Nestled in the Fiesole hills, this former medieval monastery perfectly captures the romance of Florence. Blending 14th-century artistry with the region’s ethereal beauty, Belmond Villa San Michele is as inspiring as the city’s greatest cathedrals and galleries.
Our facade, attributed to Michelangelo, is hugged by lush woodland and terraced gardens. Step outside and gaze down across Florence and to the Chianti hills beyond. Villa San Michele is now closed for the season and will reopen on 1 April 2021. Please click the link below to find out why we are trusted for travel.
Surrounded by lush trees and terraced gardens with views down to Florence, our location is hard to beat. Step inside and experience the beauty of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy’s culture as the country’s greatest cathedrals and galleries.
Today, Belmond Villa San Michele is recognised as one of the country’s finest small boutique hotels. Stroll in the Italian gardens, bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, and savour superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco loggia as if in a private home.
ROOMS & SUITES
The spirit of the Renaissance sings in every detail of this exquisite hotel. For Tuscany accommodation with breathtaking views over Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele can’t be beaten. From sumptuous Double Rooms to indulgent Suites, all our spaces are uniquely crafted with total relaxation in mind.
A historic hideaway, nestled in our Italian gardens. Enjoy top-tier luxury with breathtaking views. A heated plunge pool and enchanting waterfall beckons in the leafy private garden. On request, this historic apartment can be converted to become the most glamorous luxury villa Tuscany has to offer.
Reservations can be made on request, with a choice of one, two or three bedrooms. The Limonaia suite is tastefully decorated in a Tuscan Renaissance style. The historic rooms are located in a former 17th-century orangery.
With the freshest produce in the finest location, dining with us is the perfect way to appreciate the true magic behind Italian cuisine. Whether you’re sampling local wild boar, savouring our smoked rabbit lasagnetta or sipping Tuscan wine, gastronomes are spoilt for choice with our varied and unique culinary options.
From the 15th-century arches of La Loggia to our avant-garde take on beloved dishes, both tradition and modernity inform our gastronomy. It doesn’t hurt that our hotel overlooks Florence’s most coveted view—the panoramic vista is as stunning as any painting hanging in the Uffizi gallery.
LA LOGGIA RESTAURANT
At La Loggia, the menu both respects and reinterprets Tuscan gastronomy. Executive Chef Alessandro Cozzolino’s dishes feature daring modern twists and unique ingredient combinations. The result? A one-of-a-kind flavour sensation that takes you both back in time and hurtling into the future.
Perched high in the Florence hills, our magical setting also has its fair share of history. A former monastery and now one of the most scenic restaurants in Florence, we’re proud of the stories that live on here.
Head to La Loggia Restaurant this autumn for a delectable dinner inspired by the ‘gem of the earth’. Choose from our carefully curated à la carte menu, with each dish a unique pairing to the sumptuous truffle flavour. Watch as the truffle is prepared before your eyes and ignite your senses with a sublime celebration of one of the finest earthly delights.
This glamorous, fully-refurbished bar is the perfect spot to relax while sipping delicious signature cocktails. Ask our 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.
Learn to recreate the flavours of Tuscan cuisine in your own kitchen. Anticipate the ultimate foodie vacations at Belmond Villa San Michele. Our Chef teaches “hands-on” lessons, which means you will be preparing, tasting and cooking alongside him.
Small classes ensure that each student enjoys individual attention. In just a short time, our culinary school in Italy has established a worldwide reputation for excellence. Advance reservations are essential.
SALUS REGINA WELLNESS SUITE
Unwind in peerless Renaissance style at Salus Regina. This intimate suite is the perfect place to relax. Choose from a selection of massages and wellness treatments, offered by experts. Upon request you can also arrange yoga sessions, as well as make-up and hairdressing services.
THE SWIMMING POOL
Enjoy magnificent views across the Arno Valley and Florence from the panoramic heated swimming pool. Situated on a grassy plateau above the gardens, reached by a winding path, it’s the perfect spot to daydream.
A pool snack bar serves tasty lunches and snacks to keep you refreshed throughout the day. If you’re not a guest of the hotel you can still enjoy our pool facilities. Both hotel guests and visitors can also rent private cabanas to enhance their poolside experience.
Once nurtured by Franciscan monks, the immaculate 15th-century gardens at Belmond Villa San Michele include a large wooded park and terraced lawns. Here you’ll find our 400-year-old wisteria, the only one in Florence to bloom twice a year. Relax on a lounger, sip a cocktail among the fragrant flowers, or take a tour with our knowledgeable gardeners.
Our panoramic gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, including free weights and cardio machines, plus stunning views down to Florence. Personal training, yoga and pilates can also be arranged. Or choose to stay healthy while exploring with guided hikes or scenic bike rides through the Fiesole hills.
ACTIVITIES & EXPERIENCES IN FLORENCE
Looking for unique things to do in Florence? Concierge Adriano Pecoraro’s suggestions for entertaining and out-of-the-ordinary activities are sure to make your stay unforgettable. Look forward to the best holiday Tuscany has to offer.
GARDEN DINNER IN FLORENCE
Head to our lover’s corner to enjoy enchanting views over Florence. In this lofty romantic perch, we’ll serve you and your companion 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. Let us help you write your own love story with all the words you’ve always wanted to say.
THE ART PARKS OF TUSCANY
Combine your passion for art and nature with an exclusive tour of Tuscany’s art parks. At Enzo Pazzagli gleaming metallic sculptures surround the grounds, including a mighty winged Pegasus.
You enter the realm of the surreal at Giardino dei Suoni (Garden of Sounds) where sculpture and music combine to create a feast for the senses. Discover how the landscape of Tuscany still inspires artists today.
GREET THE DAY WITH LEONARDO
Travel through time and walk in the footsteps of the great Leonardo Da Vinci. Trekking through Monte Ceceri park, you’ll reach the top of the very same hill where Leonardo tested his flying machine in 1506.
It was here that humans first took flight according to Zoroastro Da Peretola, a legendary pupil of Leonardo’s. Gaze across the wooded valley and spot Il Duomo in the distance the views are truly inspiring.
Master the ancient art of fresco painting with the guidance of local artisans. Take your class at the hotel, or step through the doors of a family-run workshop in the heart of Florence.
You’ll have the chance to bring the Renaissance back to life with historic techniques and materials. Your handiwork can be shipped home, so you can own your very own Florentine fresco.
CASHMERE IN THE CHIANTI HILLS
Head to a picturesque farm hidden in the stunning Chianti hills for this family-friendly treat. Meet the animals, and learn how quality cashmere is crafted. Top the day off with a tasting of the local Chianti wine.
FLORENCE IN AN APE CALESSINO
Hop into an Ape Calessino, the three-wheeled electric car that was so emblematic of Italy in the 50s and 60s. Discover the city at sunset in this classic vehicle. Access the most famous sights of central Florence that are usually out of bounds to motorists. Please note that this experience is only available after 6pm.
HIDDEN STORES OF FLORENCE
Explore the twists and turns of historic Florence to discover little-known boutiques and workshops. Visit a celebrated glass shop, savour sumptuous local delicacies or even pick up a pair of tailor-made shoes.
MUSEUM TREASURE HUNT
Uncover hidden gems on our lively walking tour, suitable for the whole family. Follow your guide, listen to the clues and be the first to solve the riddle and find the treasure.
RAFTING IN FLORENCE
Let expert rafters guide you down the San Niccolo weir, under the Ponte Vecchio, as you admire the urban sights. Or, for the ultimate thrill, join a full-day excursion to the Sieve River for a heart-racing ride through the rapids.