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MEDIEVAL TOWER HOUSES 5th floor, amazing View, 3 apts inside the Tower w/lift - 3 -THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio private GARDEN 1 BR sleeps 2

Sleeps2
Bedrooms Studio
Bathrooms1
Space 26 m²
Property type corporate apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights

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Description

3 -THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio private GARDEN 1 BR sleeps 2

Our 3 apartments in Donati Tower:

3 - THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN studio with private access to the garden, sleeps 2, on the ground floor, AC, wi-fi - photos from 38 to 46

1 - THE DONATI TOWER'S TERRACE with large private terrace, 2 BR for sleeps 4, on the 5th floor with elevator, AC, wi-fi - photos from 1 to 24

2 - THE DONATI TOWER LOGGIA with private covered loggia, 1 BR + 1 sofa bed, sleeps 2-3, on the 5th floor with elevator, AC, wi-fi - photos 25 to 37

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

Perfect for two people who want to experience the city intensely, in the heart of Florentine nightlife ... .but in the silence of a romantic garden.

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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.

Our 3 apartments in Donati Tower:

1 - THE DONATI TOWER'S TERRACE with large private terrace, 2 BR for sleeps 4, on the 5th floor with elevator, AC, wi-fi - photos from 1 to 24

2 - THE DONATI TOWER LOGGIA with private covered loggia, 1 BR + 1 sofa bed, sleeps 2-3, on the 5th floor with elevator, AC, wi-fi - photos 25 to 37

3 - THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN studio with private access to the garden, sleeps 2, on the ground floor, AC, wi-fi - photos from 38 to 46

Our 3 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:
17 April, 2018

About Antonella

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

Antonella purchased this corporate apartment in 1929

Why Antonella chose Basilica of Santa Croce

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

What makes this corporate apartment unique

In a historic building of the 13th-16th centuries, protected by the Ministry for Cultural Heritage, three apartments of different beauty, two spectacular for the view: “THE DONATI TOWER’S TERRACE Apartment” and “THE DONATI TOWER’S LOGGIA Apartment”; one with a charming private garden “THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio", three different ways to live a unique experience in Florence.

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Amenities

Accommodation and facilities for 3 -THE SPHINX OF THE SECRET GARDEN Studio private GARDEN 1 BR sleeps 2 in Basilica of Santa Croce, Italy

Property Type:
  • corporate apartment
Meals:
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 26 m²
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 4:00 PM
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Max. occupancy: 2
  • Min. age of primary renter: 18
  • Children welcome
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
  • 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
Location Type:
  • City Centre
Theme:
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Sports & Activities
  • Tourist Attractions
General:
  • Air Conditioning
  • 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
  • - 1 large double bed
  • 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
  • eco tourism
  • 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:
  • cycling
  • golf
  • tennis

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Exceptional! 5/5 -
(16 traveller reviews)

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average rating of 5.0 based on 16 reviews
5

A special place to stay in Florence

  • 5 of 5

There are so many good things to say about our our stay for nine nights at the apartment ‘the Sphinx of the Secret Garden’.

First of all our hosts Antonella and Stefano were absolutely charming. We were welcomed with fresh strawberries, chocolates and red and white wine and some suggestions on places to visit including an excellent list of restaurants many of which we really enjoyed visiting.

The apartment is small but very comfortable and the garden lovely to enjoy breakfast and an evening drink. The location is excellent within easy walking distance of the main attractions and with plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops close at hand.

If you have time try to fit in visits to Sienna and Lucca, both beautiful and easily reached by train.

A wonderful holiday. Many thanks to our hosts who could not have been more helpful.

  • Review Submitted: 14/04/2018
  • Date of Stay: March 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Fantastic accommodation!!

  • 5 of 5

I really can't rate our stay high enough! We stayed in the 'secret garden apartment' for 8 nights. It was a brilliant location right in the heart of Florence with everything right on your doorstep.

The apartment itself came with everything needed and even our own private garden. It's modern and very tastefully decorated and has a very comfy bed!

The owners were also fantastic, they were very accommodating even when our flight was very very delayed. They also gave us loads of information and recommendations for the city.

We loved our trip to Florence and will definitely be back to stay in the 'secret garden apartment' in the future

Thank you so much 😊?

  • Review Submitted: 26/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Gem in great neighbourhood!

  • 5 of 5

Antonella and Stephano were wonderful welcoming hosts. Very helpful with restaurant suggestions. The location is great. Close walking to everywhere we wanted to go but away from the densely packed tourist areas. Lots of good restaurants steps away. The Garden of the Sphinx was perfect for us. The garden was a little island of calm, quiet at night and in an historic building. Roomy, with newly renovated bathroom and shower. Charming. We would stay there again next time for sure!

  • Review Submitted: 10/10/2017
  • Date of Stay: October 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Great Host, Great Property, & Great location!

  • 5 of 5

We could not have asked for a better stay. Stefano met us at the apartment when we arrived to answer any questions we had and offer a few suggestions about things to do and places to eat (all of his suggestions were excellent)! He provided us with a map and told us to call if we had any questions. The apartment was quiet, even though we were in a very active section of the city. The private garden was a nice place to enjoy the bottle of wine that he left for us. This apartment is located so that it is an easy walk to just about everything you would want to see in Florence. We would love to stay there again.

  • Review Submitted: 25/09/2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 04/07/2017
  • Date of Stay: June 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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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: 23/06/2017
  • Date of Stay: May 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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