Palazzo Aldobrandini was built during the first half of the 14 th century, at a time when the city of Florence began to expand beyond the boundaries of its ancient Roman nucleus. Messer Lapo, a member of the wealthy Aldobrandini family (that had made their fortune through the commerce of spices), commissioned it.
Via delle Belle Donne was then an important commercial road which connected the Mercato Vecchio (the market square) and Via Strozzi to the Porta del Trebbio, the city door that led out towards the north. Although the Aldobrandini family was extremely wealthy, their fortunes were still greatly tied to trade and so it made sense to choose this particular location.
With the opening of the new Ponte Santa Trinita bridge, several important palaces were built on the bridge’s continuation (now the Via Tornabuoni). Via Tornabuoni steadily gained importance and eventually Via delle Belle Donne became a side street. In the 19 th century, Palazzo Aldobrandini housed many painters’ workshops which is probably why most of the flats have very large windows – the celebrated painter Ingres had his studio in one of the apartments.
This delightful studio flat is situated on the first floor overlooking the beautiful Antinori Palace and Garden. The entrance leads straight into the spacious and very luminous living room. On the right hand side, a fully equipped kitchenette is closed off by a decorative set of sliding doors.
The living room has a large three-seater sofa which turns into a comfortable double bed for passing guests, a dining table and an immense window which allows a splendid view of the garden. The furnishings are very decorative and elegant whilst creating a sense of warmth.
A beautifully painted cupboard cleverly conceals the fully equipper kitchenette. A charming spiral staircase in wrought iron leads up to the loft with its double bed and spacious wardrobe and pretty prints of parrots on the walls.The bathroom is on the ground floor and has a tub and hand shower and is spacious and elegant.
The apartment has an armored door, independent heating, air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone (& hi speed connection) and buzzer, electric-stove, oven, fridge and a washing machine and comes supplied with two complete sets of linen.
The apartment is served by a lift.
Comfortable living room with pull-out sofa
Raised gallery double bed
Bathroom with tub Hair dryer
Electric cooker (4 rings) with oven
American coffee maker, toaster
Digital Terrestrial TV
Hi speed internet
Via delle Belle Donne, 14 - Florence