Our philosophy

When we decided to transform the building in Borgo S.Jacopo in apartments for tourist use, we had clear ideas. Here once there was the shop and workshop of our grandfather, who began his activity as a carver in 1948 a few steps from Ponte Vecchio.    We wanted to keep his artistic soul intact, starting with the name that pays tribute to this bond: Art Stays. To make our dream come true, we found an architect who could help us enhance the history of the building, thanks to a conservative restoration. As the works proceeded it was fascinating rediscover frescoes, wooden beams, brick arches and traces of all those secular stratifications typical of a city like Florence. From the ancient Roman Florentia to the medieval times, until the Renaissance, and then to the Leopoldine Florence, we can say that within these walls you can breathe the history of the city. Each apartment is different from the others, with the uniqueness that materials such as stone, terracotta, wood can carry over the years. We went to insert in a historical context our furniture, still made in an artisanal way on the outskirts of Florence, maintaining a contemporary look. In the apartments there are important architectural elements, walls, floors and ceilings that are already “protagonists” and therefore we did not want to load them too much. We opted for a light, monochrome, refined furnishing style. And of course we used all the “invisible” technology that allows you to have a comfortable stay.


An ancient tower house that housed pilgrims bound for Rome

The apartments Soggiorni d’Arte are located in Borgo San Jacopo, a stone’s throw from Pontevecchio, in the part of the road that was saved from the bombings of the Second World War. Historically the palace was a tower house, used as accommodation to give hospitality to pilgrims heading towards Rome, complete with an internal well and water on all floors. The oldest nucleus of the palace dates back to 1500. In the following centuries has undergone major changes, today we would say restructuring, and as sometimes happened in such situations someone thought to write the date to keep track of it. On the ground floor you can admire the plaque showing the year 1792, in which the last floor was probably built.


Borgo S. Jacopo

Sometimes tourists ask us why the street is called Borgo S.Jacopo. In the Middle Ages this area was outside the walls of Florence (the third circle of the Florentine walls). With the word “hamlets” they were called , the streets that came out of the ancient gates of the city, along which the houses of the newcomers were built, destined to be incorporated in the following centuries. As the city grew larger, new walls were added. Around the year 1000 this was the outskirts of Florence! The name of the village is linked to the Church of San Jacopo Soprarno created in the tenth century, and to the religious company of the same name, founded for the Jubilee of 1300 to assist travelers to Rome. Already in 1050 there was a “hospice” for pilgrims.


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