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Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

Florence, Italy


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Luxury Holidays At Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence

A 15th century Franciscan monastery with amazing views of Florence and boasting a façade by Michelangelo the fully restored Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence, has been voted one of the world's most beautiful hotels and promises a rare experience indeed. There can be no more quintessential Italian experience, than a stay here, especially if you opt for the Michelangelo Suite, the Limonaia Suite or the  Garden Suites. Alternatively, splash out and treat yourself to a stay at Villa Limonaia for a true villa-within-a-villa experience. Chianti, 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.

  • Type: Luxury Hotel
  • Summary: Originally a 15th century Franciscan monastery
  • Feature: Learn about Italian cuisine at the superb cookery school
  • Rooms: 45 rooms & suites
  • Nearest airport: Pisa Galileo Galilei Airport
Location and transfer

20 minutes from Florence Airport and 1 hour, 15 minutes from Pisa Airport by private car.


Rooms and suites feature air-conditioning with individual climate controls, safe deposit boxes (in most rooms), or valuables can be left at reception, cable and satellite television channels, with a selection of movies available from reception, DVD and CD players (in most rooms), complimentary wi-fi internet access, telephone with a separate line for modem or fax, most bathrooms have a separate bath and shower, and all are supplied with bathrobes, slippers and Bulgari amenities, a private bar, daily newspaper and a twice-daily house keeping service.In addition, hypoallergenic pillows are available on request.

   Superior Room:expand_more
  • Room View: Courtyard or countryside
  • Facilities: Located in the original part of the building the spacious Superior Rooms feature large marble bathrooms with separate shower. 
   Double Room:expand_more
  • Room View: Florence or the Italian Garden and wooded park
  • Facilities: All rooms have touch control central air-conditioning and heating, video and fax/modem facilities with multi-national plugs and bathrooms with double vanities and walk-in showers.
   Superior Junior Suite with Terrace:expand_more
  • Room View: The secluded gardens and the Arno Valley
  • Facilities: These spacious and elegant suites feature exceptional furnishings and secluded gardens, surrounded by laurel hedges to ensure the total privacy of each suite.
   Deluxe Junior Suite with Garden:expand_more
  • Room View: The old monastery building and the immaculate Italian gardens of the Villa
  • Facilities: The Deluxe Junior Suite with Garden is spacious and elegantly appointed. Access is through a wall-to-wall glass door which opens out onto an intimate terrace.
   Premium Junior Suite with Terrace:expand_more
  • Room View: Florence and the Italian Gardens
  • Facilities: These suites feature a spacious bathroom with walk-in shower, separate bath, double vanities and his and hers armoires.
   Deluxe Suite Historical Building:expand_more
  • Size: 60-65m²
  • Room View: Gardens or Florence
  • Facilities: These beautiful suites offer panoramic views of Florence and the Arno Valley or the beautiful Italian gardens. The Michelangelo Suite, once Napoleon Bonaparte’s headquarters, boasts a dramatic stone fireplace in an open-plan setting. The Donatello Suite, once the Prior’s quarters, has a large lounge and 17th-century furniture.
   Garden Suite:expand_more
  • Room View: Views towards Florence
  • Facilities: Located in the garden of the Villa, these suites are beautifully appointed and offer a separate living room and a private terrace. One or two extra beds may be added in the lounge for children sharing the room with their parents.
   Limonaia Suite:expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 92m²
  • Room View: Florence and the surrounding hills
  • Facilities: Located in the 17th century 'Limonaia' (the former orangery of the convent), a separate building in the hotel's Italian gardens, the suite enjoys a prime location with a breathtaking view. It features one bedroom with king-size bed (twin beds available on request) a full marble bathroom and a terrace with a private plunge pool. An extra bed can be added on request. The suite can accommodate up to 4 adults, or 2 adults and 2 children.

    On request, this apartment can be connected to a second suite, linked by a staircase, as well as a third suite via the garden, to create accommodation to suit families or groups of friends.
   Limonaia Suite Two Bedroom Suite:expand_more
  • Room View: Florence and the surrounding hills
  • Facilities: Located in the 17th century 'Limonaia' (the former orangerie of the monastery), a separate building in the hotel's Italian gardens, this two-bedroom suite enjoys a prime location with breathtaking views over Florence.
   Limonaia Villa :expand_more
  • Rooms: 1
  • Size: 270m²
  • Room View: Florence and the surrounding hills
  • Facilities: Located in the 17th century 'Limonaia' (the former orangerie of the monastery), a separate building in the hotel's Italian gardens, the villa enjoys a prime location with breathtaking views over FlorenceFlorence and the surrounding hills

La Loggia Restaurant:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Tuscan cuisine - fresh pasta, mushrooms and meat
  • Setting: The XVI century elegant La Loggia Restaurant offers exceptional views over Florence. In late spring and summer La Loggia (Terrace) is the perfect place for a relaxing lunch or dinner in the warm sun.
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: No
The Pool Restaurant & Bar:expand_more
  • Cuisine: Light lunches/snacks
  • Setting: Located beside the panoramic pool, with breathtaking views from the upper terrace of the Villa's gardens this is an idyllic place for a relaxing lunch or refreshing drinks.
  • Dress Code: Smart casual
  • Children's Menu: Yes
  • Vegetarian Option: Yes
  • Reservation Required: No
Property Highlights:expand_more
Culture & History

Located in beautiful Tuscany, Florence holds a myriad of cultural riches to explore. Once ruled by the powerful Medicis for centuries, the city boasts magnificent art and architecture. As the birthplace of the Renaissance, it was once the most important city in Europe from the 14th to early 16th centuries and has impressive galleries, museums and historic churches to discover. Particularly famous for its picturesque bridges, visitors can discover the Ponte Vecchio which is lined with jewellery shops seemingly suspended over the water. Situated just fifteen minutes away from the hotel, guests can enjoy a complimentary shuttle service to Piazza della Repubblica in the heart of Florence.

Hotel Experiences

Quite in addition to the remarkable panoramic views of Florence and the hotel's superb alfresco dining, guests can discover more about the local produce and enhance their own cooking skills at the on-site Cookery School. Having been inspired by the rich countryside and hearty local ingredients, those passionate about cooking can learn more about regional cuisine and gain hands-on experience with the charismatic Executive Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio. Why not learn new techniques and how to create typical Tuscan dishes, before enjoying the flavoursome recipes for lunch.


Italy as a nation is well-versed in the language of romance and the hotel's views over Florence are simply breathtaking. Having strolled around the antique and artisan shops of Florence together, return to relax by the pool and indulge in the hotel's authentic Tuscan charm. With beautiful gardens, a Lover's Corner, captivating restaurants and secluded garden gazebo areas, designed for alfresco massages, couples can retreat to embrace the views in perfect privacy.

City Highlights

Villa San Michele is set on a hillside within the stunning Tuscan countryside and provides breathtaking views over the historic city of Florence. Providing a complimentary shuttle bus service to the heart of the city, just fifteen minutes away, guests can explore the cultural riches of the city which include galleries, churches, bridges and museums, before retreating to the impressive hotel with its stunning surroundings.

Luxury Family Holidays

The children's club operates during peak season and is located in the gardens. Offering supervised activities including pizza-making demonstrations and a tour in the secret gardens, or painting, children are encouraged to explore the beautiful hotel grounds. The renowned Cooking School also offers special classes for children on request. Babysitting is available on request, at an additional charge. Children receive a welcome kit on arrival and there are a variety of DVDs available for them to watch.


The picture-perfect location of Villa San Michele provides a fairytale location with the beautiful backdrop of Florence adding a dreamy setting for weddings or honeymoons alike. Guests can take their nuptials within the classic Italian splendour of a former monastery, before embracing the renaissance surroundings and immaculate gardens of the hotel. With a team of wedding experts on-hand to tailor-make your wedding, with exclusive-use of the hotel an option, Tuscany provides a timeless attraction and exceptional setting for those wishing to seal their love.

Closure Dates:expand_more
Property Closure 15-Sep-2023 to 16-Jun-2024 The property will be closed from 15th September 2023 to mid June 2024 as an extended winter closure to allow for accommodation renovations.


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