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Rdp, 4 Bedroom Impressive and Charming Apartment In Florence Historic Centre

Bedrooms 4
Space 4,305 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

Historic newly Refurbished 4 Bedroom 4 Bathroom Apt in the Heart of Florence

RdP is an impressive fully refurbished four bedroom apartment located within the most traditional and picturesque district of Florence's historic centre, Santa Croce, a stone's throw from the Duomo (a mere 400 meters away), ten minute walk from the main shopping streets, where the fashion boutiques are located.

The apartment occupies the 'piano nobile' (1st floor) of a historically protected building, dating back to the 16th Century, and features all modern comforts such as air conditioning throughout, Wi-Fi internet connection, new and fully equipped kitchen.

While refurbishing the apartment, in 2013, we maintained its original architectural characteristics, very spacious rooms with high ceilings, large windows, frescoes, parquet.

The impressive living area, facing the internal courtyard and overlooking the back of the historic opera house in Florence, Teatro la Pergola, preserves its original fescoes, some rooms have frescoed ceilings, others have panelled ones.

The apartment features 2 entrances, one from the ground floor, opening into a majestic marble staircase, one more from the first floor, served by elevator.

The four large bedrooms, each with its own bathroom, are all located on the first floor.

The first one is served by a spacious shower room.

The 2nd bedroom has an en-suite bathroom with shower, bath tub and double wash-basin with marble counter.

The 40 and more square meters large master bedroom, with its amazing decorated floor and fire-place with sitting corner, enjoys a large and comfortable en-suite shower-room with double wash-basin with marble counter.

Accessed through the oval shaped studio, the 4th bedroom enjoys a beautiful marble fire-place, decorated with 'maioliche' and dominated by a high mirror and a stylish cast iron tub, to compensate the small shower room serving the bedroom.

The apartment also features a parking for one car inside the internal courtyard (guests should pay attention to the fact that the access to the open air courtyard is through a narrow gallery, which access is not indicated with large cars and/or vans and that the apartment is located within the restricted traffic area of the city centre).

This luxury 4 bedroom apartment located in Florence's historic centre is ideal to enjoy all beuties of this enchanting city without the use of a car, simply walking around the centre, just like Florentines do.

Guests spending their holiday in Florence at RdP can also combine their stay in the city with a relaxing period spent in the countryside, an hour drive from Florence towards the coast, here's the link to the country house:

The combination will grant the perfect Tuscan holiday, a mixture of art and nature, fun and relax.

More Details

Federica Di Paola
Member since: 2007
Speaks English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 July, 2018

About Federica Di Paola

I first enjoyed learning about interior design while refurbishing the country house, in 2005, then this apartment in Florence followed. Not an easy task as I wished to lighten the structure of this historic apartment, merging the artistic elements with a modern comfort. I have been working for a travel agency in the past and I enjoy providing a sort of 'concierge service' to my guests, when requested, providing useful tips about unusual places to visit, good restaurants and other suggestion for a unique holiday in Florence.

Federica Di Paola purchased this apartment in 1950

Why Federica Di Paola chose Sant' Ambrogio

Feeling in Florence also means to live within a historic apartment, elegantly furnished and with all modern comforts (air conditioning throughout, large screen TV, I-phone speakers, Wi-Fi internet connection)

What makes this apartment unique

The apartment is located on the piano nobile (1st floor) of a historically protected building and it features frescoes, stuccos and other decorated elements.

It lies just behind Teatro della Pergola and close to Teatro Verdi.

The neighborhood is typical, not commercial, everything is nearby, the perfect starting point for daily trips around Florence's city center, the cradle of the Renaissance.

Guestbook comments from the owner

A quintessential Florence experience in a grand apartment which was in itself a highlight of our visit. Beautiful antique decorations sit alongside the modern comforts required for a relaxing break. Location is as good as it gets. Santa Croce is home to many wonderful restaurants - we only wish we had discovered it earlier. Federica is a gorgeous host and provided us with some excellent recommendations and support during our stay. Highly recommended.
Oct 2015
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Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Sant' Ambrogio in Centro Storico (Quartiere 1)

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 1
Building Type:
  • building
  • Self-catering
Floor Area:
  • 4305 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 16:00
  • /
  • Check-out: 10:00
  • Max. occupancy: 9
  • Max. adults: 9
  • Parties/events not allowed
  • Pets not allowed
  • Non smoking only
Location Type:
  • city centre
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning ...
  • Lift
  • Fireplace ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Kitchen ...
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Toaster ...
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 10 people
  • 4 Bathrooms
  • Master's shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , With double washbasin in green marble and large shower
    Violet's bathroom - Toilet , Bath with Shower , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , With double washbasin in Carrara marble
    Pink's bathroom - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet
    Yellow's 'small' shower room - Toilet , Shower Enclosure , Bidet , Small but complete
  • Two bathrooms are en-suite, very large and comfortable, the other two are located near each other bedrooms's door.
  • 4 Bedrooms, Sleeps 9
  • Master bedroom - 1 Large Double Bed , Convertible into twin bedroom
    Violet bedroom - 1 Double Bed , convertible into twin bedroom upon request
    Pink bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Convertible into twin bedroom upon request
    Yellow bedroom - 1 Double Bed , Convertible into twin bedroom upon request
  • All 4 bedrooms, each served by a bathroom, are extremely large and all featuring decorated elements and 5 meters high ceilings. Carefully furnished, two have en-suite bathrooms.
  • Books ...
  • DVD Player
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo ...
  • Television ...
  • Balcony ...
  • Water Sports Gear ...
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • restaurants
  • synagogues
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • outlet shopping
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundrette - serviced
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • golf
Ask me for any additional request and I will be happy to assist.


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Rdp, 4 Bedroom Impressive and Charming Apartment In Florence Historic Centre
average rating of 4.75 based on 23 reviews

Spectacular Experience at Residenza della Pergola

  • 5 of 5

Our entire family of nine enjoyed our twelve days at Federica's historic apartment. It is ideally located near the Duomo. We enjoyed the comfort, the spaciousness and the location. The kitchen is large, well equipped and located next to the dining room/living room and terraces. Bedrooms and common areas were spacious and comfortable. The furnishings were exceptional and everything in the apartment functioned well. There is a convenient well equipped laundry room. This apartment added to the charm of a Florence stay. It was the first visit to Florence for our grand kids and they appreciated the luxury of the accommodations. We hope to return.

  • Review Submitted: 06-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: April 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Jerry, thank you very much for the beautiful words you wrote. I am lucky enough to have most guests like you and your family: extremely friendly, respectful and polite. By the way, I have not asked Franco if your friends passed to take the glasses you forgot, I hope so.
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Erie, PA

Beautiful and spacious property with a perfect location

  • 5 of 5

We stayed at the property from June 9-16. The property is beautiful and it is huge. There is everything available to enjoy your stay. It is a short walk to most every site to see in Florence.

We were one family but couples could stay here and have plenty of room to maintain privacy. We really needed nothing during our week, so we had no real requests of Frederica, but she always responded promptly to any questions.

For the location and size, this property is tough to beat.

  • Review Submitted: 25-Jun-2018
  • Date of Stay: June 2018
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Location and big!

  • 3 of 5

Pros: location, location, location!!! Big rooms, four bathrooms, nice kitchen, nice neighborhood, walking distance to many important historical site. Four bathrooms although one is super small.

Cons: street noise at night was significant. Down the street from a hospital, therefore many ambulances. The apartment had a musky moldy smell. Some of us were impacted by it, one person with a history of asthma had it the worst. No place to hang your clothes. The building is old and even though some remodeling has taken place, it could use more work.

If the mold doesn't impact you, it can be a great place to stay.

  • Review Submitted: 07-Oct-2017
  • Date of Stay: September 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Bob, I was sorry to read your opinions which are fortunately different from the impressions that most guests receive from the apartment. I cannot say anything about the street noise at night, I live in the countryside and would not sleep in a city as most citizens do, the windows have extremely thick glasses though it is not possible to completely isolate some street noise. As for the "musky moldy smell", all fabrics are new, only most wooden furnishings are antiques, not old, the same applies for the buinding, there is a huge difference between "old" and "ancient", a 16th Century building is historic, not old, sorry to let you notice this.
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Pittsburgh, PA

Beautiful & impressive apartment!

  • 5 of 5

Our family of 7 adults enjoyed our three night stay in this very impressive, charming apartment! Even tho it is extremely spacious, it has a warm, cozy feeling to it. The updated kitchen and bathrooms are a plus and we used the washing machine and drying racks. It is in a great location and we walked to all of the sites. I also recommend the BluCar Service, which we found in the apartment booklet. We had an awesome driver, Christian, and had a very pleasant drive to Siena!

Federica is very easy to communicate with and her assistant Lidia, who met us upon our arrival was also very helpful.

I definitely recommend this beautiful apartment!

Carole M.

Pittsburgh, PA

  • Review Submitted: 24-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Hi Carole, many thanks for the nice review, I forwarded it to Blucar service and Lidia too. I am happy you enjoyed the apartment and once again I appreciate the fact you found it cosy, that was important for me and I almost discussed with my parents while refubishing it, as they wanted to place beautiful but a bit dark ancient black and white prints while I insisted in putting some colours and modern paintings at least in the bedrooms in order to have guests feeling at home and not into a sort of museum ;-) Maybe we'll have a chance to meet if you come back to Italy, sorry I missed it this time
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Stunningly Beautiful!

  • 5 of 5

This apartment is clean, perfectly located and lives up to all expectations!

  • Review Submitted: 17-May-2017
  • Date of Stay: May 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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New York City

Opulence and History in the Middle of Florence

  • 5 of 5

What a wonderful privilege to stay in this opulent and historic home located in the center of Florence. It is a stunning property, complete with Renaissance period frescoes on the walls of the huge living room/dining room, as well as one of the bedroom ceilings. The property was just perfect for our party of 8 (3 adults / 5 teenage kids). It mixes elegance and comfort brilliantly. The beds and linens were deluxe, and the bathrooms sumptuous. The kitchen was large and well-appointed with all modern appliances. We were thrilled to be able to shop at the Sant Ambrogio and San Lorenzo (Mercato Centrale) markets and provision fabulous meals around the commodious dining table. The kids enjoyed the 'green room' for playing board games in the evening and posting photos using the wifi (not very reliable outside of this area, but just as well from a parent perspective). The location is central and all major sites can be reached on foot (this is a walking town) in 10 - 20 minutes. The laundry room down a flight of stairs is another nice amenity; while there is no dryer, there are plenty of hanging racks.

All-in-all a great experience ! Thank you Federica and Lidia.

  • Review Submitted: 02-Apr-2017
  • Date of Stay: March 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks so much for the lovely review, Robert. I feel sorry I could not meet you and your family personally, though I know how welcoming and helpful Lidia is when I cannot manage to be in Florence. It was not an easy task to refurbish the apartment and find furnishings that could go with it without making it too heavy or serious and I feel proud of the job I've done whenever I receive such comments from my guests (though the apartment art beauties made the best part). I am happy that you enjoyed it with your family!
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Nearest Airport
11.6 Kilometres
Florence Peretola, Amerigo Vespucci's Airport
Nearest Barpub
70 Metres
Nearest Ferry
92 Kilometres
Livorno (Leghorn)
Nearest Golf
17 Kilometres
Golf dell'Ugolino
Nearest Train
1.4 Kilometres
Florence Santa Maria Novella
Nearest Restaurant
150 Metres
Antico Noé
Car: not necessary

The apartment is located right in the heart of Florence, within the most characteristic district of Santa Croce, behind the Cathedral, close to many good and cosy restaurants.

The historic city centre is all visitable from home with pleasant walks.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Sant' Ambrogio, Florence Area

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My Standard Rate
3 night minimum stay
for 3 nights

Additional pricing information

Refundable Damage Deposit £265.4
Utility consumptions £176.93
Stay tax £2.65 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 12 years.

The rental price applies for a party of 8 guests, a 9th guest can be accommodated at extra cost, in case of interest, please contact me and I will provide all information.
Florence's Municipality charged (and recovers through property owners) a tourist tax of Euro 2.5 per person per day (for up to 7 days, not applicable to kids under 12 and documented Florence's University students)

Confirmatory 30% advance payment, balance 70% due 1 month before arrival.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund for cancellations more than 30 days before check-in date.
  • 100% refund for cancellations more than 60 days before check-in date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.
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