In <b>Piazza della Santissima Annunziata</b>, in the heart of <b>Florence</b> and just two steps from <b>Piazza del Duomo</b> and <b>Piazza della Signoria</b>, we find this prestigious 520-sqm penthouse on the second floor of Palazzo Budini Gattai</b>. The unit, in good structural shape, needs a general renovation but could easily accommodate up to 10 bedrooms with bathroom for the creation of a luxury boutique hotel</b> or even a prestigious private apartment in the heart of the city.<br/> Services are clearly available in the center of Florence and everything is at walking distance. Exiting Florence it is then very easy to reach several cities of <b>Tuscany</b> such as Fiesole, Siena, San Casciano in Val di Pesa, Colle di Val d’Elsa, Montepulciano, Pienza…).<br/><br/> <b>DESCRIPTION OF THE APARTMENT</b><br/> The <b>penthouse</b> is located on the second floor of Palazzo Budini Gattai, located in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata in the heart of Florence. The huge <b>apartment</b> (520 sqm) is made up of 15 ample rooms, all accessed independently, that are currently unused but could be easily converted into reception halls and/or bedrooms with bathroom.<br/><br/> The building, in good condition, still features some of the original finishes among which the remains of several frescoes visible all around the apartment. Particularly interesting is the huge stained-glass skylight located at the center of the building.<br/> Access to the apartment is through a monumental condominium staircase decorated with an iron balustrade and stone columns, added during the renovation of the late 19th century supervised by <b>Giuseppe Boccini</b>. The palazzo is the only one in Florence featuring an exposed-brick façade.<br/><br/> <b>HISTORY OF THE PALAZZO</b><br/> The plot of land over which the palazzo was built, belonged in the Middle Ages to the <b>Order of Servants of Mary</b>, who used the area for the <i>Festa della Rificolona</i>. In 1464 the prior of Florence ordered the sale of part of this plot to allow the construction of buildings: the buyer, Puccio Pucci, got the land but he had only one house built over it. The Order, since the agreement has been broken, got the land back and rented out the house. It was only in 1549 that <b>Ugolino di Jacopo Grifoni</b>, Cosimo I’s assistant, bought the house with the project of demolishing it to build his own palazzo right over the land.<br/> The project was started by <b>Giuliano di Baccio d’Agnolo</b> and took over by <b>Bartolomeo Ammannati</b> at his death. The construction probably started in 1557 but was soon abandoned. Ammannati was tasked with redesign and complete the job in 1563 but the palazzo was not yet completed at his death. The final phase of the work is attributed to <b>Buontalenti</b> who loosely followed Ammannati’s design: when completed, the building had only two floors, while the topmost one was just a turret at the corner of the palazzo and was completed only in 1772 by <b>Pietro Grifoni</b>.<br/> The Grifoni family owned the palazzo until 1800, when it was passed over and/or inherited in sequence by the Riccardo, Mannelli and Antinori families. In 1889, the palazzo was handed over to cavaliere <b>Leopoldo Gattai</b> and his son-in-law <b>Francesco Budini</b>, whose heirs still own the palazzo.<br/><br/> <b>WHAT TO SEE IN FLORENCE</b><br/> The penthouse, thanks to its central position in the heart of Florence right in <b>Piazza della Santissima Annunziata</b>, allows reaching many of the most interesting landmarks in the city on foot. Ranked by distance are <b>Palazzo Medici</b> (500 m; 5’) and the adjacent <b>Basilica di San Lorenzo</b> decorated by Michelangelo and Brunelleschi (500 m; 5’), <b>Piazza della Signoria</b> (1.0 km; 10’), the <b>Uffizi Gallery</b> (1.1 km; 10’), the church of <b>Santa Croce</b> with the tombs of many Italian artists (1.1 km; 10’), the beautiful and unique <b>Ponte Vecchio</b> (1.2 km; 15’), the church of <b>Santa Maria Novella</b> (1.2 km; 15’) next to the central station of the city, the imposing Medicean <b>Fortezza da Basso</b> (1.2 km; 15’), the impressive <b>Palazzo Pitti</b> (1.7 km; 20’), the church of <b>Santo Spirito</b> in Oltrarno (1.8 km; 20’) and finally the unique and wonderful panoramic terrace of <b>Piazzale Michelangelo</b> (2.4 km; 25’).<br/><br/> What’s more, the many shops and boutiques in the historic center of Florence can be easily reached in a few minutes’ walk.