Florence: S Croce Belvedere
Central Florence Apartment with Terrace
- Name: S Croce Belvedere
- Sleeps: 4 + 2
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 2
- Price: From €2250/wk 3 night min
If I could move permanently to Florence this would be my dream apartment.
With the Piazza Santa Croce outside your door, the Belvedere welcomes you with comfort and a sunny terrace to relax and enjoy cocktails at sunset as you hear the church bells toll throughout the city.
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) with elevator up 3 steps from main entrance.
Elegant living/dining room with pull-out sofa bed for two and French door leading to terrace. Sunny terrace with southern exposure, overlooking the large inner courtyard and rooftops.
Fully equipped kitchen.
Two bedrooms: master bedroom with queen size bed, second bedroom with two single beds that can be made into a king, en suite bathroom with shower, toilet, sink and bidet. Small window overlooks small inner courtyard.Second bathroom with shower over tub, toilet, sink and bidet.
Independent heating and central air-conditioning.
Facilities: Dishwasher, washer, dryer,oven, microwave oven, toaster, American coffee maker, satellite TV, stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD players, and high speed wireless connection, on request, small extra fee, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Use of Palazzo private gym that has weights, a crosstrainer, treadmill, elliptical and step.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Two bedrooms - one with queen sized bed. Second with two singles that can be joined to form a king. Also, two person pull out sofa in living room.|
|Bathrooms||Two bathrooms. Master bathroom has shower over tub. Second bathroom has stall shower.|
|Floor||3rd European, 4th American|
|Elevator||Elevator up 6 steps from main entrance|
|Size||1150 sq ft, 110 m2|
|Outlook||Sunny terrace with southern exposure|
|Dining||Elegant dining room|
|Kitchen||Fully equipped kitchen: Dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, toaster, American coffee maker|
|Laundry||Washing machine, separate dryer, iron & ironing board|
|Transport||Several buses pass nearby. Taxis are available.|
|Crib||Crib and high chair may be requested. No charge.|
|Entertainment||Satellite TV, stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD players. Dual standard DVDs will play North American and European DVDs.|
|Family||Good for families and family get-togethers|
|Cleaning||Final cleaning is 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. Paid parking in garage nearby.|
|Gym||A small gym with exercise machines is available to guests.|
|Available||Not Available||Reservation Pending||Changeover|
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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 stays up to 7 nights, €500 Euros for stays from 8 to 14 nights and €1,000 Euros for stays over 15 nights. Security deposit is 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.
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.
- Belvedere faces south, so gets a lot of sun in the summer.
- Lovely apartments. Very comfortable and well appointed.
- We loved 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.
- One of the lowest spots in the city, note the high water marks on the buildings in the neighborhood -- on the second floor.
- 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.
Our Guest Reviews
Wonderful Penthouse at Santa Croce Plaza
While we had high hopes for our family week in Florence with our 3 grown up children; Miravista clearly exceeded our expectations. It was a very comfortable, nicely understated decorated, with good 2 1/2 bathrooms and ample kitchen, sunny penthouse.
While it had a good modern elevator, other than the day we arrived and departed with the luggage, the 5 of us (age 63, 61, our children 34, 31 and 29) always preferred the fun of enjoying to walk up and down the 92 steps; particularly after a nice dinner.
Unfortunately, the weather was a bit cold as to enjoy the beautiful terrace overlooking the Plaza and the mountains; if it were spring or summer we would have spent long hours there...
Waking up and having a leisure breakfast in front of the large window and terrace overlooking the Plaza was a fantastic way to start the day.
The restaurant below was one of the best we had and at good prices; the owners and staff were incredibly friendly; we spent new year's eve with them.
The location was great; just a 3 block walk to most of the landmarks...and yet quiet enough from the bulk of the tourists.
Finally, the host was very educated and made our checkin / checkout a breeze.
In addition, Pat Byrne was incredibly friendly and efficient and was making sure our reservation, paperwork and itinerary was up to date....Thank you Pat & Madelyne!
A gem in Florence
The Belvedere apartment in Florence far exceeded our expectations. The apartment was very clean, well stocked and comfortable. Despite being right on the Palazzo Santa Croce, with all of its bustle, the apartment was extremely quiet. The location was great and we took full advantage of your two recommendations, the wonderful little restaurant right next door and the great pastry shop across the Palazzo. It was a perfect location for exploring Florence. The four of us are in our late 70's/early 80's and this apartment was perfect for our needs. We loved it.
[We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
The Perfect location
The Belvidere on Piazza Santa Croce was the perfect location for walking to all the sites of Florence. Being an apartment that was not facing the Piazza provided a quieter stay, and a lovely deck to enjoy wine, cheese and bread. Accomodations were excellent, and the facilities were very good. All in all, a great 4 weeks in Italy! Italy Perfect was a great find.
[Thank you so much for your kind review.]
The location was terrific
The accommodations were very comfortable in every way. We appreciated the additional roll-away bed. All 6 of us were very comfortable with the sleeping arrangements.
The kitchen was very well-stocked. We appreciated the American coffee maker very much!
The location was terrific - close to everything. An easy walk to the main sites, Arno River, etc.
We found it impossible to get a taxi in Florence (!!) We found the Hop On, Hop Off bus useful because it stopped nearby. It would be nice to include a map of the bus routes in the apartment since it seems that a lot of them go close to the apartment.
No real restaurant recommendations. There was a nice list in the apartment and all of our meals were wonderful.
We appreciate all the help and support given to us by Italy Perfect!
[Thank you Catherine! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team]
Our time staying at Palazzo Antellesi and at Santa Croce Belvedere was amazing. We had a large family group so having two apartments on the same floor was incredibly useful. We felt safe in the location and the apartment was well furnished and when you envision italian homes this was exactly what we thought. This was our second time staying at Palazzo Antellesi and we would do so again in a heartbeat.
This charming apartment was perfect for our family of four!
This charming apartment was perfect for our family of four! Centrally located off Piazza Santa Croce, we walked everywhere and returned at the end of each day to our "home away from home". Good restaurants close by (Boccadama and Osteria de Benci) and the Santa Croce Church is truly impressive with its tombs and frescoes. We would not hesitate to return to this apartment and highly recommend Italy Perfect. Thanks to Pat and Lisa for providing such a warm and welcoming accommodation and for being such a great resource of information!
Palazzo Santa Croce
The central location of Palazzo Santa Croce can't be beat! And the history surrounding the building and the frescoes is so interesting!
We originally booked Santa Croce Paradiso but, since my husband is a very light sleeper, found that the revelers in the Piazza were too boisterous for us to sleep well. We approached the managers - as well as copying Pat on our email - and they could NOT have been more lovely or helpful in providing us with an alternative. We moved to the Belvedere and were thrilled with it! It doesn't look over the Piazza, which was just fine with us, but it has a southerly facing terrace and was extremely quiet. Not to mention darling! Love the colors.
With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the apartment has everything one needs for a lovely holiday. It was clean and well appointed. And the appliances all worked well. It's clear the owners manage this building with great care.
The restaurant directly downstairs, Boccadama, is pretty good and the workers are extremely pleasant. One night we ordered pizza from them and they let us take the dishes up to our terrace so we could dine privately - we just had to return everything the next day!
Also, Boutique Nadine was a great little find. And Osteria dei Benci is fantastic at lunch.
I would definitley recommend Italy Perfect! Pat was a complete joy to work with!
[Thank you so much, Jann. It was great to work with you! The Italy Perfect Team]
Awesome Stay in Firenze
On the advice of two friends who rented an apartment in Firenze through Italy Perfect in 2013 I did the same for October 2015. For four weeks I stayed in the Palazzo Santa Croce in Firenze in a beautiful apartment on the third floor with a charming sitting room, large southern exposed terrace, small but superb kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The owners of the Palazzo had left nothing to chance; everything was perfect, nothing was missing. It was a joy to return to such lovely surroundings every day. Danish and Scottish friends came to stay, and whether we ate out or in, all was most enjoyable.
The location was right on Piazza Santa Croce, within walking distance of everything.
I am already planning for my next Italian visit through Italy Perfect.
[It was a pleasure to work with you, Benedicte. The Italy Perfect Team]
Perfect week at S Croce Belvedere
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 fecommend 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]
Accommodation within Multi-Unit Property
Map and Location
|Piazza Signoria, Uffizi - 7 min walk|
|Ponte Vecchio - 12 min walk|
|Cathedral Duomo - 15 min walk|
|Train Station - 10 min taxi|