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The Caterina de’ Medici Apartment

The apartment that bears her name is situated on the top floor of Palazzo Belfiore and is the largest of all the seven apartments, measuring approximately 100 square meters (1076 sq ft). Being on the top floor, abundant light comes in through its numerous windows which offer a beautiful view on the florentine rooftops and a foreshortening of Palazzo Pitti.

This ample apartment offers a quaint hallway and a spacious dining room connected to a fully-equipped kitchen with washing machine, microwave oven and a beautiful eighteenth century fireplace. The apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with showers, one of which also has a small window. The master bedroom has a king-sized double bed (or two single beds by request), and the second bedroom is divided into two floors with one bed on each floor. A single bed is up on the mezzanine floor, from where you have a view across the rooftops of Florence to the dome of the nearby Santo Spirito Church. The third bedroom has two single beds and it’s connected to one of the two bathroom previously mentioned. Tastefully decorated with a mix of modern and antique furniture, the Caterina de’ Medici apartment is a perfect blend of old and new. With a total of six bed settlements, Caterina apartment is the perfect accommodation for a big family or a group of friends.

In Caterina de’ Medici apartment you’ll find:

Two bottles of water as complimentary

An iron

A laundry bag

A hair dryer

A caffettiera or moka

An oven

A kettler

A toaster


Two bathrooms with shower amenities and towels

4 baskets with labels for recycling garbage

A first emergency kit

Who is Caterina de’ Medici?

Caterina de’ Medici was queen consort of France, as wife of Henry II, from 1547 to 1559, regent from 1560 to 1563. Known as “the queen mother” for having generated three French sovereigns (Francis II, Charles IX , Henry III), she had a great and lasting influence on the political life of the state. A sort of black legend that has haunted her since time immemorial has made her an austere, vindictive, attached to power and even evil person, ready for any expedient in order to achieve her goals. In modern historiography Caterina de’ Medici is considered one of the greatest sovereigns of France. She supported civil tolerance and attempted to follow a conciliation policy with the help of her advisers, animated primarily by the desire to ensure the continuation of the Valois dynasty. Her role in the massacre on the night of San Bartolomeo, however, still contributes to make it a controversial character.