mention the Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens.
Think of Florence for leather, lace, linens, Florentine paper products, wine, food and culinary delights. The most celebrated days are Easter and June 25 San Giovanni.
Do you wish to whet your appetite for Florence? Visit our culture website and browse through the 70 museums of Florence: http://www.museumsinflorence.com.
Our Guests Reviews
A wonderful venue from which to explore old Florence
Left on Jan 29, 2020 for a stay in Jul 2019
A wonderful fully furnished apartment centrally located in the historic part of Florence, making this an ideal location from which to explore the many nearby sites.
We had a wonderful time in Florence, and having our own apartment definitely contributed to the experience.
R. Houghton, August 2019
This apartment was incredible! It's location could not be better - right next to the Santa Croce. We walked to the the sites with no problem - the Cathedral, San Lorenzo, Medici Chapels, The Accademia and David, Uffizi, Pitti, Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Signoria, Piazza Republica. Nothing was more than a few minutes. Needless to say, restaurants and shopping everywhere. The owner met us and gave us an orientation to the apartment, along with recommendations and restaurants which reflected our interests. Do not miss this one!
K. Walker, September 2018
It makes for a more enjoyable holiday when you can come back to a "home away from home". The location of IL Fiorino couldn't have been better for us. Right alongside Santa Croce which had so much happening - including a 3 day beer festival. The markets were close for buying our produce for cooking and we simply enjoyed roaming the streets. A very comfortable property, well apointed with free internet use and local calls. Extra cost for electricity, gas etc amounted to no more than 30 Euor after a week and we cooked every day. Recommend for couples.
J. Hendrick, March 2016
Holiday Home Amenities
- Air conditioning
- Internet WIFI connection
- Apple TV system
- Speaker for I-phone and I-pad
- Carbon monoxide detector
- Washing machine
- Fridge with freezer
- Stove with oven
- American coffee maker
- Fan in the bedroom
- Hair dryer
- Grocery store 200 m
- Santa Croce Square 1 min
- Uffizi Gallery 10 min
According to statistics produced by UNESCO, 60% of the world's most important works of art are located in Italy and approximately half of these are in Florence! The city lies on the Arno River and is known for its history and its importance in the Middle Ages and in the Renaissance, especially for its art and architecture. A centre of medieval European trade and finance, the city is often considered the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance; in fact, it has been called the Athens of the Middle Ages. It was long under the de facto rule of the Medici family. From 1865 to 1870 the city was also the capital of the Kingdom of Italy. The historic centre of Florence continues to attract millions of tourists each year and was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1982. Strolling through the centre of Florence is a pleasure, the characterful narrow streets which are mostly closed to traffic are full of surprises and temptations.
A good starting point is the Piazza della Signoria, it's the heart of Florence's historic centre and an open-air art exhibit. The Loggia della Signoria, which sits on the square, contains a collection of some of the most valuable artworks in the world.
Head down Via Borgo San Lorenzo and you will find il Duomo, probably Florence's most popular tourist attraction. The given name is Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore. Brunelleschi designed the Dome (il Duomo), which highlights the stunning Chiesa Santa Maria del Fiore, and many climb the 463 steps to the bell tower to enjoy the panoramic view over Florence. The cathedral is also a treasure trove of art with contributions from Michelangelo, Donatello and Brunelleschi.
The Baptistery of St John the Baptist lies in front of the Duomo. It was built on the foundations of an ancient Roman temple and the golden doors which face the cathedral are replicas of an original set by Lorenzo Ghiberti (extensively copied - including the entrance doors to St Peters in Rome) and termed by Michelangelo as the “doors to paradise”.
The Uffizi Gallery is one of the oldest and most important Renaissance art galleries in the world and is only outdone by the Vatican museums. Its impressive collection of artworks from the Renaissance period includes Botticelli's Birth of Venus, and art by Giotto, Lippi, Botticelli, Da Vinci, Raphael and Michelangelo. Most of the work was commissioned by the Medici family.
The Galleria dell'Accademia, contains one of Florence's most renowned symbols, Michelangelo's original statue of David, and an impressive collection of artwork from the 13th-16th centuries including a collection of musical instruments, from the Medici family.
Ponte Vecchio, lucky to have survived WWII, it's one of only 3 bridges in the world that houses shops.
For the best views over the city of Florence take a walk from Porta Romana to Piazzale Michelangelo and then onto San Miniato, one of Tuscany's most beautiful Romanesque churches and the oldest standing in Florence.
Eating out: Prepare to be overwhelmed, Florence abounds with excellent restaurants serving traditional Tuscan and Italian cuisine. The Piazza Santa Maria Novella and the alleyways which run from it are very popular and have an array of culinary options to satisfy all tastes. The best value for money will be found at the Trattorias and Pizzerias, in addition your best chances of finding great value authentic cooking in a family environment will be at a Trattoria.
Shopping in Florence! Florence has some of the most exciting shopping in Europe, and is really an adventure rather than a commercial outing. Artisans crafts like leather goods, gold and silver smiths (see Ponte Vecchio) jewelry, art, handbags etc. will surprise down almost every alleyway.
The informal morning markets which sell food, clothing, accessories, arts and crafts, etc. are an invaluable and fun insight into Florentine culture.
Please note: the Google Maps are only approximative, the exact address will be given after finalized booking.
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The apartment is located on the first floor (US: second floor) of an elevator building. Its impressive entrance is decorated with brightly-colored 18th-century frescoes on its walls and high ceilings.
- 1 entrance hall
- 1 living room with dining area
- 1 studio (with pull-out sofa for one)
- 1 kitchen with access to the terrace
- 1 double bedroom
- 2 bathrooms
- 1 terrace
3190 EUR €
Weekly rates in €
|Il Fiorino||01 Jan 2022 - 31 Dec 2022
2+1 PAX 2
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- Bed, bath and kitchen linens
- Air conditioning and heating
- Internet WIFI connection
- Telephone: metered
- Additional bed if maximum capacity PAX is exceeded: EUR 60 per night
- Final cleaning: EUR 100
EUR 400 cash deposit are due on arrival; EUR 600 if rented one month or longer.
- Reservations are not limited to rental periods from Saturday to Saturday.
- Upon request and approval of the owner a late arrival is possible between 7 and 9pm for an extra fee of EUR 50.