External Description:Capriate is an elegant and luxurious apartment, located in Florence's Tornabuoni area and is almost in front of Ponte Santa Trinita. The building formerly belonged to the Capponi family, and is one of the most beautiful Renaissance buildings on the banks of the Arno. It is a 5-minute walk from the heart of the city of Florence.
Internal Description:The apartment of 100 m2 / 1076 sq ft is located on the second floor with elevator, but then you need to climb a staircase of 9 steps and then another one of 7 until you arrive at the entrance door of the apartment. The apartment consists of an entry hall, a bright living-room, a large and fully-equipped kitchen. The sleeping area is made up of a double bedroom with its own marble bathroom with bathtub, a bedroom with 2 single beds and a private bathroom with marble shower. The apartment features hardwood floors in the bedrooms and living room, terra cotta in the kitchen, and wooden beams in the dining room. The whole apartment is furnished with elegance and taste. In addition the entire apartment has air conditioning.
Included in the price: Towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and final cleaning. 20 mega internet connection, SKY TV (full package: all soccer (no champion’s league), cinema, Fomula 1, Documentaries, music, cartoons. Not included in the price: For stays of less than 30 days is all included. For stays over 30 days: agency commission equal to 10% of the total rental price + VAT; utilities of water, electricity, gas, trash tax, regular maintenance, fee to register the contract (which for law must be in Italian and is equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of €33.50) + tax stamps.
Area: The apartment is located in the Oltrarno district in Florence’s historic city centre. The name 'Oltrarno' literally means 'beyond the Arno' and this neighborhood which stretches along the south bank of the river represents a different facet of Florence than that of the area near the Duomo. The Oltrarno perhaps displays the true character of Florence and in general is slightly quieter, greener, and more relaxed than the other districts of Florence. Indeed many tourists tend to choose the Oltrarno for this reason. Traditionally an artisans’ quarter, the Oltrarno still boasts today many lovely antique shops and artisans’ studios (in particular furniture and leather-workers) and Via Maggio remains the focus of Florence’s thriving antique trade.
Over time the Oltrarno became a rather chic area and many aristocrats chose this neighbourhood to build their villas and palaces, the largest of these being the Pitti Palace, which became the home of the various Grand Dukes. Today this sumptuous palace houses several important museums which rank amongst the best in Florence. Other major sights the Oltrarno has to offer are the Cappella Brancacci with its fabulous frescoes, Piazzale Michelangelo with its breath-taking views over Florence, the magnificent church of San Miniato, (one of the highest points in the city of Florence and also one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture in Tuscany) together with the most famous and oldest bridge in Florence, the Ponte Vecchio, home to a glittering array of jewellery shops and goldsmiths.
Extending up the hill from the Pitti Palace are the formal Boboli Gardens, an outdoor museum of garden sculpture that includes Roman antiquities as well as 16th and 17th century works. The Oltrarno is famous for its wine bars such as Olio & Convivium, authentic trattorias serving typical Tuscan cuisine, including Il Santo Bevitore, I 4 Leoni, and Il Magazzino, not to mention the wonderful fresh produce market held every morning in Piazza Santo Spirito. For those choosing an apartment in this area the Oltrarno quarter also offers a variety of grocery stores, pastry shops, bakeries, gift shops, and much more.
Parking:The Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a 'limited traffic zone' and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red /green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify their need for access in the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
APE energy certification level: G 132.5 kWh/m2 per year