Palazzo Aldobrandini was built during the first half of the 14th 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 19th 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.
One enters the apartment through a hallway which leads into a delightful sitting room decorated in vivid colors and pretty floral prints, in pinks and yellows. The sitting room has a large three-seater sofa that pulls out to become a double bed, two arm-chairs, a round dining table with four chairs and further coffee tables and extra chairs. Walking back through the entrance hall one enters a corridor with three spacious closets. On the left hand side is the fully equipped kitchen with a small snack area for quick meals.
Proceeding along the corridor one reaches the large double bed-room with parquet flooring decorative floral motif fabrics and a niche with a trompe l’oeil painted balcony with creepers and a misty view of the Tuscan countryside. Along one side of the room, is a large wardrobe. The bathroom is spacious and has a tub and hand-shower.
The apartment has an armored door, independent heating, air-conditioning, satellite TV, telephone (hi speed internet) and buzzer, dishwasher, electric-stove, oven, fridge and a washing machine and comes supplied with two complete sets of linen.
Entrance with separate kitchenette
4 electric stove and oven
American coffee maker, toaster
Living room with a double pull-out sofa bed
Bathroom with tub Hairdryer
Large double bedroom
Digital Terrestrial TV
Hi speed internet
Washing machine and dishwasher
Air conditioning in the living room and bed-room
Via delle Belle Donne,14 - Florence