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Luxury spacious and bright apartments in front of the Cathedral,stunning view - Santa Maria Apt

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,399 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights



Santa Maria Apt

Santa Maria is a luxury apartment in the heart of Florence. It's on the third floor of a historical building in via Roma, right on the corner of Piazza del Duomo in Florence. The building has a doorman and an elevator and in the apartment you find all the modern comforts you need for your holiday: fully air conditioned, a top speed WIFI,microwaves, Nespresso coffee machine. Very silent thanks to the double windows. A spacious living room furnished with a combination of modern and antique flair, comfortable sofas and a big table for your dinner. The master bedroom is known as the Ambassador room: it has stunning details as the ceiling intricately designed and has custom made mosaics throughout. The second bedroom is comfortable and charming. Two large bathrooms equipped with hair dryer . The kitchen is very well equipped for cooking your Italian dinner. From each windows you can enjoy a stunning view over the Giotto's Tower, the Baptistry and the Duomo. Enjoy the roof shared terrace.

About the property

Florence With a View apartment

Florence With a View runs three apartments: Santa Maria, San Giovanni and Studio with a View apartments. The windows open up to the Baptistry, Giotto's Tower, and the Duomo, offering stunning and unique views over the most important monuments in town. Whether on holiday in Florence or just passing through, or here for business or study, the visitor can choose to live in this historical and elegant building, with a concierge. It’s like having your own home for a few days in the Renaissance center of Florence, where you can study, paint, read, invite friends for dinner or even receive personal art lessons.

During the first years of the twentieth century the Santa Maria apartment was the Indian Embassy in Florence. The ceiling of the beautiful master bedroom is completely decorated and frescoed, with a frieze of unique and ancient Indian sacred art. A charming room of a thousand colours, romantic and unique of its kind not only in Florence but also in Italy.Santa Maria and San Giovanni apartments are on the third floor of a historical Florentine building, on the corner of Piazza Duomo, only a short walk from the Accademy Gallery, the Uffizi Gallery, Piazza Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. The shared roof terrace of the building overlooks the monumental centre of Florence, with views also over the surrounding hills, from San Miniato al Monte to Fiesole on the oldest 'Etruscan' hill, from Forte Belvedere to Piazzale Michelangelo.The San Giovanni and Santa Maria apartments offer you the chance to visit Florence in a different way, to discover new and hidden aspects of the city, a unique and unrepeatable experience. Studio With a View is an unforgettable experience,only for few selected guests: the Studio has a large room wit a large sofa bed. The most desired in Florence and in the world.

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Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, german, spanish, italian
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Calendar last updated:
January 16, 2018

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Al ricevimento della caparra del 25%, invieremo una mail con la conferma della prenotazione.
Saldo locazione + pulizie finali + tassa soggiorno al check-in con carte di credito.
Le tariffe sono a partire da 500€/notte - possono variare a seconda del periodo di prenotazione.
Imposta soggiorno (3,00 a persona a notte) si paga fino ad un massimo di sette pernottamenti, sotto i 12 anni non si paga.
Contratto di locazione turistica.
Possibilità parcheggio privato a pagamento giornaliero.
Spese per consumi comprese (acqua-luce-gas)
Il check-in è dalle 14:00 alle 18:00 (In caso di necessità si può chiedere di anticiparlo o posticiparlo corrispondendo € 20,00) mentre il Check-out dalle 09:00 alle 10:00 (anche in questo caso secondo disponibilità si può chiedere di anticiparlo o posticiparlo corrispondendo € 20,00). Nelle festività il check in-out ha un costo di 20,00€ indipendentemente dall'orario di arrivo/partenza.

When we receive the 25% advanced payment we sent to you an email with the confirmation of your reservation.
Rental balance + final cleaning + tourist tax at check-in with credit cards.
Rates are from 500 €/night - May vary depending on the booking period.
Tourist tax Euro 3,00 per person per night with a maximum of 7 overnights, children under 12 do not pay.
Possibility private parking (daily payment).
Consumer spending included (water-electricity-gas)
Check in is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Check out is from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. (just in case of availability it can be postponed till 3 p.m.)
In case of request it is possible to do check in/out in another time charging a fee of Euro 20,00


Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 3
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1399 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: Flexible
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome ...
  • Parties/events not allowed ...
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Bottled Water
  • Elevator
  • Filtered Water
  • Hair Dryer
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Local Activities Guide
  • Local Maps
  • Local Restaurant Guide
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Tumble Dryer
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 12 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bagno 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bagno 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
  • Hair dryer
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Camera da letto 1 - 1 queen
    Camera da letto 2 - 1 queen
  • The master bedroom known as the Ambassador Room: the ceiling is intricately designed and carved with sacred Indian art and has custom made mosaics throughout. The floors were art works themselves and made the place feel warm and inviting. Comfortable and high quality mattresses as well as linen
  • Books
  • Books for Kids
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Radio
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • suitable for elderly or infirm
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • disco club
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • mountain biking
  • tennis
A welcome basket with a bottle of Chianti wine, fresh fruit, Nespresso coffee capsules, and some snacks is provided for our guests at the arrival. You can also enjoy dipping into a wide selection of books of Italian art and culture. Fresh flowers and scented essences are provided as a detail of this special and luxury accommodation


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Santa Maria Apt
average rating of 4.9142857 based on 37 reviews

Best view in Florence!!!

  • 5 of 5

This was an amazing and unforgettable experience!!! We had wonderful hospitality during our stay. We were warmly greeted, shown around the apartment, welcomed with a bottle of wine, water, snacks, coffee and a very well organized binder explaining how to work the washer dryer, or any pertinent information such as emergency numbers etc. Truly detailed oriented and very much appreciated the security and safety of this building.

The location was unbeatable with spectacular views of the Duomo and piazza from our windows!!! The apartment is spacious, with 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, small kitchen, and dining and den area. The décor was lovely with books, flowers, and very comfortable furniture.

Our 11 y/o son was very happy in this wonderful apartment. A truly unique bedroom had a superb hand crafted ceiling of artwork from India. It was amazing to look up and be surrounded by beautiful hand painted art of Hindu deities.

The apartment is on the third floor with elevator access. The terrace is a shared space on the fifth floor with even more wonderful views of Florence!! We loved going to the terrace every night, keeping in mind to be respectful of the other guests whose apartments were on the terrace. Not loud or noisy!!

What a wonderful and amazing experience!!!

Thank you!!!!

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2017
  • Stayed: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks Anu We are very happy to meet you and your family in our apartment and that you appreciated everything, and your beautiful words around the "magic Indian bedroom "
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Fantastic location!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of six from the USA spent a lot of time booking different places in large and small Italian towns. When we arrived at this location, smiles were across all our faces. The location could not have been more central and Malvina (hostess) was very welcoming and helpful. On our final night, we played cards as a family on the roof top over looking the Duomo as the sun set. Great stay. Thanks. David Morgan. Washington State, USA.

  • Submitted: Jul 27, 2017
  • Stayed: July 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location, location, location...

  • 5 of 5

The apartment was just as described, very spacious and beautifully appointed. The location totally exceeded our expectations. We were in short proximity to all that Florence has to offer. The owner/manager, Malvina, was great to work with. She is very helpful and provided excellent communication leading up to and during our stay.

The space accommodated our family of 4 very comfortably. The terrace view is UNBELIEVABLE! The view is enjoyed from the public portion of the terrace that is open to occupants of the building. There is a small table for two that is reserved for Florence with a View guests, but is shared with other guests of the same owner. We encountered another guest while we were sitting there and she seemed surprised to see us occupying the table. All was fine, she was lovely and encouraged us to enjoy the table when she was not using it.

There is huge open and empty space on the terrace, what I would have given for there to have been additional and more comfortable seating in that space.

The first thing we will do when we plan our return to Florence will be to secure this property for our stay. It was perfect!

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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We were disappointed in our accommodations in Florence.

  • 3 of 5

Florence is magical but the apartment was not. The apartments bones are beautiful and the location is perfect. However, the living and dining furniture are cheap and uncomfortable which made us not want to spend anytime in the apartment. The apartment is sold as a luxury property with a rooftop terrace overlooking the Duomo, however, there are no chairs or tables on the rooftop and so we could not dine or have a leisurely drink enjoying the rooftop terrace. We found the terrace completely useless. The bathrooms are utilitarian but not beautiful or elegant. The apartment did not have a full length mirror, (which meant you could only see yourself in the bathroom mirror from the neck up), bathroom storage, toilet paper or enough toiletries. We have stayed in luxury properties in France and they have exceeded our expectations. In addition, the French property management checked in during our stay to see if there was anything we needed or what they could do to make our experience more enjoyable. We were never contacted during our stay in Florence and when I was forced to contact the property management for more toilet paoer or to lower the AC setting ( which was set at a number that made the apartment very hot), it did not feel warm and hospitable but rather cold and annoyed.

Unfortunately, we were disappointed with the apartment and would not recommend it or stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jun 28, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I thank Mr Marcel and his family because since many years this is the first “unsatisfied and disappointed review” for our listenings and this is the exception that proves the rule. The furniture in the living of Santa Maria apt. is original antique pieces (XVIII° and XIX°) and we are vey proud not to have standard modern “hotel style” pieces, and we combined them with all the modern comfort. It is very clearly written in our Homeaway apartment description that the terrace is a shared one and you can enjoy the stunning view from it and none of our guests have complained about it or misunderstood. Saying that the terrace is “useless" means that Mr Marcel and his family do not appreciate what our guests find extraordinary: having the chance to overlook the city from a unique and stunning view, enjoying for example the opportunity to see art and architectural details which can not been seen otherwise. About courtesy and taking care: I would like to remind Mr Marcel and his family that I personally welcomed them, giving them all the information about the city and saying that they could call or text at any time. Last but not least when Mr Maier and his family arrived, he forgot to have with him the 300 Euro deposit - as clearly written and asked in our condition of agreement and mail, so I walked around the city centre finding an ATM machine with him, and after several unsuccessful attempts, I decided not to ask for the deposit, showing trust and comprehension. Evidently this kindness does not worth for Mr Maier. We leave our guests their privacy because they rent an apartment and not a hotel room or a residence, on the other side we are always reachable by phone or mail and in case of need or request we do our best to satisfy professionally our guests. I am really sorry about Mr Maier’s disappointment but as our French cousins would say C’est la vie!=
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  • 5 of 5

This apartment is in the heart of Florence and literally above Prada. You will be looking at the Duomo from your window and wake each morning with the bells tolling! I can not say enough about the apartment or Malvinia, the owner/manager. Our family was so blessed to have found this magnificent apartment. We can not wait to return.........It will take your breath away!

  • Submitted: Jun 26, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Best location and views!

  • 5 of 5

This was truly an elegant apartment in the heart of Florence. We were within a 10 - 15 minute walk of every major attraction and just steps from the Duomo. The rooftop deck was magical for both sunrise and sunset. Malvina was an excellent host and provided great amenities. We actually felt like we were staying in a Florentine Noble's palace. We would definitely return.

  • Submitted: Jun 21, 2017
  • Stayed: June 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
Amerigo Vespucci
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Nearest Golf
25 Kilometres
Golf dell'Ugolino Firenze
Nearest Train
600 Metres
Santa maria Novella
Nearest Motorway
10 Kilometres
Firenze sud
Car: not necessary

The Baptistery of San Giovanni, Piazza Duomo, Brunelleschi's Dome, Giotto's bell tower. The historic and sacred heart of Florence, visited every year by millions of tourists. One of the most famous places in the world. And yet there are still many secrets and much hidden charm to be discovered here. Off the beaten track of mass tourism and well-known postcard views.


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