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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. From 1865 to 1871, Florence was even the capital of united Italy for a few short years – before that it was Turin, with Rome only made the country’s seat of government afterwards. However, Florence experienced its most magnificent era and greatest significance as a political and economic power factor in the 15th and 16th centuries. Due to this 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. The entire historical centre of Florence was adopted onto 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. Grocer’s 400 metres,restaurants 100 metres.
This first-class residence is an extremely privileged location for a holiday in one of the world’s most fascinating art cities. At the heart of Old Florence, in a narrow, cobbled street between historic buildings with stone-edged portals, lies Palazzo Stiattesi. This distinguished home offers its guests an atmosphere with a unique charm. The spacious rooms combine modern comforts with the classical elegance of times gone by. The tasteful fittings carefully hold a balance between old and modern elements – the cosy living room, for instance, is equipped with an antique fireplace, contrasted by a modern snow-white sofa and the clear-cut lines of white bookshelves. Typical Italian terracotta tiles create a warm atmosphere in the room. The kitchen also contains elements of traditional Toscana style with artisan-made ceramic tiles, as does the adjacent dining room, decorated in a simple but homely rustic style with wooden furniture – the perfect setting for enjoying Tuscany’s culinary delights in good company. Before retiring for the night in one of the pleasantly quiet bedrooms, take a moment to contemplate the starry night sky. The private roof garden provides a delightfully romantic view of Florence by night. By day, the little terrace offers a wonderful outlook over the roofs of Old Florence and the towers and walls at the rear of the Palazzo Vecchio. Square metres: 120, 1st Floor: entrance, kitchen, laundry, dining room, living room with fireplace, study with 1 single sofa bed, 2 double bedrooms, 1 bathroom with tub, 1 bathroom with shower, terrace. 2nd Floor: terrace.
Satellite TV,air conditioning, heating, internet access,CD and DVD player,washing machine, dishwasher,iron,roof terrace with table and chairs.
The price includes: water,gas and electricity consumption- up to 200Kwh per week, if exceeded €0.25 per wh will be payable on the spot.
Final cleaning, bed linen and towels, weekly tidy up.
Extra services on request: Shopping service- €20 + shopping costs, maid services €15 per hour.
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