|Minimum Stay||3 nights|
1 - “THE DONATI TOWER’S TERRACE Apartment" is quiet and tranquil, featuring an amazing and spacious private terrace overlooking the city centre with a 270° spectacular view of the Florence skyline, rooftops and surrounding hills including: the famous Cupola by Brunelleschi of the Duomo, the “campanile di Giotto”, the Bargello tower, Palazzo Vecchio, Forte Belvedere, the sloping garden of villa Bardini, the church of San Miniato, Piazzale Michelangelo, and Santa Croce. Located on the fifth floor of one of the few remaining and impeccably renovated Medieval Towers and surrounding Renaissance Palace. Ideal for 4 people with living room, fully equipped kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bathroom with walk-in shower, wi-fi, AC, elevator.
This 13th century tower belonged to the very powerful Donati family. By the second half of the sixteenth century, the Donati family’s fortune had faded and the tower was incorporated into the mansion of the Albizi, a Florentine family of merchants and bankers who were long-standing rivals of the Medici. In the eighteenth century the mansion passed to the Tassinari family, and finally in 1929 to the family of the current owners.
The 4 apartments in the Palazzo and Donati Tower:
1 - "THE DONATI TOWER'S TERRACE Apartment" for 4 people, 5th floor w/Lift access, AC, wi-fi
2 - "THE DONATI TOWER'S LOGGIA" Apartment" for 3 people, 5th floor w/Lift access, AC, wi-fi
3 - "THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio" for 2 people on the ground floor, AC, wi-fi
4 - “THE LITTLE HOLE OF THE WINE Studio" on the ground floor; for 2 people, bedroom on the loft, 1 bathroom with walk-in shower, wi-fi
The 4 apartments, as well as the entire Palace and the Tower, are of great historical interest and bound by the Superintendent of artistic and architectural of the Ministry of Culture. It is therefore the ideal place to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the golden age of Florence
In a central and ancient street, the Donati Tower Apartments are located in an ideal position to reach on foot the most important sights and museums of Florence: among others, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, the Duomo with Giotto's Bell Tower, the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo, the Accademia Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, as well as Palazzo Pitti, the church of Santo Spirito and the Boboli Gardens across the River Arno.
Being the owner a librarian by profession, he is of course obliged to suggest a visit or two to the nearby municipal library of the Oblate, in via dell'Oriolo, achieved in a spectacular architectural environment, with a large terrace and bar practically under the Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Duomo, internet, reading rooms, international magazines, children's room.
Bakery, greengrocer, butcher, newsagent, supermarket and pharmacy are a short step from the apartment, as well as the typical market of Sant'Ambrogio where to find all the Tuscan food specialties, and taverns and restaurants, with great traditional Tuscan cuisine.
And eventually shopping in the boutiques of the most famous Italian and foreign designers on the nearby via Calzaiuoli, via Roma, via Tornabuoni, via della Vigna Nuova.
We are a family with a teenage daughter. We love Florence and Tuscany, but also the world! :)
I wanted to share this beautiful apartment and its stunning views with visitors to this magical city.
In a historic building of the 13th-16th centuries, protected by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, two apartments of different beauty, one spectacular, 'The Terrace of the Donati Tower', and one functional, 'The little hole of the wine', two different ways to live a unique experience in Florence.
The following conditions of rental are written in the site:
FEW SMALL RULES The RENTAL rate includes linen, towels, all utilities, air-conditioning and wi-fi RESERVATION: The dates can be held with a € 200 deposit via PayPal (My PayPal Payment Request sent to your email address) or via HomeAway/VRBO online payment (€ 200+8%-9% cost of service charged on the guest by HomeAway/VRBO). Once received the payment, we’ll send a confirmation email with all details RESERVATION POLICY: Cancellation prior to 30 days will be refunded less expenses if applicable (VRBO/HomeAway online payment fee or PayPal fee), after that period the deposit is lost. Anyway, prior to 30 days and depending on availability of the apartment, you can change your dates and your down payment will be valuable for the new reservation BALANCE: in cash upon arrival (Consider that close to the apartment there are many ATM) SECURITY DEPOSIT: € 200 in cash upon arrival (check-in). The deposit will be refunded in full upon check-out, if no damage was done to the apartment FINAL CLEANING: € 70 upon arrival (check-in) CHECK-IN (4:00pm - 6:00pm) is on appointment, usually in the afternoon, but it can reasonably be arranged depending on your time of arrival to Florence CHECK-OUT is at 10.00am,because the apartments need to be cleaned and prepared for the next guests. As for check-in and depending on availability, we can arrange a different time of check-out ASK US ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW: personalized quotes, informations about the city, … WELCOME!
Located in the heart of Florence, but in an area that felt "local" and not touristy Donati Tower was a wonderful place to stay while exploring Florence in early February. The apartment was beautiful and spacious with comfortable beds and linens, the kitchen was well equipped and the bathroom immaculately clean. The views from all the rooms and especially the terrace were spectacular! The terrace was a great place to either start the day with coffee or have a relaxing dinner and glass of wine after a full day of exploring. All the best of what Florence has to offer only steps away - museums, churches, fantastic restaurants, shopping and the basics such as groceries. What really set it apart is the kindness and warmth of Antonella and family and their graciousness in sharing their knowledge and passion for Florence! The bag of delicious biscotti and bottle of wine awaiting my arrival was fantastic as well!
We stayed in not one but two of Antonella's units and there were both terrific. The rooms were clean, comfortable and the views simply amazing. We hosted our daughter and her friends for a rooftop dinner and they all said it was one of the most memorable nights of their studying abroad experience. The location was ideal for shopping, dining out and seeing the sights. We hope to return to Florence again and would not consider staying anywhere else!
Sheila and Scott Butler
This was an excellent property & owner. Antonella was extremely accomodating & informative. The property was well located & beautiful. Bedrooms were spacious & comfortable. Living area was large with comfortable furniture. Kitchen had everything you could need. Bathroom was clean & well appointed. The best was the terrace. Wonderful views, great location, easy access into the apartment, nice neighborhood with everything you could need. Walking distance to all of Florence's sites.
We could not have had a better experience. This place is amazing & so is Antonella.
The apartment was absolutely perfect! The building is a historical, beautiful one, in the center of it all. The terrace was incredible. The views, the charm of the apartment, all were perfect. The owners were so welcoming and thought of every detail to make our stay unforgettable! When we go back to Florence, we will make sure to stay there again! Antonella and Stefano - thank you so very much for your hospitality!
We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this apartment. It was very centrally located. So close to all of Florence's great attractions but quiet as you are high above the street. Antonello and Stephano were very attentive, from meeting us at the door to making sure our taxi came to get us a few streets away when we departed. We walked from the train station and the name of the street this is on changes so be aware , we missed it the first time. They showed us the apartment, and pointed out several places we might be interested in - grocery stores, restaurants etc. There were several good restaurants in the immediate area so were very pleased with that.
To reach the apartment you need to go through the heavy wood door to the street, down a hall, then turn to go to the elevator, - or take the steps, which we did several times. But the elevator was nice to have with luggage or just at the end of a long day. Then at the top of our floor there is a door to the apartment. We felt very safe and secure.
Large bedrooms with comfortable beds, well stocked kitchen, super clean and nice bathroom, and the highlight of the apartment - the terrace. The views don't get much better than this, from Santa Croce to the Palazzo Vecchio tower and the Duomo. Beautiful sunsets were seen from this spot , and it was a delightful place to start the day. We were there late September and it was warm, but mornings were cool, so we really appreciated the fluffy robes that were provided. Also provided were fruit and wine, and high quality toiletries.
Antonello and Stephano were wonderful hosts, they made us feel very welcome and responded immediately to any questions or requests. This is a gem ,we wish we could have stayed longer!
My mother (82-years old) and I spent an unforgettable week in this apartment and couldn't have been more pleased with the space, the location and our host's warm hospitality and attention to detail. When we arrived early, Stefano and Antonella graciously met us and allowed us to store our luggage. When we checked in, they took their time making sure we were comfortable (great beds!) and knew how everything worked and where the best restaurants and grocery stores were - all within a short walk. The location of this apartment is perfect and it was immaculate and had everything we needed (plus lovely robes and soaps for us to use). Antonella and Stefano had a bottle of wine and water chilled in the fridge, coffee makings handy and fresh fruit waiting for us in the kitchen. The working elevator was a life saver and made life easy for my mom. Each morning we savored our coffees on the terrace while listening to the bells chime, and in the evenings, we sipped cocktails and wine from the terrace and watched the lights of the Duomo and Church of Santa Croche glow softly. When we checked out (very sadly) Stefano called us a cab and walked us to the spot to make sure we did not miss it. This place is to die for and the landlords are very special. I can't wait to go back.
The apartments in Palazzo Albizi Tassinari and Donati Tower are a fifteen minute walk from the railway station of Santa Maria Novella, where is the bus terminal to and from the airports of Florence and Pisa. A service of electric buses from the Central Station of Santa Maria Novella (bus 36, 22, C2) lead to 50 meters from the apartment. The apartments are located in the pedestrian zone, the car is not recommended, but you can park in private garages in the vicinity of the cost by € 25 to € 35 about a day, or for more information on other parking consult the Site www.firenzeparcheggi.it
The apartments of the Palazzo Albizi Tassinari and Donati Tower is an ideal location to reach by feet the most important monuments and museums of Florence: among others, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, the Duomo with Giotto's Bell Tower, the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo, the Accademia Gallery, the Church of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and, beyond the river Arno, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.
Bakery, greengrocer, butcher, newsagent, supermarket and pharmacy are within very short walking distance from the apartment, as well as the typical market of Sant'Ambrogio where to find all the tasty Tuscan dishes, and taverns and restaurants, as Cibreo, the Cibreino, the Teatro del Sale with great traditional Tuscan cuisine. And shopping in the boutiques of the most famous Italian and foreign designers in Via Calzaiuoli, Via Roma, Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna.