Belmond Villa San Michele view of florence

Belmond Villa San Michele

Florence - Italy


Serenely poised on a hillside with incredible views of Florence, Belmond Villa San Michele is an impossibly romantic retreat.

This intimate boutique hotel was originally a monastery, built in the 15th century and said to have been designed by Michelangelo. The rooms and suites are full of historical character, and the service is absolutely top notch.

Villa San Michele gives you the best of both worlds, a haven of tranquility within easy reach of Florence and her Renaissance treasures. Belmond’s commitment to inclusivity also means this is a welcoming destination for LGBT travellers.

Inclusive Retreats Rating

5 stars

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£729 from

Per Person

Includes return economy flights. Two people sharing a room for 3 nights, departing in October 2018. Contact us for your specific requirements. From price for guidance only, all subject to availability.


  • Romantic retreat in the hills overlooking Florence
  • Luxurious service levels
  • Rooms & suites full of historical character
  • Complimentary shuttle service to the centre of Florence
  • Heated outdoor pool
  • Several bars and choice of restaurants

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Belmond Villa San Michele red and white suite with sofa and terrace
Belmond Villa San Michele suite with cream bedding and sofa chairs
Belmond Villa San Michele classic bedroom with orange pillow
Belmond Villa San Michele grand restaurant with flower decor
Belmond Villa San Michele outside pool with blue skies
Belmond Villa San Michele outside pool surrounded by greenery and views of florence
Belmond Villa San Michele grand lobby with receptionist at the desk
Belmond Villa San Michele garden with view of Florence
Belmond Villa San Michele building exterior surrounded by greenery
Belmond Villa San Michele hotel rich green exterior

Nearby Attractions

A complimentary shuttle service runs regularly to the Piazza della Repubblica in the centre of Florence, a 15-minute drive away.

Highlights of this wonderful city include the Uffizi Gallery, a magnificent collection of Italian Renaissance art gifted to the city by the Medici family, and the iconic Duomo cathedral, with its famous terracotta-tiled cupola.

The hotel offers a range of unique excursions, including Vespa tours and hot air balloon rides. Nearby cities worth exploring include Pisa, home of the famous Leaning Tower, and foodies’ favourite Bologna.


With just 45 rooms and suites, there is an intimate feel to Villa San Michele. Many of the original 15th century features have been preserved, though not at the expense of a few modern creature comforts.

All rooms have an HD TV, WiFi and a luxuriously appointed marble bathroom, and some also have a private terrace. The spacious Limonaia Suite has a private plunge pool, while the Michelangelo Suite once served as Napoleon Bonaparte’s headquarters in Florence!

Hotel facilities include a heated outdoor pool with wonderful views of the city, plus a fitness centre, outdoor massage gazebo and a kids’ club during the summer months. There are several different bars, including the laid-back pool bar and the elegant Cloister Bar, housed within the old monastery building. The main restaurant, La Loggia, consists of both an indoor dining room and an outdoor terrace, with incredible panoramic views. The menu is focused on classic Tuscan dishes, accompanied by an excellent wine list. The poolside restaurant provides a more informal option during the summer months, serving lunch and light bites in a relaxed outdoor setting.

Amenities & Activities

  • Valet Parking
  • WiFi
  • Fitness Centre
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Concierge
  • Room Service
  • Beauty Treatments
  • Massage
  • Cooking Classes
  • Outdoor Swimming Pool

The Art of Florence

Florence is a treasure trove of Renaissance art, home to some of the world’s most famous paintings, sculptures and frescoes. The Uffizi Gallery is the spectacular centrepiece, home to works by Renaissance masters such as Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Booking ahead is highly recommended. Michelangelo’s statue of David, arguably Florence’s most famous work of art, is a short walk away at the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Art museum , located in the historic part of Florence.

How to get here...


British Airways fly direct from London to Florence, or you can fly to Pisa with British Airways, easyJet or Ryanair. Flight time is approximately 2 hours to Florence and 2 hours 15 minutes to Pisa.

airport transfer

The hotel is located next to the town of Fiesole just outside Florence, approximately 20 minutes’ drive from Florence airport and an hour from Pisa.

Car Hire

Hiring a car is the perfect way to explore the Tuscan countryside, but be aware of the Limited Traffic Zone (ZTL) in Florence, which restricts access to the historic centre. Parking at Belmond Villa San Michele is provided free of charge.

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Travel Information

Flight time

2 hours

Transfer time

20 minutes

Time difference

+1 hour (GMT)

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