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!
From Jun 1 - Aug 31, 2015 the minimum stay is 5 nights.
My husband and I stayed in Guido's beautiful chapel for 3 nights and we couldn't be more pleased with our stay. The chapel is just a 20 minute bus ride from Florence Centre and the buses are very reliable (except for Sundays when I think the service differs slightly). Being out if the centre, you are away from the hustle and bustle of Florence, where it is situated feels like you are in the Tuscan countryside. We felt that this was the best of both worlds. A short walk will take you to a grocery shop and the local Trattoria. The Trattoria is family run and offers excellent Tuscan Fayre.
Guido was a fantastic host and couldn't be more helpful. Contact prior to our arrival was really good and he gave good instructions on how to get to Florence after our fight from Pisa. The chapel was very clean and tidy and the linen and bed linen was spotless. Guido had even provided us with items for breakfast. The kitchen is equipped if you wish to cook, we did not. Overall I cannot find any fault with this accommodation or it's host and we wish to return some time in the future.
Guido and Pia were absolutly perfect hosts, upgrading us for our second week from the chapel to the Scuderia. This simply because they could do so. So kind. Being first timers to Europe and of course Italy, they were so helpful in so many ways. The Cappelle (chapel) was astoundingly quaint from the wisteria hanging over the front door to the exquisit marble carving on the wall just to the left of the main door. From the grillwork separating the bedroom from the main room, to the tiny but well stocked kitchen... it just goes on and on. The grounds were breathtaking in early spring, with so many flowers in bloom and the vistas across the lowlands from the main villa toward the city of Florence, speak well of the foresight of the Strozzi family when they began construction hundreds of years ago. Florence and Roma were great in their way but the highlite of this first trip was to ramble around the local town, ride the bus up the hill a couple miles to Settignano, eat at Cafe Desiderio as the guests of proprieter Michele and just be part if the sweet life. Fran and I cannot recommend this place highly enough. It is a treasure as are Guido and his wife (website hidden) they were in the process of building an inground pool for granddaughters and guests while we were there. So will have a cool spot on hot summer days. Do yourselves a favor and book it now! Pps please dont book it when I want to go back. Ha
Nous sommes très heureux du séjour que nous avons passé chez Guido. L'emplacement de la location est parfait, très calme, reposant et le petit village mignon. L'accueil de Guido fut très agréable et il s'est montré flexible malgré notre arrivée tardive. Dans l'appartement tout est fait pour que nous puissions passer un bon moment.
Je recommande vivement cette location.
What an idyllic estate set up in the hills above Florence! It is just a 20 min bus ride from the center and a gorgeous 5 minute walk to the villa through an adorable path surrounded by olive groves. I loved the serenity, charm and beauty of it all. Guido is an amazingly hospitable host. He is communicative, generous and passionate about this historic estate. I cannot wait to return. The chapel was so charming, immaculately clean and warm, i was there during the cold months. Internet was super fast! See you very soon Guido and thank you
Guido is a pleasant host who provided a wealth of information – both by email and in person. The place is stunning- as the photos depict- and provided a true restful place. Guido provides all the info to take a bus into Florence… it was a short walk to the bus – and a 20 minute ride from there. As we had a car- (not recommended for Florence) this was the perfect solution for us- since parking was gated and free at Guido’s place. THANK YOU GUIDO!
Fantastic! The chapel was beautiful, tranquil, and completely charming. I had a lovely stay, especially since I had a car and the parking situation was very convenient. The chapel itself is amazing, the bed was quite comfortable, and the grounds of the villa spectacular. This is definitely a luxury accommodation and I highly recommend staying here if you come to Florence.
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