Idyllically perched on the much-loved hills of Fiesole, Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, gazes down at the city below, offering a truly spectacular view. Following on from the successful summer events series at the luxury hotel that's housed in a former monastery, their autumnal calendar looks equally set to charm and entice with a host of culinary and cultural activities. From the lush typically Tuscan woodland that embraces the villa to the striking fifteenth-century loggia that's home to the restaurant, every corner is picturesque and made all the more memorable with the events on offer.
Truffles and their many mysteries are at the centre of this rich, nature-filled experience that allows you to immerse yourself in the fascinating world of Tuscan truffle hunters. Savini Tartufi comes from a family that has devoted their lives to truffles over four generations. The first day gives you a chance to meet the producers over an aperitivo to get to grips with the prized tuber and its curious characteristics, before you enjoy a perfectly curated truffle-themed dinner created by Executive Chef Alessandro Cozzolino, completed with a wine pairing by Prunotto of the historic Piedmontese winery estate in the prestigious Langhe wine area. The second day sees you set off to Savini Tartufi in Forcoli to take part in an authentic truffle hunt. A delectable lunch follows with Savini's mouthwatering products and the season's freshest truffles.
October 20-21 + November 10-11
Price: 530 euro per person (aperitivo, four-course dinner with wine pairing, truffle hunting and lunch at Savini Tartufi). The activities can be booked as single experiences as well.
Transfer is available at an additional cost, upon request
Delight in an exclusive tasting within the wine cellar under an expert's guidance. Get the chance to meet some of Tuscany's time-honoured winemaking families who take you along an oenological journey.
October 21 + 28, November 4, 6-7:30 pm
Price: 60 euro per person (max 14 people)
The Supreme Poet, Dante Alighieri, is honoured at Belmond Villa San Michele at 5pm on Tuesdays with an indulgent afternoon tea as you are treated to tales of love from the Divine Comedy and Vita Nova, read in Italian by actor Adriano Miliani.
October 26, November 9 + 23, December 7
Price: 30 euro per person