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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.
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.
Guido & his lovely wife made us feel very welcome. The surrounding neighbourhood was beautiful and
the local people were very friendly.The Chapel was every bit as pretty as the pictures and perfectly situated for easy access into the centre of Florence.
Guido made my wife and I feel most welcome at the Strozzi Chapel which has been converted into accommodation. It is beautifully restored and furnished with painstaking attention to period details. The bed was comfortable and the surroundings stunning, being adjacent to the impressive Strozzi Villa , overlooking a fine Renaissance garden, complete with fountain, the rolling Tuscan hills in the distance. Guido was the consummate host - extremely helpful with local knowledge of how to get to places in Firenze, and public transport information - and he even made a reservation for us for the Uffizi gallery. Our stay was made all the easier with his relaxed hospitality.
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
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