S-Croce-Tosca

Sleeps: 5 Bedroom(s): 2 Bathroom(s): 2

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Observe the daily life of Florence from high in this historic Palazzo, from the entire front of this charming apartment with luminous living room, master bedroom and kitchen, overlooking the Piazza Santa Croce!

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.

Location

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 lifetime treat and the "best seat in the house" is here; when you rent this apartment, you can see from the office windows. We were astounded when we watched a game from this palazzo. For more information look up Calcio Storico on YouTube or Netflix Home Game series Episode 1.

Exterior

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 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 in front of the fireplace.

Interior

Tosca is a really charming two bedroom, two bath apartment on the fourth floor (American designation) of the Palazzo.

The entire front of the apartment, master bedroom, living room and kitchen overlook Piazza Santa Croce, a pleasure in itself as you can observe the daily life of this Florentine neighborhood. Personally, we were enchanted when we had our first simple breakfast at the kitchen table.

The luminous living room is spacious and comfortable and features a sofa bed for one and two armchairs, satellite TV, stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD players. Working fireplace in the dining area. During the winter, guests are provisioned with a starter supply of wood and matches for the fireplace, additional wood available for a reasonable fee.

Master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling clear plexiglass sound dampening wall that separates it from a small sitting room that overlooks the piazza.

Use of the Palazzo private gym included.