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Nestled on the lush Fiesole hills, Belmond Villa San Michele echoes Florence, making it the perfect hideaway just outside the city. The property perfectly blends 14th century artistic flair with the region’s natural beauty, making the hotel as inspiring as the city’s greatest cathedrals and galleries. The facade has been attributed to Michelangelo and is hugged by lush woodland and terraced gardens. From here, guests enjoy an unparalleled panorama over the Chianti hills and beyond.
Marrying Renaissance splendour with contemporary luxury, this former medieval monastery captures the imagination.
The hotel has 46 guestrooms and suites—including the private 3-bedroom Limonaia Villa—which each have a fittingly serene feel with antique furnishings and old master paintings. With roots dating back to a community of Franciscan monks, within its labyrinthine of rooms and corridors, vaulted ceilings and worn terracotta floors count among its charming original features. The villa’s former monastic residents may have been surprised to see the Carrara marble bathrooms and modern luxuries, though!
Guests will enjoy magnificent views across the Arno Valley and Florence from the panoramic heated swimming pool. Situated on a grassy plateau above the gardens, it’s the perfect spot to live your Italian daydream. A pool snack bar serves tasty lunches and snacks to keep guests refreshed throughout the day.
For those wanting to keep up with their fitness regime, the 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 moving while exploring the local area with guided hikes or scenic bike rides through the Fiesole hills.
Unwind, Renaissance style, at the property’s Salus Reginan Wellness Suite. This intimate area is the perfect place to relax. Guests can choose from a selection of massages and wellness treatments. Upon request you can also arrange make-up and hairdressing appointments.
The elegantly rustic La Loggia restaurant is sure to inspire both the eyes and palate! Guests can sample seasonal Tuscan dishes at sunset and watch as the skyline transforms from a tapestry of domes and turrets into a soft sea, punctuated by twinkling lights. Few restaurants in the world can match this atmosphere of romantic bliss.
Set in the hotel’s historic Cloister, the bar is a glamorous spot, perfect to sip on the property’s delicious signature cocktails. Ask the internationally acclaimed barmen for a classic negroni or get adventurous with a Chartreuse Swizzle.
While the property is perfect for couples seeking a romantic retreat, little guests can enjoy fun activities suggested by the dedicated Kids’ Concierge.
Set on a hilltop, this elegant hotel in a former 15th-century monastery surrounded by gardens is 9 km from Florence's Duomo cathedral.
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