Belmond Villa San Michele has to be one of the most romantic hotels in the world, with beautiful Italian gardens bursting with fragrant roses, set in a 15th century monastery and offering breathtaking views over Florence and the Tuscan countryside.
This iconic hotel, voted one of the world's most beautiful, has amazing views of Florence and boasts a façade by Michelangelo
The hotel's main fine dining restaurant 'The Loggia' offers sublime Italian cooking with exceptional views over Florence
The hotel's cookery school has established a reputation for excellence among gourmets all over the world - internationally renowned chefs come to teach here
Relax in the hotel's stunning hilltop swimming pool and enjoy a calm oasis from the city centre
A 15th century Franciscan monastery with amazing views of Florence and boasting a façade by Michelangelo - there can be no more quintessential Italian experience, especially if you opt for the Michelangelo Suite, the Old Chapel or the new Garden Suites. Belmond Villa San Michele, fully restored by Belmond and voted one of the world's most beautiful, promises a rare experience indeed. And Chianti itself, the Medici Villas, San Gimignano, Siena, the breathtaking Tuscan countryside with its picture-book villages and, of course, the Renaissance splendour of Florence, with its museums, churches, art galleries and designer shopping, are all on your doorstep.
Set amidst the Italian gardens scented with lemon, the luxurious panoramic swimming pool is the perfect place to relax and admire the stunning vistas. The small gym also offers brilliant views. Local golf clubs offer championship-quality courses and there are tennis facilities nearby to learn or improve your skills.
Internationally renowned chefs come to teach the cookery school here, while regular guests of Belmond Villa San Michele have discovered yet another reason to return time and again. These cooking classes have a reputation for excellence amongst gourmet restaurants around the world.
When to visit
Book a lesson at the cookery school and you may be taught by an internationally renowned chef! They can even offer lessons for children.
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Situated on a hilltop in Fiesole (part of Florence), surrounded by trees and terraced gardens overlooking the city of Florence and the Arno Valley below.
British Airways flight to Florence (2-hour 7-minutes) or Pisa (2-hour 10-minutes). Florence is a 20-minute drive by car to the hotel, Pisa is a 90-minute drive.
Florence by private boat
Take to the water and explore the city of Florence from a new perspective, on board a private boat. Cruise along the Arno with your private guide, enjoying views of the city's landmarks.
Fresco workshop in Florence
Learn the fascinating art of fresco painting under the guidance of a real expert. Discover how these beautiful works of art are created before trying the techniques for yourself.
Gelato making workshop in Florence
Learn how to create delicious and authentic Italian gelato in a private workshop with a professional chef. You'll discover the history behind this delicious dessert before making and tasting your own gelato.
Private Florence market tour and cooking class
Head to one of Florence's bustling markets with a professional chef, where you'll choose your ingredients before heading to the kitchen and learning how to cook traditional Italian dishes.
Tour of the Duomo with an art historian
The impressive Duomo, also known as the Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore, is one of the most iconic monuments of Florence. Explore this incredible complex with your private guide and learn about its history and architecture.
Tour of the Uffizi Gallery with an art historian
Discover the stunning works of art in the Uffizi Gallery with your private art historian guide and admire important Renaissance masterpieces by Italian artists including Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Michelangelo.
Walking tour of Florence
Explore the historic centre of Florence with your private guide, learning about the city's past, from the Roman era to the birth of the Renaissance. As you discover the city, admire some of Florence's key sights, including the breathtaking Duomo.
Wine tasting in Chianti
Travel through the beautiful Tuscan countryside to discover the wines of Chianti, the area's most celebrated wine region. Visit two wineries to taste the local produce and enjoy a delicious lunch.