S Croce Belvedere

2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 6 Firenze
  • The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
    The Duomo, the cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore, glows and welcomes you to the City of Flowers.
  • Elegant Piazza Repubblica from the mid-1800s was once the site of the Roman forum and retains the role as a gathering place.
    Elegant Piazza Repubblica from the mid-1800s was once the site of the Roman forum and retains the role as a gathering place.
  • The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
    The Ponte Vecchio has graced the Arno river for 700 years. Fine jewelery shops adorn your stroll.
  • Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
    Piazza Signoria was the heart of Florence during the Renaissance. Everywhere you look find fascinating historical elements.
  • Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
    Shopping in this famous market, called Nuovo (new) from @1700s should end when you rub the snout of the bronzewild boar statue for luck.
  • Primavera, Spring, by Sandro Botticelli
    Primavera, Spring, by Sandro Botticelli
  • Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
    Brunelleschi's Dome crowns this world-famous architecture of the Cathedral, bell tower and baptistry.
  • Beautiful della Robbia ceramics are delightful to find throughout Florence. Watch for della Robbia's.
    Beautiful della Robbia ceramics are delightful to find throughout Florence. Watch for della Robbia's.
  • On the upper floor of the Mercato Centrale is a great food court.
    On the upper floor of the Mercato Centrale is a great food court.
  • Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.
    Florence's skyline much as it has appeared for more than 500 years -- beckoning with timeless landmarks.

With the Piazza Santa Croce outside your door, the Belvedere welcomes you with comfort and a sunny terrace to relax and enjoy cocktails at sunset as you hear the church bells toll throughout the city.

Location

Conveniently located in the heart of the historical center of Florence, in Piazza Santa Croce, the palazzo is a landmark Renaissance Palazzo, and one of the few left in the historic center of Florence with a dramatic frescoed facade.

During late May thru late June there is noise in the piazza related to the Calico Storico, historic soccer matches. Late May is bleacher set up, June is practices and matches. If you can catch any of the play-offs (dates not advised in advance) or the final on June 24th, you'll get a lifetime treat and the "best seat in the house". We were astounded when we watched a game from this palazzo. For more information look up Calcio Storico on YouTube or Netflix Home Game series Episole 1.

Exterior

Many people passing through Piazza Santa Croce notice Giovanni di Ser Giovanni`s 1620 frescoes on the overhanging facade this handsome building, but few realize they can actually stay here. The 16th-century palazzo is owned by the gracious Contessa who rents out truly spacious apartments to anyone who has ever dreamed of lying in bed near a roaring fire under a 17th-century frescoed ceiling or sipping tea in a living room surrounded by trompe d`oeil Roman ruins with a 16th-century wood ceiling above.

Interior

On the fourth floor (American designation) with elevator up 3 steps from main entrance.

Elegant living/dining room with pull-out sofa bed for two and French door leading to terrace. Sunny terrace with southern exposure, overlooking the large inner courtyard and rooftops.

Fully equipped kitchen.

Use of the Palazzo private small gym included.


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Santa Croce

Size: 1150 sq ft, 110 m2

Sound: Bedrooms overlook quiet inner courtyards.

Access: Elevator 6 steps up from building entrance.

Other: Stays longer than 31 nights: utilities are paid as consumed.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom 1 Extra Wide Queen (1) Extra wide queen bed (63in x 79in; 160cm x 200cm)
Bedroom 2 Single (2) Two single beds (31in x 75in; 80cm x 190cm) that can be pushed together to form an extra wide queen bed
Living room Foldaway Bed - Double (1) Foldaway bed-double
Bathroom 1 Bathtub (handheld showerhead), sink and toilet
Bathroom 2 (en suite to Bedroom 2) Shower, sink, and toilet

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi
    • TV - Limited English Programs
    • Gym

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Coffee Maker
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Stovetop
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    Accessibility

    • 4th Floor North American
    • Elevator

    Kid/Family Friendly

    • High Chair
    • Travel Crib

    Laundry

    • Dryer
    • Washer

    Outdoor

    • Terrace

    Special Features

    • Balcony/Terrace

    Amenities

    • Elevator
    • Air Conditioning
LEAVE A REVIEW
September 29, 2019 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Tony C
The Belvedere apartment in Florence far exceeded our expectations. The apartment was very clean, well stocked and comfortable. Despite being right on the Palazzo Santa Croce, with all of its bustle, the apartment was extremely quiet. The location was great and we took full advantage of your two recommendations, the wonderful little restaurant right next door and the great pastry shop across the Palazzo. It was a perfect location for exploring Florence. The four of us are in our late 70's/early 80's and this apartment was perfect for our needs. We loved it. [We are thrilled that you enjoyed your stay! We look forward to working with you again! The Italy Perfect Team]
May 21, 2018 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Rick
The Belvidere on Piazza Santa Croce was the perfect location for walking to all the sites of Florence. Being an apartment that was not facing the Piazza provided a quieter stay, and a lovely deck to enjoy wine, cheese and bread. Accomodations were excellent, and the facilities were very good. All in all, a great 4 weeks in Italy! Italy Perfect was a great find. [Thank you so much for your kind review.]
October 17, 2016 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Catherine Varnau
The accommodations were very comfortable in every way. We appreciated the additional roll-away bed. All 6 of us were very comfortable with the sleeping arrangements. The kitchen was very well-stocked. We appreciated the American coffee maker very much! The location was terrific - close to everything. An easy walk to the main sites, Arno River, etc.We found it impossible to get a taxi in Florence (!!)We found the Hop On, Hop Off bus useful because it stopped nearby. It would be nice to include a map of the bus routes in the apartment since it seems that a lot of them go close to the apartment. No real restaurant recommendations. There was a nice list in the apartment and all of our meals were wonderful. We appreciate all the help and support given to us by Italy Perfect! [Thank you Catherine! Please come again. The Italy Perfect Team]
July 12, 2016 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Giovanna M
Our time staying at Palazzo Antellesi and at Santa Croce Belvedere was amazing. We had a large family group so having two apartments on the same floor was incredibly useful. We felt safe in the location and the apartment was well furnished and when you envision italian homes this was exactly what we thought. This was our second time staying at Palazzo Antellesi and we would do so again in a heartbeat.
June 11, 2016 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Helen
This charming apartment was perfect for our family of four! Centrally located off Piazza Santa Croce, we walked everywhere and returned at the end of each day to our "home away from home". Good restaurants close by (Boccadama and Osteria de Benci) and the Santa Croce Church is truly impressive with its tombs and frescoes. We would not hesitate to return to this apartment and highly recommend Italy Perfect.Thanks to Pat and Lisa for providing such a warm and welcoming accommodation and for being such a great resource of information!
May 18, 2016 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Jann
The central location of Palazzo Santa Croce can't be beat! And the history surrounding the building and the frescoes is so interesting! We originally booked Santa Croce Paradiso but, since my husband is a very light sleeper, found that the revelers in the Piazza were too boisterous for us to sleep well. We approached the managers - as well as copying Pat on our email - and they could NOT have been more lovely or helpful in providing us with an alternative. We moved to the Belvedere and were thrilled with it! It doesn't look over the Piazza, which was just fine with us, but it has a southerly facing terrace and was extremely quiet. Not to mention darling! Love the colors. With 2 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, the apartment has everything one needs for a lovely holiday. It was clean and well appointed. And the appliances all worked well. It's clear the owners manage this building with great care. The restaurant directly downstairs, Boccadama, is pretty good and the workers are extremely pleasant. One night we ordered pizza from them and they let us take the dishes up to our terrace so we could dine privately - we just had to return everything the next day! Also, Boutique Nadine was a great little find. And Osteria dei Benci is fantastic at lunch. I would definitley recommend Italy Perfect! Pat was a complete joy to work with! [Thank you so much, Jann. It was great to work with you! The Italy Perfect Team]
November 24, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Benedicte Valentiner
On the advice of two friends who rented an apartment in Firenze through Italy Perfect in 2013 I did the same for October 2015. For four weeks I stayed in the Palazzo Santa Croce in Firenze in a beautiful apartment on the third floor with a charming sitting room, large southern exposed terrace, small but superb kitchen, two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The owners of the Palazzo had left nothing to chance; everything was perfect, nothing was missing. It was a joy to return to such lovely surroundings every day. Danish and Scottish friends came to stay, and whether we ate out or in, all was most enjoyable. The location was right on Piazza Santa Croce, within walking distance of everything.I am already planning for my next Italian visit through Italy Perfect. [It was a pleasure to work with you, Benedicte. The Italy Perfect Team]
August 16, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Mary
When we rented the apartment in Florence we had no idea just how much it would enhance our stay. Each day we returned to our HOME with appetizers in hand. Then we would sit on our private terrace, enjoying wonderful italian cheeses and wine while discussing our day. We were traveling with 2 twenty year olds and had we all returned to separate hotel rooms our experience would not have been shared or enjoyed nearly as much. We will travel this way from now on. [Thank you so much, Mary. Your appetizers on the terrace sound delicious. Nice to enjoy with your 20 year olds rather than be separated. Please come again! The Italy Perfect Team]
July 31, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Lori
We had a wonderful stay in Florence. This apartment is very spacious and comfortable. The location was great. Our greeter was very helpful. Would highly fecommend this apartment for families. The restaurant right next door was very good and very friendly. Thanks Italy Perfect for the wonderful stay. Would definitely recommend them to friends. [Thank you so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
July 31, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by M
The location couldn't be better. Plenty of room for all five of us. Plus everyone had there own bath plus air conditioner in all rooms. Host were very accommodating and answered all questions. Only one flaw kitchen needed a few more items (soap for dishes and surfaces). Our six days couldn't have been better. [We are delighted your stay was so nice. The Italy Perfect team]
June 4, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Carol
Our apartment was very comfortable, quiet, clean, and well equipped. It was located in a historic palazzo turned into apartments on the Piazza Santa Croce. Our interests were in history, art, and architecture so the location was perfect. We were able to walk everywhere and even manage one of our party in a wheelchair. There is a "super" market a few blocks away for anything from staples to fine wine. We ate well everyday in a restaurant near our morning excursions, so all over the historic area. Food was great everywhere. Our travel companions are world-class consumers of gelato and give world-class honors to the small gelateria around the corner, facing the convent associated with Santa Croce. The folks at Italy Perfect were very helpful. And, yes, I would certainly seek them out again and recommend them to friends.
May 22, 2015 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by C.W.
We want to thank you and Italy Perfect for helping us to plan a wonderful week in Florence. The Belvedere was a lovely apartment, comfortable and well equipped. Both Francesca and Cecile were lovely and helpful. We did have a delightful time and are sorry to leave.
July 18, 2013 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Gail
Wonderful stays in both Venice and Florence.
April 10, 2012 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Pauline
If I could move permanently to Florence this would be my dream apartment. This was our second stay at Belvedere. If you like the looks of it, don't hesitate to book it, it's a nice apartment. Thank you Lisa for all your help and useful information. Hope to come back again soon.
March 5, 2012 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by J. Fordam
Super stay, great location. Had such a good time visiting our daughter who is studying in Florence for the semester. We could not have been happier with our choice of this apartment.
January 8, 2012 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Nancy and James
We have many wonderful memories of our recent stay at the Belvedere apartment. It suited our family very well, found some great restaurants in the area, there is a handy small supermarket close by too. Thank for the private tour guide tips and Marco the recommended private driver was so nice.
October 19, 2011 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Rose P.
A marvelous stay at the Belvedere apartment. Gorgeous views, food, weather! Very good location, accommodations were perfect for our stay.
July 7, 2008 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Jennifer Z
Oh my gosh, the trip was the most beautiful experience we could have asked for. Wonderful!!! Thank you for your services! I would go back tonight if I had the chance. The Medici Apartment in Florence is simply the most beautiful apartment in the world. Perfect for our big group. Stately and palatial, with every accommodation we could want. Huge windows open onto the square where excitement and life take place before your eyes. Felt like living in a Renaissance Palace!!! Renee, who manages the Pallazzo, was so wonderful and kind and warm. We most enjoyed the sights, the activity on the Piazza, the local cafes in the Ambrogio (sp?) neighborhood, the art, the palatial, restful apartment. The art, the art, the art! Noise was an issue but we got a system down of using the air conditioners and fans at night to drown out the partying on the square. It turned out fine and we got used to the system of windows closed and white noise on. No other drawbacks or problems at all - everything was truly perfect. The noise wouldn't have bothered us if we didn't have to be up in the AM with the kids, if we could have slept late like the locals it would have been fine. perfect, the perfect location - walked everywhere and best gellati in the world was only two blocks away. the Medici Apartment is right in the middle of things - the ONLY place to stay in Florence is what we all decided. The Ambrogio neighborhood was perfect, very authentic and no tourists, The Standa market was perfect - we went there daily to get food to cook in our apartment every night. We ate out only once and enjoyed great dinners around the huge dining room table. The leather school behind Santa Croce was wonderful! Tips: Try to live like a local, get off the beaten path, book museum tickets ahead of time from home to avoid lines. Your service was wonderful and thorough and helpful in every way. Seriously.
June 30, 2005 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Trina G
We rented two apartments in Palazzo Santa Croce from July 2nd to the 16th and spent 6 weeks in Italy overall. It was a marvelous trip and we have returned highly recommending staying in apartments to our friends. We loved and would certainly return to apartments in Florence, particularly Miravista which was light and lovely, and had the wonderful terrace.
April 30, 2005 - Website

S Croce Belvedere Review

by Richard E
The Palazzo Santa Croce was the perfect base for our daily wanderings through Florence. Donatello was grand and more than large enough for the four of us.

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Things to See & Do

Piazza della Signoria (7 mins Walking)
Center of power of Florence since ancient times with the David statue by the Palazzo Vecchio, the ancient seat of government, and the loggia of dramatic statues each of which has a story about politics and power. Imagine the Bonfires of the Vanities here and the triumphal return of the Medici.
Uffizi Gallery (7 mins Walking)
One of the greatest museums in the world. The defining collection of Renaissance art. A tour is recommended.
Ponte Vecchio (12 mins Walking)
Awesome ancient bridge over Florence's Arno river that has survived 800 years. Famous for the shops of goldsmiths along its length.
Duomo (15 mins Walking)
Florence's famous and glorious cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore, beautiful to gaze at since the 1300s. Don't miss and, if you can, read about -- then visit the amazing dome by Brunelleschi erected without scaffolding!

Public Transport

Santa Maria Novella Train Station (20 via Taxi mins Walking)
Florence's main train station

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