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Belmond villa san michele is nestled on a hilltop in the italian village of fiesole, only short 15 minute drive from florence. Fiesole is known for its relative calm compared to the busier and more crowded city below. Perched on the hillside above florence, belmond villa san michele offers stunning views, refreshing breezes and verdant landscaped terraces. Nearby in fiesole are museums, restored ancient buildings and other interesting artifacts. From its hillside location belmond villa san michele offers close proximity to florence’s world-famous historical treasures, combined with the serenity of a peaceful retreat, awe-inspiring views and luxurious hospitality. Belmond villa san michele is located 10 kilometers from florence airport. Belmond villa san michele features a facade that was designed by michelangelo. The original renaissance-era buildings have been restored to offer 46 luxury accommodations that are now located in the main monastery and throughout the surrounding gardens and grounds. The lush property grounds feature italian gardens, terraced landscapes, stands of trees, and flower gardens. Recreational facilities include an outdoor heated swimming pool set on a wide grassy plateau that commands a view across the valley below, and a small fitness center with the same panoramic views. Restaurant facilities feature both indoor and al fresco dining, with cuisine that emphasizes typical tuscan dishes, seasonal products of the region, and homemade specialties. Several services are available 24 hours, including room service, front desk services, business services, concierge, and door man. Two meeting rooms are ideal for small seminars or board meetings, or for social gatherings. The villa expresses its unique history through the decor, furnishings, antiques, private gardens, terraces, and patios of the various guest rooms and suites. Rooms feature panoramic views of florence and the arno river valley below and/or views of the villa's lush gardens or tranquil courtyards. All guest accommodations include a private bathroom, full american breakfast buffet, complimentary high-speed wireless internet access, widescreen hdtv, cd and dvd players, fax machine, dataport, 110v-220v dual voltage, mini-bar, safe, telephones, work desk, hair dryer, and climate control. Additional features available in some rooms or suites include original 17th century furniture, antiques and historical art, carrera marble bathrooms, cotto tile flooring, separate bathtub and walk-in shower, double vanities, private terrace or patio, panoramic view of florence and the valley below, and living room with sofa.