Cosimo di Giovanni de’ Medici, also called Cosimo il Vecchio, who was born in 1389, was the first Medici to govern Florence during much of the Italian Renaissance and the Medici political dynasty. Apart from being the governor of the Florentine Republic, he was also a great patron of intellectuals and artists and the generator of tremendous wealth at the beginning of the fourteenth century. The Cosimo apartment space was originally the part of the medieval townhouse that was used as the kitchen. In this era, the kitchen always had to be at the top of buildings because of the fire risk posed by cooking over open flames in fireplaces.
The Cosimo il Vecchio apartment is 63 square meters and is situated on the second floor. Entering the apartment, the first thing you see is a round dining table illuminated by a skylight installed in the high ceilings. In the hallway leading to the rest of the apartment is a well-equipped kitchen. From there, you walk into a spacious living room with a very comfortable Italian double sofa bed and two large windows. The master bedroom with a double bed lies right around the corner and has a bathroom with shower. Up a wooden staircase from the living room there is also a mezzanine floor with two single beds and a windowed bathroom with a tub. This apartment has retained a touch of its ancient atmosphere and is comfortably furnished with a mix of antique and modern pieces. It is perfect for a family of four to six, or a group of friends.