FISP is unique because we offer participants the choice of finding their own accommodation or staying with our exclusive partners Palazzo Belfiore, whose fantastic 14th-century apartments are some of Florence's most luxurious buildings. We have secured a deal with them that gives you a bedroom in these amazing apartments for a fraction of the price. Either way, social meals together and evening sessions mean you will make friends for life on our fantastic course. 


All the apartments are 1-minute away from our main rehearsal venue, St Marks, and are furnished with a kitchen. Participants have the option to stay in apartments with one, two or three bedrooms. All apartments will be shared by singers attending FISP, and all rooms are lockable. The fantastic double beds mean that you pay NOTHING extra for the room if coming with a spouse or friend. We believe choral courses should be affordable. Please do not hesitate to contact us regarding sofa beds (which can be arranged).

See below for more details of the apartments on offer or look directly at our partner's website 


Palazzo Belfiore offers all the best services to create an unforgettable vacation in Florence:

  • Air conditioning in all rooms, apartments and common areas

  • Welcome package at arrival

  • Free Wi-Fi

  • No smoking

  • Private Driver Service upon request for Airport / Station transfers and Private Drives or Tours

  • Privileged contacts for unique experiences

  • Housekeeping included according to the length of stay (also daily upon request)

  • Laundry Service: self-service with tokens or serviced by our Housekeepers

  • Kids equipment

  • Dogs equipment (to be agreed upon before arrival)

  • Parking facilities with garage close-by

  • Filtered fresh natural and sparkling water – available for any time refill

  • Self-check-in available

  • Accessible Apartment with easy to fold and use the ramp

  • Palazzo Belfiore Tea: customised blend by Oro Nero for our guests available in the apartments


Caterina de’ Medici was a noblewoman and daughter of Lorenzo II de’ Medici and the French noblewoman Madeleine de La Tour d’Auvergne. She became Queen of France when she married King Henry II, from 1547 until 1559. Caterina bore three sons, two of whom died untimely deaths, making her third son King Henry III after the death of his two brothers. Whilst her sons were too young to take the throne, she ruled France as its regent, and because of this she had extensive, if at times varying, influence in the political life of France.

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. Being on the top floor, abundant light comes in through its numerous windows. This ample space offers a quaint hallway and a spacious dining room and also a fully-equipped kitchen with washing machine, microwave oven and a beautiful eighteenth century fireplace. The apartment has a total of 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 (or one double bed by request). Tastefully decorated with a mix of modern and antique furniture, the Caterina de’ Medici apartment is a perfect blend of old and new. This apartment is ideal for a big family or a group of friends.