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June at Villa Michaela

Finally full summer has arrived at Villa Michaela. The days are long and hot. Luckily there is a lot going on in the region to fill them, from wine tasting at local vineyards to Calcio Fiorentino (the bloodiest game you’ll ever see in the streets of Florence). Villa Michaela has been busy. Over the last month we have had guests from all corners of the world each on their own quest for some peace, tranquility, good Tuscan wine and a little of la dolce vita.
Bespoke Wine Tasting Tour
One of the highlights was definitely the annual Cantine Aperte at Montecarlo where over a dozen vineyards opened their doors to the public to taste their wines and nibble on locally produced cheese, truffles and porchetta. At the beginning of the day you are given a wine glass and a map to navigate the bacchanalian route. The Villa Michaela team managed to cover six vineyards, after which calling it a day (we challenge you to achieve any more!)
We are also now working with all of these vineyards here at the Villa, so if you can’t wait until next year to meander through the hills of Montecarlo wine glass in hand debating whether to follow the Sauvignon or Sémillon route, then fear not, at Villa Michaela we can organise your very own bespoke wine tour. Just get in touch with us via email.
Rest & Relaxation Retreats

We believe that a full life is a balanced life here at Villa Michaela and as such alongside all the wine fuelled revelry, we have also begun to offer clients a chance to relax and rejuvenate with R&R Retreats.

Through daily yoga practices, hiking, bodywork and plenty of down time for restoration, you will create your own personalized weekend experience

Our abundant daily schedule allows you to choose from a variety of outdoor activities, healing arts sessions [massage and reiki], cooking lessons, local tours into nearby cities and historic wineries, along with one-on-one coaching and empowerment consultations all while enjoying daily yoga and meditation classes.

Jump start your own new wellness routine with us while celebrating the beauty and natural sense of complete relaxation tucked into the Tuscan hillsides.

Get in contact via email to book your R+R weekend here at Villa Michaela.

Lucca Summer Music Festival & Puccini at Torre del Lago

The Lucca Summer Music Festival is just weeks away! It is still not too late to book your tickets and come and stay at Villa Michaela. The line up this year boasts Jim Morrison, Tom Jonea, Simply Red, Niel Young and many more! Book your room at Villa Michaela and we can secure your tickets and arrange transport.If classical is more your style, enjoy the incredible works of Giacomo Puccini at the Puccini Festival at Torre del Lago.  A mere hop skip and a jump from the Villa, with the great Puccini classics Tosca, La Bohème, Turandot and Madame Butterfly in this year’s program. Sit in the open air on the shores of the lake where Puccini lived and wrote most of his best work. This world famous festival is in its 62nd year.  Click here for more information.

Rhode School of Cuisine – Cookery Course at Villa Michaela

Not to fear, we still have out classic Cookery Courses at Villa Michaela with the Rhode School of Cuisine. Week long courses are available throughout April!  Book now to avoid disappointment! 

The Rhode School of Cuisine is a long established Italian cooking school. Our week long courses include accommodation at Villa Michaela, hands-on cooking lessons, all food and wine consumed at the school, as well as numerous wonderful trips and excursions to the historic city of Lucca, famous food markets and vineyards in the region. Each student will also receive a customised apron, a cookbook filled with the recipes of the week and a certificate of culinary achievement. 

Prices for a week long course start at €2680 per person. 

For more information please click here. Otherwise to book directly please don’t hesitate to email us. 


  1. Stacey Roveda - 13 August 2016 14:52

    We’re from Australia and we’re hoping to get married in Italy in June 2017. We will have about 25-30 guests and we’re wondering if a wedding this small is possible at your beautiful residence? We’re thinking about having the wedding around the 20th of June. We’re happy to have it mid-week. Any information you can provide us would be much appreciated.
    Stacey Roveda.

    • VillaMichaela - 22 August 2016 11:59

      Hi Stacy,
      Many thanks for your message! It is absolutely possible to have a wedding here at Villa Michaela.
      Would you be able to email me on, where we can discuss your wedding plans at length!
      Many thanks,


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