Belmond Villa San Michele

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

At a Glance

  • 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 center

  • Set on the outskirts of Florence, the hotel offers complimentary shuttle into the center daily

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Best time to Visit

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Average time to visit

Florence is an exciting place to visit at any time of the year, and most attractions are open all year round. The best time to visit Florence is in May, early June, late September and October. Days during those months are usually warm, and quite long. July and August are hot and humid with many tourists. Since most Italians leave their hot cities in the summer, many restaurants are closed in Florence.

Winter can get cold, particularly January but it is quiet. Temperatures are more favourable in the spring and autumn months.

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Insider's View

Book a lesson at the cookery school and you may be taught by an internationally renowned chef! They can even offer lessons for children.

Make sure to request a table at the front of the terrace at the Loggia Restaurant for magnificent uninterrupted views over Florence.

The Belmond Villa San Michele pool is perched on a grassy plateau above the spectacular Belmond gardens. Relax on a sun lounger, drink in hand and enjoy the panoramic views of Firenze.

The rooms in the main building work best for Spring and Fall stays with rich furnishings, fireplaces and sumptuous fabrics

Call us on 858 345 1764 to start planning your vacation to Belmond Villa San Michele or take a look at our itineraries to Italy

Description

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.

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.

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Accommodation

There are 45 rooms including 25 suites. Walnut and cherry custom-made furniture and elegant upholstery grace the rooms. All suites are very spacious with large marble bathrooms and some have a private terrace to admire the stunning views over Florence. Most bathrooms have separate bath and shower. All rooms are well equipped with mini bar, direct dial telephones, satellite TV, CD and DVD players, air-conditioning and WiFi.

Childcare

Children are welcome to come and stay at Belmond Villa San Michele and there is a dedicated Kids' Concierge to keep the little ones busy and entertained. Children can become involved in Italian classes, picnic outings or pasta making to name a few activities. There is also a baby sitting service and a child-friendly menu available at the hotel.

Facilities

The elegant Loggia restaurant offers exceptional views over Florence. The pool restaurant also enjoys fantastic views from its hilltop location. Belmond Villa San Michele's three stylish and relaxing bars serve classic cocktails, vintage liqueurs and light snacks. There is an amazing panoramic swimming pool and small gym both with perfect sea vistas.

Activities

Mountain bikes can be hired for trips to Fiesole or Florence. Local golf clubs offer championship-quality courses and there are tennis facilities nearby. Guests can also trek through the glorious Tuscan countryside on horseback. There are cooking classes with internationally renowned chefs.

Reviews

4

Cammie Burke (Staff)

Belmond Villa San Michele is located just 25 minutes to the city center with panoramic views of Firenze. The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle, making it a seamless travel journey to get to the city whenever you please. The hotel oozes romance with manicured gardens, delicious food and world-class service.

5

Mrs Laura Taylor-Vann (Guest)

Authentic and in the elegant style of a converted monastery. Nice local places to dine and great sight seeing. Superb views

4

Sarah Byrne (Staff)

Another gem in the Belmond hotel collection - perfect for a long weekend so you have time to enjoy the pool, gardens and of course the city of Florence

4

(Press)

The location

In a 15th-century Franciscan monastery whose faade was, apparently, designed by Michelangelo perched on a wooded hillside overlooking Florence, with views over the city and to the Tuscan hills.

We like

The views. These are far-reaching, achingly romantic and visible from just about anywhere in the hotel. The outdoor swimming pool, perched on the top level of the terraced gardens, looks down on gentle wooded slopes rolling down to Florence, which in turn is backed by the hazy hills of Tuscany. The rooms, both in the old building and in the elegant, modern annex, have the same vistas, as does the restaurant, housed in the breezy loggia of the monastery. The original building is fascinating, with restored frescoes of The Last Supper dating from 1602, and deeply worn flagstones paving the warren of narrow passages from the lobby. The service is supremely polite but with a relaxed, Italian temperament.

Not so keen

Not being within walking distance of town, although regular shuttle buses make this a minor quibble.

The rooms

The 46 rooms, 25 of which are suites, are decked out in understated style gold and cream fabrics, terracotta floors and parchment lampshades, with marble bathrooms. Garden suites have private terraces hedged in by laurel and lemon trees, while the Donatello suite takes up an entire corner of the monastery, overlooking the gardens to one side and Florence to the other. The Michelangelo suite once Napoleon's headquarters in Florence stretches across the entire faade of the original building.

The food and drink

The Loggia Restaurant is one of the finest in Florence, serving traditional, beautifully presented Tuscan food. A light lunch might include hand-made pasta with lobster and fresh tomato, while dinner involves more robust dishes such as fillet of turbot in a rosemary crust, followed by a selection of Italian cheeses. There is a variety of Florentine cooking courses on offer, including one for children, taught by chef Attilio Di Fabrizio, and a wine-tasting tour of the hotel's wine cellar is led by Domenico Napolitano, the sommelier.

Villa San Michele, Florence: hotel review

Francisca Kellett reviews the Villa San Michele, a hotel in a 15th-century Franciscan monastery with achingly romantic views of Florence and the hills of Tuscany.

The rooms, both in the old building and in the elegant, modern annex, have wonderful views, as does the restaurant By Francisca Kellett 8:00AM GMT 07 Mar 2010

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The location

In a 15th-century Franciscan monastery whose faade was, apparently, designed by Michelangelo perched on a wooded hillside overlooking Florence, with views over the city and to the Tuscan hills.

We like

The views. These are far-reaching, achingly romantic and visible from just about anywhere in the hotel. The outdoor swimming pool, perched on the top level of the terraced gardens, looks down on gentle wooded slopes rolling down to Florence, which in turn is backed by the hazy hills of Tuscany. The rooms, both in the old building and in the elegant, modern annex, have the same vistas, as does the restaurant, housed in the breezy loggia of the monastery. The original building is fascinating, with restored frescoes of The Last Supper dating from 1602, and deeply worn flagstones paving the warren of narrow passages from the lobby. The service is supremely polite but with a relaxed, Italian temperament.

Not so keen

Not being within walking distance of town, although regular shuttle buses make this a minor quibble.

The rooms

The 46 rooms, 25 of which are suites, are decked out in understated style gold and cream fabrics, terracotta floors and parchment lampshades, with marble bathrooms. Garden suites have private terraces hedged in by laurel and lemon trees, while the Donatello suite takes up an entire corner of the monastery, overlooking the gardens to one side and Florence to the other. The Michelangelo suite once Napoleon's headquarters in Florence stretches across the entire faade of the original building.

The food and drink

The Loggia Restaurant is one of the finest in Florence, serving traditional, beautifully presented Tuscan food. A light lunch might include hand-made pasta with lobster and fresh tomato, while dinner involves more robust dishes such as fillet of turbot in a rosemary crust, followed by a selection of Italian cheeses. There is a variety of Florentine cooking courses on offer, including one for children, taught by chef Attilio Di Fabrizio, and a wine-tasting tour of the hotel's wine cellar is led by Domenico Napolitano, the sommelier.

Telegraph rating: 9/10

Offers

Belmond Villa San Michelle, Italy - Complimentary Night

Book three nights at Belmond Villa San Michelle and receive a complimentary fourth night.

Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.

Book from 26 November 2020 to 26 September 2021
Travel from 01 August 2021 to 26 September 2021
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Experiences

  • 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.

  • 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 center 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.

Location & directions

Florence, Tuscany, Italy

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.

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