Luxury hotel holiday Belmond Villa San Michele Tuscany

The Belmond Villa San Michele, a 5-star luxury hotel in an historic 14th century building, on a hillside in Fiesole above Florence, has 45 elegant and comfortable rooms, La Loggia restaurant with dining terrace outside, a panoramic heated open-air swimming pool with restaurant, gym and bars. There is a courtesy shuttle to Florence city centre. All manner of cultural activities are offered including cookery, fresco painting classes, sunset picnics, introductions to hand-crafted goods in the workshops of Florence.
Included in your Expressions holiday
  • Accommodation in a double or twin room on bed and breakfast
  • Scheduled flights with British Airways London to Pisa
  • Hire of a group A car for the duration of the holiday
  • Concierge service and Expressions Holidays regional helpful hints
  • Optional room, car and flight upgrades. Details on request

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole

The Belmond Villa San Michele is a 5-star boutique hotel in a glorious natural location. Enjoy the tranquility of its lofty location and grand, historic interior and the benefit of the hotel's proximity to the Florence's cultural centre.

Facts in brief

Official star rating 5

Location The hotel is about 20-minutes' drive from the centre of Florence

Annual opening 20 March to 9 November

Closest airport Florence, Pisa or Bologna

Distance from airport The hotel is about 30-minutes' from Florence airport by car, about 1 hour and 40-minutes' from Pisa airport

Closest railway station Florence Train Station SM Novella

Distance from railway station The hotel is about 20-minutes' drive from Florence Train Station SM Novella

Hotel facilities and services

Restaurant, Bar, Open-air Heated Panoramic Swimming Pool (April to October), Terraced Gardens, Fitness Room, Babysitting, Parking, Cookery School, Complimentary Shuttle Service to centre of Florence.

Complimentary

Shuttle Service to the centre of Florence.

Out and about nearby

Florence - with its architectural and artistic treasures, Fiesole - Etruscan ruins, Siena - within easy reach for a day, Chianti country - starts about 15 minutes drive south of Florence with its vineyards and hilltop villages.

Sports nearby

Golf, Walking, Tennis.

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£2,290

Holiday Code IE66

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole

In the hills above Florence is the beautiful Belmond Villa San Michele, built in the 15th Century as a monastery with a facade designed by Michelangelo. Surrounded by cypress and olive trees and a flowering terraced garden, the hotel enjoys magnificently tranquil views over the city of Florence and the Arno valley. In its careful transformation, Villa San Michele has kept many of the monastery's original features, including the chapel which now houses the reception area and the cloister adjoining the Cenacolo which is now the restaurant containing a marvellous fresco of the Last Supper dating back to 1602. The entire ambience is one of outstanding quality and serenity. A special feature of Villa San Michele is the Loggia where you can enjoy a drink and dine on warm evenings. The restaurant with terrace service is superb both for the food and the views over the Arno Valley. The bedrooms have all been decorated in a style that is comfortable and relaxing and yet in keeping with the historical importance of the building. There is an open-air panoramic heated swimming pool and the terraced gardens provide vistas of the Arno valley below. The shuttle service operated by the Villa San Michele means you can reach the Piazza della Repubblica in about 15 minutes. The Belmond Villa San Michele is well known as one of the most exquisite hotels in Italy.

Room descriptions

Belmond Villa San Michele has 46 rooms with bath and wc, air-conditioning, television, telephone, radio and mini-bar.

Classic Double or Twin
Superior Double or Twin
Deluxe Double or Twin
Superior Junior Suite
Deluxe Junior Suite
Executive Junior Suite
Garden Suite on request
Donatello Suite on request
Michelangelo Suite on request
Limonaia Suite with one or two bedrooms on request
Limonaia Villa on request

Special offers for this holiday>

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£2,290

Holiday Code IE66

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole

The journey and how you get there

For a holiday to Belmond Villa San Michele in Tuscany, our clients usually fly to Pisa or Florence airport or arrive by train at Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station. We recommend the use of a hire-car for a stay at this hotel and we would include it in the price of holiday.

Additional information

Children: Children are welcome at the hotel. Children under the age of 12 stay free of charge on a B&B basis when sharing a room with 2 adults.

Special offers

4 nights for the price of 3 Book a stay of 4 nights on a bed and breakfast basis and pay the price of 3 nights. This offer is valid for stays from 1 August to 26 September 2020. This offer is not applicable for stays in Donatello Suite, Michelangelo Suite, Garden Suite, Limonaia Suite and Limonaia Villa. This offer cannot be combined with any other offers.

3 nights for the price of 2 offer Book a stay of 3 nights between 27 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 and pay only for 2 nights. Not applicable to stays in the Donatello suite, Michelangelo suite, garden suite, Limonaia suite or Limonaia villa. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply.

Complimentary room upgrade Travel between 27 March 2020 and 30 April 2020 and receive a complimentary room ugrade to the next room category when booking a Double room or Junior suite. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply.

4 nights for the price of 3 offer Book a stay of 4 nights between 27 March 2020 and 30 Aprl 2020 and pay for only 3 ngiths. Not applicable to stays in the Donatello suite, Michelangelo suite, garden suite, Limonaia suite or Limonaia villa. Cannot be combined with any other offer. Restrictions apply.

Holiday price guide Sample prices are per person based on two people sharing a Classic double or twin room for 5 nights

From about

£2,290

Holiday Code IE66

The prices displayed here are a guide only. Each holiday price will be tailor-made at the time of booking to reflect all actual costs including up-to-date special offers.

Luxury bespoke holidays and tours to Belmond Villa San Michele, Fiesole

About Tuscany

An Expressions tailor-made holiday in Tuscany allows you to appreciate its classical landscape of rolling hills and vineyards dotted with olive and cypress trees, its misty green-grey mountains that are never too far distant, and hill-top towns of rich brown and gold stone houses. This combines with the beauty of the works of art contained in the towns and villages throughout Tuscany to create an inspirational union of the spirit and the senses. There is an intrinsic comfort in the supposed contrast between the delicacy of a Botticelli and the heartiness of Ribollita soup, yet both are typical of this fascinating region. As birthplace of the Renaissance, the impact of Tuscan and particularly Florentine traditions and culture on European heritage is fundamental to our way of life. In addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, there are the less well-known regions south of Siena with its moon-like landscape of hills, the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino, the coastal marshlands of the Maremma, the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia, the islands of Elba and Giglio, and the Casentino with the source of the Arno and abundant mushroom crops. Wherever you travel on holiday in Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life, which is quintessentially that of Italy too.

Highlights of Tuscany

Famous vineyards producing wines of Chianti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino, Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Alabaster is produced in Volterra. Gold and silver are worked in Florence and the Ponte Vecchio is lined with jewellery shops. Marbled paper and stationery is a speciality of Florence. Ceramics and hand-painted majolica from raw terracotta from Impruneta to the glazed pottery of Siena are to be found throughout Tuscany. Lucca has traditionally produced silk and hand-woven fabrics. Leather goods including shoes, handbags and belts are to be found from market stalls to designer shops such as Gucci and Ferragamo. Interesting markets include the Mercato dell' Antiquariato which sells furniture from antiques to bric-a-brac in Arezzo on the first weekend of every month, in Pisa on the second weekend and in Lucca on the third weekend. The 'wild' Maremma is known for its long-horned white cattle and cowboys (butteri) and natural springs including Saturnia.

Cultural highlights of Tuscany

As birthplace of the Renaissance, Tuscany contains a wealth of treasures: Giotto`s Campanile and Brunelleschi`s Dome in Florence, the Tombs of Galileo and Michelangelo in Florence`s Santa Croce, Botticelli`s `Birth of Venus` and `Primavera` and the portraits of the Duke and Duchess of Urbino by Piero della Francesca in the Uffizi, Michelangelo`s `David` in the Accademia, the architecture of the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, `The Tuscan Maremma` painting by Giovanni Fattori in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence, the Piazza del Campo in Siena, `The Legend of the Cross` frescoes by Piero della Francesco in Arezzo, `The Creation` fresco by Bartolo di Fredi in the Collegiata in San Gimignano, Romanesque church of the Collegiata in San Quirico d`Orcia, 14th Century Fortezza of Montalcino, Renaissance masterpiece of the church of Madonna di San Biagio at Montepulciano, the abbey-church of Sant`Antimo, mediaeval Lucignano and the towers of San Gimignano, the Etruscan Museum in Cortona.  

Festivals in Tuscany

Many of Tuscany`s festivals resound with the flamboyance of the Renaissance and keep Tuscans and visitors alike in touch with the region`s rich history. Others are linked to Tuscany`s hearty traditions of eating and drinking. The most famous is Siena`s Palio which takes place on 2 July and 16 August each year. Others include the Sagra del Tordo (Festival of the Thrush) in Montalcino on the last Sunday in October when there is an archery contest and charcoal-grilled thrush are a delicacy. In Florence, Calcio in Costume (a football match played in mediaeval costume) takes place in June. Pisa has the Giocco del Ponte (Game of the Bridge), a mock battle in Renaissance dress also held in June. Viareggio celebrates Carnival on Shrove Tuesday with a huge display of flamboyant floats. In May and August Massa Marittima holds the Falcon Contest.  

Gastronomy in Tuscany

Simple country food is at the heart of Tuscan cooking. Regional dishes include Bruschetta (bread or ciabatta toasted and rubbed with garlic, olive oil and salt), Ribollita (bean, cabbage and bread soup), Pasta with hare or wild boar sauce, Porcini mushroom and truffle dishes, Bistecca all Fiorentina (thick cut of sirloin and fillet beef), Cantucci (almond and honey biscuits) served dipped in Vin Santo, Panforte (chocolate, nut and spice cake). Pecorino cheese made from sheep's milk. Local wines include the white Vernaccia di San Gimignano and the Bianco di Pitigliano. Famous reds include Chanti Classico, Brunello di Montalcino and the Vino Nobile di Montepulciano. Vin Santo made from semi-crushed grapes left for several months is an excellent dessert wine.

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