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.
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.
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.