True libertines will appreciate the sheer
extravagance of Villa San Michele. While it was established as a Franciscan
monastery back in the 15th century, the current day Renaissance
facade is attributed to Michelangelo, a sign of the monastery's wealth and
comfort thanks to the patronage of wealthy Florentine families.
Now owned by Orient-Express Hotels, the erstwhile monastery is a romantic
tribute to the renaissance with beautifully manicured gardens, sumptuous suites
and, dare I say it, heavenly views of Florence.
Villa San Michele's Golden Book of celebrity guests. Stay here and you'll be following in the footsteps of José Carreras, Julia Roberts, Kofi Annan, Liam Neeson, Naomi Campbell, Roger Moore, Vivienne Westwood...