Florence: S Croce Donatello
Trompe l'Oeil Frescoes
- Name: S Croce Donatello
- Sleeps: 6 + 1
- Bedrooms: 3
- Bathrooms: 3
- Price: From €3350/wk, 3 night min
Grand and more than large enough.
Wonderful, trompe-l`oeil frescoes adorn the living room of the splendid and exceptionally spacious Donatello apartment with a perfect location on the historic Piazza Santa Croce. Bliss!
Conveniently located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, in Piazza Santa Croce, Palazzo Antellesi is a landmark Renaissance Palazzo, and one of the few left in the historic center of Florence with a dramatic frescoed facade.
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 third floor (American designation) of the Palazzo, there is an elevator 6 steps up from main entrance. Exceptionally spacious apartment offers multiple views onto one of the large, interior courts with tall windows and good light.
The ample hallway leads to a large living room with beautiful, original trompe d`oeil frescoes and original wood beamed ceilings from the 1600s. A sofa bed sleeps one.
By special arrangement the Donatello apartment can be joined with the Benozzo apartment to become a 6 bedroom apartment that can accommodate 11 + 1. Please request a price quote.
Master bedroom with queen sized bed and its bathroom is on separate, raised level with small terrace. The second bedroom has a king sized bed which can be divided into two single beds and the third has two single beds that may be combined to form a bed the size of a king.
Three bathrooms: two with full tub and shower, the other with shower.
Large, complete separate kitchen with dishwasher and adjacent dining room. The stately dining room has a table for 12. This could be the gathering place for your reunion.
Facilities: Dishwasher, washer, dryer, oven, microwave oven, toaster, American coffee maker, satellite TV, stereo, CD and DVD player, high speed wireless connection, hair dryer, iron and ironing board. Use of Palazzo private Gym. Central heat and air conditioning.
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Property and area amenities
|Sleeps||6 + 1|
|Bedrooms||Three bedrooms - one with queen bed, and two with two single beds that can be joined to form a king. Sofa bed for one.|
|Bathrooms||Three bathrooms - Two with full tub and shower, the other with French tub and shower.|
|Floor||2nd European, 3rd North American|
|Elevator||Elevator 5 steps up from main entrance.|
|Size||2000 sq ft, 185 m2|
|Dining||The stately dining room has a table for 12 and working fireplace. This could be the gathering place for your reunion.|
|Kitchen||Large, complete separate kitchen with dishwasher and washing machine and adjacent breakfast room. Oven, microwave oven, tall refrigerator/freezer, toaster, American coffee maker.|
|Laundry||Washer, 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 player. 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.|
|Gym||A small gym with exercise machines is available to guests|
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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 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.
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- Lovely apartments. Very comfortable and well appointed.
- This is one of the apartments within the palazzo with windows that all face internal courtyards so it does not get the hustle bustle sounds from the piazza.
- The Santa Croce church with the tombs of Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli and more is worth a day.
- Additional fees utilities that are charged according to use.
Our Guest Reviews
Wonderful Penthouse at Santa Croce Plaza
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!
Delightful apartment in historic Florence
What a delightful apartment in historic Florence. We stayed seven weeks in the Donatello Apartment and enjoyed its charm, beauty, and convenience. Situated on Piazza Santa Croce, the apartment was convenient to walk all over Florence, but enough off the beaten path to feel like a real residence and not a tourist spot. I would highly recommend this apartment. Enjoy Florence.
[Thank you for your kind review. We look forward to welcoming you back to Italy in the near future! The Italy Perfect Team]
This apartment is fantastic - quiet, elegant and very spacious. We also rented the adjoining Benozzo and that was a wonderful combination for a large family. We have been staying in the Palazzo for over 15 years and every property is great and the service and welcoming spirit is a real treat.
[We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to your return! 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.
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Wonderful and Perfect!
My head was spinning with so many options for our "once in a lifetime" overseas stay. We selected Italy Perfect because they have stayed in each location and I could call Pat and get my questions answered without a language barrier. They gave me more security about the transaction and the reliability of accommodations.
S Croce Donatello was the perfect location, clean, spacious, and such a wonderful way to stay in beautiful Florence. We truly can not say enough about it. EVERYTHING was in walking distance and within a few days we knew the city. Santa Croce is a beautiful church and we literally opened our front door to it each day. We learned where the markets were and prepared several meals at home. The kitchen had the basics and the dining room easily can accommodate 8 people. However, local restaurants are available too -- the best of both worlds.
We stayed with our two adult children (ages 18 and 21). However, the apartment would be perfect for 3 couples or a family of 6 or so. Plenty of space for everyone. Quiet at night and very, very clean!
[Oh, super, Nic, we are so glad this worked so nicely for you. The Italy Perfect Team]
Best Apartment Ever
We had a family vacation that included 5 nights in the Donnatello apartment. We have never seen a more spacious and well maintained accomodation!
We were greeted by the lovely Cecile and made to feel welcome. The rooms are a step back in time with period decor and frescoes on the walls.
Our stay was topped off with the historic games of calcio storico in the piazza, which occurs every June.
If we should be so lucky to return to Florence, we would plan our vacation around the availability of this lovely apartment!
Thank you to the Contessa!!
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]
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.
Beautiful 16th Century living space fit for royalty
We spent ten days in Apartment Donatello and felt completely at home even though home was a beautiful 16th Century living space fit for royalty.... which we are most decidedly not.
Each of the three bedrooms is spacious with ensuite bathroom and very efficient air conditioning. The AC was particularly welcomed as Florence was under a heat wave with 95-98º temperatures. The upstairs master bedroom is particularly beautiful and filled with golden sunlight during the day. There is also a small terrace that overlooks an interior patio below.
The kitchen and dining room are big enough to throw a dinner party for 12 while the frescoed living room is a perfect place to flop after a long day seeing the sights.
The entire apartment feels like a sanctuary and one is grateful for the serenity and quiet provided by its interior location, especially during the heavy tourist season.
Managers Cecile and Patrizia are delightful as well as professional. Indeed, they are an added luxury.
We will definitely return to Palazzo Santa Croce and its many charms whenever we visit Florence again.
The apartment was perfect for us and as described by Italy Perfect. The location was great and very close to anywhere in florence you want to go as it is a very small city. We stayed for 2 weeks and felt extremely safe in the area and the apartment. I highly recommend this apartment for any and all travelers. Everything was explained and the greeter was very helpful and friendly. I would not hesitate to stay there again. We really enjoyed the restaurant downstairs "bocadama". They were always so friendly and helpful
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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|