Apartment Lorenzo il Magnifico is a bright, modern retreat in the heart of an ancient city. Set in the middle of Florence and named for former ruler Lorenzo de Medici, this luxury Italy vacation rental is just minutes from the Duomo, Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and other must-sees. While it puts you close to Renaissance masterpieces, the private villa’s chic interiors reflect 21st-century Florence, and the one-bedroom layout is perfect for couples on honeymoon or a small family traveling through Tuscany.
Leave your car with the valet parking service—the city’s major sights are close enough that you can walk from the apartment. Breakfast service and housekeeping are included in your stay, so you can simply get up and start your day of sightseeing. At the end of a long day of walking or sampling Florentine specialties, relax in front of the TV or share photos with the villa’s Wi-Fi.
The villa’s traditional heritage is showcased by the peaked, beamed ceilings and a foyer with stately columns, ornate wrought-iron stair railings and charming cotto floors. But the apartment also has a modern side: the ceilings have been freshly whitewashed, and the living room is comfortably furnished with a deep blue velvet sofa and chairs and a jaunty striped rug. A bank of mirrored doors on one wall conceals the kitchen, which is fully equipped down to a dishwasher, where you can prepare meals or snacks to enjoy at the dining area for two.
In a truly luxurious touch, Apartment Lorenzo il Magnifico has one bedroom and two bathrooms, one en-suite. The bedroom’s crisp white bedding and built-in bookshelves create a serene, thoughtful look that’s enhanced by the light flooding through the skylights. With a shower and Turkish bath in one bathroom and a bathtub in the other, you’ll have no shortage of places to stretch out and linger.
With the best of Florence at your doorstep, you’ll be able to tick everything off your must-see list. First, start with some souvenir shopping on the Via Tornabuoni or at the Piazza del Mercato Nuovo, 3 minutes away on foot, then marvel at the Duomo, 4 minutes away. Bring your camera to the famous Ponte Vecchio, a 5-minute walk from the villa, and be prepared to spend all afternoon with some of the world’s greatest works of art at the Uffizi Gallery, a 6-minute walk away. At the end of your holiday, plan on a 7-mile trip from downtown Florence to the city’s airport.