Convivio apartment is in a restored 13th century tower building in the very heart of medieval Florence. The building is one of the oldest, in a city which really only began its rise to greatness in the 11th century.

The Cerchi family was one of the great Florentine families of the 14th century, leaders of the 'whites' faction with which Dante Alighieri was also aligned.

Via de' Cerchi intersects with Via Dante Alighieri, and Dante's footsteps still echo loudlyhere - the house where he was born, the tiny church where he first met Beatrice.

You are surrounded by services - shopping, restaurants, bars, food - bread, wine, fruit, cheeses, salami - internet & photocopy services, the Amex office and much more, and not five minutes walk from Brunelleschi's famous Duomo, the Uffizzi gallery, the Pitti Palace and the Ponte Vecchio.

The statue of Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici

Via de' Cerchi gives onto perhaps the most famous piazza in Italy - birthplace of the Renaissance - the Piazza della Signoria, with its glorious sculptures, chief amongst them, Michelangelo's luminous David, and Cellini's famous Perseus. To pass the huge bronze of the Grand Duke Cosimo de' Medici on his great stallion, every night as you walk home from dinner, is an unforgettable experience.

On Sundays, head for lunch in the hills, in the near surroundings, as do the Florentines - magical Fiesole looking down upon the red roofs of Florence, and the Basilica of San Miniato with its glorious terrace. From here you also have the perfect base for day-trips exploring Tuscany and Umbria - San Gimignano with its towers & artist, Montalcino's famous wine, Brunello, Siena and the Palio, and much more.