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Everyone encountering this city for the first time immediately feels the great fascination of Florence. There is a palatable air of history in every corner, a sense of art, culture and harmony at every turn. Florence is known the world over as one of the outstanding sites of European art history - one might even say as the very place of origin of the arts. It was also the birthplace of the Renaissance - and of Dante Alighieri (1265-1321), the father of the Italian language and creator of the most important work of Italian poetry: the 'Divine Comedy'. Its advantageous location on the Arno - in the middle of a broad valley and surrounded by rolling hills - gave the trading city of Florence an important role in Italian history over the centuries.
.At their peak, the Florentine banks alone had no less than 80 branches in many different countries. Due to
his affluence, the arts reached full bloom during this era: the patronage of the wealthy aristocratic families brought such outstanding painters and sculptors to the fore as Raphael and Michelangelo. In this way, the Medicis for example held sway over the city's cultural life for more than three centuries, exercising a fundamental influence over its appearance down the years. The entire historical centre of Florence was placed on the UNESCO's list of world cultural heritage sites in 1982. Its central square, where every visitor ends up sooner or later, is the Piazza della Signoria, forming a harmonious ensemble with the majestic Palazzo Vecchio. Only a few steps away is the world famous Uffizi art museum, a sheer unbelievable treasure
trove of significant paintings and sculptures, including works as well known as Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation and Botticelli's Birth of Venus. It is well worth visiting the Galleria dell'Accademia too, simply to admire Michelangelo's impressively male David. The marble sculpture outside the Palazzo Vecchio, over four metres high, is an exact copy of the original, which was relocated to a more protected spot inside the museum in 1873.The Florentines focus all their energies and ambitions on art, be it under the roofs of the characteristic wooden jewellery stalls on the Ponte Vecchio or in the many little workshops and outlets for arts and crafts on the left bank of the Arno, lending the city a unique old-fashioned atmosphere. The nimbus of the
Renaissance city even remains intact when you leave Florence itself: the surrounding hills afford a wonderful view from above. Particularly Forte Belvedere with its Piazzale Michelangelo and the lofty town of Fiesole offer visitors a uniquely beautiful panorama of the Arno valley and the old city embracing the river's banks.
At the heart of the enchanting old centre of Florence, the gates of this charming property await you. A fourteenth-century Renaissance palace houses this very attractive apartment (80 sq metres) within its ancient walls. The pretty maisonette apartment offers an unusual interplay of historical and contemporary elements. Its absolutely modern décor is embedded in surroundings full of traces of times gone by - the cosy living room, for example, is entered through a stone-edged portico with aged parquet flooring. In the bedroom - decorated with exquisitely coordinated fabrics and equipped with a separate dressing
room - the antique wood-beamed ceiling creates an attractive contrast to the otherwise functional minimalist look.
A great deal of care has gone into every detail of this apartment, from the furniture selection to the choice of warm colour tones accenting the dominant white, even down to the cheerful red kitchen fittings and accessories. All this makes it a friendly and inviting refuge - the ideal place to relax and unwind after a day of intense historical sightseeing.
The apartment comprises: 1st floor: entrance, living room with double sofa bed, large kitchen, laundry room, 1 bathroom. 2nd Floor: 1 double bedroom with wardrobe, 1 bathroom with shower. Grocer's 400 metres, Restaurant 100 metres, Facilities 200 metres (Shops, Banks, Restaurants - Firenze), Hospital 2 KM (Ospedale Fiorentino), Railway station 2
KM (Santa Maria Novella), Port 120 KM (Livorno), Airport 10 KM (Firenze), Taxi stand 100 metres, Bus stop 150 metres.
Satellite TV, internet connection, air conditioning.
The price includes water, gas and electricity consumption, bed linen and towels, final cleaning and weekly tidy up. -Extra services on request for an extra charge: - babysitter (€15/hour) - - maid service (€15/hour) - shopping list (€20 service + shopping costs) .
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