Palazzo Rimbotti dates back to the 14 th century, at a time when Florence was beginning to expand beyond its original Roman centre. Compared to the Via delle Belle Donne, Via Tornabuoni and Piazza Antinori were then parallel side streets leading out towards the city’s exits.
It was only later, towards the mid 15 th century, that Via Tornabuoni and Piazza Antinori were expanded and became the place where rich Florentines bought and refurbished large buildings to turn them into stately homes. Throughout the centuries, Palazzo Rimbotti was extensively remodelled, acquiring its present day aspect around the mid 18 th century.
The apartment has an enormous sitting room overlooking the façade of the church of San Gaetano. At night the church is beautifully floodlit, and the white marble Medici crest, visible directly opposite the sitting room, stands out creating a very dramatic effect.
Located on the elegant Piazza Antinori facing the church of San Gaetano, this sumptuous newly re-decorated apartment takes its name from the large Medici coat of arms which rests on the façade of the Church.
One steps from the landing into a large rectangular hall, painted in a soft tone of peach. The antique furniture and carpets and the ornamental brass wall-lamps all contribute to give and air of quiet elegance and luxury. To the right of the entrance, the first bedroom, with twin beds. The room is decorated in soft ochres and terracotta, with delightful prints on the walls and a pretty and spacious painted wardrobe in one corner.
Opposite the entrance, a vestibule annexed to the large bathroom with tub and a shower with large shower head. The vestibule, with wash-basin, is stunningly decorated in neo-classical style with trompe l’oeil marbleising in tones of green and ochre yellow and grey. To the left of the entrance, across the hall-way, the very large sitting room, with its impressive view over San Gaetano.
The colour palette is a mixture of soft greens, spicy reds and rusts. A three-seater and a two-seater sofa and two large arm-chairs create a cosy corner, with side tables and beautifully painted chinoiserie panels. The rest of the room is left empty to give space, with a few chairs and small side-tables along the walls. Beautiful period prints of Medici Villas adorn the walls.
Through a door, the small but fully equipped kitchen in tones of light blue and white. Leading into the kitchen, a small antechamber with a balcony window looking out onto the church. A bar-ledge runs along the wall, providing an ideal place for a “snack with a view”!
Behind the sitting room is the double bedroom, in a stunning mint-green. The choice of fabrics ranges from rust coloured, to green moiré and wonderful spice-coloured printed patterns. The room has an elegant en-suite bathroom in cream tiles and a shower with large shower head.. The apartment has an armoured door, independent heating, air-conditioning, bell and buzzer, telephone (hi speed Internet), satellite TV (LCD), 4-burner gas stove, oven, fridge/freezer, crockery, hair dryer, two sets of linen and towels. There is a heating contribution during the winter season (November 1 – April 30). The apartment is served by a lift and has a day-time porter service.
Large entrance hall
Very large living room with 2 windows overlooking the Church of S.Gaetano