In the heart of Florence, a short distance from the better-known monuments of the city, prestigious Renaissant palazzo with boutique hotel.
Easily reached, the building is located along one of the most renowned streets of Florence, with direct view over the domes of San Lorenzo and Santa Maria del Fiore. The location grants easy access to the city’s monuments and the Santa Maria Novella train station. From here one can quickly reach several towns of Tuscany: the wine-city of Greve in Chianti (28km; 35’), the turreted San Gimignano (62km; 1h 10’), Lucca with its imposing fortifications (76km; 1h 10’), Arezzo (77km; 1h 5’), the Etruscan Volterra (82km; 1h 30’), the medieval Siena (83km; 1h 20’), Montalcino with its famous wine (116km; 1h 50’) and the papal Pienza (117km; 1h 40’).
The most useful airports to reach the property are Firenze Vespucci (8km; 25’), Pisa Galilei (82km; 1h 15’), Bologna Marconi (105km; 1h 25’), Perugia San Francesco (160km; 1h 55’), Roma Ciampino (288km; 3h) and Roma Fiumicino (303km; 3h 5’).
THE MONUMENTS OF FLORENCE
The palazzo is located two steps away from the Basilica di San Lorenzo (100m; 1’) and Piazza del Duomo (400m; 5’). From here, other monuments of the historic center are quickly reached. Palazzo Vecchio, heart of the communal power of Florence during Middle Ages (550m; 7’), the Galleria degli Uffizi (750m; 10’), the gothic church of Santa Maria Novella with its Renaissant façade by Leon Battista Alberti (500m; 6’), the unique Ponte Vecchio (750m; 10’) and Palazzo Pitti, residence of Medici first and Lorena then (1,2km; 15’).
DESCRIPTION OF THE BUILDING
This beautiful palazzo is laid over seven floors and currently houses fifteen units in total with apartments, shops, storage rooms and technical rooms.
- Basement: ample cellar and storage rooms;
- Ground floor: leather shop (60 sqm – 464 sqft), a beauty salon with storage room (172 sqm – 1,851 sqft) and ample storage rooms currently rented out (130 sqm – 1,399 sqft);
- Mezzanine floor: machine room for the elevator;
- First floor: apartment N°1 (240 sqm – 2,582 sqft), apartment N°2 (330 sqm – 3,551 sqft) and reception for the guests;
- Second floor: apartment N°3 (100 sqm – 1,076 sqft), apartment N°4 (180 sqm – 1,937 sqft + loggia on the upper floor), apartment N°5 (50 sqm – 538 sqft), apartment N°6 (145 sqm – 1,560 sqft, to be restored);
- Third floor: apartment N°7 (30 sqm – 323 sqft, to be restored);
- Fourth floor: apartment N°8 (60 sqm – 645 sqft) and apartment N°9 (155 sqm – 1,668 sqft).
The common areas of the building include several terraces and loggias, the staircases connecting the floors with the beautiful hallways, a stunning courtyard at the center of the building (with a covered walkway running around) and a few smaller courtyards connected to the various units.
STATE AND FINISHES
The palazzo is a typically Florentine Renaissant building, with plastered walls over which pietra serena decorations stand out. The top floors are decorated with arched windows and at the center of the façade is located the coat of arms of the family which ordered the construction of the palazzo. The internal courtyard boasts two covered loggias with rib vaults and pietra serena columns topped by Corinthian capitals. Interiors are richly decorated with frescoes commissioned over the years by several owners. On the ground floor, the 16th-century origin of the building is more than evident with Renaissant grotesque decorations, while the first floor (piano nobile) gives away its 19th-century renovation.
USE AND POTENTIAL USES
The palazzo, historically very important and interesting, is perfect for anyone looking for a prestigious building in the historic center of one of the most beautiful cities of the world. The presence of numerous units in the building, other than the already working boutique hotel, would allow increasing the income obtainable through renting. One of the apartments could also be used as a private residence by the owners.