You will feel as in a Tuscany village few steps from the Cathedral. The square, the market, the bars, restaurants, shops, will make you feel italian life style a bit away from the turistic area.
Few steps from the Cathedral,it's the ideal spot for discovering great and small artistic wonders that Florence offers. The intimacy of the neighborhood, a bit away from touristic fuss, the square, the market, the bars, restaurants, shops, will make you enjoy italian life style.
If you are landing at Amerigo Vespucci Airport take the Airport Shuttle bus 'Busitalia' to Santa Maria Novella Train Station (€ 6). There is no stop; departs every 30 minutes from 5:30am to 8:30pm; every 60 minutes from 8:30pm to 10:30pm/11:45pm/last 1:00 pm (for further informations please visit the web site ). Alternatively, you can take a taxi (from Florence direct call 0554242-0554390: the standard fare to the city center is € 22 (baggage surcharge -1,00 € for each and supplement by the fourth passenger - € 1,00 per head are not included in the rate). Transfert to the venue is also avaiable: if you are interested in, please contact us before your arrival.
From Santa Maria Novella Train Station: take bus route 6 (stop D’Azeglio Square: 5 minutes on foot from the apartment),14 or 23 (stop Via dei Macci: 5 minutes on foot). The ride to the hotel is 20 minutes by bus. If you will be using Florence’s public transit, please note that tickets must be purchased before boarding buses. Please see http://www.ataf.net/
If you will be joining us by car, please be aware that the apartment is in a pedestrian area where cars are not admitted. A private parking is available in Piazza Lorenzo Ghiberti, which is a short walk from us. See http://www.firenzeparcheggi.it/index.php?id=79. As an alternative, you can find free parking spots near piazza Beccaria, 15 minutes on foot.
Buontalenti is conveniently located near many public transit stops. Route 6, 14, 23, C3, C2): 3 minutes on foot. However, we suggest that you walk around and explore the city center instead: most of the sights are within 30 minutes of the apartment.
Hairforce, for hair an body care, is a few steps away (via Ghibellina, 74, link www.hairforce.it/) and so is Pistolesi Group (Borgo Santi Apostoli, 50 see www.pistolesigroup.it/) and the Aldo Coppola (via del Parione, 62 http://www.aldocoppola.it/). Remember that often salons are closed on Mondays. The venue is a short walk from the Soul Space, a magic day spa which offers treatments using natural products like olive oil, wine and chocolate (via Sant’Egidio, 12, see www.soulspace.it)and a delicious spa menu with special herbal infusions, yogurt, vegetables and fruit.
Few steps from the venue you could find Tropos, an all-out fitness complex in via dell’Orcagna. If you are interested in a personal trainer, a pilates session or if you feel like going on a jog with other runners please contact us. The banks of the Arno river and the Cascine park (you could find also a Tennis Club in Viale Visarno, 1) are great for biking and running.
Florence is a great place for shopping. You will find both designer brands, and wonderful artisan shops and outlets. Via Tornabuoni and piazza degli Strozzi are the ultimate fashion district, while Via Porta Rossa is great for more casual shopping. Some of the most important fashion brands in the world, from Gucci to Prada to Salvatore Ferragamo are based in Tuscany. They have opened outlets right outside the city, unfortunately for the most part out of reach of public transportation. There are some exceptions, including The Mall and Mcarthur Glen’s Barberino which has shuttle services (see www.themall.it and www.mcarthurglen.it/barberino). If you would like to have someone assist you in your shopping, please contact us. Every last sunday of the month you can also enjoy an antique market, in Piazza Ghiberti, just around the corner of the venue, where you may discover interesting objects from the past, prints, books, coins and jewellery. Buontalenti is also closed to the famous Sant’Ambrogio market, where you can find Toscan bread, fried dough, meat, fish, cheese, all kinds of home-made pasta, fruit and vegetable, fresh flowers, plents, clothing, leather goods and household items.
The venue is located in one of the most appealing neighborhoods of the city which really has a lot to offer.
Here are some of our top picks just around the corner:
For some authentic Florentine street food, a place where you will feel like a real Florentice is Trattoria da Rocco, Piazza Ghiberti – Sant’Ambrogio market, +39 3398384555. There you could find artists, students and businessmen all mixed together. Try also il ’Trippaio di Sant’Ambrogio, Piazza Ghiberti, +39 055 2341105 or Semel, Piazza Ghiberti, 44r.
For breakfast, Enoteca Fiorentina, Via Pietrapana 11r, +39 055 3880177, Cibreino Trattoria, via dei Macci 122r , +39 055 2341100, Gilda Bistrot, Piazza Ghiberti, +39 055 2343885 and Trattoria Cesarino, via G.B. Niccolini 16r, +39 055 2479169.
For dinner: for an authentic yet refined dining experience you could try the Cibreo, Via A. del Verrocchio 8/r, +39 0552341100, next to the Sant’Ambrogio market, a real foodies’s paradise in which you could find some antique dishes, the Teatro del Sale, via dei Macci 111r, +39 055 2001492 or in the newly renovated Palazzo della Gherardesca at the Four Seasons Hotel, Borgo Pinti 99, +39 055 26261, and taste also the magic atmosphere of its magnificent park and botanical garden, as well as a 16th century convent.
You can find good pizza anywhere in the city. One of the most popular place is pizzeria Santarpia, 5 minutes walk, see www.santarpia.biz
If you want to try some pastries and chocolates made by Tuscan chocolatiers you should go to Vestri cake shop, near via Verdi (Borgo degli Albizi 11r), or Andrea Bianchini, in the Santa Croce area (via de’Macci, 50), Venchi (see www.venchi.com) and L’Arte del Cioccolato, a small hidden away shop in Chiasso dei Soldaneri, between via Tornabuoni and Via Porta Rossa. They all creates unique cookies, chocolate bars and cakes.
You can’t leave the city without trying gelato, especially the famous and delicious Buontalenti ice-cream. One of the best place to taste it is Badiani, although it is not in the center of the town (viale dei Mille, 20 r, see www.buontalenti.it). Try also Vivoli, located between piazza Signoria and Piazza Santa Croce, the oldest and most famous gelateria in Florence (via Isola delle Stinche).
Buontalenti has a Large and fully furnished kitchen with seating for 6 people, Nespresso machine, electric boiler, hot plates, microwave, refrigerator, pots, dishes, cups, glasses and silvery. The apartment is equipped also with a washing machine, iron and ironing board
The apartment offers a Queen-size bed and a double sofa (Full-size mattress) in a spacious living room. Please contact us if you would like to know more about our mattresses and pillows or if you have any special requests, and we will try our best to accommodate them. If you have children staying at Buontalenti we can arrange for extra beds to be added.
Kids are very welcome to our venue. Please tell us in advance if they will be joining you during your stay, so we can better equip your suite and prepare a special welcome for them.
The property is traditionally Florentine with a modern twist and has just been renovated with great attention to quality and detail: from its style and layout to its colors, materials and furniture, it shows its deep ties with Tuscan culture. The apartment is located on the second floor of a small historical building, with no elevator. After climbing the 20 steps to the entrance, you will be welcomed with the warm light that fills the apartment, homey furniture and sweeping views over the old center.
The bathroom is equipped with bidets and a large showers. You will find liquid and traditional soap, as well as a vitalizing bath cream with ginseng and a conditioning shampoo with eruca sativa. Security hair dresser 1600watt. A set of three towels per person is provided.
Absolutely amazing! I've traveled all over Italy for the past few month and stayed in 5 star hotels that could not even compare to the perfectness of this apartment.
If you are in Florence, this is THE PLACE to stay. If I could rate it an 11 I would. Absolutely PERFECT in every sense of the way...Comfort, charm, Location, everything is NEW!
Forget the Four Seasons...Stay HERE!
We cannot imagine a better place to stay in Florence. The apartment was very clean, with all we needed- even some pasta and olive oil. The supermarket is also very close for produce items. Minutes away from anything you want to see in Florence. The piazza outside the building is lively but not to loud at night, steps from amazing restaurants and cafes. We would stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for a place to stay in Florence. The apartment looked exactly as pictured.
Glad we found this gem. Hostess was very nice and explained to us everything we needed to know and recommended us some of her favorite restaurants and tour guides. Apartment is very clean, great location, very comfy. You feel like you are at home. Kitchen is great, all necessary stuff was there. We cooked pasta for ourselves that the hostess prepared for us as a complimentary gift. Bathroom was super clean. Bedroom was awesome with a nice view on the streets.
The host was professional and friendly, and was helpful in finding activities (cooking classes, tours for kids, rental cars) and providing other useful contacts in Florence. The location was perfect, within walking distance to all the sights. The apartment was large, well decorated, with charming touches, art books and all the modern conveniences. Having a Nespresso before setting out each morning was a lovely touch!