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Ron Blitch

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo

55 Reviews
Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Overview

Historic Center Apartment Rental Photos and Description

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

More Details
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Ron Blitch (Owner)
Member since: 2009
Call Owner
Speaks: english

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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Reviews

4.9
based on 55 traveler reviews

Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo
average rating of 4.9454546 based on 94 reviews
5

Fantastic apartment in the perfect location with the most amazing view.

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I and our 22 year old daughter stayed here for 5 nights. The view from the upstairs living room and terrace is amazing. You feel as though you could reach out and touch the Duomo. The apartment is beautifully furnished and very comfortable. It is worth the 88 steps to reach the apartment! Ron, the owner and Paolo, the manager could not have been more helpful. Paolo even walked us around the city to show us where things were located and what great restaurants to enjoy (Natalino's and Fishing Lab were 2 of our favorites). We look forward to our next stay at the Belvedere Duomo.

  • Submitted: Jun 11, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your visit - It was great to meet you all. Please return soon - I glad that Paolo was so helpful to you - his team really works hard to help guests at Belvedere Duomo - Ron
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5

We stayed there a few years ago and still remember it.......

  • 5 of 5

We stayed in this apartment a few years ago with our kids (then 12 and 14). It was amazing. The view is absolutely the best in Florence (if you like looking at the Duomo and who doesn't), The owner was fabulous. He honored something which changed from the time of booking to the time of staying and took the high road without my even having to ask. Class. The manager was delightful. Great location from which to see all there is in Florence. Quality linens. Fully equiped kitchen. I have recommended it to friends and family and would not hesitate to stay again if we return to Florence. Basically, a four star hotel but you can make your own meals and have a private deck with the best view of the Duomo in the city.

  • Submitted: Jun 7, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your kind review - I look forward to your next visit! We are still working hard on getting the elevator approved for the apartment. Ron
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Calgary, Alberta
5

Wonderful Stay

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful stay in this lovely property. The location was really great- everything in Florence is within walking distance from the condo.

The view is truly spectacular... although I will say that if you are not in good shape the stairs will be an issue- they are very steep.

Paolo was our host while we were here and he was very kind and extremely helpful in pointing us in the right direction for restaurants and generally other help around the apartment and Florence.

A few restaurants we visited while we were in Firenze that we loved were- La Giostra & a panini place not 10 steps from the condo- Panini Toscani.

Highly highly recommend this property.

  • Submitted: May 16, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you for your review - I'm so glad that Paolo was able to help you - La Giostra is one of my favorite restaurants also - Ron
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Framingham, MA
5

7 Stars!!!

  • 5 of 5

I just returned from my fourth visit to this incredible gem of an apartment. Paolo the manager was wonderful as always and took care of all of my needs. I read the previous review - and there must be something seriously wrong with these guests. There is no way any sane person could have a negative opinion of either the professional management or this luxurious apartment.

The view from the beautiful terrace is beyond spectacular. The terrace was recently repainted and now has gorgeous furniture as well. Here's the bottom line. If you are like me and you want the BEST apartment in the BEST location in Florence - book this magical place!

  • Submitted: May 5, 2016
  • Stayed: May 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you thank you thank you! I am so glad you continue to visit Belvedere Duomo - it is a very special place! And thank you for your kind words about Paolo - he does think of you as family and as you know goes out of his way to take care of the guests!
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Santa Barbara
5

Spectacular experience

  • 5 of 5

If you want a luxury experience in the most wonderful location in Florence - this apartment is for you! Great terrace overlooking the magnificent Duomo! The manager Paolo is super and attended to our every need- checkin was flawless and easy and he helped us with reservations and tips as well. Highly recommended!!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks Steve - glad that everything was perfect for your visit! Ron
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5

Fabulous Visit to a fabulous Apartment

  • 5 of 5

I just stayed in this wonderful apartment overlooking the Duomo in Florence. Pictures can not do justice to power of seeing this magnificent building from the terrace - only 80 feet from the Dome! I arranged with Paolo, the great manager, to have wine and cheese waiting for me and my husband, creating a memory i will never forget. Paolo was available throughout my visit, and was easy to work with to coordinate my check-in and help get the baggage up the stairs! He also gave us wonderful tips on where to shop for groceries, and even helped with restaurant reservations. This is the best apartment I have ever rented, and Paolo could not have taken better care of us! Ron has done a great job with the apartment - the appointments and artwork is spectacular, and Ron was very easy to work with and answered emails quickly and put us at ease before arrival!

  • Submitted: May 4, 2016
  • Stayed: Apr 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thank you to my best repeat visitor! I am so glad that you enjoyed the apartment again and that Paolo once again took wonderful care of you. It is a pleasure to have guests such as you visit Belvedere Duomo!
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Uffizi Gallery
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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
florence vespucci
Nearest Train
1 Miles
florence santa maria novella
Nearest Point of Interest
Belvedere Duomo
Nearest Point of Interest
Duomo
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

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Rates & Availability

Santa Maria Novella Apartment Rental Rates

Rental Basis:
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Owner accepts payment in:
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Rate Period Nightly Weekend Night Weekly Monthly * Event
 
low season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
$315
$2,050
$8,950
 
 
HOLIDAY
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
$447
$3,000
$11,250
 
 
My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
$381
$2,500
$10,500
 

Additional information about rental rates

Property Damage Protection $99
cleaning $138
Refundable damage deposit $110

100 euro cleaning fee is collected at check-in. An electricity fee based on consumption is collected at check-out.
For children under 12 years old and additional damage protection fee of 100 euros per child / per stay is collected, and for infants requiring a crib, an additional cleaning fee of 100 euros is collected at check-in.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

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

Historic Center Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Monument View ...
  • Mountain View ...
  • Town
Theme:
  • Away From It All
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • 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 ...
Kitchen:
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils ...
  • Dishwasher ...
  • Freezer
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave ...
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator ...
  • Stove
  • Toaster
Dining:
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 6 people
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 2 - toilet
    Bathroom 1 - toilet , tub , shower , bidet
  • 1.5
Bedrooms:
  • 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.
Entertainment:
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • DVD Player
  • Music Library ...
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Video Library ...
Outside:
  • Balcony ...
  • Deck / Patio ...
  • Patio
  • Terrace
Suitability:
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • Low Allergen Environment
  • children welcome ...
  • non smoking only ...
  • pets not allowed
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Car Available
  • Chauffeur
  • Concierge
  • Massage
  • Private Chef
  • Staff
Attractions:
  • 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
Notes:
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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