Palazzo Santo Stefano – Florence
A recently restored and decorated luxury five bedroom apartment on the terraced fourth floor of an historical family owned Palazzo in the heart of Florence.
The premises have been decorated to the highest standards, in a fashionable contemporary style, by an internationally known interior designer.
Guests arrive at the Palazzo entering a gracious XVIIth century hall with it's original columns and statues. A beautiful vaulted staircase leads to the upper floors. If preferred, access to 4th floor is also available by a newly installed mirror lined elevator. A private garage with storage facilities is at guests' disposal.
Rentals can begin any day of the week. Arrival time is 4 pm- 5 pm; departure time is 10 am.
• The terrace is back to back with the Santo Stefano Church, a venue for classical concerts
• Palazzo Santo Stefano is one of the historical Florentine palazzos. It has a superb location right in the heart of Florence, just a few steps from Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio.
• Plates, curtains, lamps, furniture - all designed by Ilaria Miani
• Professional eat-in kitchen, also available for in-house cooking lessons
• 5 bedrooms, each with its own bathroom
• Turkish bath in one of the bathrooms
• High quality Italian C&C linen in all bedrooms
• Individually controlled air con in all bedrooms
• Wi-FI Internet Access, satellite TV, VCR, DVD
• Stereos with CD player, iPod and adaptors
• Private garage
• Basic supplies are always available for free as extra virgin olive oil f, mineral water (Panna and San Pellegrino) balsamico, various spices, various English teas, Italian toasted coffee, capsules, paper napkins, paper towels, toilet paper, soap, candles etc.
• High quality C&C Italian linen sheets
• WI-FI throughout the apartment and the terrace
• Heating & Air conditioning, included in the rent
• 3 Satellite and cable TV sets (kitchen, living room, master suite)
• Hi-Fi with CD and ipod dock
• Printer and scanner
• Landline telephone for local calls
• Private garage
• Choice of wines available in the apartment, with price list
• Laundry with washing machine
• Cots and high chairs can be provided
Staff | Service included
• Basic morning cleaning and upkeep of the premises
• Weekly bed and bath linen change for stays longer than one week.
Staff | Service on request
• Cooking service
• Grocery shopping
• Guided tours
• Drivers with car
• Additional bed and bath linen changing
• Personal laundry and ironing
• Any additional concierge service s
• Piazza della Signoria 240 meters - 3 minutes on foot
• The Duomo (cathedral) of Florence 450 meters - 5 minutes on foot
• Palazzo Pitti 550 meters - 7 minutes on foot
• Basilica of Santa Croce 850 meters - 10 minutes on foot
• San Lorenzo Church and the main food market 1 km - 12 minutes on foot
• Train station 1,2 km - 15 minutes on foot
• Teatro Comunale (main concert hall) 2 km - 23 minutes on foot
• Fiesole 10 km - 30 minutes drive
• Greve in Chianti 30 km - 45 minutes drive
• San Gimignano 50 km - 1 hour drive
• Siena 70 km - 1 hour drive
• Arezzo 80 km - 1 hour drive
• Venice 265 km - 3 hours drive or 2 hours by train
• Rome 300 km - 3 hours drive or 1 hour by train
Things to do
• Castellina in Chianti is a small medieval town nestled at the top of a rolling green hill at an altitude of 578m. Via Ferrucci, a pedestrian zone, ist the main street and home to a number of restaurants, some with outdoor seating. Castellina is dominated by its early 15th century castle. The parish church San Salvatore contains an important fresco of the enthroned Madonna attributed to Bicci di Lorenzo.
• The Chianti area: Famous for its wines - the Chianti Classico - this area of Tuscany has more than just world-class oenological pleasures to offer. You will come accross many delightful villages, each of them with a history of its own. Let us simply mention gems such as the romanesque church of Sant'Appiano, the Basilica of Impruneta, the fortified Castle of Montefioralle in Greve in Chianti, the Church of San Leolino and the Oratory of Sant`Eufrosino in Panzano in Chianti , the Castello di Brolio in Gaiole in Chianti, the roofless romanesque abbey of San Galgano which are all close. And don’t miss the Saturday market in the small town of Greve in Chianti on the famous Piazza del Mercato.
• Badia a Passignano –The splendid monastery of Badia a Passignano takes the form of a quadrangular fortified monastic complex with corner towers. Towards the middle of the 15 C the convent was augmented by the addition of cloisters and a wall. Information regarding the year of the Badia's foundation is unclear. In 1049 Badia passed into the Vallombrosano order, a reformed branch of the Benedictines. In 1545, the abbey became an important theological, literary and scientific study centre; the monastery chronicles report that Galileo Galilei taught mathematics here from 1587-1588. The monastery is still today occupied by the Valombrosiani monk community.
• The „Strada Chiantigiana“ (SR 222) an ancient road leading from Florence to Siena is full of spectacular scenery, historic sites and the romance of the Tuscany region of Italy. This back road runs through rolling hills overgrown with vineyards to Chianti's small cities and towns such as Greve, Radda, and Gaiole.
• San Gimignano is a small walled medieval hill town in the province of Siena, Tuscany, north-central Italy. It is mainly famous for its medieval architecture, especially its towers, which may be seen from several kilometers outside the town. The town also is known for the white wine, Vernaccia di San Gimignano, grown in the area.• Hot Springs: In Tuscany there are several natural hot springs feed by volcanic water from 30 to 55 degrees Celsius. Some of them have been known from Etruscan and roman times like Calidario and Saturnia. You can add to your holiday in Tuscany a day in a thermal hot spring.
• Siena: The Sienese have no doubt, their town is the most beautiful in all of Tuscany, if not all of Italy. Siena has remained a Gothic city. Renaissance, one of the major influences in Florence, hardly affected the urban development of Siena. The city unfolds around the main shell-shaped square called "Il Campo." Twice a year the famous horse race known as the "Palio" takes place here. The narrow streets are lined with old shops and small cafes, while churches and museums are real treasures of the fourteenth century.
• Lucca is one of the most enchanting towns in Tuscany. Whether you stroll along the wide avenues cresting the top of the ancient city walls or wander through the narrow streets punctuated by its ninety nine churches, visit one of the richly endowed museums or browse among the old-fashioned little boutiques, sip a cappuccino at one of the many traditional coffee houses and sample some of the best ice cream in Tuscany, this is a sheer delight.
• Ballooning In Tuscany: This is a unique experience to see the real, old Tuscany, as yet almost untouched by tourism. Robert Etherington, who lives in the village of Montisi, organizes morning flights (starting at about 6 am) which last more than an hour. Afterwards you will enjoy a champagne breakfast laid out in the fields where you land. The whole flight, from inflation to return to base, takes about three and half hours. The ballooning season is approximately late Spring to early Autumn. www.ballooningintuscany.com
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