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5 Days Cooking Break in Tuscany, Italy

  • Belmond Villa San Michele, Via Doccia 4, 50014 Fiesole, Florence, Italy

Cookery Holidays in Italy

Belmond Villa San Michele is a breathtaking retreat that could transport you to a world of tranquility. You can hear the sweet voice of birds singing and let the luscious greens to embrace you to a journey of serenity like no other. Jazz up your time with us by joining our Executive Chef Attilio Di Fabrizio hands-on cooking lessons, which means you will be preparing, tasting and cooking alongside him. Small classes ensure that each student enjoys individual attention.

Highlights

  • Tuscan cooking class
  • Cookery school apron
  • Lunch based on dishes you prepare at La Loggia
  • Food and wine pairing intro by sommelier
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • 1 day with instruction
  • English
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Belmond Villa San Michele

Belmond Villa San Michele is nestled on a hilltop amid lush trees and terraced gardens, enjoying unparalleled vistas of Florence, stretched out before it in all its classic splendor. Stroll in the Italian gardens, bursting with lemon trees and fragrant roses, and savor superb Tuscan cuisine on the alfresco La Loggia Restaurant as if in a private home.

Dating from the 15th century, the villa's facade is attributed to Michelangelo. Step inside and you experience the ethereal beauty and solitude of a Renaissance monastery that is as much a part of Italy's culture as the country's greatest cathedrals and galleries. Rooms and suites are located in the old monastery building and nestled amid the beautiful gardens. Each enjoys spectacular views and boasts its own unique style and antique furnishings.

Join in Chef Attilio di Fabrizio during his fun hands-on lessons. The course will be held every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday from 10:00 to 12:30 and will focus on the preparation of a Tuscan appetizer, a first course, and a dessert. Afterwards, you'll sit down with fellow students to enjoy the dishes you have made matched with Tuscan wines chosen by a sommelier.

Ruled by the powerful Medicis for centuries, Florence abounds in magnificent art and architecture. The capital of Tuscany, it was the birthplace of the Renaissance and the most important city in Europe from the 14th to early 16th centuries. Alongside its treasure-filled galleries, museums and churches, Florence is famous for its picturesque bridges. The most famous of these, the Ponte Vecchio, is lined with jewelry shops that seem to be suspended over the water.

Activities
  • Cooking classes
  • Fitness center
  • Massage
  • Outdoor swimming pool
General
  • Air-conditioned public areas
  • Bar
  • Concierge desk
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Luggage room
  • Multilingual staff
  • Pool restaurant
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
Services
  • Baby sitting
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • In-room dining
  • Kids’ club
  • Laundry and ironing
  • Newspapers
  • Valet
  • Wake-up calls
  • Brunelleschi’s Dome: Brunelleschi’s dome is one of Florence’s most striking landmarks. This special visit to the cathedral grants guests exclusive access to its terraces. Enjoy a close up view of the dome and take in one of the city’s best panoramas.
  • Gelateria: The world-famous Vivoli ice cream parlour has been creating its delicious gelato masterpieces in Florence since 1930. Exclusively for guests of Belmond Villa San Michele, Vivoli opens the doors for an unforgettable experience in ice cream making, including the opportunity to meet the family and a mouth-watering ice cream tasting session.
  • Historic food store: Visit one of the most historic food stores in Florence with an expert, who will help you pick out Tuscan delicacies or select tasty ingredients for a picnic by the Arno.
  • Rafting in Florence: Let expert rafters guide you down the San Niccolo weir under the Ponte Vecchio as you take in the urban sights. Or, if you're up for a bit more excitement, join a full-day excursion to the Sieve River for a heart-racing ride through the rapids.
  • Shake & Drink: Let our head barman teach you everything there is to know about cocktails. He will guide you through the preparation of 3 delicious concoctions. Savor the fruits of your labor in our special Lover's Corner at the end of the lesson.
  • Tuscany by Vespa: Experience the sights on board Italy's favourite mode of transport, the Vespa. Travel along picturesque country roads and ancient bridges, exploring Tuscany's medieval villages and Romanesque churches.
  • Vasari Corridor: Your private guide will escort you to the Uffizi Gallery, where he will unlock the door to one of the most amazing features of Florence, the Vasari Corridor. The corridor, lined with works of art, stretches over the famous Ponte Vecchio and boasts spectacular views of the river and the Church of Santa Felicita.
  • In-room massage: Guests can choose to enjoy a massage in the privacy of their own room.
  • Massage gazebo: Guests can relax with a spoiling open-air massage in the massage gazebo located in a secluded corner of the Italian Gardens while admiring the stunning view over Florence.
  • 1 cooking class
  • 1 lunch
  • 4 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast
  • Cookery school apron
  • Wine pairing
  • Airfare
  • Beverages
  • City tax
  • Meals not mentioned above
  • Personal expenses
  • VAT

Arrival by airplane

10 kilometers from the hotel (20 minutes drive), Florence Airport (FLR) offers domestic and international flights.

Pisa International Airport (PSA) is 72 kilometers from the hotel (60 minutes drive) and provides a wide range of international connections.

Bologna Airport (BLQ) offers a range of domestic and international flights and is 115 kilometers from Belmond Villa San Michele.

Arrival by train

Florence Santa Maria Novella railway station is a 15-minute drive from the hotel.

For information about the booking conditions, please send Belmond Villa San Michele an inquiry.

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveller from Paris, France

    "It's a bit difficult to write a comment about "La Villa San Michele". To be totally honest, this isn't the most luxurious property in the world and a few things might be improved especially because this is an old hotel - And I'm not only talking about the rooms in the older part of the building. But this place is just unique because of its location, its staff and, the most important thing, the view over the city!!! Nothing better than a meal at the restaurant overlooking the city."

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  • Review by Mae I. from Quezon City, Philippines

    "I never thought such a perfect hotel would exist. In all my travels around the world, this place is number 1 for me! I still can't believe I was there a few days ago. Everything was like a dream. I love how they made each day so magical with all the surprises they prepared for us. My room was divine. Their food was spectacular and the sceneries will make you fall in love with life, over and over. No wonder they are number 1. I look forward in visiting more of their properties soon. It would be an absolute pleasure!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "We spent a truly enjoyable week at the property in June 2016. It excels at everything it does. The service was excellent with nothing too much trouble. The property is stunning, beautifully maintained with breath-taking views and the food... something else! They even laid on a Vespa for us to use!"

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  • Review by a traveler from London, UK

    "Fantastic hotel, with the most amazing view of Florence. We had an entry level room which was very spacious and well designed. Issues to be aware of is you are out of town and have to get complementary bus down. Out of season this is only every hour and taxis can get expensive. However it is better to have a sanctuary to come back to out of the hustle and bustle of Florence in our opinion."

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  • Review by a traveler from Illinois, USA

    "We dined here for our anniversary dinner - but walked the property before and after dinner. Perched on a hilltop in Fiesole this property is absolutely gorgeous with amazing views of the city of Florence. The gardens were well kept and rooms all had great views of either the gardens or the city."

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  • Review by a traveler from England

    "This hotel is an oasis of calm beauty hidden away on a hill away from the bustle of Florence. I spent six nights here with my daughter who is recovering from a life threatening illness - where better to recuperate than here. We were lucky to be upgraded to a beautiful suite complete with garden and a Nesspresso machine - George Clooney unfortunately was missing! The food was delicious and beautifully presented. All the staff were extremely pleasant and helpful -nothing was too much trouble for them please pass on my thanks for helping to make our holiday so memorable. Our six days went much too quickly but we will be returning."

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  • Review by a traveler from Georgia, USA

    "We stayed in Florence on our trip but I wanted to state how perfect the staff was at the hotel for our pre-dinner experience. We booked the Lover's Corner in the courtyard garden before dinner in advance. It was perfect. I arranged for flowers and Asti and the staff treated us like royalty. The view and ambience was incredible. For dinner, we went inside to La Loggia and the dinner was exceptional... along with more great views. The staff was friendly and food tasty. The hotel does have a shuttle to/from the city center as this hotel/restaurant is in Fiesole. We used a cab both ways, no issues with that either. It was well worth the 20-minute cab ride to this restaurant. I would stay at this hotel in the future. It looked spectacular."

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  • Review by Annie B.

    "I stayed here for a couple of days last June and I have to say it is by far the best and most beautiful hotel I have stayed in so far. The service was superb, food was fantastic, cracking cocktails and a great wine list. The views are absolutely stunning - sitting in the restaurant overlooking Florence and Tuscany was a delight. The pool and grounds in general are also lovely although can't expect much less from a 16th-century monastery partly designed by Michelangelo... The absolute only downside was that our room didn't really have a window - just a tiny one right at the top of close to the ceiling so had to stand on a chair to look out! But all in all, I had an incredible time and long to go back!"

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  • Review by Jackson

    "We had a lovely dinner at the Villa San Michele in Fiesole just outside Florence. We had drinks at one end of a large loggia with a pianist playing before we were seated for dinner at the other end of the lovely loggia overlooking the city of Florence. The façade of the VSM was painted by Michelangelo when the building was a monastery. Service was perfect, food outstanding, lovely wine list... just an absolutely perfect evening dining looking at the lights along the Arno below. It is an absolute treat!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Virginia, USA

    "My husband and I did not stay in this hotel, but were given a tour and enjoyed a lovely cocktail party on the grounds and a truly wonderful Florentine steak for dinner. By all means, spend some time in this special place."

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  • Review by a traveler from New York, USA

    "The Belmond hotels are amazing, but most important, the people who work at these hotels make you want to come back again and again. The setting was spectacular, high on a hill overlooking the city of Florence. The hotel itself was a former monetary, so the building has a history and you feel the warmth of the previous owners. The flowers and greenery were perfectly manicured and the rooms were just beautiful. But as I said, the help at the hotel were amazing, warm, friendly, and knowledgeable. They were always ready to help us, even when we couldn't get a cab one night. We called them and they arranged for a pickup in town. The welcome you get from the front desk is amazing and you get it every time you walk in, we laughed with all of them. The concierge is incredibly helpful and I just can't say enough about this hotel. They have a shuttle into Florence almost every hour, so you can stay away from the ruckus of the city yet visit it when you want to go there. We loved this hotel and will return there again!"

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  • Review by a traveler from Fiesole, Italy

    "From the time we arrived, everything was perfect. We could not have asked for more. Staff were absolutely great, even apologized for the rain, but an umbrella was there to keep us dry. Beautiful bedrooms and bathrooms and well-stocked mini bars, and an appreciated welcome drink."

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