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Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo

Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1.5 Baths, (Sleeps 4)

Belvedere Duomo is Florence's most beautiful location for your Italian holiday. Located literally on the side of Brunelleschi's Duomo (only 27 meters or 80 feet away), the two level apartment has a large terrace for dining (for 8) and relaxing in the shadow of this great dome, the third largest Church in the world. After an extensive two year renovation, this property is 'new' in the shell of a 12th century structure. The amenities of the apartment are as you would find in a luxury hotel suite, with a gourmand's kitchen, computer hookups and wi-fi, washer/dryer, and an elegant all travertine bath.

The apartment is on the fourth level of the building, with 88 steps well worth the journey. Assistance is provided to help with luggage upon arrival.

Spend a once in a lifetime vacation at one of the most historic sites in all of Italy, with all of the comforts of a 5 star hotel. Belvedere Duomo comfortably sleeps 4 in comfortable beds with ample storage and unique original artwork and sculptures throughout the apartment.

One step onto the terrace of this magnificent unit, and you will understand the historic importance and splendor of Italy.

If you need more bedrooms or have a larger group,please see my adjoining apartment at VRBO Property number 356182 / Homeaway 959548 .

Keywords: terrace, great view, new, elegant,split level, panoramic views,rooftop,Duomo, modern kitchen,luxury, 5 star

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Ron Blitch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
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Calendar last updated:
July 6, 2017

About Ron Blitch

I am an architect in New Orleans Louisiana USA - educated in Rome and Florence, and have always dreamed of the perfect getaway in Italy. 'Belvedere Duomo' - meaning 'beautiful view of the Duomo' is just that place, with a very convenient, luxurious and quiet apartment with the appointments of Florence's finest hotels.

Ron Blitch purchased this apartment in 2009

Why Ron Blitch chose Historic Center

After searching for an apartment for over a year, I saw this completely renovated 12th century apartment with one of the greatest views in all of Italy - Brunelleschi's Cathedral, or the Duomo. The powerful presence of the Duomo from the upper living room and kitchen (unique around the entire Duomo) is breathtaking and hard to put into words. The Duomo becomes 'part' of your Florence experience, from a vantage point that only you can enjoy.

What makes this apartment unique

Located literally next to the Duomo, Belvedere Duomo is only a few minutes from the Uffizi, the Train Station, the Central Market and San Lorenzo (Medici Chapel), and the Galleria Accademia (David). The apartment is a 'new' property, completed restored and rebuilt after 2 years of intensive work, including wonderful appointments and conveniences only found in a luxury suite in a fine hotel.

Guestbook comments from the owner

We just thought we would drop you a line and thank you for such a wonderful place to stay. I travel the world (a lot for business, but also a lot for pleasure) and have to say this is one of the finest places we have stayed. My wife is a decorator and usually I hear what she would do different when we stay at rental homes. Not this time, she LOVES what you have done to the place.

Paolo has been wonderful. He introduced us to a new artist by the name of Elena Faccini and we bought some art from her. Not sure if you know of her but judging by the art we see here you might want to take a look. Up and coming artist we believe.

We also visited Gabriele Mossa whom we found through your information and art. WOW, wish he still did the masks you have in your place here. UNBELIEVABLE! We did purchase three items from him though, he is a wonderful talent and thanks for the information. I have included a photo with Gabriele and my wife with one of the items we purchased.

Again, thank you for creating such a wonderful place to stay. We look forward to staying here many more times in the future. We love Florence and we LOVE your place.
Mar 2014
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Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome ...
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Alarm Clock
  • Broadband Access ...
  • Clothes Dryer ...
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room
  • Parking ...
  • Safe
  • Security System
  • Sofa Bed
  • Telephone ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine ...
  • Wireless Internet ...
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 1.5
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Queen size Beds (1) The mattress has a pillow top and a foam topper and is very comfortable, far nicer than the typical hard-as-a-rock Italian hotel bed. Most guests comment that the bed is more comfortable than their own bed at home!, Sleep Sofa or Futons (1) The queen sized sofa-bed is a high quality Italian design with a very comfortable mattress.
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • duty free shops
  • festivals
  • health/beauty spa
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • ruins
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • shopping
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • hiking
  • mountain biking
Terrace overlooking the Duomo, Views of Santa Croce - Fiesole - San Lorenzo, Outdoor Dining for 8, Kitchen opens to Terrace, Terrace is 27 meters from the Duomo!


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Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo
average rating of 4.9076924 based on 104 reviews
Framingham, MA

Best accommodation in Florence!

  • 5 of 5

This is my third time at Belvedere Duomo 2 and I will return again and again! The apartment is very comfortable, the amenities are great, and the manager Paolo went out of his way to be sure we were happy. We had pre-ordered assistance with baggage service and for a late check-in, and the charges were well worth it for the help it offered us.

The kitchen is perfect for those who like to cook, with a large fridge and freezer and a powerful dishwasher. And it was hot in June this year - so we were careful to turn off the AC's when we left the apartment - to keep our costs down, the apartment cools down quickly upon return after a day of shopping.

This year we booked this apartment with the one across the hall - and with the new foyer doors, we could leave the living room doors open between the two, and we had a super suite of 3 bedrooms and 3 1/2 baths, great for a large family group.

Thanks Ron for allowing us to share your great compound high above Firenze

  • Submitted: Jul 5, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your third visit! Hope you can return soon- and thanks for leaving the apartment as clean and neat as it was when you arrived!
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Beautiful apartment but...

  • 2 of 5

As others have unanimously said the apartment is a gem. Every day the view was a revelation and a delight. So why only two stars?

The manager was not at the apartment when we arrived. He forgot that we were arriving at 2pm, he thought we were arriving at 9. "Oh that was the other Bob,"

he said on his late arrival. Emails had been exchanged the day before and were specific as to ETA.

We had interrupted his family lunch. When he finally arrived in the 95 degree heat he announced that he does not help with the bags, we should have indicated that we needed assistance there. There is a clause in the contract that says "baggage handling can be arranged". What does that mean? It means get ready to climb 100 steps with your luggage strapped to your back. I got angry. The agent said he was not my slave. I asked for the key and also asked him to leave. With anger and profanity dripping from every pore, he helped with the bags.

The AC got screwed up in the apartment. There are no instructions for any of the appliances save for the washer and dryer. The stove? You are on your own.

Emergency numbers, non existent. Garbage drop off? Beats me. Generally it is an outward bound experience in a luxury apartment.

The apartment is a gem. But the diamond is mounted in a cheap and unfinished setting.

  • Submitted: Jun 27, 2017
  • Stayed: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: 5 star reviews before and after this terrible guest - I think that says it all! And every review praises the extra efforts made by Paolo and his wife to make guests comfortable. Unfortunately Bob failed to open the emails that contained all of the info he needed to understand the basic operation of the 4 AC units and the oven (on-off - very complicated?). The vrbo/homeaway app has all of the info on the apartment in great detail - he was reminded three times to access it - but he didn't. He actually turned the heat on instead of the AC which was then fixed, on a Sunday, by my wonderful manager, even though he was verbally abused constantly by this professor from New York. I am processing a damage claim at this time as well for the $1550 worth of damage this couple did to the apartment, they left the place a mess with rotting food and garbage everywhere and stains on the furniture and bedding. Hopefully other owners won't have to deal with a bad guest experience such as this in their lifetimes. This was the worst guest I have ever had - and Reitano should be avoided at all costs. 5 star reviews before and after this guest - I think that says it all.
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Best location in Florence.

  • 5 of 5

Not sure if there could be a nicer apartment in Florence. Perfect location and accommodations.

  • Submitted: Apr 18, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Classic Italy with 5 star accommodations

  • 5 of 5

Very well appointed apartment with view you could only dream about. From great service of Paolo helping you getting settled in, great day trips, shopping, and all the extras not sure why anyone would stay anywhere else. Thank you for allowing us to us belvedere duomo and we look forward to coming back again in the future. Classic Italian design with all modern conveniences of life needed. Our first 4 nights we stayed at the St. Regis which is a 5 star hotel for business but moved to this apartment and the St Regis couldn't even compare

  • Submitted: Apr 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Nashville, Tennessee


  • 5 of 5

This apartment is incredible. The terrace alone is worth staying here, but the apartment is fantastic top to bottom. Highly recommended.


Nashville, Tennessee

  • Submitted: Oct 23, 2016
  • Stayed: Oct 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your kind words - hope you can return soon! Ron
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Eastern Washington

I felt like a Medici. Luxury unit with views that lord over Florence. The best!

  • 5 of 5

This was absolutely the best place we could have asked for in Florence. I almost wanted to keep this gem a secret to myself, but the owner Ron really deserves some kudos for his wonderful home.

I had looked at many places in Florence, and I wanted a fantastic view coupled with a some space, privacy, and luxury. This condo has it all.

Let's start with the obvious: The view is not only incredible, but you're not going to find another VRBO or hotel that compares. You get a very personal experience with the Duomo, and we felt so privileged to be able to soak it in day after day (instead of just rushing about like a tourist). You soon realize that you're fortunate enough to occupy the only terrace like this in Florence. I didn't see a single comparable perch-- and I even hiked up to the top of the Duomo and the Bell Tower and looked down! I saw my terrace and felt like the King of Florence.

Not only does the (totally private!) terrace provide the best view in Florence, it's also beautifully appointed. We learned from the guest book that the owner Ron is an well known architect back here in the states. It makes perfect sense why this place is decorated so well-- he has great taste. The furniture and art were exceptional quality, and we felt like we were staying at our own home. Ron has really done an outstanding job of making this a perfect luxury retreat. We were amazed by the custom handmade ceramic tables (the kind you see often in places like Positano with the hand painted lemon motif). These patio tables are the type you'll see that cost several thousand each and I've never stayed in a VRBO in which the owner put such beautiful high quality pieces of furniture.

After a quick trip to the supermarket around the corner, we sat out on the terrace and enjoyed wine, salame, and cheese. We had the Duomo all to ourselves, peacefully above all the hustle and bustle below on the street.

We were told the building was built in the 1315, and is older than the famous dome it overlooks! Honored stay in a 700+ year old building. The unit is newly remodeled into high end luxury condo. The unit felt like brand new, and such high quality fixtures! I would say it was actually nicer than the last Ritz Carlton I stayed.

People keep talking about the steps to get up there. These are a piece of cake and I don't know what all the fuss is about. The manager Paulo was waiting at the front entry for us and even carried our bags.

Best place in Florence. Hands down!

  • Submitted: Oct 16, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for all your kind remarks - hope you can return soon! Ron
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
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Nearest Train
1 Miles
florence santa maria novella
Nearest Point of Interest
Belvedere Duomo
Nearest Point of Interest
Nearest Point of Interest
Gates of Paradise
Nearest Point of Interest
Museo del Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore

Tours of the Cupola, the Roof, and the Campanile of the Duomo are within 50 meters of the apartment


Rates & Availability

Duomo Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
Dec 21 2017 - Jan 5 2018
3 night minimum stay
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay

Additional information about rental rates

Damage Protection $79
cleaning $130

Cleaning fee is collected at check-in - if not prepaid with reservation. An electricity fee based on consumption is collected (in euros) at check-out.
For children under 12 years old an additional damage protection fee of 100 euros per child / per stay is collected, and infants requiring a crib cannot be accommodated.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 60 days before arrival date.
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