Florence: S Croce Miravista
- Name: S Croce Miravista
- Sleeps: 4
- Bedrooms: 2
- Bathrooms: 3
- Price: From €3040/wk 3 night min
Light and lovely, wonderful terrace
Stunning views of architectural treasures and of the surrounding hills may be enjoyed from the large terrace and from every window. Very bright. 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.
Piazza Santa Croce is a traffic free square but the people going through the square in the evenings may be noisy. Piazza Santa Croce is the site of occasional events. Watching the Calcio Storico in June (soccer in costumes see photos) from the Palazzo is an exciting privilege. The Christmas Market is fun, too. Other events can include theater, music concerts and ceremonies that you may enjoy or find noisy or both! Most of these events appear on the calendar fairly late, but you can check on this site www.firenzetoday.it/eventi/. Ask us for help.
Fifth-floor (North American) penthouse, with elevator.
The living room has a casually elegant feel because it its high ceilings and architectural details. You have to love the terrace where you can enjoy the Tuscan sun and watch the activity in the Piazza Santa Croce.
Two bedrooms: master bedroom overlooks inner courtyard with queen size bed that can be divided to form two singles the second bedroom overlooks the piazza and has two singes that can be joined to form a queen. Bathrooms: one with tub/shower and one with shower.
The living/dining room with working fireplace retains the structure and the columns of the Palazzo`s Renaissance loggia. Fully equipped kitchen. Independent heating and air conditioners.
Dishwasher, washing machine, oven, microwave oven, toaster, American coffee maker. Satellite TV, stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD players, high speed wireless connection, hair dryer, iron & ironing board. Use of Palazzo private Gym.
Property and area amenities
|Bedrooms||Two bedrooms - one dual-king sized bed that can be divided into two singles. Second bedroom has two singles that can be joined to form a queen.|
|Bathrooms||Two bathrooms with showers - one with tub/shower and one with shower. Half bath off entry.|
|Floor||4th floor European, 5th floor North American (top floor)|
|Size||990 sq ft, 92 m2|
|Dining||The living/dining room with working fireplace|
|Kitchen||Fully equipped kitchen. Dishwasher, oven, microwave oven, toaster, American coffee maker.|
|Laundry||Combo washer/dryer, iron & ironing board|
|Transport||Several busses 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 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 garages nearby Garage Verdi.|
|Gym||A small gym with exercise machines is available to guests.|
|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, 1 set of towels/person, final cleaning, utilities and personal welcome during standard hours and free WiFi.
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. Rollaway cot €80 Euros/week or less. Mid-stay cleanings may be arranged for €100.
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.
- Lovely apartments. Very comfortable and well appointed.
- 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.
- 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.
- There are additional fees for utilities that are charged according to use.
- One of the bedrooms overlooks the piazza that is traffic-free but people walking through the square in the evenings or at night may be noisy. Windows are double glazed and running the fan can create white noise. But light sleepers should take note since often their sleep cycles are disturbed by jet lag anyway.
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!
[Thank you for your lovely review Harish! We are delighted that you had such a wonderful time with your family. We hope we can welcome you back in the near future. The Italy Perfect Team]
Lovely apartment in Florence
We stayed in an apartment on the top floor of the Palazzo Antellesi on the Piazza Santa Croce in Florence. The apartment (Miravista) was extremely comfortable and spacious and had a wonderful outside terrace overlooking the piazza and Santa Croce church. This location is slightly off the beaten track, which made it even more desirable, but still easily walkable to all the sights of Florence. It was nicely fitted out with all the appliances you could want, and everything worked and appeared to be well maintained.
Several nearby neighborhood restaurants that we would recommend are Osteria Dei Pazzi (Via Dei Lavatoi), Osteria de' Benci (Borgo Santa Croce), and both Cibreo and Trattoria Cibreo (Via Del Verrocchio).
We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to our friends (as we would Paris Perfect, which we first used in 2001).
[Thank you Jane, we are happy you enjoyed your stay and hope to welcome you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
Fabulous Apartment Santa Croce
The view from the terrace of the Basilica is even better than the pictures on the website. The building is charming, the apartment is very comfortable and close to everything in Florence. The building manager was prompt, explained everything and was available if needed. The views from the terrace especially at sunset were spectacular. Our first evening we were serenaded by a lone violinist playing the most beautiful music in the middle of the piazza. The apartment was quiet at night. The beds were very comfortable and the kitchen was well equipped. I would highly recommend staying in any of the apartments in this building. I would most definitely stay here again when in Florence.
We were very happy with our stay
We were very happy with our stay in the Palazzo. It was a great location and everything about the lovely apartment- beautifully appointed - made our stay in Florence as nice as it could possibly be. The mild November weather even allowed for us to spend time outside on the rooftop terrace with superb views of Santa Croce, the activities of the piazza below, and surroundings.
There were many good places nearby to eat - Il Cernacchino for sandwiches, La Maremma, and Boccadama, among them, which was always friendly and accommodating, either for cappuccino in the morning or a nice meal one evening.
We took advantage of the travel tips on the Italy Perfect blog -very helpful.
Also appreciated the assistance with reservation details and excellent service from Lisa and all others associated with Italy Perfect. Have recommended our experience to others and will continue to do so. Many thanks!
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.
What a wonderful apartment, just what we expected from Italy Perfect. the apartment was spacious and beautifully decorated, there was nothing we wanted for. The balcony was bliss, great for breakfast, and to chill out after a day of sightseeing, we had front row seats to watch a festival, all in costume, layout in the square. Location was perfect to take in all the beauty that is Florence. Plenty of restaurants to choose from, for price ranges. We would highly recommend this very special apartment, you would not be disappointed. And thanks to our greeter, Cecile, who was most helpful .
[Thank you so much for sharing your enjoyment! The Italy Perfect Team]
Apartment was well equipped and very clean. Very busy location but central to all sites and the good windows kept out noise. Manager was very accommodating.
[Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
Good Location, Very Comfortable
My husband and I stayed here for two weeks. We selected this location because we like the Santa Croce area and liked the pictures showing the terrace and views of the church. The church is one we visit each time we are in Florence.
We were not disappointed : the views were wonderful and the apartment was all that we hoped for. The furnishings are very comfortable for lounging around and the terrace and inside dining areas gave us many pleasant meal venues.
The beds and bathrooms were great, and the kitchen had everything we needed to cook a few meals and enjoy breakfast in. We used the washing machine several times and found it the best of the three we had in various places on this trip. While it also is a dryer, we used the drying rack and found that to work beautifully-also cut down on the utility usage!
The only caveat to this location is that the church steps are a popular hangout well into the night; it can be very loud. Ear plugs blocked all the noise so it was not an issue for us--the "back" bedroom was a bit quieter. So, pack ear plugs and you will sleep well!
Several restaurants in the area quickly became favorites: Francesco Vini, Acqua al Due, and Trattoria Icchè Cè Cè . Further from us, Giovanni's was wonderful--great bistecca alla Fiorentina. And the wine selections-terrific!
Also close by is the Saint Ambrogio market-became an almost daily excursion for fresh foods of all sorts at great prices.
Not to miss: the Mercato Centrale-inside, the Baroni's counter is a favorite. Paola and Allesandro have the best cheeses, olive oil, balsamic vinegars, and more-with tastings to help you choose. A trip up to Piazzale Michelangelo provides great views and a nice place for the sunset and a drink-the San Miniato church (just above ) gives even better views and, around 5:30 most days, you can hear Gregorian chants that add to the magicalness of the moment. The Duomo and the Duomo Museum are well worth visiting, and, if you want views, but don't want to climb the Campanile or Duomo steps , the Palazzo Vecchio has a much easier climb to the top.
Renting from Italy Perfect was not only easy but they provided excellent information on what to expect and lots of info on phone service, WiFi and more. We would definitely recommend Italy Perfect to friends and will use them for our next trip for sure!
[Thank you for all the recommendations and tips! The Italy Perfect Team]
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]
I want to thank you for making our trip to Florence a truly memorable experience. Our accommodations at the Palazzo exceeded expectations and the terrace was just an amazing place to relax, read and enjoy (with some frequency) the fine Tuscan wines. Francesca met us and gave a very a gracious welcome and gave us lots of helpful tips about the area. Thank you also for the wonderful welcome basket of Italian goodies…very thoughtful.
FYI - we booked 2 day trips with Florence Limousine Service to Siena/Wine Country/San Gimignano and to Pisa and Forti Di Marmi where we had lunch at a wonderful restaurant on the Mediterranean. Francesco (our driver) was knowledgeable, prompt and made the trips most enjoyable.
[Thank you so much, Mark. It was a pleasure. 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 - 8 min walk|
|Train Station - 10 min taxi|