External description:Loggia Santa Croce is located in a beautiful building from the 1500s that faces onto one of Florence’s most beautiful piazza, Santa Croce. The loggia has a panoramic view of Santa Croce’s façade, the utmost expression of Italian Gothic style.
Internal description:The apartment is 180 m2 / 1938 sq ft on the second floor without elevator (55 steps) and is laid out on 2 floors with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. On the first floor, there is a large and bright living that looks out onto Piazza Santa Croce in which there is a sofa and a dining table. The first master bedroom, adjacent to the living room, has a 160 cm / 63 in that cannot be divided, and has a window that looks out onto the beautiful church. On the other side of the apartment, there is a fully equipped kitchen from which there is a laundry room that faces onto an internal court. The smaller bedroom has a single bed, while the third bedrooms has 2 single beds that can be joined to create a 180 cm / 71 in double bed depending on the guests’ needs and a large closet. The last room has a large closet and a 160 cm / 63 in double sofa bed that can host up to 2 guest. The 2 bathrooms are near the entrance, the first of which has a shower, while the other is a half bath for guests. On the second floor, climbing 28 steps, there is access to the covered loggia of 70 m2 / 753 sq ft equipped with a couch and chaise longue where you can relax and enjoy the beautiful view of one of Florence’s most beautiful monuments.
Our opinion:Loggia Santa Croce is the ideal choice for those who want a unique Florentine experience, living right on of the most famous piazzas in Florence, just a few steps from the city’s monuments. The loggia is very large and bright which allows you to relax and experience Florence’s true atmosphere from above. For both its size and location, this apartment is adapt for mid to long-term stays.
Air conditioning: Living room / kitchen /master bedroom/twin bedroom.There is no air conditioning in the single bedroom and in the sofa-bed area.
Pricing information:Included in the price: Utilities included up to € 300.00 (for stays up to 30 days), final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and agency fees. Not included in the price: Tourist tax of €2.50 per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights (for information regarding exemptions and reductions, see our F.A.Q. page), utilities of water, electricity, and gas (for rentals over 30 days) if exceeding € 300.00; fee for registering the contract (which in accordance to Italian law must be written in Italian), for rentals over 30 days, equal to 1% of the total rental price (with a minimum fee of € 33.50) plus tax stamps.
Security deposit: For stays equal to or lesser than 15 days, all clients will have to grant € 300.00 with a valid credit card 7 days before check-in for a pre-authorization. For stays between 16 and 30 days, guests will have to pay €1000.00 7 days before check-in. Prepaid and/or debit cards are not accepted. For rentals over 30 days, special conditions apply.
Area: The apartment is located in the Santa Croce district on the eastern edge of Florence’s historic city centre. The area takes its name from one of the city’s most remarkable churches. The Santa Croce neighbourhood provides a rare glimpse of 'old' Florence with lively markets and tiny leather and artisan workshops, including the flea market (Mercato delle Pulci) at Piazza dei Ciompi. The Mercato St. Ambrogio, the city’s second main food market after the Mercato San Lorenzo, is within close walking distance too.
Furthermore, the area is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s main cultural attractions such as the Bargello Palace, which houses one of Italy’s most important museums, the Casa Buonarroti, (the former home of Michelangelo), Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio, and Ponte Vecchio, as well as the magnificent Santa Croce church and museum. You will also enjoy the largest selection of boutique shops, bars, and traditional restaurants and pizzerias within the city. Three of the finest and most expensive restaurants, Cibreo, Pinchiorri, and Alle Murate are located nearby. There is also a good choice of mid-priced dining options.
By night, Santa Croce becomes one of the liveliest parts of town and with its pedestrian streets and illuminated buildings it transforms into the perfect venue for an after-dinner glass of wine or evening stroll. For those choosing an apartment in this area Santa Croce offers several food stores, supermarkets, laundromats, and gift shops as well as being adequately served by the local public transportation service.
Parking:The Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a 'limited traffic zone' and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red /green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify their need for access in the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.
Public transportation:Link for the public bus service in Florence: www.ataf.netLink for the national train network in Italy: www.trenitalia.it
This property for rent is not a hotel, agritourism, B&B or similar, and therefore by law, extra services similar to those you may find in these types of accommodations, such as a reception, concierge or security, receiving mail, provision of meals and drinks, cleaning and change of linen during your stay, and amenity kits with soaps etc. are strictly prohibited.
APE energy certification level: G 236,6 kWh/m2 per year