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Accommodation in Florence

Palazzo Belle Donne - La Traviata

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The bell tower of Santa Maria Novella is visible from the windows of this accommodation in Florence. Spend your days exploring central Florence's winding streets on foot, and come home at night to a Florence rental apartment decorated with fascinating trompe l'oeil and cook your own meals with fresh food from the market.

Location Description

This Florence accommodation is one of several apartments in an elegant building located on a street called via delle Belledonne, close to the Duomo in Florence. Near this Florence vacation accommodation, one can find a baker, butcher, green grocer, coffee and pastry shops, hairdresser, dry cleaner, and a plethora of excellent restaurants. Don't miss the Profumeria Farmaceutica on via della Scala!

Nearby Attractions: The area around the Basilica di Santa Maria dei Fiore, commonly referred to as The “Duomo,” is considered the historic center of the city. From here it is possible to walk north to the San Lorenzo Church, the San Lorenzo outdoor market (where you can find all manner of clothing, shoes and bags,) as well as the not-to-be-missed Mercado Centrale, with its mouthwatering displays of food items. West and north is the train station and the Santa Maris Novella Church. While in this area, it is worthwhile to visit the Officina di Santa Maria Novella… the potpourri perfume will guide you. To the south are the Piazza della Signoria, the political center of Renaissance, the Uffizi Gallery, the Orsanmichele Church, the Casa di Dante, the Badia Fiorentina, and the Ponte Vecchio. Along the way are shops galore! One very interesting place is visit that is southwest of the Duomo, is the Palazzo Davanzati, a beautiful home with period furnishings, originally built in the 14th century. After years of renovation, it is finally open!

Pisa: 98 km/61 mi
Siena: 70.4 km/44 mi
Duomo: Within walking distance
Uffizi: Within walking distance
Ponte Vecchio: Within walking distance
Exterior Description

This palazzo was constructed during the first half of the 14th century, at a time when Florence had begun to expand beyond the boundaries of the ancient Roman nucleus. It was commissioned by Messer Lapo, a member of the Aldobrandinis - a wealthy family who made their fortune in the spice business. At that time, via delle Belledonne was a main commercial artery leading out of the city - it connected the Mercato Vecchio (market square) and via Strozzi to the Porta del Trebbio, the city door that opens a path to the north. In the 19th century, the palazzo housed several painters' workshops, including that of the celebrated artist Ingres. The artists' need for light is probably the reason why most of the apartments have very large windows.

Interior Description
(72 m2/775 ft2)

Fourth Floor (with lift): This charming two-bedroom apartment has a sitting/dining room with two large windows overlooking the Antinori Garden. There is a two-seater sofa, two armchairs, and a dining table for six. There is a small kitchen equipped with a dishwasher, fridge/freezer, and 4 ring stove; the kitchen has a window. From the sitting/dining room, a semi-spiral staircase leads to a small single bedroom with a sloping, beamed ceiling. Next to the main entrance, some stone steps lead up to a double bedroom with a small terrace. There is a bathroom with tub and handheld showerhead located. A small recess under the roof houses a washing machine. The apartment is decorated with lovely trompe l'oeil decorations.

Features Description

Extra Services: The following are listed as an aid for trip planning; the services and prices are approximate and cannot be guaranteed by Rentvillas. All extra services are payable locally in cash.

  • Housekeeping: 12 Euros per hour
  • Baby Crib and High Chair: Upon request

Please Note:

  • This apartment is located in the same building as La Gioconda, Pagliacci, La Rondine, Estella, Il Trovatore, Tonio, and Rossino.
  • This apartment is not suitable for students.
  • Kitchen towels, bath towels (two sets per person), and bed linens (two sets per bed) are provided. Guests are responsible for washing and changing linens.
  • For stays longer than one week, utliities are charged according to consumption.

Features and Amenities

  • In City
  • Elevator (in Building)
  • Balcony/Terrace
  • Outside Area - Private
  • TV - Local Channels Only
  • Internet - Not Wireless
  • Telephone - Incoming & Outgoing
  • American Coffee Maker
  • Dishwasher
  • Hair Dryer
  • Iron and Board
  • Oven
  • Toaster
  • Washing Machine
  • Air Conditioning - Whole House
  • Heating - Whole House
  • Housekeeping Available - Extra Cost

Property Seasons & Rates (USD)

Date Range Two Weeks Weekly 3 Nights     Min
$3,528 $2,254 $975 3 night
$3,864 $2,646 $1,158 3 night

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Arrival Times

Please note: Official Arrival Times:

  • Sun 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Mon 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Tue 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Wed 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Thu 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Fri 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM
  • Sat 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM

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Q: How would you rate this property with regards to: Location, Bedrooms, Bathroom, Noise, Comfort, Amenities, Extra Costs, and would you stay at this property if you returned to Florence. Thanks, RMH

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Conditions *

Security Deposit

  • Upon arrival at the property you are required to pay to the property representative a security deposit payable in cash. The security deposit will be returned to you prior to your departure minus any extra charges or accidental damages to the property. The listed security deposit is: 500 EUR

Additional Expenses

  • Telephone (If Available): According to consumption
  • Arrival Fee [after 6:00 pm or on a Saturday, Sunday, or Holiday (Epiphany, April 25th, May 1st, June 2nd, June 24th, August 15th, November 1st or December 8th)] Payable in Cash upon Arrival: 50 EUR
  • Arrival Fee (on a holiday such as Christmas, St. Stephen’s Day, New Year's, Easter Sunday, Easter Monday) Payable in Cash upon Arrival: 100 EUR
  • Weekly Rentals:
    Utilities and Final cleaning: Included in the price

Other Notes

  • Heating (in Italy): Allowed by law from November 1 - April 15; some exceptions for extreme weather
  • Tourist Tax (Payable upon Arrival): 1-5 Euros per person per day
  • Extra Services (cook, housekeeping, etc) may be arranged for a non-refundable fee payable to Last minute requests (less than 2 weeks prior to arrival) will be an extra charge. Please inquire for pricing.

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Customer Ratings

  • 4.5 Star Rating Overall
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Based on 3 Reviews

Customer Reviews

Enjoyed Most:
The central and historic location.
Enjoyed Least:
The kitchen was very small. The shower, though it had excellent pressure, didn't release much water.
Surrounding Area:
All of Florence!
Tips or Restaurants:
Definitely go to the mercato centrale, it was one of the things we enjoyed the most during our stay. Also, B. Gallo on the piazza in front of Santa Maria delle Fiore serves the only martini we could find. The best restaurant we ate at was La Giostra by Santa Croce. Expensive, but well worth it, and the owner is quite a character.
Check In Out:
Laura and Maria were both wonderful!

Kristine, July

Enjoyed Most:
1. The proximity of the property to all places of interest. Everything was within walking distance. 2. The trompe-l'oeil decorations on the walls and doors were fascinating. 3. The photographs of the property on your website don't do it justice. 4. Laura and Maria were extremely helpful at all times.
Enjoyed Least:
Once natural daylight had gone it was very dark in all rooms because of insufficient artificial lighting.
Surrounding Area:
1. The proximity of small food shops. 2. The superb quality of the fresh food in the central market. 3. Identifying locations in Florence that were used in the film 'Hannibal'.
Tips or Restaurants:
1. Learn some Italian. 2. Buy your drinking water. 3. Best restaurants - Cantinetta Antinori, 3 minutes away. Expensive but worth it. and Restaurant Aurora, high up in Fiesole - worth the 20 minute bus ride.
We arrived by taxi from Florence airport and were met on the steps of the property by Laura, who gave us a very warm and friendly welcome.
Check In Out:
On check-out, Maria allowed us to leave all our luggage in her office until it was time for us to go to the airport.

David, May

The property was nice and the local agents were very helpful and accommodating. Great service from Rentvillas as well.
Enjoyed Most:
The Italian atmosphere. Enjoyed Least:
The heat wave
Surrounding Area:
Nice neighborhood. Convenient, clean and friendly.
Tips or Restaurants:
Many great restaurants, we enjoyed Il Piccolo Café.