Illustrious former guests include the Hollywood elite, British royalty - from JFK to Vivienne Westwood...

It’s rare, especially in a city as magnetic as Florence, for a hotel to be a destination in itself. Yet marrying Renaissance splendour with contemporary luxury, this former medieval monastery captures the imagination.

It isn’t a stretch to say that Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel echoes Florence as a whole. Blending 14th-century artistic flair with the region’s ethereal beauty, the hotel is as inspiring as the city’s greatest cathedrals and galleries. The facade, attributed to Michelangelo, is hugged by lush woodland and terraced gardens.

Therefore it’s of little surprise to those that have visited this splendid property that its illustrious former guests include both the Hollywood elite and British royalty. From JFK to Vivienne Westwood, many have flocked to the verdant Fiesole hills, to bask in the opulence, explore the warren of rooms and corridors, and charming original features such as vaulted ceilings and worn terracotta floors, before taking in an unparalleled panorama over Florence and the Chianti hills beyond.

There is a palpable sense of Italian history at here. In 1506 Leonardo da Vinci first demonstrated his flying machine from Montececeri Park, a short journey from the front door. Around this time a community of Franciscan monks first laid the foundations for what would later become Belmond Villa San Michele. Today, there is 46 guestrooms and suites—including the private 3-bedroom Limonaia Villa.

Guests may step outside and relax in the beautifully manicured Italian gardens, tinged with the scent of orange blossom and rose, or take a walk with one of the expert gardeners. Take a dip in the pool perched on the hillside or enjoy an al fresco massage, each while taking in breathtaking views of the Arno Valley. Unleash your inner chef at the world-renowned cooking school with executive chef Alessandro Cozzolino or shake things up at our head barman’s cocktail masterclass.

You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t sample seasonal Tuscan dishes at sunset. Watch as the skyline transforms from a tapestry of domes and turrets into a soft sea, punctuated by twinkling lights, while indulging your taste buds with an elegantly rustic menu from La Loggia restaurant to inspire the eyes and palate.


Soak up the rare ambience of this restaurant framed by the monastery’s ancient arches and savour fantastic views over Florence from the terrace. Tuscan specialities, such as Florentine Chianina steak or lemon-scented risotto, are accompanied by an irresistible wine selection.
Breakfast 07.30-10.30 Lunch 13.00-14.30 Dinner 19.30-22.30

Linger beside the hilltop swimming pool enjoying morning coffee, lazy lunches or delicious wood-fired oven pizza.
Lunch 12.30-16.00

Beside the Loggia Restaurant, this light-filled Cloister Bar is a relaxing space for hot and cold drinks throughout the day, or you can sit in the gardens to sip a cocktail among the blooms. Each evening, enjoy piano music until late.
Open: 10.00-01.00 Snacks served 11.30-24.00 Late-supper menu 24.00-13.00


Take a dip in the heated outdoor panoramic pool or recline on a comfortable sunbed. Towels supplied.

Work out on the latest free weights and cardio machines. Stunning views over Florence will help ease the challenge. We can arrange a personal trainer to put you through your paces or a pilates or yoga class in the open air.

Treat yourself to a massage in the open-air gazebo or enjoy a therapy or beauty treatment in the comfort of your room.

Benefit from hands-on tuition with Executive Chef Alessandro Cozzolino at this world-renowned Cookery School. Choose from a range of themed classes, such as autumn mushrooms or Tuscan fish. Sessions for children are also available. Advance booking essential.

Fancy a game? We can arrange one for you in Fiesole, just 5km/3 miles from the hotel.

Tee off on the scenic, 18-hole course at Golf Club Ugolino, 30 minutes’ drive from the hotel.

Join a wine tasting with our sommelier and learn about delicious Tuscan wines or surprise your partner with a romantic dinner for two in this intimate space.

Getting There

FLORENCE AIRPORT (FLR) – 10km; 30 minutes by car.
PISA AIRPORT (PSA) – 83km; 75 minutes by car.

Florence Santa Maria Novella Railway Station – 15 minutes by car. Train services from Milan, Venice, Rome and Naples.

From the A1 motorway, exit at Firenze Sud. Follow the signs for Fiesole. Coming through the town of San Domenico look for signs to Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel.

Helicopter transfer from/to Fiesole and private car to Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel (15 minutes).

Hop on our shuttle bus to be in the centre of Florence in just 15 minutes or take advantage of our daily service to Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, in the hills of Siena.

Call us

Speak to our team:

+44 1491 575 987


Monday – Friday: 9am – 5:30pm
Saturday: 10am – 4:30pm

1 Market Place Mews,
Henley-on-Thames, OXON RG9 2AH