10 Best International Resort HideawaysAndrew Harper
A former monastery with ties to the 15th century, Villa San Michele by Orient-Express sits perched on a hilltop overlooking the illustrious town of Florence. Its Italian façade, attributed to Michelangelo, is a work of art with its magnificent loggia and grand columns. An intimate 46-room hideaway, Villa San Michele takes on the air of a private estate with its manicured gardens and cloistered location. The guest rooms offer individual appointments such as canopied beds, stained glass windows, and arched breezeways that lead to sitting rooms with wonderful garden views. Experience the ethereal beauty and solitude of a renaissance building with a close and convenient location, including complimentary shuttle service to the city center.
The Loggia Restaurant is defined by its classic terrace framed by a fleet of colonnades. The Tuscan menu of prosciutto and mozzarella-enhanced dishes, coupled with an impressive wine selection, envelopes you with la dolce vita. Stake claim to a lounge and enjoy your midday meal poolside with breathtaking city views. Villa San Michele also boasts a trio of bars, including a glass-covered antique sanctuary teeming with history. Join the chef for a hands-on course in the culinary arts, where you will hone your cooking skills preparing authentic Italian fare. Leisure time can be spent exploring the streets of Florence, ducking into famed museums and galleries, enjoying moments at centuries-old churches, or shopping for leather goods at an open-air market. Designed for the perfect getaway, Villa San Michele brings romance and allure to your Italy vacation.