In the historic center of Florence, literally two steps from Piazza del Duomo, stunning 420-sqm luxury apartment on the piano nobile of a historic palazzo owned in the 16th century by a famous Florentine architect. Previously split into two independent units, the apartment is nowadays a luxury residence with four bedrooms, a beautifully frescoed hall and two balconies overlooking the Cathedral and its imposing dome.
The historic center of Florence, with its boutiques and shops, offers all the necessary services, easily reached even on foot. Other cities of Tuscany (San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Greve in Chianti, San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Siena, Lucca, Pisa…) can all be reached in less than two hours by car.
Florence’s airport (10km; 20’) is the closest one, but the terminals in Bologna, Pisa, Rome and Milan are very convenient as well.
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING
The apartment (420 sqm – 4,520 sqft, 4 bedrooms and 5 bathrooms) is located on the first floor of the palazzo and can be reached both via a staircase and an elevator. The property, laid around three internal courtyards, was once divided into two independent units which have later been connected to create a single ampler residence.
- Apartment A: entrance hall, ample living room with dining area, kitchen, sitting room, laundry room, guest bathroom and two bedrooms with en-suite bathroom. From the bedroom one has access to a balcony suspended over the underlying road and offering a beautiful view over the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore.
- Apartment B: entrance hall, habitable kitchen, hallway, ample living room with dining area, master bedroom with en-suite bathroom, bedroom and bathroom. From the kitchen and the entrance hall one can exit onto a balcony overlooking the internal courtyard of the palazzo. A second balcony overlooking the Cathedral is accessed from the living room.
STATE AND FINISHES
The apartment is located at the piano nobile of one of the houses that belonged in the past to the architect Bernardo Buontalenti (1531 – 1608) who, however, never lived in this property himself. The current look of the building can be traced to a restoration of the early 18th century based on a project by Pietro Paolo Giovannozzi (1658 – 1734), architect and engineer working for the Capitani di Parte Guelfa.
The building is still based on a late-Renaissance template, but one can easily see the reworked features added in the 18th century. The ground floor features two huge entrance doorways with an ashlar frame and six more openings currently occupied by boutiques and shops. On the piano nobile there are several other windows, all framed in stone, and two balconies. Moving up, the uppermost floors feature the same type of windows but they become simpler and simpler the further they are from the ground.
Inside, the apartment was recently restored and the beautiful finishes have been highlighted. The main hall, in particular, boasts frescoed walls that closely resemble the interiors of a classical building with columns, half-columns, bass-reliefs and vaulted ceilings with painted coffered ceilings. The door frames, the only really tridimensional element, harmonically merge with the nearby faux architectures.
The floorings of the apartment are covered in parquet, both in the living and sleeping area. The other rooms feature painted vaulted ceilings, decorated wooden beams, coffers painted with floral motives and wooden decorations. Moldings running throughout the halls also double as supports for a led lighting system.
WHAT TO SEE IN FLORENCE
The apartment, thanks to its central position in the heart of Florence, allows reaching many of the most interesting landmarks in the city on foot. Ranked by distance these are Piazza del Duomo with its incredible cathedral (150 m; 2’), Palazzo Medici (300 m; 4’) and the adjacent Basilica di San Lorenzo decorated by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi (380m; 4’), Piazza della Signoria (750 m; 10’), the church of Santa Croce with the tombs of many Italian artists (850 m; 10’), the church of Santa Maria Novella (900 m; 10’) next to the central station, the beautiful and unique Ponte Vecchio (1.0 km; 12’), the Uffizi Gallery (1.0 km; 13’), the imposing Medicean Fortezza da Basso (1.2 km; 12’), the impressive Palazzo Pitti (1.4 km; 15’), the church of Santo Spirito in Oltrarno (1.5 km; 15’) and finally the unique and wonderful panoramic terrace of Piazzale Michelangelo (2.2 km; 20’).
What’s more, the many shops and boutiques in the historic center of Florence can be easily reached in a few minutes’ walk.