About this listing
The Chapel, located southeast of Florence, on an historic Renaissance estate, enjoys the best of both worlds: convenient access to Florence centre and the peace and quiet of the Tuscan countryside.
It is situated in a protected and peaceful area of more than 20 hectares, just outside of the centre of Florence, at the foot of the hill of Settignano, in a marvellous environment, surrounded by meadows and olive groves.
A pine-lined avenue gives access to the apartment.
Unique, historical and very chic.
The Chapel was built in the eighteenth century and restored in neoclassical style. Originally a private chapel of a famous Renaissance family, the one-bedroom accommodation has recently been carefully restored to its original state and retains its original beauty and charm. The Chapel has been fully decorated with antique furniture by the owners who live nearby and has a wonderful atmosphere.
The interior is about 50 m2 (530 sqft). There is one double bedroom (queen-size bed) located in the chapel's original nave decorated with original frescoes, a living room with full kitchenette located in the former sacristy, and one bathroom with shower located in the former confessional.
This house offers a remarkable number of extras: air-conditioning, TV (regional channels), CD-stereo, DVD-player, free Internet wifi access, cooker with 2 hobs, fridge, microwave, coffee percolator, ample garden, BBQ, parking inside the property, electronic entrance gate to the estate, washing machine (located outside in a courtyard). In the living room you will find art books, travel magazines, city maps, museum and restaurant guides.
The Chapel is independent from the owners villa, who live next door and it has a wonderful atmosphere. It is particularly suitable for a couple looking for a refined cultural experience, and who want to stay in a unique historic place.
The owners occasionally allow four people to stay in the Chapel. An additional bed (1.40 x 2 m) can be put into the living room.
Here you live in a green resort, far away from the bustle of the city with its humming motorbikes and honking cars. While the location is far from disturbance, it is only a short bus ride into the city. There are two bus stops in walking distance: One bus stop is approx. 300 m from the house and buses go to the centre regularly every 15 minutes; the other bus stop is approx. 900 m from the house (with a parking for your car right next to it) and buses go every 3 minutes. A 15 minutes bus ride will take you into the city centre to the Cathedral, Uffizi, Ponte Vecchio ... Therefore, this accommodation is well suited if you wish to travel without a car. Stroll to the "Ponte a Mensola" quarter, which is only 300 m away, where you will find a grocery, a breakfast bar, restaurants, a tobacconist, a newsagent, a hairdresser and one of the two bus stops. A very large supermarket is about 1.5 km away and a bank, a post office and a pharmacy about 1 km.
If you travel by car the villa's location at the south-eastern edge of Florence is a good starting point for going on excursions to the Chianti region, to Siena or to the coast, as the feeder road to the autostrada highway (exit Firenze-Sud) is only 3 km distant and can be reached easily without having to pass through the city centre. This accommodation is - compared to the usual prices in Florence - very reasonably priced and exceptional too for its quiet location and excellent facilities. A fine address in Florence!
Guido was the perfect host - he picked us up and dropped us off at the local bus stop when we had heavy bags at the beginning and end of our stay, but otherwise he left us to it, after showing us the facilities and letting us know to call on him next door if there was anything we needed.
The Chapel is the perfect base from which to explore Florence and the rest of Tuscany, being only 20 minutes on the bus to the centre, but secluded enough to feel like you can just hang out in it and relax if you want to. The tiny kitchen was also well-equipped enough to cook meals for two if you didn't want to go out. The one minuscule gripe we had is that there wasn't much to the 'welcome pack' provided at the start of our stay; just oil, tea & instant coffee, and dried pasta, but there are plenty of supermarkets in the area where you can buy whatever you need (Guido provided lots of maps and guidebooks).
Overall, we had a great time and would definitely consider staying in the Chapel again!
Magical place, beautifully hidden away but still very easy access to Florence. We had a wonderful stay and Guido (always smiling, often laughing) made us feel very welcome - he and his wife had even prepared a small snack to greet us from our long drive. As a host, Guido was convivial, easygoing and made it clear that should we have any difficulties we could approach him (next door) at any time. It was a real pleasure to be there on all fronts.
As for the atmosphere of the apartment, inside was peaceful and a cool retreat from the summer heat. One could spend hours just lying on the bed marveling at the textures of the fresco painted on the arched ceiling.
In our time there, we spent more or less one full day inside, one full day outside and a bit more time somewhere between the two - something to say how pleasant it was to be inside.
We visited with a car, and while going into Florence is best done on public transport due to traffic restrictions, it was great to have the flexibility to explore nearby as well. We weren't there for long, so we didn't go far, but we had a couple of great meals in Fiesole (driving through hair-raisingly narrow roads) and Maiano (after a hike up to Leonardo da Vinci's flight test platform on Monte Ceceri), all with stunning views of the countryside and glimpses of Florence in the distance.
I would be very happy to return given the opportunity and definitely recommend this listing.
The best of both worlds. Set in beautiful grounds in a peaceful setting but yet only a twenty minute bus ride into central Florence.
The accommodation was great. Providing a large bedroom, bathroom, living area and small but adequate kitchen. Attention to detail in the Chapel was amazing.
Guido was very helpful and hospitable. Which made our stay even more relaxing and enjoyable.
A sweet, romantic spot. Off the beaten path, away from the rush of the city. Two bus options can quickly carry you to the centre of Florence in about 40 minutes. I've included the time it takes to walk to the bus stop. The number 10 bus is about an 8 minute walk from the house to the stop. The number 17 bus stop is about a 12 minute walk from the house. Bring your groceries from town. The choices for shopping and eating locally (if you are on foot as I was) are slim. It really is a quiet place to escape too. There is a very small plunge pool to help with the heat. Air conditioning also! Guido is helpful, the Chapel was exactly as shown. It's the perfect size for two people. The little kitchen was fully equipped to allow me to cook basic meals. Bring breakfast. We found salt, pepper, sugar, a box of pasta, some vinegar, and a bottle of juice in the kitchen. Check out is tricky. If you plan on leaving via the number 17 bus you'd better make arrangements with the owner to get out of the property. There are two electronic entry gates that require either the key or someone inside the house to open. We left the key in the room and found that we had no means of opening the gates to get to our bus stop. We altered our plan, went through the garden and took the number 10 bus into Florence. No issue but you need to be aware because the two bus schedules are different at each stop. Guido is a great resource for things to do. There are a ton of books on Italy, Roma, and Florence in the room. We'd recommend checking our Ciaoflorence and their cooking classes and tours. All in all, a good stay, with lots of walking.
Guido was readily available upon our arrival; very friendly and informative and was available throughout most of our stay for any advise or help we needed. Though he left plenty of information for us in the chapel so we didn't need much assistance during our stay. The chapel itself was stunning and the grounds were beautiful. Exactly as in the pictures; so special and memorable which is what we wanted from our stay. The pool was larger than it looked in the picture too which was a bonus; we shared this with a family on a few occasions which was fine as there was plenty of places to sit around it. No where in the grounds was off-limits. Location wise was also perfect for us. We didn't want to be too close to the city itself as we wanted somewhere a little more picturesque and quiet up in the hills. The city centre was so accessible though with two very convenient bus routes at hand. The local village was no more than a 5 minute walk away with a shop and restaurant and there was a charming little square a little further away which offered a few more restaurants and a deli etc. I can't fault our stay at Guido's at all. We had a wonderful time and would recommend it to anyone.
Wir haben unseren Urlaub in der hübschen Kapelle neben der alten Strozzi Residenz sehr genossen. Das Landgut ist nur eine kurze Busfahrt vom Stadzentrum Florenz entfernt.
The beautiful, romantic setting of Residenza Strozzi and the restored chapel in which we stayed made for a dream get away.
Once you enter this old Renaissance Estate, you will not want to leave and we barely did during our stay there. Florence with all its treasures beckoned in the near distance as did the undulating hills of the beautiful Tuscan countryside but we happily stayed put for a large part of our trip.
Super accommodation with good facilities, generous and helpful hosts.
We would return in a heartbeat.
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