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Travel Diary: Staycation At Belmond Villa San Michele


It’s weird. On a side of my desk I have the October issue of most of my favorite magazines, a guideline for Winter trends and travels. On the other side I’m going through all the photos that I took last August to put together this post. In fact, I can’t call the summer officially over without talking about the little staycation Massimo and I did back in August.

Everything started months ago when I found a curious email “If ever your travel brought you to Florence…“. At the beginning I thought it was spam but when I opened it I immediately realized that it was an invitation to spend a couple of days at Belmond Villa San Michele, in Fiesole (a little town located on the hills over Florence). A look at the website and I understood that those two days would have been anything but a simple holiday.

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Belmond Villa San Michele is a modern luxury hotel litteraly built-in in a 14th-century monastery. Modern because it offers all services and accomodations that you can think of. But despite the modernity and the comforts, Belmond Villa San Michele kept as much as possible the place, the monastery and all the main parts as they were in the past. And this is what really makes this place one of a kind!

I was totally fascinated by the idea that I was walking on the same floor where people from the 14th century lived their life. That I slept under the same roof where Napoleone spent some of his days. The idea that I was looking at something thought and created by Michelangelo took my breath away!

And if these weren’t enough, there was also the view. No, sorry, I mean THE VIEW. Right under your nose there is Florence, in all its glory and beauty!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Our three-days-holiday was all about good food and relax. But one morning we forced ourselves to leave the swimming pool behind us to visit Florence. It wasn’t our first time, but still it looked like it was. Florence is amazing! You totally understand the reason why this city attracts so many tourists from around the world.

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

We spent three hours in Florence. Belmond Villa San Michele offers a complementary shuttle service that drops you in the centre of the city so you don’t need your own car (fortunately, because I’m pretty sure that to find a parking in Florence is a serious game).

During these hours we visited few of the main and most popular spots: Ponte Vecchio, Galleria degli Uffizi, Cattedrale di Santa Maria del Fiore, Palazzo Pitti, Basilica di Santa Croce and Palazzo della Signoria. Be ready to be amazed by all these places. At the same time, be also ready to find tons and tons of tourists and, consequently, to overpay a simple icecream.

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

We almost burnt ourselves under the sun of August, so, obviously, once we went to the hotel, we spent another couple of hours at the pool. Looking the sun going slowly down over Florence is spectacular!

Tuscany is famous in Italy and around the world for the good food. And I’m here to confirm it. We had dinner in two different places, suggested by the hotel: Trattoria Cave di Maiano and Vinandro. Both highly highly recommended! The first one offers most of the main typical dishes from Tuscany. The second one interprets the tradional food, creating unexpected and delightful combinations. In both case, I suggest you to book in advance. Especially the second restaurant is really tiny!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

I want to thank Belmond Villa San Michele for having me and Massimo. We really enjoyed every single minute of our staycation. People were very friendly and the stuff really professional. Clients come from all around the world, so the stuff speaks English perfectly. The atmosphere at Belmond Villa San Michele is realxing, chilling but luxurious at the same time. I really loved it! It’s the perfect place where to stop at for some days if you are planning to visit Italy and the main cities. You will be close to Florence, but, at the same time, far enough to enjoy peaceful moments (maybe with a glass of good wine in your hand!)

Further, Belmond Villa San Michele offers many solutions for weddings and honeymoon. Massimo, now you know where you should bring me for our next anniversary!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!

Three days spent in Tuscany, staying at Belmond Villa San Michele, eating good food and drinking amazing wine!


*Thanks Belmond Villa San Michele for hosting us. All thoughts are my own.

 

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Chiara is a quirky and funny Italian girl currently living in Doha. She is a dreamer, a blogger, a shopaholic, Paris and cats lover. She spends her days with her husband and their three cats, creating outfits with Mrs B. and writing about what she loves!

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9 Comments

Patricia
Reply October 9, 2017

Amazing trip! The pics are amazing!
xoxo
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Nina Nguyen
Reply October 9, 2017

Wow amazing photos!!
xx- Nina

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    Bonjour Chiara
    Reply October 11, 2017

    I had such a great time there, and well,Tuscany is really a region to discover!
    xoxo, Chiara

mahryska
Reply October 10, 2017

such magical photos...love them!! and your outfits are so perfect.
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Atsuna Matsui
Reply October 12, 2017

Your staycation at Belmond Villa looks soo wonderful!! The photos look so vibrant and summery. Making me wish I took more trips last summer now.

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Glowyshoes
Reply October 14, 2017

Wow these pictures are incredibly beautiful... love your outfits.

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Jessica
Reply October 15, 2017

This place is gorgeous! I think I need a staycation asap. Lovely photos dear!

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