La Camerata Fiorentina

via dei Benci - Santa Croce - Florence

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Luxury apartment in Florence with 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms. Ideal if you are looking for an exclusive and unique experience in the heart of Florence's Santa Croce quarter. It can also be rented for photo shoots, meetings and weddings.

Palazzo Bardi, located on via de' Benci near the Arno river was built in 1420 by Brunelleschi and is still considered today as one of the first buildings in Florence to highlight the first steps towards a new model of private Renaissance palaces in Florence, thanks to the changes in the late gothic architecture. The courtyard of the palazzo boasts Andrea della Robbia majolicas, a crown of big Brunelleschi style columns, antique marbles and precious Renaissance ironworks. The Palazzo’s impressive restoration was finally completed in 2012 after many long years of careful preparation and work. The palazzo in mint condition offers 8 privately owned luxury apartments (the owners are mainly British or Americans) including the Camerata Fiorentina. There is also an English speaking porter and video security system which ensures the best security and privacy. The apartment has a real story to tell. It was actually the place that gave rise to the Opera as we know it today, back on 14th of January 1573. Infact, the name of the apartment comes from the fact that in the 16th century the “Camerata Fiorentina” used to meet in this apartment, which was the palazzo’s theatre during the Reinassance period. The Florentine Camerata, led by Count Bardi was a group of scientists and other important scholars of musical theory, among whom Vincenzo Galilei, father of Galileo. Together they created new musical principles, merging music to the 33rd “Canto” of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno, giving birth to what is known now as Lyrical Opera. Still hanging from the ceiling of the apartment are the original scenic machinery used at that time when carrying out the operas. The Florentine Camerata is located on the Piano Nobile (first floor, second floor in America, no lift, 30 steps to climb). It is 320 sq. meters (3.400 sq. ft.) and is split on two levels. The décor is a combination of the finest contemporary Italian design and authentic 16th century Florentine architectural details. The interiors are superbly decorated with original plaster works and 18th century frescoes. Bauhaus period furniture are from the absolute best designers: Van der Rohe, Eames, Le Corbusier, matching a precious 17th century sofa and two Medieval terracotta statues. Castiglioni, Flos and Fontanarte lighting gives to the place a very special atmosphere in the evening.
On the lower level you will find: the entrance with a magnificent library, the superb master bedroom complete with lounge with en suite bathroom with tub, a further two bedrooms, one to each side of the double ceiling open space, and with private relaxation area and en-suite shower bathroom. There is also a guest toilet, washer and drier corner.
On the mezzanine level, overlooking the lower level you will find: the drawing room, the dining room with leather chairs and table that can seat up to 12, a beautiful fully fitted kitchen, and a cocktail and coffee bar with leather stools. All of the rooms are extremely spacious.
The floors are resin and the ceilings wonderful authentic decorative wooden panels. What is more, the kitchen equipment and internal systems are state of the art. The apartment has Wi-Fi Internet, AC, Heating, Sound system, Video system, Flat screen TV in sitting room and in every bedroom, DVD and CD players, Satellite TV, Water purification system and a safe for valuables. This fascinating, luxurious residence matches the needs of modern comfort whilst at the same time blending such history, beauty and timeless elegance which will provide all guests with a truly ultimate experience in Florence. The Camerata Fiorentina is a dream come true. Your true luxury home from home and just a few meters from all the main sites and attractions that the wonderful city of Florence has to offer.

Sleeping in the Cradle of Opera: The New York Times talks about La Camerata Fiorentina, as a true example of the rebirth of one of Florence's 15th Century palazzi, in the section Great Homes and Destinations.

Pricing Information:
Please contact the office if you are interested in renting for more than one month.
Well educated pets are permitted.

Included in the price: Utilities, final cleaning, towels and sheets provided, condominium fees, and agency fees.
Not included in the price: Tourist tax of 4.00€ per person (over the age of 12) per night, for the first 7 nights (for information regarding exemptions and reductions, see our F.A.Q. page).

Security Deposit:
All clients staying in the apartment will be required upon arrival to provide a valid credit card as a guarantee for the security deposit for the amount of 4.000,00 €.

The apartment is located on via de' Benci, a wonderful cobblestone street, which forms part of the Santa Croce district on the eastern edge of Florence’s historic city centre. The area takes its name from one of the city’s most remarkable churches. The Santa Croce neighbourhood provides a rare glimpse of “old” Florence with lively markets and tiny leather and artisan workshops, including the flea market (Mercato delle Pulci) at Piazza dei Ciompi. The Mercato St. Ambrogio, the city’s second main food market after the Mercato San Lorenzo, is within close walking distance too. Furthermore, the area is just a stone’s throw from some of the city’s main cultural attractions such as the Bargello Palace, which houses one of Italy’s most important museums, the Casa Buonarroti, (the former home of Michelangelo), Piazza della Signoria, Palazzo Vecchio and Ponte Vecchio, not forgetting the magnificent Santa Croce church and museum. You will also enjoy the largest selection of boutique shops, bars and typical restaurants and pizzerias within the city. Three of the finest and most expensive restaurants, Cibreo, Pinchiorri and Alle Murate are located nearby. There is also a good choice of mid-priced options. By night, Santa Croce becomes one of the liveliest parts of town and with its pedestrianised streets and illuminated buildings it transforms into the perfect venue for an after-dinner glass of wine or evening stroll. For those choosing an apartment in this area Santa Croce offers several food stores, supermarkets, laundrettes and individual gift shops as well as being adequately served by the local public transport service.

Public transport
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Florence city centre is a ZTL zone which means a “limited traffic zone” and therefore special rules apply to when you can enter this area. This particular apartment is in fact located within the ZTL zone so this means that if you are thinking of coming to Florence by car and wish to drive around and park, then you will need to pay special attention to the road signs, CCTV cameras and access cameras (they will show either a red/green light) in order to avoid receiving fines. Guests who need to travel within the ZTL zone by car to reach their apartment are advised to contact one of the private garages in the centre (the one nearest the apartment you are staying in) and obtain a temporary access permit. Upon arrival at the garage, guests must specify they need access for the ZTL and the garage will then note the vehicle’s number plate and forward it to the appropriate police headquarters.

This property for rent is not a hotel, agritourism, B&B or similar, and therefore by law, extra services similar to those you may find in these types of accommodations, such as a reception, concierge or security, receiving mail, provision of meals and drinks, cleaning and change of linen during your stay, and amenity kits with soaps etc. are strictly prohibited.

APE energy certification level: G 132.5 kWh/m2 per year

Booking conditions

  • Inclusions Final cleaning
    Initial cleaning
  • Available methods of payment: Wire transfer
    Credit Card
  • Check-in time: 15:00 - 19:00
  • Check-out time: 09:00 - 11:00
  • Cancellation Policy The full rental amount paid will be retained.


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