Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel
Michelangelo's greatest creation
What it is
A peaceful countryside escape an arm’s length from Florence.
What it isn't
A walkable home base for sightseeing or shopping: Florence is about a 20-minute drive away.
What we think
Villa San Michele is a converted 15th-century monastery—its facade has been attributed to Michelangelo—in the hills above Florence. With its swimming pool and extensive gardens, it’s ideal for those who crave a quiet retreat after a day jostling Florence’s swarms of sightseers (or, for that matter, exploring the Tuscan countryside). The views of the city’s terra cotta roofs and the incomparable Duomo provide a Room With A View romance, but the excellent kid’s Smile Club also makes it a great spot for families. La Loggia serves classic Tuscan cuisine, and has a terrific cooking school attached. The 46 rooms and suites are elegant in beige and pastel hues with rich wood accents.
You're here because
You’re a return visitor to the city and don’t mind keeping it a distance. Or you (and your family) are looking for a Tuscan resort with an extraordinary “activity” (that is, Florence) out the back door.
A plate of homemade pasta with duck ragu and Pecorino in front of you at La Loggia restaurant, you gaze out towards the panorama of the Renaissance city and Brunelleschi’s dome.
Restaurants & Bars
La Loggia Restaurant - Tuscan cuisine, Widely regarded as one of the best Florence restaurants
The Pool Restaurant - Light lunch, Poolside
La Loggia Bar
The Pool Bar
Gelateria - Exclusive access to ice cream making in the famed Vivoli ice cream parlour
Belmond Smile Club - From pizza-making to tours of the hotel's secret garden
Rafting in Florence
Young Chef's Academy
Andrea Bianchini’s Bottega del Cioccolato - Learn the art of chocolate-making
In the hills of Fiesole, a 20-minute drive from Florence’s centro storico.