Surrounded by lush trees and terraced gardens, with sweeping views over Florence and the Arno Valley, the location of Villa San Michele, a Belmond Hotel, will take your breath away.
Step inside and experience the beauty of a Renaissance monastery. The hotel's interiors are steeped in history – witness the romantic Loggia, the light-filled Cloister Bar and the Cenacolo Room with its fresco of The Last Supper.
The riches continue in the rooms and suites, where antique furnishings meet spectacular views. Choose the Michelangelo Suite and you’ll be in the original monks’ library with windows framing Florentine vistas. Look out from the Leonardo Suite and you’ll espy the hill of Monte Ceceri, where da Vinci once tested his flying machine.
Outside, stroll through the property's Italian gardens bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses to discover a 400-year-old wisteria – the only one in Florence to bloom twice a year. Follow a winding path to the heated swimming pool and relax on a lounger, soaking up the panoramas.
The hotel's history is remarkable, but here things are kept fresh. The ongoing art programme sees edgy installations juxtaposed with medieval architecture. The new cellar and locanda will delight wine lovers. Budding cooks can master not only local fare, but also Tuscan fusion cuisine at Villa San Michele's celebrated Cookery School. The energy continues to buzz in this most vibrant of places.
In Italy’s northwest, Tuscany is a land of untold treasures and earthly pleasures. Among the undulating sun-dappled slopes lie age-old wineries and silver olive groves. Fairytale castles and villas are fringed by immaculate Renaissance gardens. Towns and cities invite you to feast on world-class art and embrace the joy of life, Italian style.
Florence, most famous of these, will steal your heart. Discover the leather artisans on the Ponte Vecchio, then kayak beneath the ancient bridge on the River Arno. Lose yourself in the Uffizi, then share a smile with the city’s subversive street artists. Be fitted for a pair of bespoke, handcrafted shoes before stopping at a ‘chioschi’ for a slow-cooked bistecca treat.
At the end of a busy day, a warm welcome away from the crowds awaits. Belmond Villa San Michele, set in a former medieval monastery on the Fiesole hills, captures all the charm of Renaissance Florence. Our façade, attributed to Michelangelo, is hugged by manicured gardens once tended by friars. Sip a sundowner in the Loggia and watch the lights of Florence, spread out before you, twinkle into life.
FLORENCE AIRPORT (FLR) - 10 km; 30 minutes by car.
PISA AIRPORT (PSA) - 83 km; 75 minutes by car.
Florence Santa Maria Novella Railway Station – 15 minutes by car. Train services from Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples.
From the A1 motorway, exit at Firenze Sud. Follow the signs for Fiesole. Coming through the town of San Domenico look for signs to Belmond Villa San Michele.
Helicopter transfer from/to Fiesole and private car to Belmond Villa San Michele (15 minutes).
Hop on the hotel's shuttle bus to be in the centre of Florence in just 15 minutes or take advantage of daily service
to Belmond Castello di Casole, in the hills of Siena.
Soak up the rare ambience of the restaurant framed by the monastery’s ancient arches and savour fantastic views over Florence from the terrace. Dive into a sensational culinary experience inspired by Florentine tradition with a modern twist.
Leonardo da Vinci embodied "unquenchable curiosity and feverishly inventive imagination." With Belmond's own predilection for culinary curiosity, a special menu dedicated to the polymath has been crafted. After all, his history is also the hotel's history—he tested his flying machine on the hills of Monte Ceceri just above the hotel grounds. Inspired by his “Codice Atlantico”, each dish reveals a part of Florence’s culture. The meal will be accompanied by Leonardo himself, who will reveal tales about the Renaissance, ...
Head to the lover’s corner to enjoy enchanting views over Florence. In this lofty romantic perch, you and your companion will be served a specially created menu with wine pairings. On the table you’ll find a map of the city below—a guide to the heart of Florence and all its tales of romance through the ages. Florence is famed for its romantic history. This stunning city is where the poet Dante met his beloved Beatrice, who inspired his poetry as well as his political passions.
This glamorous, fully-refurbished bar is the perfect spot to relax while sipping delicious signature cocktails. Ask the internationally acclaimed barmen for a timeless Negroni, or a refreshing Chartreuse Swizzle. Set in the hotel’s historic Cloister, the bar’s design balances tradition, soft contours, leather, brass and marble with flashes of modern sophistication like the leopard-print cushions adorning gold-highlighted sofas.
The hotel features a panoramic heated open-air pool and gym.
The hotel is perfect for family adventures or relaxing stays with your little ones. Children’s bathrobes, slippers and bottle warmers in your room are offered. An extra bed and baby cots can be supplied in Junior Suites and Suites. You’ll find tasty children’s menus and highchairs in the restaurants. A babysitting service is also offered, and there are many family activities to experience in Florence.
Small pets are allowed in the rooms. Please keep them out of communal areas and ensure dogs are on lead around the hotel and grounds.
SUNSET PICNIC IN THE GARDENS
Take your sweetheart by the hand and find a peaceful corner in the hotel's glorious gardens. You'll be provided a picnic basket filled with exquisite treats. Kick off your shoes, feel the grass beneath your feet and soak-up the magnificent sunset views over Florence.
Benefit from hands-on tuition with Executive Chef Alessandro Cozzolino at our world-renowned Cookery School. Choose from a range of themed classes, such as autumn mushrooms or Tusc...
Also located in the monastery building, these rooms overlook the courtyard or the countryside and feature either a king size or twin beds. Handmade parchment lampshades, plush carpets and custom-made furniture create a restful ambience. Each room has a marble bathroom with bathtub and separate shower. Maximum occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
AVERAGE SIZE: 30-40 SQ M (323-430 SQ FT)
Double Deluxe rooms boast breathtaking views of Florence or the Italian Gardens. Located in the monastery building, they feature king-size or twin beds, bathrooms with Carrara marble double vanities, separate toilets, walk-in showers or bathtub. Two rooms can be connected with a suite. Maximum occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
AVERAGE SIZE: 28-40 SQ M (301-430 SQ FT)
Private, secluded gardens and views over the Arno Valley distinguish these junior suites. The lawn garden and paved terrace are comfortably equipped with armchairs, elbow-rest chairs and a slate-covered table. Located in the Italian gardens and in the monastery building, the suites feature a king-size or twin beds and bathrooms with Carrara marble, cotto flooring, double vanities, walk-in shower and separate bathtub. Two rooms are connecting. Maximum occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
AVERAGE SIZE: 50-55 SQ M (538-592 SQ FT)
Set in the gardens, surrounded by flowers and enjoying views of the Villa building, these suites feature a private terrace with sunbeds, chairs and a table. Access is through a wall-to-wall glass door. King-size or twin beds are available and the bathroom has both a walk-in shower and separate bathtub. Six rooms are connecting. Maximum occupancy: 3 people (one extra bed can be added).
AVERAGE SIZE: 58-65 SQ M (624-700 SQ FT)
Savour an abundance of indoor and outdoor relaxation space including a private terrace. Enjoy partial to full views of Florence and the hotel's Italian gardens. Spacious bathrooms include a walk-in shower, bathtub and double marble vanities.
Once the Prior’s quarters, the Donatello Suite occupies a whole corner of the monastery, with windows overlooking the Italian gardens, Florence and the Arno Valley. The sitting room features a fireplace of exquisite craftsmanship and leads into the bedroom, where there is a king-size bed (twin beds are also available). The marble bathroom features a bathtub and separate shower. On request, the suite can be connected with a Double Deluxe room. Maximum occupancy: 4 people (extra beds can be added).
SIZE 60 SQ M (646 SQ FT)
This magnificent suite extends the entire length of the monastery’s façade. Originally the monks’ library, it later served as Napoleon Bonaparte’s Florentine headquarters. Today the canopied king-size bed (twin beds are also available), opulent decor and expansive fireplace remain fit for an emperor. Sleeping and sitting areas are open-plan and the windows frame stunning views of Florence and the Arno Valley. The bathroom features a generous bathtub and separate shower. Upon request, the suite can be connected with a Double Deluxe room or with two Double Classic rooms creating a private apartment. Maximum occupancy: 4 people (extra beds can be added).
SIZE 70 SQ M (753 SQ FT)
Tucked away in an intimate corner of the Italian gardens, these spacious suites boast their own private gardens complete with fantastic views over Florence. Each offers a separate living room, a bedroom with king-size or twin beds and a marble bathroom with walk-in shower and bathtub. Maximum occupancy: 4 people (extra beds can be added).
AVERAGE SIZE: 50-74 SQ M (538-796 SQ FT)
The Limonaia suite is tastefully decorated in a Tuscan Renaissance style. The historic rooms are located in a former 17th-century orangery.
Stretch out with even more space in a two-bedroom suite. Each contains panoramic views over Florence.
On request, this historic apartment can become the most glamorous luxury villa Tuscany has to offer. The private garden boasts its own heated plunge pool made from stone.
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