|Minimum Stay||4 nights|
The apartment is located in the heart of Renaissance Florence on Via Ghibellina, between Borgo Allegri and Via Dei Macci; about two blocks away from Michelangelo's house, five minutes walk to 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.
The building has a grace that was lovely to return to.
My husband had a wonderful 50th birthday; our paris based daughter joined us.. she also loved the apartment, and the 2 bathrooms were a bonus.
We dined at the Hotel Santa Croce..just down the street from the apartment. It was the perfect venue for a special celabration.
We loved the location and ambience of the apartment, and Donald was punctual, welcoming and lovely.
We hope to return to Via Ghibbelina in the future,
Here is what I wrote to the Owner:
"Thank you so much. We had three great apartments in Europe (Paris, Venice, and Florence), but only yours came with the personal touch of direct contact and guidance with the owner. It made our stay that much better.
I suspect we will be back in your apartment sometime in the future. The location is incredible."
As can be seen from other reviews, the location is unbeatable - far enough from the chaos, close enough for access.
We very much enjoyed our stay in this lovely apartment. The owners have brought out its charm, and made it ready to enjoy. It is in a great location, away from the chaos of tourists, but close enough for a pleasant walk to all the sites. We enjoyed discovering the local restaurants, pizza places, and cafes of the neighborhood. There is great information to help you find your way.
The perfect location for 4 travelers who wanted to be tourists and locals. The apartment has plenty of Italian charm as well as space. The kitchen is well equipped but markets, shoppes and restaurants are down the street or around the corner. We gave ourselves ample time to walk to the Ufittzi and Accademia along the Ponte Vecchio but buses are nearby. WiFi worked great and Marlina was helpful with info too. After staying in numerous hotels in Italy, we were happy to be in an apartment and be able to hang out in the living room and do a little cooking for ourselves from the local market.
My husband and close friends shared this beautiful apartment for four days. It was extremely spacious and well equipped. We were met at the apartment building door
by Niccolo who helped us up the stairs with our bags and explained everything to us about the apartment and the neighborhood. In addition, Gilda had a binder overflowing with information about the area, its restaurants, her favorite cafes, bakeries, etc. We loved the authenticity and charm of the building especially sitting in the communal courtyard eating a snack and admiring the flower bed (jointly planted and maintained by some of the tenants). Gilda's neighbors were welcoming and friendly and answered
questions for us more than once during our stay. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was supplied with fresh fruit and water for our arrival. Almost anywhere you would want to go in Florence was within walking distance (except airport). We will most definitely return to Gilda's apartment on our next trip to Italia! Grazie mille for a
memorable stay in your friendly and charming city.
Our time in Gilda and Fulvio’s apartment in Florence was wonderful. The apartment is lovely, well-equipped, situated in a perfect location and close to all of the sights.
We (two couples) spent six nights (4/28/14 – 5/4/14) and were very happy and comfortable with everything. A bonus for us is that it was larger than we anticipated and we found it perfectly delightful for sharing time together or for taking a bit of personal space.
The kitchen is easy to work in and it was so nice to have staple items on-hand. We also took advantage of the washing machine. Every inch of the apartment was exceptionally clean. To have 2.5 baths in the apartment is a gift.
Gilda is so easy to work with and very communicative and knowledgeable -- as are her local helpers: Niccolo and Marlina. The apartment has many reference books and a binder full of restaurant and touring recommendations. We ate several excellent meals right in the neighborhood. It was also a treat to have the local farmer’s market just a few blocks away.
When we next travel to Florence, we will definitely stay in their apartment again. Try it…it is a real treat!
We had a wonderful time in Florence, staying at Gilda's beautiful apartment was marvellous. After a long day exploring the city it was such a pleasure to come home to the airy, spacious and restful apartment, I could settle in with one of the books from a great selection available, or have a nice soak in the tub. Throughout the entire booking process and beyond, Gilda was prompt and detailed in her responses, everything was just as described. Niccolo met us at the building entrance and showed us to the apartment, explaining everything and providing helpful suggestions for shopping, eating and provisions. There was fruit and a bottle of wine to welcome us. Gilda has helpful notes with all phone numbers you may need during your stay. Marlina the housekeeper was also friendly and nice. We found the location perfect and we loved the neighbourhood. We made friends with the charming young man at Forno, the bakery across the street. It made our day to be greeted with a cheery wave and smile from him as we passed by the shop, we invariably stopped in to buy some delicous bread and pastries and have a chat. We had a wonderful stay in Florence, loved the city and its people, and we hope to be back. And when we return, we would love to stay in the same apartment.
20 minutes from Peretola airport.
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.
|Rate Period||Nightly||Weekend Night||Weekly||Monthly *||Event|
Jan 15 2015 - Dec 31 2015
4 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
4 night minimum stay
|Refundable damage deposit||€500|
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