Looking for a romantic break in Florence?
I would highly recommend staying a little outside at the beautiful Belmond Villa San Michelle. Perched above the city, the centre and its main attractions can be reached in just 15 minutes with a complimentary shuttle. An amazing historical property Belmond Villa San Michelle tastefully combines new and old glamour, where quirky modern art hangs side by side with original Renaissance frescoes.
Spoil yourselves with an upgrade to a Junior Suite and you will be rewarded with incredible views over Florence from the comfort of your private patio. After exploring the sites in town, you can relax in the pretty gardens surrounded by fragrant rose bushes or lounge by the pool, which is surprisingly generous in size. Of an evening stay in for an unforgettable dinner as a delicious menu is served al fresco on a stunning balcony overlooking the rooftops of Florence below. Afterwards, end the night in Loggia bar where a live pianist provides the perfect soundtrack and drinks are served amongst the lemon trees.
Continuing my journey, my next stop was Belmond Castello di Casole, a hotel which is bound to fulfil anyone’s fantasies of a visit to the rolling Tuscan hills.
With a location which is simply mind-blowing, the hotel offers two distinct styles of accommodation. Choose between a stay in the main building, an imposing 10th-century castle with its rustic Tuscan decor. Or alternatively, if you prefer something a little more modern, the Olivato suites are spacious and contemporary in design, although, it is worth keeping in mind these rooms may not be suitable for everyone as they can only be accessed via a series of steep steps.
Both the food and service were impeccable and tasting the truffle chips is an absolute must! During my visit I opted for a tour of the medieval village of San Gimignano, located in the heart of the Tuscan countryside it was a fantastic excursion for anyone with an interest in local crafts, history or art. For foodies, the chance to sample wines from the organic vineyards that surround the property or try your hand at whipping up some Italian classics with an immersive cookery class cannot be missed! It is undoubtedly the tastiest introduction to the local produce, including the castles’ very own exclusive olive oil.