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13 Feb 2017
Belmond shares a monthly round-up of news and special launches, inspiring travel to some of the world's most enriching destinations.
Florence – A City Of SuperlativesFlorence is a city that can only be described by superlatives and yet none really does it justice. This is where the greatest artists of the Renaissance – perhaps of all time – lived and worked: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Botticelli, Fra Angelico. Raphaels and Titians line the walls of its galleries; its chapels and churches boast frescoes by Giotto, Masolino, Masaccio and Ghirlandaio.
Iconic buildings? They’re here in abundance, from the mighty Duomo, with its Brunelleschi Dome and Giotto bell tower, the churches of Santa Croce and Santa Maria Novella, and the Palazzo Vecchio and Pitti Palace.
And then there are the cobbled streets and stone bridges; the markets and designer shops; the restaurants and pavement cafés, all woven into the sumptuous fabric of this beautiful city. Small wonder that the city’s historic centre has been declared a World Heritage Site – or that it attracts more than 13 million tourists every year.
High above Florence in the Fiesole hills, surrounded by ancient woodland and fanned by soft breezes scented with lemon, orange and rose, sits a former 15th-century monastery. This is Belmond Villa San Michele, an authentic microcosm of Florence itself, with a façade attributed to Michelangelo, a fresco of The Last Supper by Nicodemo Ferrucci, and a 16th-century loggia offering panoramic views over the city and the Chianti hills beyond.
From its ancient fresco of The Last Supper to the lush terraced gardens and panoramic pool, Belmond Villa San Michele is a feast for the eyes. In the 15th century it was a monastery; today it is one of Europe’s most beautiful hotels and the perfect base from which to explore the city of the Medicis—a complimentary shuttle, running every 20 minutes, delivers guests to central Florence in just 15 minutes.
The Concierge is delighted to arrange tours of villas, palaces and secret gardens, or days out to picturesque wineries. Dining at the hotel’s romantic La Loggia Restaurant is an unforgettable highlight, while secrets of Italian cuisine can be gleaned at Belmond Villa San Michele’s renowned Cookery School, where hands-on lessons are taught by the Chef.Download Factsheet