Happy Mother’s Day!
This Sunday in Italy we will celebrate Mother’s Day or more commonly known here as the Festa della Mamma! We at Palazzo Belfiore Apartments in Florence would like to wish all of the ‘belle Mamme’ a very Happy Mother’s Day.
Mother’s day in Italy was first celebrated in 1957 by Don Otello, a priest from the village of Tordibetto in Assisi. This day has now become part of our calendar and, as in many other countries, is celebrated on the second Sunday of May.
We all know how important ‘La Mamma’ is in Italy! In fact, Italy is a country where children (or should we say young adults) remain living with their parents for much longer than their peers in other parts of the world. The Mamma plays such an important role here and even with the evolution of the working woman, the Mamma is the glue that holds the whole family together. And it doesn’t stop when she becomes a Nonna either! The Italian Nonna usually becomes the child-care for the new generation of working mums!
We couldn’t think of a better city than Florence to celebrate this special day with your mother! It’s the perfect time to visit the many gardens that are in full bloom such as the Giardini Boboli, Bardini and Giardino delle Rose. After a wander around the gardens, express your love and thanks by taking your mother out for a brunch in one of the many well-known restaurants in the city so that she doesn’t have to cook for the family on this day dedicated to her. Take a relaxed passeggiata through centro, or visit an exhibition in one of the many galleries that Florence is famous for.
However you decide to spend Mother’s Day, we are sure that if you are in Florence it will certainly be one to remember!
We at Palazzo Belfiore would like to wish all of the Mamme a very Happy Mother’s Day.
The gorgeous photographs featured in this post are from one of the most beautiful Florists in the Oltrarno – Fiorile located at Via di Santo Spirito 26r.
Now is the Time to Visit the Iris Garden!
Winding paths lead you past the many varieties of Iris as well as other blooms and there are also various benches where you can just sit and admire the beauty of this garden where over 150 varieties of Iris are on display. Children will love the garden too as they navigate the many paths and steps that lead through the garden and to the ponds, making for a fun floral adventure. Take note if you are taking a stroller though as you will not be able to acces the whole garden – you can leave it inside the entrance though if needed.
It is incredible how you can be so close to the city and yet feel so totally immersed in the country-side. Scattered among the olive trees, this garden is a beautiful respite from the rush of the city.
I would suggest going in the morning before the garden fills up with too many people.
OPEN UNTIL THE 20TH MAY – Piazzale Michelangelo
Monday – Friday : 10.00 – 13.00 | 15.00 – 19.30 Saturday – Sunday : 10.00 – 19.30
Last entrance half an hour before closing.
ENTRANCE to the GARDEN is FREE
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VIA ROMANA IN FIORE
A Fun Floral Outdoor Festival in Florence
Take a stroll down Via Romana this Sunday 6th May and enjoy a local street festival filled with lots of entertainment for the whole family! The whole street will be decorated with flowers and overflowng with music, theatre, street art, photographic displays and even soccer tournaments!
From 3:00-7:00pm you can visit the secret wonder that is Giardino Corsi at number 38 of Via Romana. Normally closed to the public this private garden is not to be missed.
All residents and stores in Via Romana will take part in the competition, ‘Out of the Flowers’ which aims to involve all residents to landscape the road and so everyone will be out to show their best floral contribution! It was a huge success last year and so we are expecting bigger and better things from Via Romana in Fiore this year!
Palazzo Belfiore, once the Residence of a fourteenth century family, is situated in the historic heart of Florence near Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Pitti, Boboli Gardens and Santo Spirito church in a quiet area in of the most characteristic quarters of the historic center that is rich in handicraft workshops, antique shops and traditional restaurants, and which offers an ideal base from which to explore the city and also breathe in the Renaissance atmosphere.At Palazzo Belfiore, we give our guests the unique chance to enjoy feeling at home in Florence, and each of our apartments is designed to offer the welcoming comforts of home in a warm and cozy atmosphere where we take pride in devoting ourselves to personally welcoming you and connecting you with our local favorites (from eateries to amazing experiences), all with the aim of allowing you to live your experience in Florence in affordable modern luxury situated in a medieval building in heart of the city that gave birth to the Renaissance.
Welcome to Your Home Away from Home in Florence. Each one of Palazzo Belfiore’s apartments’ names take their inspiration from a famous Florentine of the past whose story infuses today’s city life with rich heritage. Palazzo Belfiore, Vacation in Florence .
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Francesco de’ Medici was the Grand Duke of Tuscany in 1574. He married the Venetian noblewoman Bianca Cappello, who was widely known to have been his lover for many years during his first marriage.
This beautiful apartment on the ground floor is an ample 54 square meters and offers access for the disabled. It has a spacious living area and dining room with a well-equipped kitchen, a king sized bed (or two single beds by request) and a comfortable Italian sofa bed (which can sleep 2). The large bathroom offers a folding shower seat option for disabled needs. The Francesco de’Medici apartment is perfect for single travelers, those who use wheelchairs or prefer to avoid stairs, and couples with young children. Upon request, we can gladly provide a baby bed for the apartment. As in all of Palazzo Belfiore’s apartments, the Francesco de’ Medici apartment has a fully equipped kitchenette with gas stovetop, microwave, oven, Italian coffee maker and other appliances are available upon request.
The space boasts a single large arched window that reaches from floor to ceiling and two smaller windows which let in abundant light to the spacious apartment. Originally, in the 14th century, this part of the Palazzo was a market space open to the street where the family in residence sold the goods they produced.
No. of Beds 2 + sofabed kingsize.
The rate is for the apartment per night per n. 2 guests – in case of use of sofabed for extra guests € 25,00 per night to be added.
Clarice Orsini was a Roman noblewoman and the bride of Lorenzo il Magnifico. This beautiful 80 square meter apartment is situated on the first floor. Because the first floor used to be the living area of the family in residence during the Medieval period, the walls were covered with beautiful frescoes during that time which are partially visible today, and they add to the historic ambiance for any guest at the Palazzo.
The Clarice apartment has an elegant and spacious sitting room with a comfortable sofa that doubles as an and easy-to-use double bed, and two armchairs and a coffee table. It also has a handy kitchenette which is tucked behind wooden doors, and a dining table for eating in. Going further into the apartment, you reach the beautiful master bedroom with its two large windows. Adjacent to the bedroom there is a windowed bathroom with a bathtub and a also a washing machine. Through a small door off of the living room up some narrow steps you reach a second bedroom (we like to call it the “secret room”) with two single beds (or, by request, one double bed) and a second bathroom with shower. This little bedroom has a window which looks out onto a courtyard and is particularly quiet. This apartment is especially suitable for a family of up to four. Young children will especially like the “secret room” on the second floor. The Clarice apartment is particularly unique because of its perfect harmony of ancient style and modern furnishings and comfort.
No. of Beds 4 + sofabed kingsize.
The rate is for the apartment per night per n. 4 guests – in case of use of sofabed for extra guests € 25,00 per night to be added.
Just a few steps from Palazzo Belfiore in an 14th Century ex-convent just next to Ponte Vecchio and Palazzo Pitti, we have the privilege of offering this quaint apartment named after Anna Maria Luisa de’ Medici: Electress Palatine and last scion of the House of Medici. A patron of the arts, she bequeathed the Medici’s large art collection, including the contents of the Uffizi Museum, Palazzo Pitti and all of the Medicean villas, and her Palatine treasures, all of which she inherited upon her brother Gian Gastone’s death in 1737, to the Tuscan state on the condition that no part of it could be removed from “the Capital of the grand ducal state”, Florence. The apartment bearing her name is a 75 square meter space situated on the ground floor with its own independent entrance and is divided into a ground floor and an upper mezzanine floor.
The ground floor offers a lovely entrance area with a closet and opens into a large sitting and dining room with big windows which allow an incredible amount of light into the apartment. Antique furniture makes the atmosphere very cosy as does an original ceramic stove. The apartment’s sitting room area also offers a comfortable and easy-to-use double sofa bed, and in a separate room you find a fully-equipped kitchen with its own window. The mezzanine holds a sleeping area with one king-size bed (or two single beds upon request), a walk-in closet and a second closet as well as a full bathroom with shower and its own window. This apartment is ideal for couples or two to four co-travelers, and also for families with two or three children.
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.
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.