Via della Scala 117, 50123 Florence, MS,
It's not every day you can pretend you belong to an old Florentine family; the Corsinis have lived in the grand palazzo since 1621. Part of the garden's limonaia (where the young lemon trees take refuge during the winter months) has been transformed into a bright and airy apartment for two. Walls, floors, beams, a spiral wooden staircase to the mezzanine above – all is painted a creamy-white, while floor-to-ceiling windows flood the place with light. A pink and white striped sofa, a basket of fat floral-print cushions, gilt frames, red velvet armchairs and, above, a bed under a blue and white quilt,– cleverly divided from its 'bathroom' (a gold-painted roll top bath) by a pretty green wardrobe. This is a real home so your walls are lined with photos, paintings and knick-knacks galore: a paradise for lovers of things vintage. The renaissance gardens – stuffed with weathered statues, clipped hedges and, of course, hundreds of lemon trees – are yours to roam. All feels spacious, great value, and you're right in the thick of things: Brunelleschi's dome is a five-minute stroll. What a find.
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Via della Scala 117, 50123 Florence, MS, Massa-Carrara