About the property
- Apartment1100 sqft
- Half Baths1
- Minimum Stay3 nights
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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- Calendar last updated:
- Mar 31, 2018
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 San Giovanni
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.
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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 steps...be 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!
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
Location. Location. Location.
This is easy. When you visit Florence you need to experience Ron's Belvedere Duomo apartment . It is smartly designed (no surprise considering what Ron does), comfortable, great use of space and just a wonderful flavor overall.
But the star of the show is the view and proximity to the Duomo. It's hard to explain so you need to come and experience the feeling of sitting in the apartment and "feeling" as if the Duomo is the next apartment over (which it is!).
Get ready to climb the stairs but it's well worth the effort (every time).
The other star of the show is Paolo who manages the Belvedere for Ron. He is simply awesome. Whatever you need he is ready and waiting to help with anything related to the apartment as well as some of the best restaurant recommendations we've received. He's also just a gem of a person.
If you're coming to Florence then treat yourself to a stay at this apartment. It's a once in a lifetime experience.
The property is outstanding . A TEN!
My 3 daughters and l spent a week here to celebrate birthdays.... and it was fabulous. We had both Belvedere 1 and 2, thus giving us quite a bit of room and a balcony with a fabulous view! The properties are LOVELY and the location is the BEST. Paolo, the manager, could not have been nicer. I recommend this rental highly!
Thank you for your kind response - It was great to have you and your family rent both apartments for your holiday! Ron
Unique place to stay in Firenze
Don’t think you could find a more unusual and lovely apartment with rooftop terrace and view that can’t be matched. Belvedere Duomo is fantastic. We used every inch of it ... super comfy bed, nice lower level living room .... mid level bath and laundry room and spectacular rooftop terrace with another living, dining area, kitchen, 1/2 bath. Friends vacationing in Firenze came over for drinks and were in awe of us staying there. Be prepared for the stairs but we hear there’s potentially an elevator in the future? Thanks, Ron, for offering this FAB place for others to enjoy! Your artwork is fascinating!
Thanks for your review! Yes - the elevator has been approved by the building owners and is in the design phase now - it will be in the internal courtyard of the building and tie into the stairwell. But this IS Florence, so it will take time to work through the permit process - when it gets through that it will take about 6 months to install - I'm guessing late 2018 or early 2019 - remember - this is Italy! Thanks again
Fabulous apatment overlooking the Duomo
My wife and I enjoyed a wonderful 3 days in this beautiful place. The location was great with easy walks to all sights in Florence. Paulo was very helpful with suggestions for restaurants and other places to see in the city. The apartment was very comfortable and the memories of the view will last a lifetime
Thanks for your visit - hope you can return soon! Ron
This was a once in a lifetime experience - the view from Belvedere Duomo was magical!
The Belvedere Duomo is located on the top two floors of a 14th century building, literally a stones throw from Brunelleschi's ingenious and strikingly beautiful dome that sits atop Florence's iconic Duomo and Cathedral. The apartment is very modern, tasteful and beautiful thanks to the handiwork of owner, American architect Ron Blitch. It has a nearly 360 degree view from numerous windows and terraces and is decorated throughout with local masks, paintings and other artifacts. But the truly magical part is the open terrace, which is less than 100 feet from the dome itself. We spent every morning on the terrace having breakfast and coffee in the shadow of the dome and its Renaissance beauty, before venturing out into Florence or taking a day trip to Lucca or Chianti. In the evening we made dinner, or brought back take out, and had what we believe was the best "restaurant table" in Florence - enjoying great food and wine, looking out at the dome and cathedral now bathed in the warm glow of a dozen night lights, and serenaded by violinists playing in the street five stories below. Pure magic. The unit itself has a fully functional kitchen and beautiful living room/dining room combination on the upper level and a very comfortable bedroom and sitting/television room on the lower level, with two bathrooms and a laundry room. Ron was quick to respond with information on the unit when we first inquired and provided us with a detailed write up on the apartment and recommendations for shopping, restaurants, wine merchants, etc prior to our arrival. Paolo, who manages the unit and owns a nearby shop, was great to work with - he was flexible regarding arrival time, asked if we wanted him to stock the fridge and kitchen with any special fruits, vegetables, wine and other sundries (we did and they were amazing), and was reachable by text or at his shop to answer questions, offer recommendations, etc. The one challenge was climbing the 88 stairs from street level to the apartment itself. We are in good physical shape, so it didn't turn out to be a problem. But, if you have more than backpacks with you on arrival, we strongly recommend that you take Paolo up on his offer to have someone carry your luggage up the stairs. It was the best 25 euros we spent in Florence! All in all, we highly recommend the Belvedere Duomo ... it is truly magical and one of a kind! Steve + Cathryn, Kensington, CA
Thank you for your kind comments - the terrace and the Duomo are hard to show in pictures, Brunelleschi's masterpiece becomes part of you with its power and presence. Hope you can return soon! Ron
Tours of the Cupola, the Roof, and the Campanile of the Duomo are within 50 meters of the apartment
Rates & Availability
Additional information about rental rates
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.