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Villa San Michele — Fiesole, Firenze


A 15th century monastery has now been transformed into one of Europe's most charming and picturesque luxury hotels. A villa of unsurpassed beauty in an oasis of peace, only a few minutes from the centre of Florence.

The Villa San Michele is surrounded by its own gardens and woodland on the Fiesole hills. The present aspect of the building, with its façade attributed to Michelangelo and the imposing lateral Loggia looking towards Florence, dates from the year 1600, when the monastery was enlarged and completely renovated.

The Villa San Michele, situated on the hill of Fiesole, is named after the church of St Michael the Archangel. The original building was a monastery, founded in the early years of the 15th century for the Franciscan monks.

The present building, with its façade attributed to Michelangelo and its imposing loggia, dates from 1600. In 1900 the Villa was acquired by Henry White Cannon from New York, who landscaped the gardens, erected large greenhouses and restored the building after the fashion of the Victorians. During World War II, the Villa was badly damaged.

In 1982, Orient-Express Hotels bought the Villa San Michele and the surrounding land. Once more a comprehensive restoration of the buildings was embarked upon, this time with the cooperation of the Florence Fine Arts Authority.

Over the past decade great care and expertise has been engaged to refurbish the entire Villa in a style that provides a luxurious environment whilst maintaining the beauty and heritage of this magnificent building.

The Loggia Terrace Restaurant provides one of the most unique venues in Europe, overlooking Florence and the Arno Valley. In cooler weather, the indoor dining rooms located in the Cloister and the Cenacolo are used. Restaurant and Bar service is also available at the Pool, during summer.

Emphasis is placed on the typical Tuscan cuisine of the region. Home made Pasta, mushrooms and meat are house specialties.

There are three bars: the Terrace Bar with evening piano music until midnight, the Cocktail Bar which is situated in the small cloister of the monastery, and the Pool Bar.