Midway through the 18th century, Papal treasurer and sonnet composer Marquis Giovanni Maria Baldinucci, a relative of Filippo Baldinucci, who founded the first nucleus of the Uffizi’s Design Gallery, commissioned the building of the sumptuous palazzo in Via Ghibellina, on a plot of land that had once belonged to Giovanni da Verrazzano, the explorer who discovered New York harbour. The columns framing the entrance portal were brought from Rome, and a vast hall on the main floor was designed as a concert hall, a small ‘Wundertheater.’ The musicians were hidden behind panels painted with historical scenes, to create the illusion that the music was self-generated, and filled the hall magically. Literati, scientists and artists have lived and worked in the rooms of Palazzo Ciofi-Jacometti over the centuries.
Relais Santa Croce is a home not a hotel, we welcome our guests in the most natural way and we desire to immortalize the sensations, insights and experiences that light up the stay of our guests.
The memories of a friendly and warm hospitality in a 17th century residence full of history in one of the most characteristic areas of Florence.
Florence is the cradle of Renaissance and I never stop being amazed by the incredible treasures that surround us. I love to guide our guests and let them immerse in the beauty and harmony of arts: music, painting, sculpture and architecture.