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Gianluca D'Angeli

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Gianluca D'Angeli

Relais Santa Croce

Florence - Italy

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L'histoire d'un chef Relais & Châteaux

Can you tell us the story of your property?

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.

What is your trademark in terms of the art of generosity and warmth?

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.

What memories do you want to give your customers?

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.

What passions do you share with your guests at your property?

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.

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