A former 15th century monastery, Belmond Villa San Michele is a work of art in itself with frescoes, ancient carvings and a façade designed by Michelangelo. Set on rolling Tuscan hills, the Renaissance villa is a sanctuary of calm above the vibrant city below. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool which provides unrivaled panoramic views across the Florentine skyline, a new bar located in the terraced Italian gardens once tended by the Franciscan monks, and an award-winning cookery school that offers hands-on Italian cuisine lessons for all ages.