The properties also include a hotel in Ortigia and a resort in Fez
The private historic homes date back to the 14th and 15th centuries and are all located in the centre of Florence, plus one villa just outside the city. The Properties also include a hotel in Ortigia (Syracuse) and a resort in Fez (Morocco).
Florence, Italy.– After 20 years of successful management in luxury leisure, the historic residences of the Rimbotti family, by decision of Countess Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti, are made available to top managers who wish to enjoy a stay of real confort and prestige in the heart of Florence, the world class capital of fine arts, and cradle of Italian Renaissance.
It’s three buildings built between the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, plus a villa in Fiesole,which was inhabited by Alighieri family, were restored with love by the Rimbotti’s and brought to life again. A series of careful planning, since the 1960’s, have also contributed to elevate the beauty of the architectural context.
«Palazzo Rimbotti, for instance», says the Countess, «located as in Piazza Antinori, at the beginning of Via dei Tornabuoni, is at the heart of the luxury shopping district of the city and today goes hand in hand with the baroque style of the Cathedral in front of it.
The building has been a forerunner of the current trend in the area, considering that at one time the big maisons were not there and the boutique of Hermes that we host was the first to open in the neighbourhood.»
The ‘Palaces’ have all very large and comfortable apartments –no comparison with a hotel.
The walls are frescoed and the paintings precious. They all date back to the Golden age of Medici’s Florence. Extremely popular with the USA, Canadian and South American leisure customers, from today they are available for business travellers too. «As for leisure,we are not interested in biteTandTrun business tourism, so we have not made either reservations or prices available on the Internet; travellers contact us personally.»
The offer also includes two luxury boutique hotels in Syracuse and Fez (Morocco), described in detail below, along side the Florentine residences.
Countess Maria Vittoria Colonna Rimbotti
This dwelling dates back to the 15th century, at a time when Florence was beginning to expand beyond its original Roman centre. Towards the 15th century, via Tornabuoni and Piazza Antonori were expanded and became the place where wealthy 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 mid 18th century. Its eight apartments are spacious, luminous and decorated with great taste and creativity. The ensemble gives the visitor a sense of joy, warmth and luxury.
It was built during the first half of the 14th century and precisely at a time in which Florence began to expand beyond the boundaries of the ancient Roman nucleus. In the 19th century it housed several important painters’ studios as Ingres –this is the reason why most of the flats have the classic ancients painter’s studio large Windows resulting in a particular radiance of the spaces.
The property consists of 12 apartments of different sizes, often with a large and luminous living room.
On one side it overlooks via de’ Bardi and on the other it enjoys spectacular views of the Ponte Vecchio, the Uffizi Gallery and the Cathedral. The building dates back to the 15th century and it wasn’t modified until mid 19th century, when architect Enrico Poggi drew up a huge architectural and landscape plan for the whole of the city. The property consists of 12 apartments of different sizes, often enjoying the view of the river.
Villa Il Garofalo
Among the families who in the course of the centuries have lived in Villa Il Garofalo, the most renowned appears to be Dante’s one –the father of the Italian language. Located on the Florentine slope of Fiesole, it offers spectacular views over the main monuments of the old town.
Near the cloister, the captivatingly romantic grounds are often used for summer receptions. The carefully furnished halls highlight a great attention to details and feature precious pieces of furniture and paintings. Especially striking are the large tapestry of Brussels manufacturers in the piano room as well as the ample mahogany table in the Mirror hall.
Three of the four ground halls open on the beautiful Italian gardens, which offer a breath taking view over Florence. Their farthest section is ideal for outdoor ceremonias with a view.
Algilà Ortigia (Syracuse)
This charming hotel stands on the ancient Mastra Rua, a Street from the 14th century where the main noblemen of the city had their residences. The refined dwelling housing the hotel is the result of the fusión of two buildings preserved in their original structure by a recent restoration. Antique furniture and precios brightly painted ceramics of old Sicilian design and textiles in warm colours guarantee elevated quality, comfort and give way to a harmonious atmosphere.
The hotel has 30 rooms from classic to de luxe Spa level, all with mod cons such air conditioning, wireless, satellite TV, safe, bar fridge, hair dryer.
Algilà Fez (Morocco)
Nestled at the end of a quiet street, near the heart of the ancient labyrinth of Fez’s Medina, the Algilà Fez offers a charming base for exploring the souks and monuments of Morocco’s imperial cities. It comprises three interconnected 18th century residences for a total of 12 units, including 5 suites.
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