Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Italy

Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Italy
Villa San Michele, Fiesole, Italy
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On the hill of Fiesole, overhanging the valley of Arno and the town of Provence stands the Villa San Michelle, an ancient convent of tertiary Franciscans. Built in the 15th century, this hotel shelters architectural treasures and frescos. Discover, with the chef, the delights of the Tuscan cuisine with signature dishes like Fritters of courgette-flowers with Pecorino and Beef fillet of Chiana Brunello, accompanied with a glass of wine from the nearby Chianti vineyards. A whole year won't be enough to find out about Florence and when it is a late hour of the night, sit down with the young Florentine facing the Ponto Vecchio to await the morning break.

The former monastery is situated in the midst of trees and gardens and an ambiance that cannot be beat. From the suites and terraces, you can admire breathtaking views of Florence, the City of Lilies, and the Arno valley. The façade of the building dates back to the 15th century and historians attribute its design to none other than Michelangelo. The Italian National Trust designated the property as a monument, which was converted into a hotel in the 1950. In 1982, the legendary luxury group Orient-Express Hotels bought the Villa San Michele and totally restored the buildings, turning it into a national treasure with the help of the Florence Fine Arts Authority.

Arched ceilings, antique furnishings, and floral arrangements in large ceramic vases adorn the interiors of the hotel. There are 21 guestrooms and 25 suites in the hotel with two floors and two wings. Service at the Villa San Michele is almost impeccable.

The hotel also offers upscale dining and regional haute cuisine at the restaurant Loggia. The renowned restaurant features a terrace with views of the Arno valley. Loggia is a culinary destination in its own right and serves some of the finest Tuscan cuisine in the area, paired with local wines.