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.
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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