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...
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.
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.
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