S Croce Tosca

2 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms Sleeps 5 Firenze
  • Enviable top-floor position. Living room, kitchen and bedroom 1 overlook the piazza.
    Enviable top-floor position. Living room, kitchen and bedroom 1 overlook the piazza.
  • Original wood fireplace in the dining area adds character and charm.
    Original wood fireplace in the dining area adds character and charm.
  • Tosca's kitchen is complete. There is room to eat in here as well as in the dining area.
    Tosca's kitchen is complete. There is room to eat in here as well as in the dining area.
  • The view of the activity in the Piazza is enjoyable.
    The view of the activity in the Piazza is enjoyable.
  • The entry hallway with Italian floor tiles leads from the apartment's front door to the living room.
    The entry hallway with Italian floor tiles leads from the apartment's front door to the living room.
  • Large bedroom 1 has an en suite bathroom. A private suite.
    Large bedroom 1 has an en suite bathroom. A private suite.
  • The area facing the piazza is separated with a floor to ceiling glass wall.
    The area facing the piazza is separated with a floor to ceiling glass wall.
  • A charming study where you can catch up on correspondence, or work with a great view of the Piazza.
    A charming study where you can catch up on correspondence, or work with a great view of the Piazza.
  • Spacious bedroom 2 can be organized with one large bed or two separate beds.
    Spacious bedroom 2 can be organized with one large bed or two separate beds.
  • Bathroom 2 with shower.
    Bathroom 2 with shower.
  • Several apartments in this palazzo have a splendid view of the piazza and basilica.
    Several apartments in this palazzo have a splendid view of the piazza and basilica.
  • Imagine staying in this historic palace. The exterior is decorated with colorful frescoes from 1620.
    Imagine staying in this historic palace. The exterior is decorated with colorful frescoes from 1620.
  • The opportunity to stay in the lovely apartments of this palazzo, is an experience of a lifetime.
    The opportunity to stay in the lovely apartments of this palazzo, is an experience of a lifetime.
  • A national monument, it displays rare architecture with the 2nd floor overhanging the ground level.
    A national monument, it displays rare architecture with the 2nd floor overhanging the ground level.
  • Nearby restaurant is known for fine wine selection and good regional menu.
    Nearby restaurant is known for fine wine selection and good regional menu.
  • A little gym for the guests in Palazzo Santa Croce.
    A little gym for the guests in Palazzo Santa Croce.
  • 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.

Observe the daily life of Florence from high in this historic Palazzo, from the entire front of this charming apartment with luminous living room, master bedroom and kitchen, overlooking the Piazza Santa Croce!

This historic palazzo in Piazza Santa Croce contains totally up-to-date apartments in central Florence, Italy. Not only are the furnishings luxurious, the views over the piazza to the handsome medieval church are breathtaking. Each apartment features its own historic atmosphere with Renaissance murals, family heirloom antiques, and talented decorating. Many guests spend the season here, returning year after year.

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" is here; when you rent this apartment, you can see from the office windows. 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 Episode 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 in front of the fireplace.

Interior

Tosca is a really charming two bedroom, two bath apartment on the fourth floor (American designation) of the Palazzo.

The entire front of the apartment, master bedroom, living room and kitchen overlook Piazza Santa Croce, a pleasure in itself as you can observe the daily life of this Florentine neighborhood. Personally, we were enchanted when we had our first simple breakfast at the kitchen table.

The luminous living room is spacious and comfortable and features a sofa bed for one and two armchairs, satellite TV, stereo hi-fi, CD and DVD players. Working fireplace in the dining area. During the winter, guests are provisioned with a starter supply of wood and matches for the fireplace, additional wood available for a reasonable fee.

Master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling clear plexiglass sound dampening wall that separates it from a small sitting room that overlooks the piazza.

Use of the Palazzo private gym included.


Things To Note

Neighborhood: Santa Croce

Size: 1065 sq ft, 100 m2

Sound: Living room & master bedroom overlook lively piazza. Master bedroom has floor-to-ceiling clear plexiglass sound dampening wall that separates it from a small sitting room that overlooks the piazza. Other bedroom overlooks quiet inner courtyard.

Access: Elevator 6 steps up from building entrance.

Utilities/Taxes: Stays longer than 31 nights: utilities are paid as consumed.

Other: Check in 2:00 to 6:30pm.

Room Details

Room Beds Amenities
Bedroom 1 Dual-Extra Wide Queen (1) Dual-extra wide queen (63in x 79in; 160cm x 200cm) which can be separated to form two single beds
Bedroom 2 Single (2) Two single beds (35in x 79in; 90cm x 200cm)
Living Room Foldaway Bed - Single (1) Foldaway bed-single
Bathroom 1 (en suite to Bedroom 1) Combintation bathtub/shower, sink and toilet
Bathroom 2 Shower, sink and toilet

S Croce Tosca Floorplan

    Bathroom

    • Hairdryer

    Connectivity/Entertainment

    • WiFi

    Heating/Cooling

    • Heating
    • A/C

    Kitchen

    • Fully Equipped
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Oven
    • Toaster
    • Refrigerator

    Accessibility

    • 4th Floor North American
    • Elevator

    Laundry

    • Dryer

    Amenities

    • Elevator
    • Air Conditioning
LEAVE A REVIEW
May 3, 2018 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by Katharine Casey
The apartment was perfect for two couples. Each couple had their own separate spaces (both could be closed off completely from the rest of the apartment) which made it seem like there were two apartments in one. It was ideal. The decor felt like we were in the countryside - cozy and welcoming. The location was excellent and we were never 10 minutes away from anything. It was easy to come back to the apartment for a short break (or siesta) on those hot days where we needed refreshment. [Thank you so much Katharine, we are pleased you enjoyed your stay! The Italy Perfect Team]
October 5, 2016 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by Steve & Kay
The accommodations were better than described. We were very pleased to find the apartment to be such a wonderful place in terms of spaciousness, decor, and location. The kitchen was well equipped and the apartment met our needs in every way. We will recommend to our friends and tell them all about it. If they come to Florence, we will let them know that they should stay here. We would rate Tosca a 10, for sure. As to any other comments, the only unusual thing is the requirement to take out the trash upon check out, especially since taking it out involves carrying it a couple of blocks away to the trash dumpster. But, we enjoyed the place so much, we are happy to meet this requirement. Thank you so much. We really did enjoy our stay here and will certainly recommend it to others! [Thanks so much! The Italy Perfect Team]
September 2, 2016 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by Mark & Sandie
The accommodations were wonderful that overlooked the piazza. Even though it was very hot as was expected, we were able to fully enjoy the Florence culture as well as a tour of Tuscany, Sienna, and Pisa.We will certainly recommend Italy Perfect to our family and friends. [Thanks so much, so glad you could eventually make it. The Italy Perfect Team]
July 12, 2016 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by Giovanna M
Our time staying in apartment Santa Croce Tosca was absolutely wonderful. The apartment had everything we needed to cook on our own and the views were amazing. It was incredibly cozy, with an amazing location, and wonderful staff who helped us with any questions we had.
July 31, 2015 - Website

S Croce Tosca 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 17, 2015 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by The M Family
The Santa Croce Tosca is a wonderful, well-located apartment. Much more spacious than expected having traveled in Europe over the years. My guys are well over 6 feet tall, so that was an important factor. We had the beds made into one bed in each of the 2 very spacious bedrooms and they were at least as large an an American king size bed...very comfortable as well. The layout worked well and the apartment was as described and photos were accurate on the Italy Perfect website...actually even a little nicer in person. It was nice to be in a beautiful and historic building with on-site management!! We were greeted in a friendly manner by Francesca and shown around the apartment thoroughly with lots of instruction. There was a problem with the air conditioning for the first several days. Unfortunately it had been shut off at the unit in the back bedroom beside the washer/dryer. The housekeeper was called who immediately identified and corrected the problem with the push of a button. Much cooler after that! There was a very loud event in the Piazza one weekend during daytime hours (which we were out and about most of the time anyway) and some other "partying" noise at night mainly on the weekends. But you are looking directly onto a very large Piazza, so to be expected. The glass partition between the master bedroom and the windows looking onto the Piazza was a very wise decision and helps to block out much of the noise. The back bedroom is very quiet. It was really nice to be able to have the apartment as a "base of operation" so we could easily take day trips and side trips without dragging lots of luggage around and we had a "home" to come back to afterwards. There's also a little more of a feeling of being a part of things rather than going from hotel to hotel. One thing I might have changed (other than the air conditioning problem in the beginning) is the time of year we traveled (May). It was very crowded with LOTS of groups of tourists and vendors trying to sell things constantly. I think I'd choose April or October if we were to make the trip again. We loved hiking up to the Piazzale Michaelangelo and the monastery nearby (incredible views). Not so many tourists at the beautiful monastery! Consider trying Il Bussola Ristorante...our favorite! We took wonderful side trips to Anacapri (top of the Isle of Capri) and San Quirico d'Orcia, well out into the Tuscany countryside. Also a lovely day trip to Fiesole. WONDERFUL!! Pat with Italy Perfect was great to work with and very helpful! I really appreciated not being negatively surprised when we entered the apartment. It was very much as represented. Upon IP's recommendation, we worked with guide, Veronica Ranucci, who was knowledgeable and professional. I have already mentioned Italy Perfect to several friends who asked how we found an apartment in Florence. [What a great review. Thank you so much. The Italy Perfect Team]
October 28, 2013 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by John B.
Our apartment at Santa Croce Tosca was excellent--clean, comfortable, everything as promised. The greeter , Francesca, was very helpful and we enjoyed the party hosted by her mother the Contessa. Our utility costs were quite a bit less than advertised and the WiFi worked well. As you probably know there is considerable noise rising from piazza Santa Croce on Friday and Saturday evenings as it is a gathering spot; but we ran a sound machine (white noise worked best) and really had no problems sleeping on those evenings. It is definitely a good place to stay in Florence and close to everything. Restaurant tip: Francesco Vini , really good in a town full of good places to eat and very close. Yes, I would recommend Italy Perfect to anyone.
August 23, 2013 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by DI
My family of 10 stayed in two apartments in this apartment building. One family of 5 stayed in the S. Croce Tosca. There were three bedrooms, a livingroom/diningroom area . two bathrooms, and a very functional kitchen with a long, rustic, dining table for informal dining. The apartment also had a washer and dryer. Very comfortable after staying in hotels in London and Rome. Visitors should be aware that these apartments are owned by different people, therefore, charges in addition to the rental fee differ. Some will charge for wifi and others will not. You will be charged for utilities, but it was fair. [All of the apartments in this building are owned by the same family. The guest is referring to apartments elsewhere in Florence where another member of her family stayed and that had wifi included in the price. Italy Perfect] Since some of the apartments are occupied by permanent residents, the info sheet asks visitors to be considerate. Children need to be reminded to keep their voices down in the stairways and to step lightly in the apartments. This apartment building is well-situated. There are shops, a market, San Clemente Church [Santa Croce], and outdoor cafes around the palazzo. I appreciated the taxi station a few steps away from the front door. Apartments in the back of the building are quieter because the ones in front face the square. Fun to people watch. Ideal for families with children at least 10 years old. This is strictly an apartment situation with no concierge, restaurant,etc. Italy Perfect was most helpful.
May 17, 2013 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by The Stone Family
The apartment at Santa Croce surpassed our expectations---The square provided a wonderful setting to enjoy the beauty and energy of Florence--the staff in the building provided superior service---The apartment was very comfortable but the elevator was quite small---Having windows above the square provided an outstanding way to see and hear all activity---Having windows look out on the square is a "must."
July 25, 2012 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by Meghan White-Skinner
The location was perfect! Central to everything. Great, hip coffe/bar just steps away. The apartment was spacious with air conditioning in every room (a must when it's 95 degrees). Fully serviceable kitchen which we actually used a couple of nights (food stores just a few blocks away). The property manager was very professional, reminding us that utilities were extra (20 euros a day). I wish she had told us that we had to provide our own toilet paper, however! We ate at a couple of restaurants they suggested --one awesome, one terrible. Parking was super easy. The Piazza Santa Croce was having an event durfing our stay so I don't know the normal level of noise. It is a gathering place. Overall, very happy and we would stay there again. The sofa bed was comfortable. The master bedroom was a great size. The other two bedrooms had no exterior windows (the one window opened onto a pipe) but the kids didn't mind. The beds were comfortable. Plenty of space for 6 people.
April 21, 2012 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by JoAnn
The whole family was happy and comfy in this apartment.
December 29, 2011 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by J. Mitchell
Smooth arrival, good instructions made it easy. Apartment was just as pictured, everything was enjoyable. Liked the views of the piazza from the living roo and kitchen windows. Italy Perfect's good information prepared us for the noise from the piazza at night the the master bedroom gets, not a big problem but could be bothersome if you're a light sleeper. Aside from that we thoroughly enjoyed our stay.
September 23, 2011 - Website

S Croce Tosca Review

by David Lau
The apartment was very well located. We appreciated the good location and the useful information provided in advance from Italy Perfect. This was our third trip to Italy and first time booking with Italy Perfect. We will absolutely book with Italy Perfect again based on their good service. Thanks, David.
July 7, 2008 - Website

S Croce Tosca 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 Tosca 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 Tosca 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.
Duomo (8 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!
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.

Public Transport

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

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