Before you read the description of this apartment you should know that this is a very spacious place as compared to cramped apartments in Florence, which have been carved out of other buildings. And, in my opinion, another outstanding advantage of our place is the privacy of the two ensuite bathrooms, a feature that is hard to find in apartments in Florence.
The apartment is located in the heart of Renaissance Florence in the Santa Croce neighborhood, between Borgo Allegri and Via Dei Macci; about two blocks away from Michelangelo's house, five minutes walk to Piazza Santa Croce, 15 minutes walk to the Duomo or Piazza della Signoria. This neighborhood is very often featured in travel magazines like Travel and Leisure or Conde Nast for its hipster scene and great restaurants.
Our apartment is on the third floor (no elevator), going up a wide staircase made of pietra serena, a local Florentine stone, with a hand wrought iron railing. The stairs are low and manageable with a large landing at each level.
The architect who restored this apartment uncovered the original ceiling frescoes in the living room and applied paints to the rest of the house accordingly. Faux finishes on the walls complement the Florentine colors of the frescoes on the airy, high ceilings of the living room.
You'll find beautiful parquet floors to pad around in after a day of walking around Florence. There is a hand-painted, built-in in the corner of the living room with its matching console. An ancient hand-carved marble sink found in the building serves as a sink in the kitchen striking a distinct contrast to the gleaming white Carrara marble countertop.
The bedroom lamps were custom-made by local Florentine artisans in the Renaissance tradition. The antique doors to every room are restored and curiously stand on their hinges in the manner of many doors of 'old' buildings in the area such as Cibreo's (a nearby restaurant), for example. The apartment is decorated with a few antique pieces.
The bedrooms are spacious and sunlit with ensuite bathrooms. The master bathroom has a bathtub with towel warmer. In addition, there is a hallway powder room.
The heavy walnut dining room table can easily seat six persons. There are table linens, placemats, and table protectors for it.
In the kitchen you will find everything you need to create a gourmet meal, (including all the basic staples), if that is what you like to do. There are even cookbooks in case you really want to experiment with some of the great ingredients you will find in the Sant'Ambrogio market just around the corner from the house.
The neighborhood is colorful, full of great restaurants such as the famous Cibreo, as well as a produce, dairy and meat market,(Sant'Ambrogio) and antique and artisan shops. It is minutes away from everything.
After you're done sightseeing, arrange dinner reservations at one of the famous restaurants in the area. Finally, walk 'home' to a hot bath to rest your tired feet before sliding into crisp pressed linens for the night.