Vespucci ApartmentBorg’Ognissanti florence
From €3,500.00 per week
- From €3,500.00 per week
Sleeps 5+2 in 3 bedrooms/2 bathrooms, air-conditioned, with terrace and computer with Internet access — STAFF FAVORITE!
This elegant apartment in the heart of Florence overlooks the Arno and is just one block downstream from the Excelsior and Grand Hotels. From here, it’s just a 5-10 minute walk to the Uffizi, the Duomo, Santa Maria Novella and most of the city’s attractions. Just behind the apartment is the Borg’Ognissanti, one of Florence’s most elegant shopping streets, lines with shops selling antiques, leather and linens.
The main city park, the Cascine, with tennis courts and swimming pools, is ten minutes away. Many of Florence’s most celebrated restaurants are right in the neighborhood; and if you want to cook at home, there are wonderful butchers, bakeries, fruit and vegetable vendors, fishmonger, etc. The main city food market at San Lorenzo is ten minutes’ on foot.
This spacious apartment has more than 2,000 square feet of living space. It is located on the second floor of a 19th century palazzo built in the classical Florentine style. (An unsubstantiated legend has it that the palazzo was built by the maharaja of Kolhapur, who in any case at least visited Florence and died there around 1870.) The building has an elevator. Views include the “Oltrarno” area of the city, where the Pitti Palace is located, as well as Brunelleschi’s Santo Spirito, and beyond, the Belvedere Fortress and the Bellosguardo hill, dotted with ancient villas with olive groves, vineyards, and 600-year-old cypresses. To the left, you can see the palaces lining the Arno and the Ponte Vecchio.
Enter into a foyer (18 x 10 ft.)with a desk and large armoire. In the front of the apartment, three large rooms (living room, dining room and study) overlook the Arno. Rooms have high ceilings, elegant moldings and period furniture. The living and dining rooms have ornate decorative (non-functional) fireplaces. The dining room has a table that seats eight. There is a queen-size sofabed in the living room and a smaller sofabed in the study to sleep additional guests, but the apartment is best for five guests. The kitchen has a small table that seats four and is equipped with a dishwasher and clothes washing machine.
The master bedroom (17 x 16 ft.) has a queen-size bed and faces an interior courtyard that does not have a view but provides cool air in the summer. The second bedroom (11 x 10 ft.) has a double bed and opens onto the covered terrace in the back of the apartment. A small bedroom (7 x 17 ft.) off of the master bedroom has a single bed and a shuttered doorway leading to the covered terrace.
The master bathroom (8 x 17 ft.) has a bath with shower. There is a small bathroom with shower off the second bedroom.
In the back of the apartment there is a very large and attractive covered terrace, which is comfortably furnished. There are air conditioning units in the master bedroom, the second bedroom and the dining room, which can cool the entire apartment. Amenities include satellite TV and computer with DSL Internet access.
Terrace / Alfresco Dining
Walk To Village
Washer / Dryer
Extra Optional Services
Pricing and Availability
|Dates||Guests||Price per week|
|High||June 30 – September 1||7||€3,800.00|
|Low||Rest of year||7||€3,500.00|
* Prices are quoted in Euros and calculated according to the CBA selling rate. Prices are subject to change in AUD due to currency flucuations. (Currency converter)
Price upon request
One week; five nights prorated during low season only, excluding holidays (Saturday arrival required)
Includes Linens, electricity, heat, weekly cleaning
Extras Phone is metered. There will be a weekly charge of €300 per additional person for parties greater than 5. For Sunday arrivals there will be a €100 extra charge.
Security Deposit $500 payable by check to IVV and returned a month after your stay less any damage or unpaid fees.
Toscana - Tuscany
Tuscany is the place we all dream of….The place we want to retire to, and it is that place that will echo in your heart for a life time once you have stayed there and felt the essence of the organic life that passes by there each day.
With fields of sunflowers as far as they eye can see, olive groves and vineyards lining every street corner make Tuscany’s country side a picture worth painting. With its abundance of tiny medieval towns scattered around the hills, open air markets where locals gather each Saturday morning to offer their produce such as Truffle oil, olives, chianti wine, cured meats etc makes Tuscany the perfect place to visit for those that love food, wine and history.
From €3,500.00 per week
Array (  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 9147 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2022-02-23 04:10:53 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-02-23 04:10:53 [post_content] => Just minutes away by car or bus from the historical center, the freshly renovated Villa Duca is set atop one of most prestigious hills of Florence, peacefully surrounded by olive groves, cypress trees, and beautifully manicured gardens. This elegant luxury three-story villa features a picturesque panoramic courtyard with direct views of the Florentine countryside. A glorious boulevard of grand cypress trees leads the guests to this sun-flooded home, perfectly suited for sophisticated living and entertaining 8 BEDROOMS/7 BATHROOMS Ground floor: Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower First floor: Queen bedroom with adjacent private bathroom with shower King/Twin bedroom with private bathroom with shower King/Twin bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower Second floor: King bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with shower King bedroom with walk-in closet and en-suite bathroom with tub King bedroom with original Frescoes ceiling, shared walk-in closet and shared bathroom with shower Queen bedroom with shared walk-in closet and shared bathroom with shower All bedrooms have A/C and all bathrooms are provided with hair-dryers LIVING SPACES Ground floor: A glorious 18-ft high frescoed ceiling living room offers you an unforgettable welcome when you enter Villa Duca. The sun-flooded room features an open wood burning fireplace and three French doors that open onto the terrace with views of the courtyard and the Tuscan countryside. The recent remodeling incorporates vibrant accent colors and contemporary furniture to counterbalance the traditional architecture, and the striped pattern of the chairs and ottoman’s fabric provides striking contrast against the crisp, clean palette of the walls to give the room a fresh contemporary look. This inviting room is provided with a 47” LED TV with Sky satellite channels, two large sitting areas and a generous book library available on the well-stocked bookshelves. Large eat-in kitchen with breakfast table up to 10 people and original frescoed ceiling, equipped with American standard appliances. Separate den adjacent to the kitchen featuring an additional breakfast table for up to 8 people and direct access to the portico with a dining table for up to 16 people facing the front courtyard. Laundry room with washer and dryer completes this floor. First floor: Home office equipped with a large desk area, computer and printer at disposal of the guests. Formal dining room with large oval wooden table and vibrant colored chairs for up to 16 people add warmth against the neutral palette of the walls. Thanks to three big windows and high ceilings the elegant dining room is airy and bright, looking great for any occasion. OUTDOOR FEATURES For outdoor lounging and dining, a furnished portico faces the courtyard featuring a charming oval water fountain. Expansive panoramic garden surrounding the villa, perfect to rest and enjoy relaxing time with family and friends and ideal for children to blow off some steam. Private salt-water heated swimming pool (11 m x 5.5 m) bordered by lush landscaping including flowery plants and fragrant rosemary bushes. Towering cypress and palm trees add privacy and a sliver of shade to this distinctive retreat. The sundeck is completed with comfortable lounges, umbrellas and a dining table for wonderful poolside meals. SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS Enjoy the ultimate luxury at Villa Duca, a meticulously recently renovated property with beautiful views, fresh decor, easy elegance and with an ideal Florence address. Nearest Airport: Florence Peretola 18 min Nearest serviced town: 3 min Nearest major city: Siena 53 min Driving time estimated by Google Maps Famous for its art and architecture, Florence is an obligatory destination for the first-timer visitor of Italy. However, while exploring the historical center is something that cannot be missed, the pristine studded landscapes and the enchanted medieval villages set on the famous Tuscan rolling hills surrounding Florence are well worth a visit. The most famous area to explore is the Chianti, a blessed land that covers a rather large wine-producing region of Tuscany, reaching from Florence to Siena, and all the way out to Pisa. Chianti's must see sights are the wine villages of Castellina, Radda and Gaiole. Along the road visit the Badia di Coltibuono and/or Castello di Brolio and do not forget to pick up some wine to enjoy at the villa! WHERE TO EAT Osteria di Passignano - Set in the middle of the Antinori wine estate…all we can say is: NOT TO BE MISSED! Via Passignano 33, 50028, Tavarnelle Val di Pesa - +39 055 807 1278 Il Padellina - Rustic trattoria serving local cuisine. Come for the steak, stay for the atmosphere. Corso del Popolo 54, Strada in Chianti – +39 055 858388 La Loggia (at Hotel San Michele) - Fine dining, romantic setting and unforgettable views. Via Doccia 4, Fiesole - +39 055 567 8200 La cantinetta di Rignana - Stunning views, great food and, of course, fantastic wine! Località Rignana 13, Greve in Chianti - +39 055 852601 Torre guelfa di chef Claudio - Ideal place for a meal if you are in this area for a shopping afternoon at the Outlets (20 minute drive away). Your shopping spree will be even more memorable thanks to the specialties tasted at this restaurant. Via S. Martino Altoreggi, 8, Figline Valdarno - +39 055 951112 WHERE TO SHOP Clothing:, The Mall - Tuscany’s most exclusive outlet complex with more than 20 boutiques, including Prada, Gucci Armani, Fendi, Marni and Dolce and Gabbana. Via Europa, 8, Leccio - The Mall Official Website Terracotta objects: the area of Impruneta is famous for the terracotta. Visit Artenova, which sells a unique range of artistic hand-made terracotta decorations. Via Europa, 12 - +39 055 201 2316 Hand embroidered items: linen for the home and lingerie of the finest quality can be found at Grazia Giachi Ricami Piazza Matteotti, 35, Greve in Chianti - +39 055 854 4671 Via Borgo Ognissanti 6 r - +39 055 265 0399 Food specialty store: Macelleria Falorni, one of Italy’s greatest butcher shops where salsicce and prosciutto have been artisanal for eight generations. Here you can buy their products vacuum sealed for easy travel. Piazza Matteotti, 71 – Greve in Chianti - +39 055 853 029. Wine: Enoteca Antinori, an architectural masterpiece built as a shrine in honor to the rich wine of this land. Via Cassia per Siena, 133 Loc. Bargino, San Casciano Val di Pesa - +39 055 23595 [post_title] => Duca [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => duca [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-23 04:13:23 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-23 04:13:23 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.italianvillavacations.com.au/?post_type=properties_&p=9147 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => properties_ [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8869 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2022-02-07 04:26:12 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-02-07 04:26:12 [post_content] => Here you will find comfort and style combined, in the perfect city location! Right in the historical center of Florence, Georgina was wonderfully renovated into a bright 3 bedroom duplex penthouse that you can call “home away from home”. Georgina is a modern penthouse apartment set on a walk-up 17th century Florentine palazzo overlooking a beautiful pedestrian piazza and its old church. The apartment features high quality finishing and design furniture, allowing you to experience the Old World European charm accompanied by the most modern amenities. Apartment Georgina creates an indulgent retreat after a day experiencing the plethora of activities that Florence and its surrounding can offer. 3 BEDROOMS/ 3 BATHROOMS Ground floor: 1 twin bedroom with A/C, flat-screen TV and DVD, and en-suite bathroom with shower Upper floor: 1 queen bedroom with A/C, flat-screen TV and adjacent private bathroom with shower 1 king bedroom, with A/C, flat-screen TV and DVD, private terrace, and adjacent private bathroom with shower All bedrooms are provided with A/C. All bathrooms are supplied with hair dryers. LIVING SPACES Ground Floor: The inviting living room features comfortable sofas, beautiful antiques as well as modern design furniture, high wood-beamed ceiling, and three large windows that allow in the natural city light. While the living room is designed with easy care in mind, the dining area is completed with Biedermeier style upholstered chairs and table that give the space a more formal look. The hardwood floors, the internal staircase and the contemporary art on the walls add warmth and interest to the apartment. A fully equipped modern eat-in kitchen and the laundry room complete this floor. Upper floor: Open office area with large desk. SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS Location! Location! Location! Architectural details in a family-friendly space. Find an oasis of calm in the bustling city of Florence. Nearest point of interest: Ponte Vecchio 9-min walk Nearest major city: Siena 1 h 8 min Driving time estimated by Google Maps Florence, a medieval city of timeless artistic beauty is there to be discovered. The beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Pitti Palace, and Ponte Vecchio are only few of the city’s most famous architectural masterpieces. Check at least one of its museums – we like the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses Michelangelo’s superb David. Stroll the narrow streets of Florence, the cradle of the Reinassance, and marvel at the richness of this real open museum. Enjoy a cappuccino on one of its piazzas, or a colorful gelato to cool off the summer heat. Whatever you do, don’t pinch yourself…you are not dreaming! WHERE TO EAT La Giostra - serving Tuscan Cuisine where the highlight is Chianina Tagliata, a kind of carpaccio that goes into the oven with garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. The charismatic Soldano, owner of the restaurant and Prince of Hapsburg Lorena, makes the dining experience unique by welcoming you in person in this romantic venue where the motto is still “in food we trust”. Borgo Pinti, 10-18 R, Florence - +39 055 241341 Trattoria Sostanza - Informal and modest place, up to 35 seats with communal dining, no menu in English, and an essential – almost unattractive - décor that should not discourage you to try the food…every dish is thick with flavor. You can try the artichoke pie but if you really want to taste a piece of heaven order the butter-roasted chicken. Reservation is a must. Via del Porcellana 25/r, Florence – +39 055 212691 Procacci, - now owned by Antinori - for a small bite while shopping in Florence, stop at this special gastronomic venue and order some truffle sandwiches and a glass of prosecco. Your experience will be elevated a notch! Via Tornabuoni 64red, Florence - +39 055 211656 Il Santo Bevitore - A romantic place in Oltrarno area with a youthful atmosphere which is both welcoming and stylish. Very good food and large selection of wine. – next door Il Santino, is a wine and Italian tapas bar from the same owner – perfect for aperitivo! Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Florence - +39 055 211264 4 Leoni - located in the city historical center, this casual restaurant serves authentic Florentine cuisine. In summer, outdoor seating overlooks one of the most characteristic corners of Florence. Reservations are a must, especially for outdoor seating. Piazza della Passera, Florence - +39 055 218562 Santarpia- For the best pizza, Neapolitan style, do not miss the recently opened stylish yet essential venue. Choose among mouthwatering toppings such as burrata and truffle, mozzarella di bufala or a classic Margherita, to enjoy this ultra-italian specialty at its best. Reservations are strongly recommended. Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9, Florence - +39 055 245829 WHERE TO SHOP Clothing - Luisa Via Roma - Unique concept store proposing emerging and avant-garde designers. Via Roma 19/21 red, Florence - +39 055 906 4116 Clothing – Flow – For the latest fashion brands, with a young and trendy look in a uber-stylish store. Visit also its twin Flow Run for top sneakers from major brands. Via de' Vecchietti, 22 - +39 055 215504 Perfumes - Lorenzo Villoresi - Creator of unique fragrances, by appointment; prêt-à-porter fragrances, bath and body products, and home fragrances are also available. Via de Bardi 12, Florence - +39 055 234 1187 Skin Care and Herbal products - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella - Perfumes, essential soaps, essential oils, and herbs…they all smell divine, especially Acqua di Colonia Melograno! Via della Scala 16, Florence - +39 055 216 276 Fine leather Goods - Tattanelli - Florentine designer creating beautiful and fashionable items to enjoy for years! Piazza Pitti 31r, Florence - +39 055 219 324 Custom made Men's Shoes - Ugolini - Elegant and lightweight shoes that every gentleman should own. Via Michelozzi 17r, Florence - +39 055 216 246 Specialty Food store - Pegna - Gourmet delicatessen market, ideal place to shop and bring some delicious foods back home. Via dello Studio 8, Florence - +39 055 282 701 [post_title] => Georgina [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => closed [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => georgina [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2022-02-07 09:43:57 [post_modified_gmt] => 2022-02-07 09:43:57 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => https://www.italianvillavacations.com.au/?post_type=properties_&p=8869 [menu_order] => 0 [post_type] => properties_ [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw )  => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 8836 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2022-02-02 22:18:20 [post_date_gmt] => 2022-02-02 22:18:20 [post_content] => Villa Magna is an extraordinary two-story Mediterranean villa that boasts spectacular and captivating ocean views. It is conveniently close to town, only a 15-minute walk, and it features private parking for up to three cars – a rarity in Taormina. The villa has being recently revamped with the highest level quality finishes and amenities. The interiors and exteriors are designed to optimize the space and to provide the guests with the maximum comfort. Light and bright, the house is nestled in its own private manicured garden and it boasts a stunning panoramic swimming pool and a separate Jacuzzi with chromotherapy. This is truly an amazing vacation home you do not want to miss! 5 BEDROOMS/ 5 BATHROOMS First floor: Single bedroom with private bathroom with large shower and access to private winter garden Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom with tub and wall-mounted shower, and with small private terrace overlooking the garden Ground floor: Queen bedroom facing the winter garden with sea views, with en-suite bathroom with large shower Double bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower Queen bedroom with en-suite bathroom with shower LIVING SPACES First floor: The spacious and luminous formal living room generously welcomes in the recharging power of sea and sun through the windows and the French doors which open onto the oceanfront balcony. The living room is furnished with leather sofas, a fireplace, a flat-screen TV, and a dinner table for up to 10 people. On the same floor is a fully equipped kitchen. Ground floor: Gorgeous arched loggia with glass windows that connects to a furnished winter garden, an oasis of tranquillity for resting and relaxing. OUTDOOR FEATURES The exteriors of Villa Magna epitomize what makes Sicily, and Taormina in particular, a sought-after summer destination: the outdoor living. This landscaped property with shaded sitting areas and garden contains also the irregularly shaped swimming pool with panoramic sundeck, an outdoor Jacuzzi with chromotherapy, furniture for dining al fresco, and an outdoor kitchen with a wood-burning pizza oven. SPECIAL CHARACTERISTICS Walk to the village for lunch and shopping, or take a drive to the beach, from your private retreat. Whether you are looking for a villa with stunning ocean views and lots of amenities, or one that is thoughtfully designed and located in a Sicilian summer resort town, we invite you to discover Villa Magna. Nearest Airport: Catania Fontanarossa 55 min Nearest serviced town: 13 min Nearest major city: Siracusa 1 h 25 min Nearest beach: 7 min to the cable car to reach Mazzarò Beach; 15 min Driving time estimated by Google Maps The island of Sicily offers a number of wonderful places to visit on daytrips or excursions, including Taormina, Catania, Syracuse, Noto, Ragusa and the utterly unforgettable volcanic peak of Mt. Etna. As the highest active volcano in Europe and Sicily's tallest mountain. Mt. Etna is a true natural wonder: don't miss the chance to explore it by booking a guided excursion with our concierge. Taormina, one of the most famous towns in Sicily, is located high atop Mount Tauro. The magnificent Mediterranean blue bay and the nearby smoldering Mt. Etna merge into a spectacular view that can be seen from almost any point in the city. A renowned archaeological destination backed by incredible history, Taormina is home to one of the most famous Greek Theaters in the world. This remarkable theater hosts "Taormina Arte," the town's annual summer international arts festival of film, music, dance and theatre. Taormina is a haven for tourists, offering a great number of restaurants, bars, clubs, entertainment and sport venues. Take a stroll along the Corso and be sure to stop at one of the local cafés for a taste of granite (the original version of Italian ice!) and a piece of frutta martorana (marzipan sweets). The distinctive beauty of Syracuse, rich with history and artistic presence, was featured in Giuseppe Tornatore's movie "Malena", starring Monica Bellucci. Since 1914, from early May to the end of June, the city has staged ancient comedies and tragedies in its Greek theatre. A stroll through the streets of Ortigia leads to the fascinating baroque cathedral that incorporates an ancient temple to Athena. Make sure you check the Fountain of Arethusa, site of the Greek legend. Noto is the undisputed capital of Sicilian Baroque. Generally listed as one of the 'must-see' tourist attractions on the East coast of Sicily. The town was declared humanity heritage by UNESCO in 2002. Here you can enjoy the most beautiful non equipped beaches of the island, Eloro, Cittadella or Calamosche inside the natural reserve of Vendicari, which is also home to thousands of migrating flamingos and sea turtle nests. If you prefer the comfort of equipped beaches, check the ones in Noto Marina or San Lorenzo. If you are in this area on the third week of May, take note of the famous and suggestive "Infiorata", a picturesque festival to welcome the spring, where local artists work overnight to prepare colorful real flower carpets all over the streets. Other sites worth visiting in the surroundings of Noto (by car) include Noto Antica - the older town - Modica, Palazzo Acreide, Ragusa - a similarly-appealing Baroque town - the necropolis at Pantalica and Ispica Caves. WHERE TO EAT Il Barcaiolo - Enjoy typical Sicilian cuisine at this family-owned romantic trattoria and enjoy views of the Mazzarò bay from the terrace! Via Castelluccio 43, Taormina mare (Spiagga Mazzarò - 150 steps to the beach) - +39 0942 625 633 Villa Antonio - Delightful cuisine and a terrace offering breathtaking views. Via Luigi Pirandello 88 (at Hotel Capo Taormina), Taormina mare - +39 0942 625 502 Don Camillo - Elegant and refined, this restaurant is famous for seafood dishes and a rich wine list - try seafood risotto and the ricotta dessert. Via Maestranza 96, Siracusa - +39 0931 67133 Baqqalà - For a nice fish lunch or dinner, try this rustic trattoria which serves superb food! Piazzetta Ficili, Scicli - +39 0932 931 028 La Locanda Don Serafino - Romantic Michelin starred restaurant, ask for a table in the cave. Via Avv. G.Ottaviano, Ragusa Ibla - +39 0932 248 778 WHERE TO SHOP Food – Campisi canned food. This company is still proudly using ancient techniques dating back to the Arab period to produce and processes a wide range of fish and vegetable based products. Also, sauces, honey and wine are all worth bringing home. Via Marzamemi 12, Marzamemi - +39 0931 841 166 Ceramics from Caltagirone - decorated entirely by hand, with nice vibrant colors (green, yellow and light blue being the traditional ones) and classical shapes, are a touch of Sicily you can bring home! Check Ceramiche Artistiche Sammartino e Delfino. Via Roma 32, Caltagirone - +39 0933 21 067 Silk in Ortigia - One of a kind scarves that are so beautifully crafted they become true works of art. Wear or hang them, it is your choice! Via Roma 27, Siracusa - +39 333 594 4518 Chocolate - Sotto San Pietro, visit this elegant store and you will find exquisite chocolate and other local products. Scents and flavors...from Sicily with love! 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