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.