During a recent trip to Pisa I made a little detour to explore Certaldo and the Val d’Elsa area and spent the night in a beautiful bed & breakfast amidst the Tuscan countryside, Villa San Michele.

Villa San Michele is a stunning bed & breakfast that opened just a few months ago in the Tuscan hamlet of Vico d’Elsa. This place was originally a XVII century farmhouse and its owners refurbished it with love and effort, retaining its rustic charm and adding some modern and stylish elements.

What to expect

There are 5 guest rooms in total, with a cozy lounge area on the ground floor, a fantastic pool and beautiful gardens all around.

Rooms are bright and spacious, each with great views across the Tuscan countryside. The ambience is very relaxing and beds are super comfy, but I must admit that my favorite thing was the bathroom – tastefully decorated, with a large shower, fluffy towels and excellent beauty products.   

The best part of staying at Villa San Michele is being waken up to the chirping of birds and greeted by gorgeous views of lush vegetation, rolling hills and the towers of San Gimignano in the distance. Up next is the delicious breakfast  that awaits you downstairs, where Roger will pamper you with home made cakes, local delicacies and foamy cappuccinos, while Stefania will help you organize your day.

Being still cold, I couldn’t enjoy the pool nor the outdoor areas, which must be amazing in summer. I can’t really complain though, since I could cozy up by a burning fireplace with a glass of wine after a long day of exploration.

The hosts

No matter the beauty of the property, I believe that what makes a bed & breakfast stand out is the personal attention that guests receive from the owners and Stefania and Roger are great at this. They genuinely love what they do and have the ability to make you feel at home the moment you walk through the entrance gate. They are also very knowledgeable about the area and Tuscany in general and they only recommend places they have visited themselves, so you’ll be sure to have an authentic experience. Bonus point for sending their guests an ebook with lots of tips to help explore the area.  

The area

Location wise, Villa San Michele is situated in Vico d’Elsa, a charming little hamlet of 400 people, between Florence and Siena, in an area characterized by an idyllic landscape of rolling hills covered in olive groves and vineyards. It’s just a short drive from San Gimignano and Certaldo and its position makes it a great base for visiting this part of Tuscany, being just a stone’s throw from Chianti and close to some of the major sights, including Siena (38km) and Florence (50km).

The nearest airports are Florence and Pisa. The area is best explored by car and there is free public car park just in front of the bed & breakfast. Alternatively, you can reach Vico d’Elsa by public transport or taxi, just ask Stefania and Roger and they’ll assist you with all the necessary arrangements.


I stayed only one night but wish I had stayed longer! If you plan to visit this part of Tuscany I strongly recommend to visit Villa San Michele, you’ll love it!


Please note, this is not a sponsored post. All opinions and photographs are my own.  


Until next time

52 replies
  1. Ritika Singh
    Ritika Singh says:

    nice hosts they were ..i love homestays and bnb ..since not only they reduce the cost but also give u very authentic experience..so glad u had such a great time here..will check these guyz out on my next visit to tuscany

  2. Kristie
    Kristie says:

    What a lovely post! This place looks magical. I have been to Italy three times but have spent almost no time in Tuscany. I appreciate learning more about it from someone who is an expert!

  3. Lisa
    Lisa says:

    Villa San Michele looks like my kind of place! I spend a lot of time in the north-east, but really love the Tuscan countryside. It’s great that it’s near Chianti too; it’s a delicious wine and goes with so many great Italian dishes.

  4. Martha
    Martha says:

    That view is impeccable! I love that this accommodation is so cozy and authentic of Tuscany. Definitely could spend a month basking in these beautiful views.

  5. Nicola
    Nicola says:

    Looks like an absolutely idyllic place to stay. Totally agree about what you said about hosts; a friendly face to make you feel at home makes all the difference. I also LOVE waking up to the sounds of birds and the smell of fresh coffee and breakfast in the morning. What a great break.

  6. Iulia
    Iulia says:

    I have bookmarked this for future reference. I want to go to Tuscany so badly… this small, chic villa really makes me jump on an airplane right now. I would love to spend some days relaxing here 🙂 I love how you presented this location! Keep it up 😛


  7. Heidi
    Heidi says:

    What lovely hosts and a beautiful place to stay. We’ve always felt at home in the B&B’s in Italy as well. Love it when the owners update but keep the old feel of the villas. And Tuscany is such an amazing place anyway. It’s always fun to see the real Tuscany once you get away from Florence and Pisa is one of our favorite little cities.

  8. Suman Doogar
    Suman Doogar says:

    I am sure you regretted staying there for only one day, this place requires more days to explore and enjoy the good vibes. Looks like an amazing place.

  9. Rhiannon
    Rhiannon says:

    I haven’t stayed in a B&B for years – since I was a kid, in fact! If I did now, I’d definitely make it somewhere like this – it seems like the hosts are what really make the stay special, and the beauty of the villa itself doesn’t hurt!

  10. Ami Bhat
    Ami Bhat says:

    This is such a raw and gorgeous place. The landscape makes you feel so relaxed. The exterior seems rugged but the insides are so cosy. Definitely seems well maintained. It is definitely a good pick if you are in town to unwind. The atmosphere created does half your task of detox

  11. Amrita Sen
    Amrita Sen says:

    The place looks so beautiful and peaceful. I have always liked the places where I can wake up to great views. It looks like a perfect place to relax.

  12. Anita
    Anita says:

    This is a very nice review. You made me want to come there. I think it’s very cosy place with the old ambient which I really like.

  13. ARI
    ARI says:

    Those views and that fireplace!!! I love the TOSCANA region. I happened to do a little road trip for 5 nights in winter (dec/jan) this year through toscana and we stayed in a couple great old properties similar to this one. Looks incredible and I’m going to be back very soon for more food, vino, and Sunshine. I’m dying to return in summer!

  14. Arnav Mathur
    Arnav Mathur says:

    Looks like an amazing place to stay and have a relaxing vacation. Bookmarking this, as I might check it out during my upcoming Italy trip. The rooms look extremely spacious, and the surroundings, are a perfect detox holiday in the making.

  15. Aisha
    Aisha says:

    Wow, Tuscany really is gorgeous! Every bit of research I’ve done on this place always features gorgeous scenes and such enticing information and this post is no different! I do hope to visit some day soon!

  16. Becca Talbot
    Becca Talbot says:

    This place looks perfect to do a little bit of exploring, hiking and photography 🙂 what a lovely villa! I have only been to Italy once, staying in Siena for the most part, but we did spend an afternoon in Pisa – I didn’t think much of the city, I have to confess, but then I never really explored much further, unlike you x


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