Lorenzo Il Magnifico Apartments

Lorenzo il Magnifico Apartments offers different solutions to stay in the wonderful city of Florence, in the most comfortable way possible. The typical Tuscan style of the apartments, with exposed beams, old paintings and refined furniture, offers a magical atmosphere. Located in the heart of Florence, the apartments allow you to easily reach all points of interest and come across the traditional Tuscan flavors of trattorias and vintners and local crafts of workshops and workshops, rediscovering the enchanting ancient charm of the city.

Florence

For a complete city tour we recommend starting from Piazza della Repubblica, the center of Florence, since Roman times. Walking along Via Roma and reaching Piazza del Duomo, you will find the Baptistery and its famous "Porta del Paradiso", the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore and the Brunelleschi's Dome, and Giotto's Bell Tower. Passing through the Dante district, you get to the Basilica of Santa Croce, pantheon of famous historical figures such as Michelangelo, Galileo, Machiavelli, Rossini. Then we arrive in the political center of Florence with Palazzo Vecchio, still today the town hall, which overlooks Piazza della Signoria, an open-air museum where you can admire structures such as the copy of Michelangelo's David, the Fountain of Neptune, Perseus and Medusa. Do not miss a visit to the Uffizi Museum, one of the most famous art galleries in the world, where the major works of Botticelli, Michelangelo, Leonardo and many others are exhibited. Crossing the arcades of the Gallery you reach Ponte Vecchio, with its goldsmiths' shops, and then reach Palazzo Pitti, one of the most sumptuous palaces of Europe, where you can visit the wonderful Boboli Gardens. The walk continues towards Piazza Santo Spirito in the Oltrarno district. The Oltrarno represents the Florence of traditions, where the ancient Florentine shops, laboratories and workshops are flanked by modern and trendy bars; it is no coincidence that it is called the "coolest neighborhood in the world"!

Medici District: For those of you who want to get to know the history of the Medici family, lords of Florence, from their first appearance through their rise to become Grand Dukes of Tuscany, we will now list the most representative places to visit, known nowadays collectively as the “Medici District”. Palazzo Medici, first reinassance residence of the Family, where you will be able to visit the famous Magi Chapel (‘Cappella dei Magi’), a real dive into the Medici atmosphere; you will continue the tour with a visit to the San Lorenzo Church, located in the immediate vicinity. Inside San Lorenzo you will be able to see Brunelleschi’s Old Sacristy (‘Vecchia Sagrestia’), the first burial chapel of the Medici family. Last but not least, we strongly advise a stop at the Medici Chapels (‘Cappelle Medicee’), that together with Michelangelo’s New Sacristy (‘Nuova Sagrestia’) form the Medici’s Mausoleum.

Bike tour: The whole of Florence is covered by “MOBIKE” bycicle rental service (whose bicycles are easily recognizable thanks to their bright orange wheels). In order to use the bicycles you will simply have to download the official “MOBIKE” App on your smarphone and register on the service. Starting the tour from the riverbank, we suggest you follow the Lungarno, and cross the river several times, in order to be able to admire all of the city’s main artistic sites, located on both sides of the Arno. This is the perfect tour for those who love to cycle around the city.

Green tour: We suggest, here, a pleasant walk that starts from Ponte Vecchio, and winds its way along the narrow streets of the Oltrarno district. Once you arrive in Piazza Santo Spirito you then carry on towards Palazzo Pitti, and back towards Ponte Vecchio. Shortly after the bridge, you sharp-turn right and start climbing up the steep steps and walking the medieval streets that take you all the way up to Piazzale Michelangelo. From here you will be able to admire a bronze copy of Michelangelo’s David, but most of all you will be able to enjoy a breathtaking, romantic view of the whole of Florence (even more spectacular if you wait until sunset). From the Piazzale, a short walk uphill will take you to an even higher terrace and view point, the church of San Miniato a Monte.

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Before saying goodbye .. Let’s dive into the past!

Where does our family name “Lorenzo il Magnifico Apartments” originate from?

We chose this name to pay homage to the Medici family, an ancient Florentine family, protagonist of central importance in the history of Italy and Europe from the fifteenth to the eighteenth century, and in particular to Lorenzo De ‘Medici.

I medici

The Medici gained de facto control first of the city of Florence, and then of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Except for some short-term interruptions, the Medici power lasted from 1434, with the lordship of Cosimo il Vecchio, to 1737, with the death of Gian Gastone, the last Grand Duke. They were active protagonists of the public and economic life of the city well before their great rise, even if it was only with it that they assumed international fame and prestige. The reasons that led the Medici family to excel so constantly in a landscape as varied and pluralistic as Florence from the fifteenth century were wealth, popular support, the papacy and imperial support. The Medici are still recognized today as pillars of the history of Florence.

Lorenzo De’ Medici

Lorenzo di Piero de ‘Medici, known as Lorenzo the Magnificent, was lord of Florence, writer, patron, poet and humanist, as well as one of the most significant politicians of the Renaissance, both for having embodied the ideal of the humanist prince, and for the careful management of power.

And now .. Come and discover with us the magnificent history of Florence, in the best apartments located in the heart of this beautiful city.

Joseph Rickwert

“More than anything else Florence looks like a dream. In this way, I will try to talk about Florence.”