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Florence
 
 

While you are exploring all the treasures that this city has to offer, you must find time to take a stroll along the Arno, passing over the Ponte Vecchio and stopping in the antique stores that nestle along both sides of the bridge. And of course, a break at a sidewalk café to people watch is necessary at least once a day.

This is a compact city, filled with 30% of the world's greatest masterpieces, yet it will only take you thirty minutes to walk from one end of the city to the other.

We invite you to take a look at our apartments which are located in the following areas of Florence...




 
 

Oltrarno
Literally meaning "Over the Arno" This is a quiet area of studios and workshops, and is the most preserved; probably because until 1550 it was considered the working class area. You'll find small family restaurants and charming renaissance period houses that add to the neighborhood feel. These tiny streets weave like a maze through the area, leading up to the Palazzo Pitti and Brunelleshchi's Santo Spirito which houses what is believed to be a wooden crucifix attributed to Michelangelo.

Duomo
This is an area rich in art, history and architecture. Every where you look is a reminder from the Renaissance era. The magnificent church of Santa Maria del Fiore, better know as the Duomo, dominates this area. A few minutes from here is the re-creation of Dante's home, the parish church of Santa Margherita de'Cerchi, Palazzo Medici-Riccardi, the Medici Chapel, and the world's oldest art school ~ The Accademia de Belle Arti which was founded by Michaelangelo in 1563.

Santa Croce
The Palazzo Vecchio is still Florence's town hall. Built in 1322, its bell was used to warn residents of enemy attacks or other assaults on the city. At the Gothic church of Santa Croce, you will find the tombs of many great Florentines and non-Florentines including Michaelangelo, Machiavelli and Galileo. The Uffizi Place is the oldest art gallery in the world. Originally built as offices for Duke Cosimo I in 1580 but turned into an art gallery to house the Medici family art treasures. The Medici art collection was donated to the city of Florence under the condition it was never to be divided. We are all grateful for that stipulation.

 

 

 


   
 
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