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Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo

Sleeps4
Bedrooms 1
Bathrooms1
Half Baths1
Space 1,100 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

Overview

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

More Details

Owner
Ron Blitch
Member since: 2009
Speaks: english
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
90%
Calendar last updated:
November 21, 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 Duomo

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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Amenities

Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Housekeeping:
  • 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
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
  • 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!

Reviews

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average rating of 4.9565215 based on 108 reviews
New York, NY
5

Wow!

  • 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 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!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2017
  • Stayed: July 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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5

Unique place to stay in Firenze

  • 5 of 5

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!

  • Submitted: Oct 20, 2017
  • Stayed: October 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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5

Fabulous apatment overlooking the Duomo

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 8, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your visit - hope you can return soon! Ron
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5

This was a once in a lifetime experience - the view from Belvedere Duomo was magical!

  • 5 of 5

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

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: 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
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5

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: September 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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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: June 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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Map

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

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Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

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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