Ippolita is a unique apartment located on the second floor, or “piano nobile,” of a landmarked Florentine palazzo set in an outstanding location inside the historical city center. The apartment, meticulously maintained with every detail restored to perfection, faces the famous Cappelle Medicee, which dates back to the 16th and 17th centuries. When you step outside the door, you find yourself strolling in the city’s oldest neighborhood, and the Santa Maria Novella Rail station is only 5 minutes away by foot. The location is within walking distance to shopping, world famous museums and galleries, and the city’s finest outdoor monuments, besides plenty of restaurants and cafés with ample sidewalk seating perfect for soaking up the atmosphere. The history and integrity of this historic home remain intact, enhanced by modern amenities.
Reviewed on 09/26/2018
Lance and Diana M.
This historical home is beautiful. The owners’ spirit of hospitality sets a new standard for welcoming visitors in the wonderful Florence.
Reviewed on 09/03/2018
May the blessing of the spirit of Florence be on all who stay here. The hosts have been the most gracious, kind and helpful we have ever met during our many international travels. Wonderful recommendations and assistance during our stay in this truly amazing home.
Reviewed on 05/19/2018
Apartment Ippolita in Florence was suburb. Highly recommend it. Very nice people. The owner actually walked us around to show us the location of things and when we left he walked us to the train station and helped carry our bags. The apartment was huge and better equipped than any of the others we have stayed in. Washer/dryer and kitchen were perfect. The frescoes and furnishings were terrific. They also had a cleaning lady coming daily including in the rate. Location was very convenient too.
Reviewed on 05/06/2018
Natale and Elisabeth
We enjoyed this beautiful home. We had a wonderful stay in Florence. The market was fantastic! We had fresh fish and pasta every day. The time just flew by. We will love to return some day. This is a wonderful location…so easy to walk everywhere.
Fabulous, Fantastic, Incredible.
Reviewed on 12/27/2017
La March Family
Fabulous, Fantastic, Incredible. These are the words I use to describe our recent visit to Florence, our third trip but definitely not our last. For years my wife has dreamed of “living” in Florence. So this year we did it. We found an unbelievable villa in downtown Florence, in one of the oldest Piazzas in the city. I’m attaching the brochure for review. You really can’t call this a villa, it’s more of a luxury apartment. 3000 square feet of luxury, with every amenity that one could ask for. This villa was built in the 1400’s, before the US was even discovered. It was re-done in the 1700’s and purchased by the current owner’s family in the 1980’s. It’s pretty incredible to lay in bed at night and look up at beautiful ceilings painted in the mid 1700’s. The apartment is impeccably maintained, reasonable to rent, and comes with all manner of extras. The extras start with the owner, who doubles as your host and 24/7 concierge. Giovanni is one of the nicest, most accomplished hosts that we have ever had the pleasure to know. This was, without a doubt, the trip of a lifetime.
Reviewed on 06/25/2016
Florence is truly spectacular. But it is people like Ippolita’s owners that make it special. Their pride of Florence and their hospitality is a treat. The sights and sounds we carry in our minds, the special people we carry in our hearts forever. We look forward to visiting again … and next time we know where we will stay!
Nearest Airport: Florence Peretola 26 min
Nearest point of interest: Florence Cathedral 5-min walk
Nearest major city: Siena 1 h
Driving time estimated by Google Maps
Florence, a medieval city of timeless artistic beauty is there to be discovered. The beautiful Cathedral of Santa Maria Del Fiore, the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella, the Pitti Palace, and Ponte Vecchio are only few of the city’s most famous architectural masterpieces. Check at least one of its museums – we like the Academy of Fine Arts, which houses Michelangelo’s superb David. Stroll the narrow streets of Florence, the cradle of the Reinassance, and marvel at the richness of this real open museum. Enjoy a cappuccino on one of its piazzas, or a colorful gelato to cool off the summer heat. Whatever you do, don’t pinch yourself…you are not dreaming!
WHERE TO EAT
La Giostra - serving Tuscan Cuisine where the highlight is Chianina Tagliata, a kind of carpaccio that goes into the oven with garlic, rosemary and bay leaf. The charismatic Soldano, owner of the restaurant and Prince of Hapsburg Lorena, makes the dining experience unique by welcoming you in person in this romantic venue where the motto is still “in food we trust”.
Borgo Pinti, 10-18 R, Florence - +39 055 241341
Trattoria Sostanza - Informal and modest place, up to 35 seats with communal dining, no menu in English, and an essential – almost unattractive - décor that should not discourage you to try the food…every dish is thick with flavor. You can try the artichoke pie but if you really want to taste a piece of heaven order the butter-roasted chicken. Reservation is a must.
Via del Porcellana 25/r, Florence – +39 055 212691
Procacci, - now owned by Antinori - for a small bite while shopping in Florence, stop at this special gastronomic venue and order some truffle sandwiches and a glass of prosecco. Your experience will be elevated a notch!
Via Tornabuoni 64red, Florence - +39 055 211656
Il Santo Bevitore - A romantic place in Oltrarno area with a youthful atmosphere which is both welcoming and stylish. Very good food and large selection of wine. – next door Il Santino, is a wine and Italian tapas bar from the same owner – perfect for aperitivo!
Via di Santo Spirito, 64/66, Florence - +39 055 211264
4 Leoni - located in the city historical center, this casual restaurant serves authentic Florentine cuisine. In summer, outdoor seating overlooks one of the most characteristic corners of Florence. Reservations are a must, especially for outdoor seating.
Piazza della Passera, Florence - +39 055 218562
Santarpia- For the best pizza, Neapolitan style, do not miss the recently opened stylish yet essential venue. Choose among mouthwatering toppings such as burrata and truffle, mozzarella di bufala or a classic Margherita, to enjoy this ultra-italian specialty at its best. Reservations are strongly recommended.
Largo Pietro Annigoni, 9, Florence - +39 055 245829
WHERE TO SHOP
Clothing - Luisa Via Roma - Unique concept store proposing emerging and avant-garde designers.
Via Roma 19/21 red, Florence - +39 055 906 4116
Clothing – Flow – For the latest fashion brands, with a young and trendy look in a uber-stylish store. Visit also its twin Flow Run for top sneakers from major brands.
Via de' Vecchietti, 22 - +39 055 215504
Perfumes - Lorenzo Villoresi - Creator of unique fragrances, by appointment; prêt-à-porter fragrances, bath and body products, and home fragrances are also available.
Via de Bardi 12, Florence - +39 055 234 1187
Skin Care and Herbal products - Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella - Perfumes, essential soaps, essential oils, and herbs…they all smell divine, especially Acqua di Colonia Melograno!
Via della Scala 16, Florence - +39 055 216 276
Fine leather Goods - Tattanelli - Florentine designer creating beautiful and fashionable items to enjoy for years!
Piazza Pitti 31r, Florence - +39 055 219 324
Custom made Men's Shoes - Ugolini - Elegant and lightweight shoes that every gentleman should own.
Via Michelozzi 17r, Florence - +39 055 216 246
Specialty Food store - Pegna - Gourmet delicatessen market, ideal place to shop and bring some delicious foods back home.
Via dello Studio 8, Florence - +39 055 282 701