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FLORENCE and DUOMO from a MEDIEVAL TOWER Apartment 1.TERRACE 2.LOGGIA 3.GARDEN - 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 25

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 26 to 38

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 39 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 an hour
Response rate
100%
Calendar last updated:
21 June, 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.

Tanto nomini nullum par elogium!

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Notes

Please take note that the rates do not include final cleaning: € 50 upon arrival.


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
  • FINAL CLEANING: € 50 upon arrival (check-in)
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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average rating of 5.0 based on 20 reviews
5

Perfect home away from home

  • 5 of 5

This is such a lovely, small apartment, perfect for my husband and I to explore Florence for 9 days. It’s a short walk to the main city center, shopping and museums. Restaurants and cafes are literally out your front door. Antonella & Stephanie were gracious hosts warmly greeting us with plenty of recommendations of where to go and what to do & see. Our only issue was upstairs noisy neighbors that they took care of and some loud music from a local bar/club on the weekends, but nothing that ear plugs didn’t take care of. We will definitely be back!!

  • Review Submitted: 22/06/2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

A lovely small Gem! Sphinx of the Secret Garden

  • 5 of 5

I had a great stay in the Sphinx of the Secret Garden apartment. Small and elegant, and with this lovely garden to look out on and use! Antonella and her spouse were lovely and had great restaurant suggestions - nearby and delicious - I tried several of the recommendations! Traveling on my own - I felt safe and comfortable and the location is perfect for eating out and night life and close to all you might want to see in Florence. I highly recommend for 1-2 people, cooking options are limited, but I came to Florence to eat great food - that I did not have to cook! The Prosecco, and Strawberries were a lovely treat at check in.

  • Review Submitted: 18/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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5

Heaven in Florence!!

  • 5 of 5

Wonderful location. Walk to everything. Antonella and Stefano are great hosts! They took the time to personally greet us and had Proseco and Strawberries waiting for us. Apartment is lovely!!! Recommend for a nice couples get away. Ciao !!!

  • Review Submitted: 12/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: May 2018
  • Source: HomeAway
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5

Wonderful and charming

  • 5 of 5

Great little apartment in a fabulous location. Wonderful hosts who helped us in every way. Just need to figure out which doorbell to ring on arrival.

  • Review Submitted: 08/05/2018
  • Date of Stay: April 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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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
Owner's Response: Dear Robert and Shirley, to have met so nice and full of interest people like you and your wife is the best reward of our job. Thank you for your beautiful words and, please, come back again! Antonella e Stefano
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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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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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