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Donati TOWER in the heart of Florence -Three Gems Inside a Jewel! - 3 Apt w/Lift - 3 - “THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio”- NEW, JUST RENOVATED

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 25 m²
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Description

3 - “THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio”- NEW, JUST RENOVATED

“THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio” it has just been renovated, its located on the ground floor of the historical Palazzo Albzi Tassinari it overlooks on one of the liveliest streets of Florence, with antique shops, typical restaurants, bar, pizzerie....

Perfect for two people who want to live the city intensely, in the heart of the Florentine life.

“THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio” is located on the ground floor with access to a peaceful internal garden. Table and chairs under the porch allow guests to sit and eat outside. Ideal for 1-2 people, queen sized, it has1 bathroom in white “Carrara” marble with walk-in shower, kitchenette, wi-fi, AC.

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About the property

DONATI TOWER

This 13th century tower belonged to the very powerful Donati family. By the second half of the sixteenth century, the Donati family’s fortune had faded and the tower was incorporated into the mansion of the Albizi, a Florentine family of merchants and bankers who were long-standing rivals of the Medici. In the eighteenth century the mansion passed to the Tassinari family, and finally in 1929 to the family of the current owners.

The 4 apartments in the Palazzo and Donati Tower:

1 - "THE DONATI TOWER'S TERRACE Apartment" for 4 people, 5th floor w/Lift access, AC, wi-fi

2 - "THE DONATI TOWER'S LOGGIA" Apartment" for 3 people, 5th floor w/Lift access, AC, wi-fi

3 - "THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio" for 2 people on the ground floor, AC, wi-fi

4 - “THE LITTLE HOLE OF THE WINE Studio" on the ground floor; for 2 people, bedroom on the loft, 1 bathroom with walk-in shower, wi-fi

The 4 apartments, as well as the entire Palace and the Tower, are of great historical interest and bound by the Superintendent of artistic and architectural of the Ministry of Culture. It is therefore the ideal place to immerse yourself in the history and beauty of the golden age of Florence

In a central and ancient street, the Donati Tower Apartments are located in an ideal position to reach on foot the most important sights and museums of Florence: among others, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio in Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, the Duomo with Giotto's Bell Tower, the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo, the Accademia Gallery, Ponte Vecchio, as well as Palazzo Pitti, the church of Santo Spirito and the Boboli Gardens across the River Arno.

Being the owner a librarian by profession, he is of course obliged to suggest a visit or two to the nearby municipal library of the Oblate, in via dell'Oriolo, achieved in a spectacular architectural environment, with a large terrace and bar practically under the Brunelleschi’s Dome of the Duomo, internet, reading rooms, international magazines, children's room.

Bakery, greengrocer, butcher, newsagent, supermarket and pharmacy are a short step from the apartment, as well as the typical market of Sant'Ambrogio where to find all the Tuscan food specialties, and taverns and restaurants, with great traditional Tuscan cuisine.

And eventually shopping in the boutiques of the most famous Italian and foreign designers on the nearby via Calzaiuoli, via Roma, via Tornabuoni, via della Vigna Nuova.

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Owner
Antonella
Member since: 2013
Speaks english, french, italian
Response time
Within a few hours
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
24 September, 2017

About Antonella

We are a family with a teenage daughter. We love Florence and Tuscany, but also the world! :)

Why Antonella chose Historic Center

I wanted to share this beautiful apartment and its stunning views with visitors to this magical city.

What makes this apartment unique

In a historic building of the 13th-16th centuries, protected by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, two apartments of different beauty, one spectacular, 'The Terrace of the Donati Tower', and one functional, 'The little hole of the wine', two different ways to live a unique experience in Florence.

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Notes

The following conditions of rental are written in the site:  

FEW SMALL RULES The RENTAL rate includes linen, towels, all utilities, air-conditioning and wi-fi
RESERVATION: The dates can be held with a € 150 deposit via PayPal (My PayPal Payment Request sent to your email address) or via HomeAway/VRBO online payment (€ 200+8%-9% cost of service charged on the guest by HomeAway/VRBO). Once received the payment, we’ll send a confirmation email with all details
RESERVATION POLICY: Cancellation prior to 60 days will be refunded less expenses if applicable (VRBO/HomeAway online payment fee or PayPal fee), after that period the deposit is lost. Anyway, prior to 60 days and depending on availability of the apartment, you can change your dates and your down payment will be valuable for the new reservation BALANCE: in cash upon arrival (Consider that close to the apartment there are many ATM)
SECURITY DEPOSIT: € 200 in cash upon arrival (check-in). The deposit will be refunded in full upon check-out, if no damage was done to the apartment
FINAL CLEANING: € 50 upon arrival (check-in)
CHECK-IN (4:00pm - 6:00pm) is on appointment, usually in the afternoon, but it can reasonably be arranged depending on your time of arrival to Florence
CHECK-OUT is at 10.00am,because the apartments need to be cleaned and prepared for the next guests. As for check-in and depending on availability, we can arrange a different time of check-out ASK US ANYTHING YOU WOULD LIKE TO KNOW: personalized quotes, informations about the city, … WELCOME!


Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for 3 - “THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio”- NEW, JUST RENOVATED in Duomo, Italy

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 0
Building Type:
  • building
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 25 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16.00 / Check-out: 10.00
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • City Centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • Elevator ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet
  • Linens Provided
  • Towels Provided
Kitchen:
  • Coffee Maker
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove ...
Dining:
  • Dining Area
Bathrooms:
  • 1 Bathroom
  • - toilet , shower enclosure
  • bathroom in white “Carrara” marble with walk-in shower
Bedrooms:
  • Studio, Sleeps 2
  • Bedroom with a double bed. The beautiful view on the garden gives to the studio character and comfort.
Outside:
  • Deck / Patio
  • Lawn / Garden
Suitability:
  • long term rentals available
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Attractions:
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • disco club
  • outlet shopping
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • massage therapist
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • golf

Reviews

Exceptional! 5/5 -
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average rating of 5.0 based on 12 reviews
5

A Living Reality of the History of Florence

  • 5 of 5

Our Accommodation was not the Donati Tower although via the owner we were able to view it whilst it was empty.

We had rented the Studio Apartment in the Secret Garden, of which we had sole access, and were able to have peaceful times and dine by ourselves when we wanted. The Garden has a Greek Sphinx statue which is lit at night as a feature. This is not as I understand it an original part of the Garden but was bought and installed by the owners father many years ago.

On arrival at the property, Stephan showed us round, and gave wonderful advice on local Restaurants and Places to Visit, most of which we managed to see and were extremely pleased with both the food and the sights. I had a particular interest in the Medici Family who ruled Florence 1400 -1600,s when it was the Capital of Italy, and my wife´s focus was with the Renaissance Art, both of which were fascinating.

The Apartment is in a pedestrianised area right in the middle of the Historic Center, and just minutes walking to everything. It is newly refurbished and was spotlessly clean. Although a studio apartment it was compact and had space for everything, and had all that we needed, and was very modern in a fairly historic room setting. If we were to advise of any improvement, possible, we would suggest the addition of a small wall mounted microwave. If we were to return to Florence, we would certainly want to stay in the same studio apartment, and take more time to see the historic sites we were unable to visit and visit some more of the superb restaurants recommended by the owners.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 4, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

A Gem in the heart of an amazing city

  • 5 of 5

My husband and I visited Florence in early June 2017 and were guests in this beautiful apartment for 8 nights. The location is superb, right in the middle of everything; a short walk to the Duomo, museums, magnificent food, and the famous markets. Our hosts were incredibly gracious, offering “ insider ” advice about the places we should see and the food we must eat! Right outside the door you will find the delights of Florence, and when you come home you will be in a beautiful private oasis, complete with a private garden where you can enjoy a glass of wine, some gorgeous cheese, or perhaps a delicious pizza from down the street.

We whole-heartedly recommend this property to anyone who loves beauty, hospitality and the finest things life has to offer.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Lovely, clean, great location, and fabulous hostess- Antonella

  • 5 of 5

My family rented three apartments in this building. All were well-maintained and lovely. The location was perfect because it was on a quieter street, but with fabulous cafe, bakeries, restaurants, and stores. All of the attractions we very close as well. We will stay there again when we return to Florence one day. Antonella and Stefano were helpful and accommodating. They provided a lot of information and assistance. We highly recommended the apartment.

  • Review Submitted: Jun 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jun 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Awesome apartment, great location

  • 5 of 5

Best location, close to all attractions in Florence. Hosts went above and beyond to accommodate our schedule, Thanks Antonella!

  • Review Submitted: May 30, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Lovely room adjacent to a large garden. Great neighborhood.

  • 5 of 5

I eas pleasantly surprised when I arrived to discover that the room had 2 pairs of French doors onto the garden, as that had not been shown in the photos. The garden was almost entirely private with a small table and seating adjacent to the room. Truly a remarkable find in the middle of Florence's pedestrian centro!

Much enjoyed the neighborhood. Central but a couple of blocks away from the big crowds of tourists. Antonella was helpful, and her restaurant recommendations were excellent - a nearby farm to table restaurant, a fish restaurant which owns their own fishing boats, etc. - up to the critical California palate.

The only negative was that I did not anticipate having to pay cash for the room. The deposit was made via Paypal, but the check-in required cash. It was, in ither respects, clean, comfortable, and very pleasant.

  • Review Submitted: May 23, 2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Perfect for us, quiet, lovely retreat from the busy and lively city.

  • 5 of 5

Antonella and Stefano were just wonderful, very welcoming and helpful. They guided us to their favorite spots for dining, walking and cultural points of interest. This place provided easy access to everything we wanted to do and see on foot. We were there for a week and loved it, the enclosed garden dedicated to the studio apt opened up a very large, quiet and green space including outdoor shelter from any rain and extreme sun. Thank you, Antonella and Stefano!

  • Review Submitted: May 3, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Apr 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Map

Nearest Airport
7 Kilometres
Amerigo Vespucci airport (Florence airport)
Nearest Barpub
20 Metres
Loggia degli Albizi
Nearest Ferry
90 Kilometres
Livorno
Nearest Golf
15 Kilometres
Ugolino
Nearest Train
1.2 Kilometres
Santa Maria Novella railway station
Nearest Motorway
5 Kilometres
Firenze Sud (A1) o Firenze (A11)
Nearest Restaurant
30 Metres
Natalino
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
Abetone
Nearest Beach
100 Kilometres
Viareggio, Forte dei Marmi
Car: not necessary

The apartments in Palazzo Albizi Tassinari and Donati Tower are a fifteen minute walk from the railway station of Santa Maria Novella, where is the bus terminal to and from the airports of Florence and Pisa. A service of electric buses from the Central Station of Santa Maria Novella (bus 36, 22, C2) lead to 50 meters from the apartment. The apartments are located in the pedestrian zone, the car is not recommended, but you can park in private garages in the vicinity of the cost by € 25 to € 35 about a day, or for more information on other parking consult the Site www.firenzeparcheggi.it

The apartments of the Palazzo Albizi Tassinari and Donati Tower is an ideal location to reach by feet the most important monuments and museums of Florence: among others, the Basilica of Santa Croce, Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, the Uffizi Gallery, the Bargello Museum, the Duomo with Giotto's Bell Tower, the Medici Chapels in San Lorenzo, the Accademia Gallery, the Church of Santa Croce, Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) and, beyond the river Arno, the Pitti Palace and the Boboli Gardens.

Bakery, greengrocer, butcher, newsagent, supermarket and pharmacy are within very short walking distance from the apartment, as well as the typical market of Sant'Ambrogio where to find all the tasty Tuscan dishes, and taverns and restaurants, as Cibreo, the Cibreino, the Teatro del Sale with great traditional Tuscan cuisine. And shopping in the boutiques of the most famous Italian and foreign designers in Via Calzaiuoli, Via Roma, Via Tornabuoni, Via della Vigna.

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