Florence: S Croce Alcove
Fine and spacious apartment
- Name: S Croce Alcove
- Sleeps: 6
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Price: From €3350/wk, min 3 nights
The Alcove apartment was spacious and gave us room to relax.
Relax and recharge in this fine noble palazzo on one of Florence’s most famous landmarks, Piazza Santa Croce. Large, comfortable and elegant with a private bedroom terrace, you will love the Alcove!
This historic palazzo in Piazza Santa Croce contains totally up-to-date apartments in central Florence, Italy. Not only are the furnishings luxurious, the views over the piazza to the handsome medieval church are breathtaking. Each apartment features its own historic atmosphere with Renaissance murals, family heirloom antiques, and talented decorating. Many guests spend the season here, returning year after year.
Conveniently located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, in Piazza Santa Croce, the palazzo is a landmark Renaissance Palazzo, and one of the few left in the historic center of Florence with a dramatic frescoed facade.
During late May thru late June there is noise in the piazza related to the Calico Storico, historic soccer matches. Late May is bleacher set up, June is practices and matches. If you can catch any of the play-offs (dates not advised in advance) or the final on June 24th, you’ll get a rare treat and the “best seat in the house”. For more information look up Calcio Storico on YouTube.
Many people passing through Piazza Santa Croce notice Giovanni di Ser Giovanni`s 1620 frescoes on the overhanging facade this handsome building, but few realize they can actually stay here. The 16th-century palazzo is owned by the gracious Contessa Piccolomini, who rents out truly spacious apartments to anyone who has ever dreamed of lying in bed near a roaring fire under a 17th-century frescoed ceiling or sipping tea in a living room surrounded by trompe d`oeil Roman ruins with a 16th-century wood ceiling above.
On the fourth floor (American designation), that is reached by elevator, you enter a gracious entry and on to an elegant and spacious living room with working fireplace that will comfortably accommodate all guests. For entertainment, you will find a large flat-screen TV with a few English channels by satellite, Stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD player (European standard). The windows of living room, dining room and kitchen overlook the square of Piazza Santa Croce and the historic Basilica while all three bedrooms overlook inner courtyards.
The separate dining room with dining table for 8/10 seats a large party.
Discover a spacious kitchen, fully equipped including refrigerator with freezer and ice maker, four burner stovetop, oven, dishwasher, washer, dryer, microwave oven, toaster and an electric drip coffee maker.
Three bedrooms overlook inner courtyards: two with king size beds which can be divided into two single beds. One of the bedrooms has a small terrace. The third bedroom has two single beds, not combinable. Three bathrooms: one with tub/shower and two with shower. Independent heating, air conditioning units.
Dishwasher, washer, dryer, microwave, oven, toaster, american coffee maker, hair dryers, iron and ironing board, satellite TV, Stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD player, and high speed wireless connection. Use of the Palazzo private small gym.
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Property and area amenities
|Location||Piazza Santa Croce|
|Bedrooms||Three bedrooms - two have two beds that can be joined to form a king. One has two single beds.|
|Bathrooms||3, one with shower over tub, two with step in showers.|
|Floor||3rd floor European, 4th floor North American designation|
|Elevator||5 steps up to reach the elevator. 1 step up from elevator landing.|
|Size||1,970 sq ft / 183 m2|
|Outlook||Terrace off one the bedrooms|
|Dining||Dining room table seats 10|
|Kitchen||Fully equipped including refrigerator with freezer, four burner stovetop, oven, dishwasher, washer, dryer, microwave oven, toaster and American drip coffee maker.|
|Laundry||Washer and dryer, iron and ironing board|
|Crib||Crib and high chair may be requested. No charge.|
|Entertainment||Flat screen television with satellite reception. Dual standard DVDs will play North American and European DVDs.|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning included, additional housekeeping service available for an extra fee.|
|Parking||It is difficult to impossible to drive in the center of this city. No on-street parking is available for visitors. If you need to have a car, please ask us where the closest paid parking garage is located. Parking in garages can be relatively expensive.|
|Gym||Small private gym in palazzo.|
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|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
|Prices in Euros||3||4||5||6||7||14||21||28|
Apr 1 - Aug 1
Sep 1 - Nov 1
Dec 20 - Jan 10
Nov 1 - Apr 1
Aug 1 - Aug 31
Minimum price is for 3 nights.
The price includes linens, towels, final cleaning, utilities, personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi.
2 sets of linens and towels for all guests.
Not included are the security deposit, phone charges and considerable costs attributed to lost keys. Florence city hospitality tax is paid in cash on arrival. See www.italyperfect.com/tax for details on the hospitality tax. For stays longer than 31 nights utilities are charged: Gas €1.00/cubic meter, electricity at €.30/KWH and water at 1.80/cubic meter. Cleaning service at the cost of €16 per hour, on request. 2 hours minimum. Extra cleaned linens and towels at the cost of € 12 for 1 set of linens and 1 set of towels for single bed and € 12 for 1 set of linens and 2 sets of towels for queen bed.
The security deposit is €300 Euros for up to 15 night’s stays, €1,000 Euros for stays over 15 nights, paid with Euros cash or USD cash or personal check, at check-in. The security deposit less expenses will be returned at check-out in the same currency it was paid in. The security deposit for the loaner cell phone is €50 paid in cash only at check-in.
Arrivals: Check-in time is between 2:00-6:30pm, Monday through Friday. For arrivals between 6:30-10:00pm Monday through Friday there is a late check-in fee of €50 Euros. No arrival after 10:00pm. Early and late arrivals by appointment. Weekend arrivals are by appointment only. Check-out time is 10:00am.
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- Flexible bed configuration in two of the bedrooms.
- Bedrooms are quiet since they face the inner courtyard.
- The Santa Croce church with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and more is worth a day.
- Additional fees for utilities that are charged according to use.
- We love observing the daily life of the piazza starting with street cleaners, dog walkers, children going to school, the first tourists all the way till the after dinner strollers. So please note that sounds from the piazza will reach into the apartment.
- There are always things going on in the piazza including art installations, athletic events, music events, the big Calcio Storico during June and the Christmas market that may involve the erecting of temporary structures. You can't really expect quiet in rooms with windows directly on the piazza. Some events that involve bleachers can block lower windows.
Our Guest Reviews
This was a great location for our family group of 6. The best part was the easy access to the Gelateria dei Neri, best in Florence. The grocery was a few blocks. There were several excellent restaurants in the immediate area, but our favorite was the Acqua al 2 (get the blueberry steak).
Florence is very walkable and this apartment was on the edge of the tourist area. It was fun watching the crowds in the Piazza. They were a little noisy at times but the bedrooms are in the back away from the noise.
Our greeter was helpful in getting us oriented. She also pointed to a driver who came at 4:30 AM to get us to the airport in Florence for the flight home.
[Thank you for your great review! We are glad that you had an amazing stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
Living Like a Contessa!
Thinking about booking this apartment? Do it now! Alcove apartment is a very spacious home located overlooking Piazza Santa Croce. The apartment is very accommodating for 6 - 8 guests. Every space is comfortable. The beds are very comfortable and the bed linens and pillows are plush. The bedrooms and bathrooms are all amazing, so no one will feel slighted. The one bedroom cannot convert the twin beds to one bed, but the room is still very spacious and the bathroom has a great shower. All of the bedrooms are on the quiet side of the apartment, even though we didn't find the crowds on the Piazza to be noisy at all. The kitchen is very well stocked. The laundry room with separate washer and dryer is a real plus. The location is a good one if you enjoy this side of the river; an easy walk to the train station and all of the Florence attractions. Check in/out was very easy and the utilities were reasonable for our 21 night stay. Some recommendations in/around the Santa Croce area: Boccadama is located on the lower level of the palace and serves very good lasagna and pear ravioli; a great place to crash for dinner at the end of a long day. There is also a Conad (small grocery store chain Corso dei Tintori, 10/R, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy ) around the corner (behind the building) that is not mentioned in the information book; perhaps it's newer. It's a City version, but still good in a pinch. Foody Farm (next to Conad) was really good for a non-Italian meal; the menu was really interesting and the food was delicious (casual night out). The Gallery (2 minute walk) has a great apertivo that starts at 6:30PM. For $10-$12 you get a cocktail and a very good buffet with hot and cold food items. Inferno (Via de’ Pepi 9R – Firenze) was excellent and filled with locals. We tried a little of everything. The entrees and salads are not necessarily prepared in a traditional way, but amazing. This is the place to get Seafood. I would recommend Inferno for a nice night out. OK, let's talk gelato. I am by no means an expert, but I have been in Florence nearly a dozen times and I would say, hands down, Dei Neri is the best gelato in Florence (Neri, 9, 50122 Firenze FI, Italy). Good news - it's a really quick walk from the apartment! They have a great yogurt gelato and their ricotta cream with pistachio topping is my favorite!
Lisa Byrne is still the best in the business and you will not be disappointed with her service, prices, and accommodations!
[Thank you so much for your lovely review and recommendations, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay and look forward to welcoming you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
I can’t say enough good things about our apartment in Florence, our trip was fabulous and the location of this apartment was ideal. Really one of the best locations and best vacations ever.
Peaceful Time of Year
My wife and I have been to Florence dozens of times. The location of the Alcove apartment at Piazza S. Croce is great. We have stayed in this lovely old building a few times...during the hot summer, so we did not know how it would be in the winter (mid-March). What we found was warm and cozy inside the Alcove and crisp and breezy outside...with much fewer people on the streets, in the piazzas and in even the best restaurants at lunch.
This apartment, S. Croce Alcove, is exceptional. Well planned, delightfully furnished rooms with easy access to multiple bathrooms. Everything was immaculate. There is a small private balcony in the rear which I found useful as a get away occasionally.
Jean and I have nothing but great things to say about our stay.
[Thank you very much Dave for your review, we are pleased that you had a wonderfull stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
A Week in Florence
The accommodations were good and in a great location. Easy walking to many places of interest.
We were fortunate in that the weekend we were there, there was a concert in the square in front of Santa Croce featuring the world renown tenor Placido Domingo. We got to watch and listen from our apartment balcony. Probably at least ten thousand ticket buyers as we took it all in for free.
Perfect week at Santa Croce
When we rented the apartment in Florence we had no idea just how much it would enhance our stay. Each day we returned to our HOME with appetizers in hand. Then we would sit on our private terrace, enjoying wonderful italian cheeses and wine while discussing our day. We were traveling with 2 twenty year olds and had we all returned to separate hotel rooms our experience would not have been shared or enjoyed nearly as much. We will travel this way from now on.
[Thank you so much, Mary. Your appetizers on the terrace sound delicious. Nice to enjoy with your 20 year olds rather than be separated. Please come again! The Italy Perfect Team]
We had a wonderful stay in Florence. This apartment is very spacious and comfortable. The location was great. Our greeter was very helpful. Would highly recommend this apartment for families. The restaurant right next door was very good and very friendly. Thanks Italy Perfect for the wonderful stay. Would definitely recommend them to friends.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
The location couldn't be better. Plenty of room for all five of us. Plus everyone had there own bath plus air conditioner in all rooms. Host were very accommodating and answered all questions. Only one flaw kitchen needed a few more items (soap for dishes and surfaces). Our six days couldn't have been better.
[We are delighted your stay was so nice. The Italy Perfect team]
This is the second time I have visited Florence and stayed at the Palazzo Antellesi.
I spent two weeks in The Alcove apartment, first with friends and then family.
The Alcove is extremely comfortable and very well equipped.
It has an unbelievable location, only a five minute walk to The Uffizi, The Arno or the Piazza Repubblica.
There are wonderful restaurants nearby, our new favorite is Cucina Torcicoda which we returned to several times. The best gelatoria in the city is Vivoli and is around a corner from he apartment. We also went back to the Mercato Centrale several times to eat at their new third floor food hall. My 13 and 16 year old grandsons went shopping there and bought food to cook dinner for us in the apartment.
If you can time it right, come in June and you will have front row seats for the famous Calcio (soccer) tournament.
Thanks to Cecile, the manager, for all her help. We will be back. Susan Rose
Our apartment was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and well equipped.
Our apartment was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and well equipped. It was located in a historic palazzo turned into apartments on the Piazza Santa Croce. Our interests were in history, art, and architecture so the location was perfect. We were able to walk everywhere and even manage one of our party in a wheelchair. There is a "super" market a few blocks away for anything from staples to fine wine. We ate well everyday in a restaurant near our morning excursions, so all over the historic area. Food was great everywhere. Our travel companions are world-class consumers of gelato and give world-class honors to the small gelateria around the corner, facing the convent associated with Santa Croce. The folks at Italy Perfect were very helpful. And, yes, I would certainly seek them out again and recommend them to friends.
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Map and Location
|Piazza Signoria, Uffizi - 7 min walk|
|Ponte Vecchio - 12 min walk|
|Cathedral Duomo - 8 min walk|
|Train Station - 10 min taxi|