Caterina de’ Medici was a noblewoman and daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and the French noblewoman Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne, and when she married King Henry II, she became Queen of France from 1547 until 1559 when she married King Henry II. She bore three sons, two of whom died untimely deaths, making her third son King Henry III after the death his two brothers. For a time when her sons where still too young, she ruled France as its regent, and because of this she had extensive, if at times varying, influence in the political life of France.
The apartment that bears her name is situated on the top floor of Palazzo Belfiore and is the largest of all the seven apartments, measuring approximately 100 square meters. Being on the top floor, abundant light comes in through its numerous windows. This ample space offers a quaint hallway and a spacious dining room and also a fully-equipped kitchen with washing machine, microwave oven and a beautiful eighteenth century fireplace. The apartment has a total of three bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers, one of which also has a small window. The master bedroom has a king-sized double bed (or two single beds by request), and the second bedroom is divided into two floors with one bed on each floor. A single bed is up on the mezzanine floor, from where you have a view across the rooftops of Florence to the dome of the nearby Santo Spirito Church. The third bedroom has two single beds (or one double bed by request). Tastefully decorated with a mix of modern and antique furniture, the Caterina de’Medici apartment is a perfect blend of old and new. This apartment is perfect for a big family or a group of friends.
This apartment is named after the Venetian noblewoman Bianca Cappello, who became Grand Duchess of Tuscany in 1574 and wife to Francesco de’ Medici. It is a 33-square meter apartment situated on the ground floor and divided into a bottom floor and an upper wooden mezzanine floor. The mezzanine holds one king-sized bed (or two single beds upon request) and a walk-in closet, all under a beautifully arched ceiling, and its walls are decorated with authentic 14th century frescoes. The ground floor offers a fully-equipped kitchen, a comfortable and easy-to-use double sofa bed and a bathroom with shower and small window. Large arched windows in the main room reach from the floor to the ceiling and allow in abundant light, making the apartment a wonderful and cozy place to call home. This apartment is ideal for couples or two co-travelers, but also for families with two to three children.
Originally, in the fourteenth century, this space was the entrance foyer of this typical medieval townhouse and was more recently, up until 2000, a local ironsmith’s workshop.
No. of Beds 2 + sofa bed kingsize. The rate is for the apartment per night per n. 2 guests – in case of use of sofa bed for extra guests € 25,00 per night to be
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