Where Renaissance spirit meets modern indulgence
Surrounded by lush trees and terraced gardens with views down to Florence, our location is hard to beat. Step inside and experience the beauty of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy's culture as the country’s greatest cathedrals and galleries.
Today, Villa San Michele is recognised as one of the country’s finest small boutique hotels. Stroll in the Italian gardens, bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, and savour superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco loggia as if in a private home.
Our Hillside Sanctuary
Enjoy the best of both worlds at Villa San Michele, with sumptuous privacy within Florence’s countryside while remaining a stone’s throw of the vibrant city. Hop on our courtesy shuttle to arrive in the centre within fifteen minutes, or stroll through scenic Fiesole, with its olive groves and shaded woodland.
From daring dishes to tempting tasting menus, enjoy an exquisite feast. Sensational views are framed by the monastery’s arches.
Ristorante San Michele
Experience lunch like never before. Go back to the source with each bite of this deliciously twisted Tuscan gastronomy.
Bar San Michele
Sip and Savour
Indulge in masterfully prepared cocktails overlooking Florence or in the cosy embrace of the small cloister.
Pool Grill Pizzeria
Take a seat by the glimmering pool and enjoy a selection of classic Italian dishes. Views of Florence stretch out below.
Our panoramic gym offers state-of-the-art equipment, free weights and cardio machines to help you maintain your fitness regimen.
An Alfresco Oasis
Set on a grassy plateau above the gardens, our shining pool is the best place to unwind with stunning views across the Arno Valley.
As you arrive at our paradise, rows of evergreen cypress trees line your path. Once nurtured by Franciscan monks, the immaculate 15th-century gardens at Villa San Michele include a large wooded park and terraced lawns. Here you’ll find our 400-year-old wisteria, the only one in Florence to bloom twice a year.
The quiet, natural beauty of our gardens is accentuated by lighting created by Pietro Porcinai. The celebrated landscape architect redesigned our gardens in the 1980s — undertaking a comprehensive study of all the plant species on the property and designing our whimsical, egg-shaped lanterns.
Join us for great lawn picnics and al-fresco events. Or wander along the stunning topiary, where the simple beauty of hillside living to bloom into focus.
Explore our 2.5 hectare woodland and the historical path leading to Monte Ceceri. For centuries, this woodland was a place of peace and inspiration for the monks who originally inhabited Villa San Michele, and at the end of the 15th century, it was from here that Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machine.
Follow the trails around the wood and discover our peaceful vegetable garden, a yoga and meditation garden in front of the old chapel of San Francesco, and much more.
Whether it’s our façade designed by Michelangelo or our woodlands where Leonardo da Vinci tested his flying machines, our hotel is alive with the spirit of the Renaissance.
Strolling though our 16th-century monastery, marvel at the ancient frescoes, vaulted ceilings and characterful cloisters and be enveloped by storied history at every turn.Learn more
Enjoy magnificent views across the Arno Valley and Florence from the panoramic heated swimming pool.
Situated on a grassy plateau above the gardens, reached by a winding path, it’s the perfect spot to daydream. A pool snack bar serves tasty lunches and snacks to keep you refreshed throughout the day.
Pool measurements: Length – 25m, Width – from 5m, Depth – from 1.4 – 2.2mS
Salus Regina Wellness Suite
Unwind in peerless Renaissance style at Salus Regina. This intimate suite is the perfect place to relax.
Choose from a selection of massages and wellness treatments, offered by experts. Upon request you can also arrange yoga sessions, as well as make-up and hairdressing services.Contact us
Our 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 healthy while exploring with guided hikes or scenic bike rides through the Fiesole hills.
If you prefer to workout in your room or outdoors, all our guests enjoy access to virtual coaching on the MyWellness App by Technogym. You can also request the Technogym training kit at reception.
Please note: a reservation is required prior to useF
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A legendary journey
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