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Historical apartment, home of the famous artist and sculptor Giambologna

Bedrooms 2
Half Baths1
Space 2,152 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 5 - 6 nights


About the property

2 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, 1 shower bathroom, 1 half bathroom, sleeps 4


The apartment is located on the first floor of the Palazzo Bellini delle Stelle with roof overhead, only a 10 minutes walk from the Duomo and Piazza della Repubblica.

This beautiful Palazzo was built in the 16th Century by Cosimo 1st the Medici and it was also the laboratory of the sculptor Giambologna from 1600 to 1608.

The apartment has now been restructured to its Renaissance splendour and is available to rent for weekly or longer periods. It's composed of a completely frescoed salon sitting more than 15 people, a dining room, modern kitchen , a master bedroom and a second twin bedded room.

More Details

Giulio Gentile
Member since: 2012
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian, greek
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 9, 2017


Duomo Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • Guests provide their own meals
  • Housekeeper Optional
Floor Area:
  • 2152 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • children welcome
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only ...
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Air Conditioning
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Toilet Paper
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Grill
  • Ice Maker
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster
  • Dining Room
  • seating for 6 people
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • 1 Half Bath
  • Bathroom 1 - toilet , combination tub/shower , bidet
    Bathroom 2 - toilet , shower , bidet
    Bathroom 3 - toilet , bidet
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 king
    Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single
  • The mast bedroom called the Landscape Bedroom because of the fresco, connects to the Frescoed family Chapel and to the master bathroom featuring two basins and elevated bathtub, toilet and bidet. The twin bedroom called the Lily also because of the fresco of the walls, connects to the bathroom featuring one basin, step up comfortable shower toilet and bidet.
  • Books
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Television
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • unsuitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Pool / Spa:
  • Hot Tub
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antiquing
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling


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(38 traveler reviews)

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Historical apartment, home of the famous artist and sculptor Giambologna
average rating of 4.8421054 based on 38 reviews

Incredible Historic Apartment

  • 5 of 5

This was over the top huge place to stay for just myself and my boyfriend, but I would spend the extra money and do it again. It was quite memorable and comfortable and a good location. The only thing to make sure this apartment is right for you... there are about 30 steps but not difficult and good security. Also, tv is in dining room and only the size of a computer monitor; not a problem for me. Good wifi signal and there is a new terrace in the back. Loved it.

  • Submitted: Oct 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: I am delighted Dear Cathy, thankyou, and I must tell you that Rossella my Housekeeper said that the place looked like you never lived in it, clean, totally spic&span,in all aspects. Enjoy the rest of your trip with Kevin yours Giulio
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Like living in a palace, but with modern conveniences

  • 5 of 5

Excellent location for tourists who enjoy walking to get around. Very close to Accademia (with Michelangelo’s David). Close to Duomo, Piazza della Signora, Palazzo Vecchio, Uffizi, Basilica di Santa Croce. Still walkable (a mile or less) to Ponte Vecchio, Pitti Palace, Boboli Gardens, Bardini Gardens and Piazza della Passera (where our favorite restaurant, Trattoria 4 Leoni, was).

Very short walk to many restaurants and many superb pastry/coffee bars, where you can get a great pastry and espresso for about 2 Euros

I recommend this rental to kosher travelers, since it is a short walk to the Sinagoga, Ruth’s kosher restaurant, Chabad House and Conad’s Supermarket.

Magnificent frescos on ceilings and walls. Well appointed kitchen. You’ll feel like you’re living in a palace, but with many modern conveniences.

Hotel Monna Lisa, directly across the street, serves buffet breakfast for 15EU.

We enjoyed the two flights of stairs we climbed several times a day to the apartment, as well as all the walking we did in Florence. It helped burn the calories of all the delicious meals we ate.

The owner, Guilio Gentile, is a gentleman and was very helpful. We will miss Guilio and this beautiful city.

  • Submitted: Oct 24, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Esther Cynthia, you are the poet, I know ! ! and I truly appreciate your wonderful review, these are facts, not bla bla..... yes, Palazzo Bellini delle Stelle deserves 5 stars and people like you and Samuel Aaron know better I wish you a splendid end of summer, Florence today enjoyed 26 centigrades, a record for the season. ciao yours Giulio
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Gorgeous Villa in a Gorgeous City - A vacation of a Lifetime!

  • 5 of 5

Our stay at Via Borgo Pinti - Palazzo delle Belle Stelle - was a dream. This apartment spacious and elegant (truly more like a palace) was situated in a perfect location. The apartment was more than I can describe. It was clean and had all the amenities one could imagine for a vacation. Bathrooms were wonderful with clean towels and hairdryers. The kitchen was fully furnished with all the appliances. The beds were comfortable and the washer/dryer (combo) was a huge bonus. There was a small patio that was delightful to sit out and enjoy the Tuscan sun and have coffee. You could never imagine staying at a place this gorgeous and spacious in all of Florence. Our family truly enjoyed our stay.

More wonderful than the stay was the gracious host and owner, Giulio. After I met him, felt as if we'd know each other forever. He gave us a walking tour of the neighborhood and told all the things we needed to know to acclimate to the culture. It was fantastic. The restaurants, grocery store, hair dresser, open market.....all there within walking distance. He was only a phone call away and answered all of questions. You could tell that he took great pride in this apartment. There is also such a wonderful history that makes the stay even more exciting.

I strongly encourage anyone seeking out an apartment in Florence, to consider this one. It is, without a doubt, gorgeous and well maintained with a lot of space.

We loved it and will be returning next year without any hesitations.


Kim, Stan, Lenore and Linda

  • Submitted: Sep 25, 2016
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Truly, Kim, Stan and Lenore, yes, you people of Italian Blood do not betray the Race, you are special and especially Lenore made me feel as I still had a mother, God keep her in glory ( my mother ) To make a long story short, be proud of yourselves yours giulio
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  • 5 of 5

Giulio was a wonderful host and just staying in the apartment itself would have qualified as a nice vacation! Don't hesitate to discuss your plans with Giulio he'll give you valuable advise and offer sublime alternatives to the ordinary.

Giulio a été un hôte fantastique et si on n'avait fait que rester dans l'appartement, ça aurait déjà constitué de belles vacances! N'hésitez pas à discuter vos plan de visites avec Giulio, il vous donnera de bons conseils et serait capable de vous proposer de sublimes alternatives!

كناضيوفا فارحين عند جوليو وإذا كان لدينا فقط البقاء في الشقة، لكان قد قدم بالفعل عطلة عظيمة! لا تتردد في مناقشة خطط زيارتك مع جوليو، وسوف يعطيكم نصيحة جيدة وتكون قادرة على تقديم بديل سامية!

  • Submitted: Jul 25, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Most appreciated three languages review, MY, aren't we really global ! ! Entertaining you was better than family. Time in Greece fantastique ciaociao yours giulio
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Gorgeous apartment, excellent location, gracious host

  • 5 of 5

Florence was at 105 degrees fahrenheit when we stayed. Giulio made us feel very welcome, took us (husband, myself our 18 and 15 yr old daughters) to a lovely lunch and gave us some great pointers about restaurants, sites etc. The apartment was cooled and comfortable. The frescos gorgeous. Would happily stay there again.

  • Submitted: Jul 15, 2016
  • Stayed: July 2015
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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The apartment is spectacular - even better than the photos project. It has incredibly high ceilings

  • 5 of 5

We had the best time staying there. It fully functional and beautiful. It has everything you need and is in the best location! There is an outdoor porch that we occasionally had a drink on. We cooked in the very functional kitchen and the central location allowed us to shop at the market daily if so desired.

The apartment is really a work of art itself and yet is totally live-able. The location is perfect.

Giulio - the owner met us upon arrival and gave us a little walking tour of Florence which was totally key to our stay. He showed us where to shop eat and go! He was most gracious and helpful!!

We would definitely go back and highly recommend the apartment for anyone staying in Florence. It could not have been better!

Giulio was also gracious enough to escort is to the countryside and see his beautiful vineyard! He taught us how to cook a few dishes and even how to make limoncello!

Wonderful place to stay - we will definitely return.

It has air conditioning, good kitchen 2 full bathrooms and one half. Easily sleeps 4 could do more.

Lovely lovely place.

  • Submitted: Jul 13, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Alexes, Scott, it could only be you !! First, I hope you had it magnificently in the other location after me. I enjoyed your poem on the Palace, you are a surgeon AND a poet ! Yes, a good time, I absolutely loved entertaining you & Scott, you both are easy and appreciative and good pupils for an easy spaghetti/tomato dish Yes do come back for more, quite a way to go to learn minestrone but what the heck, this is life ! A gorgeous rest of the summer to you yours giulio
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Nearest Airport
5 Miles
Peretola / Florence airport
Nearest Barpub
200 Metres
Nearest Ferry
60 Miles
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Golf Course Ugolino
Nearest Train
1 Miles
Santa Maria Novella train station
Nearest Motorway
7 Miles
Firenze Sud- Exit Poll
Nearest Restaurant
200 Metres
Cibreo, one of the most renowed restaurant in Fi.
Nearest Ski
30 Miles
Nearest Beach
60 Miles
Car: not necessary

The apartment is in a fantastic central position: There is the Sant' Ambrogio market only 5 minutes walk away where where you can find all what you need, specially fresh produce and Tuscany cheeses and bread.

All around the building are available cozy bars , restaurants and trattorias. Piazza Santa Corce in only 5 minutes walk away. if you have a car there is an authorized parking nearby


Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Owner's Cancellation Policy

100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.