Il Palagetto is found in the heart of Florence, in "Oltrarno," next to one of the most characteristic and typical zones in the historical center, that of San Frediano.
The Santa Maria Novella train station is an easy fifteen-minute walk (ten minutes by bus) from the house. From there, all of the most important monuments and attractions of the city are only a short and pleasant walk away. La Fortezza da Basso and Stazione Leopolda (where many festivals and fairs are often held) are in the immediate vicinity, and are easily reachable in a few minutes by taxi or car from Il Palagetto.
Even though our guesthouse is centrally located - at the foot of the hills of Monte Oliveto - it is comfortably tucked away from the traffic and street noise, facing an old, typical Florentine street, and bordering a park with a nearby villa that was once owned by nobility. Il Palagetto Guest House was once the home of a prestigious family in the 600s, and was at one time a part of the agricultural property of the Olivetani fathers (of the nearby convent of Monte Oliveto) outside the city gates. It was transformed into a small residence in the nineteenth century. A private parking area is included for the exclusive use of our guests.
Many parts of the home are still partly conserved in their original form, including the cotto antico (ceramic tile that has been fired) and graniglie toscane (marble mosaic) floors, and a caminetto in terracotta (terracotta fireplace).
The rest has been completely and accurately restored with the same charm of the noble Florentine home as it once was. Il Palagetto, which is very bright and spacious, was at one time used as the work space for a famous Florentine art conservator, who passionately dedicated his work here to the restoration of important works of art; this artistic vocation is still preserved today, as the house displays a few valuable wooden sculptures by Mugellan artist, Luca Mommarelli (www.lucamommarelli.it).
Children and infants are welcome in our guesthouse, where they will find comfortable beds/cribs, toys and books adapted to their age. Il Palagetto also welcomes family pets, free of charge, (to be arranged and agreed upon with the management before arrival) that are well trained, and equipped with muzzles and leashes (pets are allowed in our guesthouse aside from the entrance area and breakfast room).