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Penthouse Medici

Florence, Firenze

A/C
All rooms have air conditioning with individual climate control. Usage is included in the price.



Breakfast
Included in the price is a breakfast buffet served at the hotel that manages the apartment, located a short walk away. The buffet is served from 7-11 am and among the many items are: bacon, eggs, pancakes with maple syrup and US coffee.



Cleaning
Light housekeeping with a two hour minimum per visit may be arranged. This service is paid on-site in Euro.



Closest Airports
TransAtlantic: Rome Leonardo da Vinci at Fiumicino 3 hours
TransAtlantic: Milan Malpensa 3 hours
National and InterEuropean: Florence Amerigo Vespucci 25 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Pisa Galileo Galilei 75 minutes
National and InterEuropean: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi 80 minutes



Driving Times
Fiesole: 20 minutes: Greve in Chianti: 40; San Gimignano or Montecatini Terme: 50; Siena, Arezzo or Lucca: 60; Pisa, Cortona or Viareggio: 75; Bologna: 80; Perugia: 90; Cinque Terre: 2.5 hours; Rome: 3 hours



Elevator
There are 21 steps to reach the elevator and 9 of these steps are without a handrail. Keep in mind that a luggage porter for arrival and departure is included in the price!



Language Spoken
The Hotel managing the apartment is 300 yards away. The reception staff speaks English.



Internet Access
For those taking along a laptop or an Internet capable device (ie. tablets, smartphones, iPads, iPhones), DSL WiFi is provided. Multiple users within range of the stationery modem have Internet access.



Heat
Winter heating is included in the price.



Interior Décor
Luxury penthouse apartment in a 13th century palazzo. Built on the ruins of a 7th century church, this palazzo was redesigned in 1786 by the famed Florentine architect Bernardo Fallani. The penthouse has been gutted, professionally reconstructed and brought up to date with central heating/air conditioning. Brand new appliances and high quality fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen are combined with classic Florentine art and furnishings.

Interior Amenities: The bathroom offers a huge open Italian shower and is supplied with toiletries, a heated towel rack and a hairdryer.



Intown
This apartment is located within the pedestrian only zone in Florence where cars are restricted.



Kitchen
The galley kitchen features a stove top and large fridge.



Minuses
Residing above one of Florence's busiest piazzas, guests will hear the hustle and bustle of pedestrian fanfare in a tourist city along with the chimes of Palazzo Vecchio's bell tower. Interior wood shutters help dampen the sounds.

The apartment does not have a washing machine or an iron. Laundry service may be arranged with the reception staff.



Steps & Stairs
From the street entrance, 21steps are required to reach the elevator and 9 of them are without a handrail. Luggage porter service is included upon arrival and departure.



Phone
Phone charges are based on the number of message units used and are paid on-site in Euro.



Pluses
Luxury penthouse apartment looking out over one of Italy's most beloved piazzas - the dining room and the bedroom have a front and center view of Palazzo Vecchio and its magnificently illuminated clock tower at nightfall makes for a postcard perfect view.

For those longing to take in one of Italy's most romantic cities, this is the best possible address - the Duomo, the Uffizi gallery, the Ponte Vecchio and all kinds of shopping are reached in 5-10 minutes.

Spacious and beautifully renovated, Penthouse Medici comes with: Air Conditioning, Daily American Breakfast, Luggage Porter service, WiFi and the assistance of an English speaking reception staff.



Road Condition
By foot or taxi. Only taxis are permitted to drop off guests at the entrance since it is a limited traffic zone. The Santa Maria Novella train station is a 15 minute walk away.



TV
Satellite Basic package - A limited number of channels with most of them being Italian. There are one or two news channels in the English language.



Views
The bedroom and dining room picture windows looks directly onto Piazza Signoria with the Palazzo Vecchio and the sculptures of the Loggia dei Lanzi seen front and center. The Palazzo's clock tower sparkles at night.



What's nearby

Day Trip Ideas near this home – Meet true Italian artisans and learn hands-on the secrets of their specialty!

Chianti Wine Salute   A half day wine tour.
Walk Florence & The Uffizi: Private Guide for 1-12 people   A guided tour.
4-Courses in Chianti: A Wine Pairing Lunch   A half day wine tour.
Italy day trips
& cooking tours near your villa.
Nearest shopping and dining: Location! Location! Location! This is Piazza Signoria - the heart of Florence! Just outside the door are several cafes including Caffè Rivoire (be sure to order the chocolate cake), a gelateria, several restaurants and pizzerie. Shops of all kinds abound. A good size supermarket is just across the Ponte Vecchio in 250 yards.

Public transportation: The Santa Maria Novella train station with service to Rome, Milan, Bologna, Napoli, Torino and Genova is half a mile away.

Internet point: The hotel managing the penthouse has a business center with PC and printer available at no charge. It is a 300 yard walk away.

Within walking distance:

    Just outside your door: Palazzo Vecchio - This former home to the Medici family serves as Florence's town hall and houses museum galleries. Beside the palazzo is the outdoor sculpture gallery, Loggia dei Lanzi. Across the piazza is the Gucci Museum.

    200 yards: The Uffizi art galleries and the gold shops of the Ponte Vecchio.

    300 yards: The Bargello sculpture museum housing the largest collection of Renaissance sculpture and several works by Michelangelo in Florence's oldest public building. Around the corner is the 13th century family home of Dante Alighieri which is now a museum depicting his life's work.

    350 yards: Via Tornabuoni, the street housing the high fashion boutiques such as Ferragomo, Gucci, Bvlgari, Fendi and Louis Vuitton.

    400 yards: Via del Calzaiuoli or "street of the shoemakers" runs alongside Piazza Signoria. A 5 minute walk down this street leads directly to Piazza del Duomo.

    600 yards: The Palazzo Pitti, a 15th century Renaissance palace home to the Medici family that now houses art galleries including the Medici collection, a Gallery of Modern Art and museums housing silver, porcelain, costumes and carriages. Behind the Palazzo Pitti are the 16th century Italianate Boboli gardens.

Food markets: The Mercato Centrale in San Lorenzo Square, half a mile away, resembles a small city of food shops under large skylights. The Florentines consider this the best market to shop for fresh ingredients, many of which still come directly from nearby farms. The Sant' Ambrogio market, half a mile away is another market made up of small local purveyors.

Open air leather markets: The Mercato Nuovo is 150 yards away, and the streets leading up the San Lorenzo Mercato are lined with carts selling leather goods.

Interesting day trip: Fiesole, 20 minutes by car or a bus leaves Santa Maria Novella train station every half hour. This important Etruscan settlement (9 BC) has the remains from the original Etruscan walls surrounding the town along with a Roman amphitheatre and Roman baths. The town has a lovely view over Florence and the Villa Medici at Fiesole with a garden is one of the oldest Renaissance villas.



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