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Ariosto Apartment

Tuscany - Florence

Florence never ceases to amaze. As Stendhal once said, it is the town of subtle allure, where the importance of its most famous masterpieces never decreases. It has provided inspiration for poets and artists and continues to amaze for the gentle beauty of its views.

Number of beds: 2
Bedrooms: 1

Amenities *:
ADSL Wi-Fi Internet
Air Conditioning
City Views
Daily cleaning
DVD Player
Hi-FI System
Satellite TV
Washing machine

* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.

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Florence Airport 6,7 km San Gimignano 52,7 km Lucca 74,0 km Siena 75,6 km Arezzo 78,2 km Pisa 85,7 km

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Ariosto Apartment - Florence

1 Bedroom - 1 Sofa-bed

Palazzo Belledonne was built during the first half of the Fourteenth century and precisely at a time in which Florence began to expand beyond the boundaries of the ancient roman nucleus. The Palace was commissioned by Messer Lapo a member of the wealthy Belledonne family who had made their fortune in the commerce of spices.


Via delle Belle Donne was at that time an important road which connected the Mercato Vecchio (old market square) and Via Strozzi, to the Porta del Trebbio, the city door that led out towards the north. Although the family was already very wealthy, they were still greatly tied to trade and so they chose this location which was the main commercial artery leading out of the city. With the opening of a new bridge, the Ponte Santa Trinità, with its continuation (now Via Tornabuoni), several important palaces were built. The new road gained importance and eventually Via delle Belledonne became a secondary side street. In the Nineteenth century, the palazzo housed several painter workshops and it is known that the celebrated painter Ingres had his studio in one of the apartments.


Ariosto apartmentDescription (83 sq.m. - 2+2 sleeps)

Upon entering there is a short corridor which leads one straight into the impressive dining-living room, with its immensely high coffered ceiling and traditional Tuscan terracotta floor; two very tall studio windows bestow great luminosity on the apartment as well as allowing a privileged view over the beautiful Antinori Palace Gardens. The walls of the living room are elegantly painted in trompe l'oeil to resemble further windows and traditional renaissance geometric patterns.


There are two large sofas (one can pull out to become a double bed) and armchairs all furnished in a colour palette of cream, dusty blues and spice reds. To the far side of the living room is the dining area which seats six and leads into the spacious kitchen with decorative tiling and is complete with all modern amenities. On the opposite side of the living room a door opens onto a brief passage leading into the bedroom.


Along the passage a spacious built-in cabinet with shelves is useful for storage purposes. The bedroom is quiet and cosy with a window looking out onto an internal courtyard. The large double bed (which can be made into twin beds) is covered in an elegant paisley patterned fabric in tones of rich blue as is the bed-stead. There is a pretty cupboard with ample space for hanging clothes. Just beyond the bedroom is an ante-chamber to the bathroom with a washbasin and a curtained closet with further storage. The floor tiles are hand painted green and run through to the bathroom which has a bath-tub with a hand held power-shower and heated towel rails. The apartment has an armoured door, independent central heating, air conditioning, telephone and buzzer, satellite TV, dishwasher, gas stove with four burners, electric oven, fridge, washing machine and comes supplied with two sets of linen. The apartment is served by a lift.

Features *

  • 1 Double bedroom
  • 1 Double sofa bed in the living room
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Fully equipped kitchen with 4 ring gas cooker and oven, fridge and refrigerator, American coffee maker, toaster, dishwasher
  • Washing machine
  • Hair dryer
  • Telephone and hi speed Internet connection
  • LCD Satellite TV
  • Air conditioning and heating
  • On request: DVD player, CD player, microwave, answering machine, baby crib, high chair, weekly / daily cleaning
  • Elevator

* Please note: the included amenities may vary according to final agreement, make sure to check your contract for complete list.
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