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.
Carrara Marble Quarries
Michelangelo, Bernini, Canova and Rodin all sourced the marble for their masterpieces in Carrara.
Explore the quarries in a 4x4 off-road vehicle. Visit Cave Michelangelo for spectacular ocean views, and stop to sample “lardo di Colonnata”, a local delicacy.
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.
A dream trip for chocoholics, visit the workshop at Andrea Bianchini’s Bottega del Cioccolato and learn the delicious art of chocolate making.
While you are there, enjoy a two-hour course taken by master chocolatier Bianchini. Famous for his unusual flavour combinations, you are guaranteed some unique taste sensations.
Get a taste of the true Tuscan countryside on a wine-tasting day trip to a rustic Chianti farmhouse.
Surrounded by vineyards and cypress trees, set off on an outing to Azienda Vinicola Capannelle, recognised by connoisseurs for the exceptional quality of its wines and olive oil, and its innovative growing and blending techniques.
Tennis in Tuscany
Florence boasts a number of high-quality tennis courts.
Circolo Tennis del Firenze is a short drive from the hotel and has 10 courts, six of which have evening floodlighting and four are indoors. Hire rackets and balls on the day. 5km from Belmond Villa San Michele, Tennis Fiesole has five courts, three of which are floodlit.