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Ron Blitch

Member since: 2009
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Speaks: english

Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo

57 Reviews
Bedrooms 1
Half Baths1
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Duomo 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
  • 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
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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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based on 57 traveler reviews

Spectacular Terrace Overlooking the Duomo
average rating of 4.9473686 based on 96 reviews

Beautiful and best place to stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

This apartment has the best view of the Duomo and is in the best location in Florence. I almost hate to say this because at some point in the near future it will be impossible to rent.

Comfortable and convenient to see Florence, this is where you want to stay.

Currently there are about 100 steps to the top patio overlooking the Duomo. But I understand in the next year or so there will be an elevator installed to take you to the top. But you get used to the steps and you are doing your heart a favor.

If you are looking for a wonderful place to stay in Florence where you can cook or at least make your own breakfast, you have found it.

Plan your trip and rent this apartment and go.

  • Submitted: Sep 24, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: thanks for your kind review! Yes - the elevator is getting closer to final approval - watch the site for more details! Ron
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Wonderful Florence apartment!

  • 5 of 5

We had a wonderful time in Florence and staying in belvedere duomo #1 only added to the great experience. Coffe in the morning on the terrace with duomo practically within reach, and returning in the evening for an aperol spritz or wine again on the terrace was magical. This apartment is great and has everything you need to feel at home. And Paolo , who helped check us in and get acquainted with everything was super! Thanks Paolo! We would definitely stay again on future trips to Firenze! Thank you!

  • Submitted: Sep 11, 2016
  • Stayed: Sep 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your comments - hope to see you again soon - Ron
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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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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

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

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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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

Duomo Apartment Rental Rates

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low season
Nov 1 2016 - Dec 20 2016
3 night minimum stay
Dec 21 2016 - Jan 5 2017
3 night minimum stay
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3 night minimum stay

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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Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 4
Building Type:
  • building
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1100 sq. ft.
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
  • 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
  • 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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