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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 a few hours
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Calendar last updated:
September 20, 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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average rating of 4.9545455 based on 105 reviews
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  • 5 of 5

This place is as good as it gets...the inside is well decorated, beautifully furnished and has 4 AC units to keep the place nice and cool. The view is ridiculous - Ron could sell tickets just to spend afternoon eating lunch on the terrace in the shadow of the great dome - the opportunity to actually wake up to it and have a glass of wine after a day enjoying Florence is just not something you're going to find anywhere else. The apartment inside and out is pure luxury, Ron needs to update the website pix because they don't even BEGIN to do the apartment justice....

As far as the steps go, if you're visiting the great walking city of Florence you will have no problem with the stairs - they aren't steep and take less than 3 minutes to walk up...

Paolo the manager is nearby and made check in easy and arranged for luggage service up and down the aware that you have to supply your own toiletries, paper towels etc and that you are responsible for paying For electricity (we ran the ACs almost constantly and did multiple loads of laundry and we ended up at about 100 euros for 5 nights) if you're staying in a cooler month I think you'd be paying about a quarter of that

just an incredible experience - thanks Ron and Paolo!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you! It was great to have you as a guest at Belvedere Duomo and I'm glad you appreciated the view! Please come back soon - an elevator is still planned in the future! Ron
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End of Summer Splurge Worth Every Penny

  • 5 of 5

Spent three nights in the Belvedere Duomo duplex apartment. We found it well designed, beautifully furnished, and full of ammenities. Without question the top-floor terrace looking across to the upper reaches of the Duomo was the closer!

  • Submitted: Sep 6, 2017
  • Stayed: Sep 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for staying at Belvedere Duomo and thanks for the review - I hope you can return soon - Paolo and Sonia said you were great guests!
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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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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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Nearest Airport
7 Miles
florence vespucci
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

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Cleaning Fee $130
Damage Insurance $79

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.