Luxury Hotels & Villas in Italy

The rolling Tuscan hills, the winding streets of Venice, the shores of the Amalfi Coast... Italy’s guests are spoilt for choice for somewhere special to stay.

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Hotel de la Ville

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

The Hotel de la Ville grandly occupies an 18th-century palazzo right by the Spanish Steps, and this Rocco Forte hotel certainly has the wow factor inside and out, from its lavish interiors to its beautiful views over Rome.

Best for: Chic Design, Setting & Views, History & Heritage, City Hotel

Il Palazzo Experimental

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Il Palazzo Experimental is the Venetian gem of the Experimental hotels, set in the heart of the city’s Dorsoduro District. With just 32 rooms, the boutique hotel offers the established innovative luxury that is now renowned within the Experimental brand.

Best for: Food & Wine, Chic Design, City Hotel, Setting & Views

Casa Angelina

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Casa Angelina is the Amalfi Coast’s design ‘lifestyle’ hotel, contemporary in style, with quirky Murano glass masterpieces, attentive staff, gorgeous food and sensational views.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Romantic, Hideaway

Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

The regal Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como has occupied a prime position on Lake Como since the 19th century, and celebrates its ancient past as well as its glamorous present. It has an illustrious history – artists, actors, politicians and writers from all over the world have passed through its doors. With stylish accommodation, gourmet cuisine and beautiful views, this hotel takes luxury to a whole new level.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic, Food & Wine

Venice Simplon-Orient-Express

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is one of the world’s most historic, romantic and legendary trains, and is a work of art in itself. Hop onboard this iconic, Belmond-owned train in London and travel in style to Venice, via Paris - or carry on to Vienna or Istanbul. Whatever your destination, you’re guaranteed a trip of a lifetime.  

Best for: Train Journey, Romantic, Seriously special, History & Heritage

Masseria Cimino

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

This 18th-century farmhouse retains its unique character and charm but has a thoroughly modern and stylish feel. Set in expansive grounds of century-old olive groves and vegetable gardens, with stunning views across to the nearby Adriatic Sea, Masseria Cimino is secluded and exclusive. Spend your days relaxing in the sun and exploring the pretty coastlines and ancient ruins of Puglia.

Best for: Honeymoon, Hideaway, Rustic, Setting & Views

Canne Bianche_Lifestyle Hotel

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

This hotel is simply beautiful, inside and out - arriving at Canne Bianche_Lifestyle Hotel, you’ll immediately notice the striking contrast of the whitewashed building against the turquoise pool – and the beach is just a few steps away. For a touch of quintessential Mediterranean style and tradition, look no further. 

Best for: Romantic, Beach, Luxury Hotel, Honeymoon

COMO Castello del Nero

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

COMO Castello del Nero is a boutique hotel in the heart of the world-famous Chianti wine region in central Tuscany. The hotel is housed in a 12th-century castle which has been beautifully restored to its former glory, while retaining plenty of historic character including original frescoes, family crests and vaulted ceilings, alongside a Michelin-starred restaurant serving Tuscan cuisine.

Best for: History & Heritage, Luxury Hotel, Landscapes & Scenery, Food & Wine

Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Set in a restored 19th-century building in an unbeatable location on the waterfront of Syracuse on the Sicilian island of Ortigia, overlooking the sea, the Algila Ortigia Charme Hotel combines an atmospheric, historic charm with modern comforts. It fits right in with its ancient surroundings and offers the perfect base for discovering Sicily's diverse history and culture, with the Temple of Apollo just a five-minute walk away and the Palazzo Bellomo also nearby.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Couples

La Fiermontina

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

This luxurious 17th-century hotel effortlessly blends tradition with modernity, and offers A-list treatment and world-class service. La Fiermontina is ideal for both discovering Lecce and exploring cities like Ostuni and Alberobello, while soaking up the culture and rustic charm of Puglia.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine, Mini-moon

Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu

Location: Sardinia | Italy

Grand Hotel Poltu Quatu occupies a grand Mediterranean villa in the port of Poltu Quatu, which means ‘hidden harbour’ in Sardinian. The view from every window is of Marina Dell’Orso, a small cove that feels wonderfully romantic and exclusive. Enjoy gourmet Sicilian food and breathtaking sea views at this Italian hideaway.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Honeymoon, Landscapes & Scenery, Romantic

Hotel Villa Franca

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

The glamorous five-star Hotel Villa Franca makes the most of its scenic setting on a hillside above Positano, between the clifftops and the Mediterranean. A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, it offers idyllic Italian romance and luxury alongside beautiful views.

Best for: Honeymoon, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Romantic

Villa Marina Capri

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Villa Marina Capri is a luxurious five-star hotel on the glamorous island of Capri. Perched on a hillside above the island’s main harbour, you can watch beautiful yachts come and go from the blue of the Tyrrhenian Sea, enjoy superb seafood at the Ziqu restaurant, and relax in the luxurious spa, in between exploring the island’s chic towns, grand villas and Roman ruins.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

The Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, is in Sorrento's historic centre, with its famous terrace offering breathtaking views over the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius. It is easily accessible by both land and sea, and is perfectly positioned for visits to the Amalfi Coast, Capri, Ischia and the historic sites of Pompeii and Herculaneum.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Romantic, Couples

Castello Banfi

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Step back in time at beautiful Castello Banfi. Sitting on top of a hill, overlooking the charming Tuscan countryside, this historic castle dates back to the 1700s. Old-style charm meets rustic sophistication, with unrivalled hospitality and a chance to explore the vineyards and olive groves that spill out as far as the eye can see. Enjoy guided winery tours to discover how the grapes go from the vineyard to your glass.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Landscapes & Scenery, Romantic, Spa & Wellness

The Ashbee

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

The Ashbee, named after its English architect, is over a century old and is a timeless classic, effortlessly combining English and Sicilian traditions. Here, in a perfect location overlooking the sea and Mount Etna, you can experience the epitome of luxury at one of the Leading Hotels of the World while indulging in some of the best Sicily has to offer – the Mediterranean, delicious regional cuisine and ancient architecture.

Best for: Setting & Views, Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage, Couples

Armani Hotel Milano

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

The Armani Hotel Milano presides over one of the most renowned fashion capitals of the world and embodies the sleek design philosophy of Giorgio Armani himself, alongside first-class hospitality, gourmet cuisine and a rejuvenating spa. This hotel is perfect for a city break in the heart of Milan, combining luxury with sightseeing – and designer shopping, of course.

Best for: Chic Design, Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality

Palazzo Gattini

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

There’s no shortage of grandeur at Palazzo Gattini, a 15th-century stone palace that retains its rich heritage while fully embracing the 21st century. From the stunning limestone suites to the atmospheric cave spa, this hotel exudes history, style and elegance. It has a prime position overlooking beautiful Matera, with its winding stone streets and evocative caves.  

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Spa & Wellness, Boutique Hotel, Romantic

Belmond Castello di Casole

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

This 10th-century estate, set in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, is fit for royalty. Spanning across 4,200 acres, Belmond Castello di Casole is more like an escape to a faraway kingdom in the mountains than a hotel. Take in the evocative landscape from the infinity pool or enjoy a stroll through the endless vineyards and olive groves. 

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Food & Wine, Mini-moon

Fonteverde

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Imagine basking in the mineral-rich waters of Tuscan hot springs in the shadow of its verdant mountains with nothing but the infinitely lush Val D’Orcia landscape stretching out in front of you. Fonteverde is the best place to land yourself in hot water (in the best possible way, we promise). Combine the natural beauty of this place with the fact that the hotel was once a Renaissance palace and you get ultimate luxury.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Spa & Wellness, Landscapes & Scenery, Wildlife & Nature

Hotel Danieli

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Hotel Danieli is a Venice institution, steeped in historic Palazzo splendour and modern grace. Sitting majestically on the waterfront in the heart of the city, just steps away from Piazza San Marco, this is the place to be on a luxurious holiday in one of Italy’s most beautiful cities.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

In the southern Italian village of Matera, ancient caves have been transformed into the gorgeous guestrooms of the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita. Now declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the previously abandoned caves have been beautifully restored by entrepreneur Daniele Kihlgren, carefully preserving the rustic charm and striking architecture of this unique location.

Best for: Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Unusual, Eco-tourism

Belmond Villa San Michele

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

The sweetheart of Exsus, you can’t help but fall head over heels for Belmond Villa San Michele. Radiating romance, this former monastery has stunning terraced gardens brimming with roses and lemon trees, a 15th-century façade allegedly designed by Michelangelo and breathtaking views across Florence and the Arno Valley - Belmond Villa San Michele melts our hearts every time.

Best for: Setting & Views, Honeymoon, Food & Wine, Seriously special

Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

The Grand Dame of Venice, the Belmond Hotel Cipriani is a destination in itself. Undoubtedly one of Italy’s most beautiful and exclusive hotels, with sensational views in one of the world’s must-see cities, it simply won't fail to impress.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Hotel L'Orologio Venice

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Hotel L’Orologio Venice has a stunning location on the Grand Canal, guaranteeing quintessential views of Venice. The interiors showcase Venetian style, and like its sister hotel in Florence, it is inspired by the world of watches, a theme which can be seen in the giant watch hands in the bar, unique artworks in the rooms and displays of unique pieces throughout the hotel.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Villa Crespi

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

This decadent hotel derives from 1879 when a local cotton merchant built himself a private villa on the lakeshore.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Romantic, Seriously special

Fendi Private Suites

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

A part of the Fendi fashion empire, Fendi Private Suites is a luxurious and stylish hotel in the heart of Rome, a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps and Trevi Fountain. The dark, elegant interiors are beautiful and hewn from the highest quality Italian wood, marble and stone.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, Service & Hospitality

Hotel Villa Ducale

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

A thoughtfully restored villa owned and run by Rosaria and Andrea Quartucci, Villa Ducale is an inviting hideaway on the hills just outside of Taormina, commanding sweeping views of the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic

Bellevue Syrene

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

A modern luxury hotel set on the ruins of an ancient Roman villa, Bellevue Syrene is bound to captivate with its remarkable cliff-edge setting and glamorous design. Walk in the footsteps of Roman aristocracy and delight in the views of the glittering sea.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Setting & Views, Spa & Wellness, Luxury Hotel

Excelsior Parco

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Excelsior Parco is a luxury boutique hotel on the island of Capri, situated between the Marina Grande and Capri town. This hotel is great for soaking up the vintage glamour of Capri and for boat tours of famous spots like the Blue Grotto.

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel

La Minerva

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

A family-run luxury hotel in the centre of glamorous Capri, La Minerva is a friendly and comfortable base from which to explore this beautiful Italian island, which has been a favourite A-list holiday destination for decades.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views

Bulgari Hotel Milano

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Though draped in precious materials from around the world, the Bulgari Hotel Milano is distinctly ‘Made in Italy’. This lavish hotel maintains Milan’s commitment to luxury and opulence and presents a trendy yet tranquil boutique retreat, surrounded by beautiful gardens – just perfect for exploring the fashion capital.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness

BB22 Palace

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

In this pulsating city of faded grandeur lies the coolly elegant BB22 Palace, balancing contemporary style with 15th century charm. Owner Patrizia Marchetti painstakingly restored the palazzo over the course of three years, providing Palermo with a stylish boutique bolt-hole that feels intimate and exclusive.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel, Guesthouse or Inn, City Hotel

Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Sextantio Albergo Diffuso is a unique hotel in Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the Abruzzo region of south Italy: a collection of painstakingly restored houses in an abandoned medieval village.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Peace & Quiet, Unusual

Monaci delle Terre Nere

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Monaci delle Terre Nere is a rural boutique estate on the foothills of Mount Etna at 500m above sea level, commanding sprawling views. This luxury hotel was transformed from a rundown 18th-century villa, once run by monks who cultivated the vines, to a stylish yet distinctly Sicilian eco-hotel by hands-on owners Guido and Ada Coffa, who revitalised the grounds with olive groves, fruit orchards and organic vegetable gardens.

Best for: Hideaway, Peace & Quiet, Eco-tourism, Secret / In the Know

Cima Rosa

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Housed in a 15th century palazzo but with a more relaxed atmosphere than many opulent Venetian hotels, Cima Rosa is part of the growing trend of boutique Venetian B&Bs, combining low-key luxury with a great location on the Grand Canal.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage, Luxury Hotel

Due Torri

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Due Torri is an elegant luxury hotel in the ancient old town of Verona, in the Veneto region of north Italy. In a building dating from the 1300s, and within easy reach of Verona’s historical attractions, this is an incredible place to stay while you explore the home of Romeo and Juliet.

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine

Hotel Romazzino

Location: Sardinia | Italy

With a backdrop of the stunning white beaches and translucent waters of the fabled Costa Smeralda, the Hotel Romazzino is a whitewashed adobe haven, nestled in blissful isolation along Sardinia's north-eastern tip.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Su Gologone

Location: Sardinia | Italy

Su Gologone is a luxury mountain hotel in the countryside east of Oliena in Sardinia. This hotel offers an alternative to classic Sardinian beach holidays, with beautiful cuisine, stunning mountain views and collections of Sardinian art.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views

Grand Hotel Sitea

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Built in the early 1900s, the refined Grand Hotel Sitea is housed in an Art Nouveau building set just behind the Piazza San Carlo, in the heart of Turin. Though sporting classical 19th century designs, there are welcome accents of modernity and contemporary elements that make this hotel a stylish and convenient bolthole for exploring the sophisticated region of Piedmont.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Hotel Castello di Sinio

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Hotel Castello di Sinio is a luxury boutique hotel in the beautiful village of Sinio, in the Piedmont region of Italy. Owned, restored and managed by Denise Pardini, who is also the hotel’s chef, this medieval castle has a warm family atmosphere.

Best for: Peace & Quiet, History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Romantic

Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi is a traditional hotel beside the beach in the charming town of Camogli on the Italian Riviera on the north west coast of Italy.

Best for: Setting & Views, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

Locanda del Feudo

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Locanda del Feudo is a historic gem in the heart of Castelvetro di Modena, surrounded by vineyards and the Modena hills.

Best for: Setting & Views, Village Life, Secret / In the Know, History & Heritage

Relais Villa Vittoria

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

With fragrant, jasmine-covered terraces, romance-inspiring lake views and Prosecco on arrival, it’s hard to resist this bewitching and intimate hotel.

Best for: Romantic, Spa & Wellness, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

The Yard Hotel

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

With a lifetime collection of curios and vintage pieces dating from 18th century to the Fifties dotted around, the Yard Hotel located in Milan’s trendy Navigli district, marches to its own beat – one that you can very easily get hooked on.

Best for: Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, Romantic

Lefay Resort & Spa

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Lefay Resort & Spa is a world class wellness and fitness hotel overlooking Lake Garda, near the town of Gargnano in Lombardy, northern Italy.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Spa & Wellness, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Le Alcove

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

Enjoying a unique location in the heart of Alberobello’s historic UNESCO-listed centre, Le Alcove is set in a group of magnificently restored ancient trulli, the trademark of this beautiful town, surrounded by rolling green hills. Unsurprisingly, it oozes history, character and style.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views

Masseria Salinola

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

Masseria Salinola is a luxury country hotel near Ostuni in the countryside of Puglia in south Italy.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, Village Life, Hideaway

Appia Antica

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Housed in a villa on the Appian Way, Appia Antica Resort is a collection of three comfortable self-catered apartments perfect for a family holiday to Rome. History and culture buffs in particular will love this resort.

Best for: Family-friendly, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Eremito

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

A monastic mashup of cell-like spaces, Catholic iconography and cross-vaulted ceilings, the 14th-century hotel Eremito is an Italian eco-resort specifically designed to help you unplug and escape your digital lifestyle- there are no telephones, TV or WiFi.  A modern-day sanctuary, you can relax in the 3,000 hectares of private Umbrian parkland that surround the hotel, detox on the organically grown produce and mediate in the yoga and spa area dug out of rock.

Best for: Hideaway, Peace & Quiet, Eco-tourism, Spa & Wellness

Palazzo Seneca

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

A converted 16th century palazzo in the ancient Umbrian town of Norcia, Palazzo Seneca is rightly regarded as one of the finest hotels in all of Italy. Norcia is a gastronomic capital famous for its truffles and pork.

Best for: City Hotel, Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Village Life

Relais Casamassima

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

This idyllic hotel nestled in the Umbrian hills combines all the facilities and impeccable service of a luxury hotel with the feel of a stylish home away from home, as well as being blessed with panoramic views.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Peace & Quiet, Eco-tourism, Secret / In the Know

Relais La Suvera

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Relais La Suvera is a luxury boutique hotel in the beautiful countryside of Tuscany, close to the town of Pievescola.

Best for: Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion

Lupaia

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

With foundations more than a thousand years old, Lupaia is a lavishly-converted stone farmhouse overlooking the town and vineyards of Montepulciano, exuding layer upon layer of traditional Italian charm. Once a medieval borgo, the original rafters, tiles and bricks have all been lovingly restored, including handpainted trimmings and rustic touches to keep you, from start to finish, in total Tuscan bliss.

Best for: Setting & Views, Off the Beaten Track, Seriously special, Private Groups

Hotel Savoy

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Built on the site of one of the most exclusive hotels of the late 19th century, the Hotel Savoy Florence – now under the Rocco Forte umbrella – continues to hold its reputation as one of the most renowned luxury hotels in the heart of Florence. Looking out over Piazza della Repubblica, Hotel Savoy will let you wake up to views of Brunelleschi's dome, or of Giotto's Bell Tower from the comfort of your luxuriously designed room. The Savoy is the perfect choice for any discerning traveller seeking comfort and excellence in stylish surroundings.

Best for: City Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Portrait Suites

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Named after the Hollywood starlets, designer shoes and stunning sketches that adorn its elegant walls, Portrait Suites is a boutique hotel that radiates la dolce vita. Owned by the iconic Ferragamo family, the former palazzo is the ideal weekend getaway, a stunning home-from-home with exemplary hospitality, immaculate style and exclusivity.

Best for: Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality

Belmond Hotel Splendido

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Perched above Portofino, Belmond Hotel Splendido is as glamorous, elegant and ravishing as the village itself, with exotic gardens and beautiful rooms, most with views to the sapphire ocean below. Enjoy the very best of the Italian Riviera in style. 

Best for: Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel, Romantic, Service & Hospitality

Ca Maria Adele

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Sophisticated, stylish and sexy, Ca Maria Adele is the ultimate Venetian boutique bolthole. It is ideally located, just minutes from Piazza San Marco, and has just a handful of opulent suites, radiating personal charm and style. 

Best for: History & Heritage, Romantic, Cultural Immersion, Setting & Views

JK Place Capri

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Following the success of the ultra stylish JK Place in Florence, JK Place Capri is the island’s most exclusive, chic hideaway. Perched on a cliff above the sea, the dazzling white villa feels like an art collector's grand seaside home, offering seductive interiors, friendly service and an intimate ambiance.

Best for: Romantic, Chic Design, Hideaway, Service & Hospitality

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Set high in the rocky hills on the east coast of Sicily, Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo has long been known as one of Italy’s most glamorous retreats. The first hotel to be built in Taormina, it stands in the most dramatic of locations: directly opposite the Greek Theatre, with sweeping views of the coastline and majestic Mount Etna looming in the distance.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, Romantic

The Gritti Palace

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

This legendary hotel has been gracing Venice’s Grand Canal and attracting Venetian glitterati and international celebrities since the 16th century. A former Doge’s residence, it exudes classic Venetian style, including Murano glass chandeliers, Italian marble and antique furniture.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Hotel de Russie

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Hotel de Russie is a beautiful luxury hotel in the heart of Rome, between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino. It's a green oasis in the centre of the city - it is nestled in pretty gardens, yet is within easy walking distance of Rome's key attractions, including the Vatican City and the fashion houses on Via Condotti. The Piazza Navona and the Trevi Fountain are also nearby.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic, Cultural Immersion

Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

A long-established Hollywood hangout, Capri Palace Hotel & Spa is Capri's most glamorous hotel and offers the ultimate in style with its Michelin-starred Mediterranean cuisine, indulgent spa, Italian seaside chic and eye-catching contemporary art collection. This is timeless Italian glamour at its best.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness

Forte Village

Location: Sardinia | Italy

Comprising eight (yes eight!) luxury hotels and 13 villas, and numerous restaurants and pools, the award-winning Forte Village in beautiful Sardinia has it all covered, and is perfect for families wanting a stylish beach holiday.

Best for: Beach, Setting & Views, Family-friendly, Water activities

The Inn at the Spanish Steps

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

An elegant haven set in a former 17th-century stately home, The Inn at the Spanish Steps is located across from the fashion hub of Via dei Condotti and overlooks the Piazza di Spagna, at the foot of the most famous steps in the world. The hotel is now listed as a national monument, and guests will love the period décor, beautiful rooftop terrace and wonderfully central location.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Belmond Hotel Caruso

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Belmond Hotel Caruso is the ultimate Italian jewel, oozing style and timeless elegance. The aristocrat of the Amalfi Coast, it offers to-die-for views from its beautiful terraced gardens and ultra-luxurious rooms, first-class service and fine gourmet dining.

Best for: Setting & Views, Seriously special, Honeymoon, Romantic

Borgo Santo Pietro

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

With luxurious accommodation, a stunning setting and oodles of character, Borgo Santo Pietro is one of our favourite Tuscan hideaways. Get away from it all at this beautifully restored 13th-century private villa retreat.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Hideaway

Hotel Brunelleschi

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Overlooking the edifice of the Renaissance, the remarkable Il Duomo, and named after its revered Florentine architect, the Hotel Brunelleschi is an attractive boutique hotel with an unbeatable location. Fusing rustic charms with contemporary elegance, the hotel is set in a restored Byzantine tower and claims to be one of the oldest buildings in Florence, dating from the 6th century.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, City Hotel

Villa d'Este

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

An old favourite for royals, aristos and sophisticated travellers, Villa d’Este exudes Italian grandeur, from its stunning location and grandiose architecture to its exquisite interiors and flawless service.

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic

Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Set on an exclusive beach, beside one of the most beautiful coastlines in Italy, Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea is an understated retreat that evokes the golden age of travel. Once you’ve settled in to what was once an aristocratic holiday home, you can hop on a cable car and soak up the beauty and charm of clifftop Taormina.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Beach

Villa Cora

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Villa Cora was built as a gift from Baron Oppenheim to his wife in the 19th century, and its decadent interiors reflect the elaborate tendencies of Florence’s golden era. The opulent mansion is a decorative pastiche of delicate frescoes, classical statues and twinkling chandeliers, with a 21st century facelift bringing sleek additions like the hip bar and outdoor pool.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Romantic, History & Heritage, Setting & Views

Capri Tiberio Palace

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Capri Tiberio Palace is a dreamy boutique hotel ensconced on the utterly glamorous isle of Capri, with spellbinding views of the glittering Mediterranean Sea. Thanks to interior designer Giampiero Panepinto, Capri Tiberio Palace is an eye-popping pastiche of pastel-hued accents and pop-art pieces, featuring a stellar spa, swimming pool and chic restaurant.

Best for: Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, Romantic, Honeymoon

Albergo Al Sole

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Albergo al Sole is a stylish luxury hotel in the medieval town of Asolo, in the Veneto region of northern Italy. An elegant property dating from the 1920s, this hotel is perfect for exploring Asolo and the beautiful countryside which surrounds it, and for enjoying this quiet part of Veneto.

Best for: Village Life, Secret / In the Know, Cultural Immersion, History & Heritage

Villa Fontelunga

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

An elegant property that combines Tuscan style with contemporary design and with unrivalled views across the rolling Tuscan countryside, it’s no wonder that Villa Fontelunga is one of our most popular Italian escapes.

Best for: Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Peace & Quiet, Romantic

Borgo Egnazia

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

Italy is synonymous with family and culture, as is the palatial yet welcoming Borgo Egnazia. Built in the style of a traditional Apulian village using local stone, marble and wood, and surrounded by olive and lemon trees, this sprawling resort inspires you to explore the architecture and history of the unspoilt villages in the area. 

Best for: Service & Hospitality, Family-friendly, Setting & Views, Luxury Hotel

JK Place Firenze

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

JK Place Firenze is an intimate, boutique hotel serving up a winning combination: a fantastic location in the heart of Florence, sleek service and contemporary style. What better place to stay to dip in and out of all the beautiful city of Florence has to offer.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Boutique Hotel

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is set within a 4500 acre estate and is quintessentially Tuscan, with its beautiful location, ancient renovated buildings rich in culture and history, and its sumptuous wine cellar and fabulous food. Staying here epitomises the authentic rural experience Tuscany does so well, cleverly combined with the refinement of modern luxury.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Le Sirenuse

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

In the heart of Positano, Le Sirenuse is undoubtedly the finest place to be. The former summer house of the Sersale family (who still own and run it), this uniquely luxurious hotel with superb service and magical views over the terracotta rooftops out to sea has it all.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel

Palazzo Avino

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Renowned for its impeccable service and two-star Michelin dining, it is no surprise that Palazzo Avino is rated as one of the world’s finest hotels. The former 12th-century Italian villa offers nothing less than most luxurious hotel experience in one of the Amalfi Coast’s most breathtaking locations.

Best for: Setting & Views, Food & Wine, Romantic, History & Heritage

La Plage

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

La Plage is a stylish beachfront resort nestled in a beautiful nature reserve in Taormina, surrounded by pine forests and exotic gardens. With panoramic views over the bay of Isola Bella, this is one of the most picturesque corners of Italy.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Standing proudly in central Rome, just steps away from Piazza del Quirinale, is Villa Spalletti Trivelli. Having explored the city in all its glory, you can retreat back to this splendid neo-classical hotel, which has its own tranquil gardens and wellness centre.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness

Castel Monastero

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Castel Monastero is a charming former 11th-century monastery that has been transformed into a luxury retreat near historic Siena, in the scenic countryside of the Ombrone Valley. Castel Monastero offers luxury, top-class service and plenty of opportunities for quality rest and relaxation.

Best for: Setting & Views, Honeymoon, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Il Salviatino

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

A beautifully renovated 15th-century villa, Il Salviatino strikes the perfect balance between relaxation and grandeur. Standing imperiously on the Fiesole hillside, it has commanding views over domed-roof Florence and the rolling landscapes of Tuscany.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic, Food & Wine

Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo is just as lavish as it sounds. Occupying a regal position on Lake Como, with magnificent views over the lake and the Grigne mountains, this historic, award-winning hotel embodies the passion, drama and beauty of Italy, inside and out. 

Best for: Romantic, Setting & Views, Water activities, Hideaway

Verdura Resort

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Verdura Resort is a modern beachfront resort with stunning views of the ocean. Inside, this luxury Rocco Forte hotel has a stylish design, alongside fantastic facilities and activities as well as plenty of ways to relax. 

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Spa & Wellness, Water activities

The Gray

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

Slick, contemporary and with lashings of cool, The Gray in Milan is a hotspot for discerning guests visiting Italy’s fashion capital. From the playful fuchsia swing seat in the lobby to the sleek in-house restaurant Le Noir, The Gray is an irresistible Milanese bolt-hole.

Best for: Chic Design, Boutique Hotel, City Hotel, History & Heritage

Villa Igiea

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

On the sun-kissed island of Sicily, the five-star Villa Igiea in Palermo has a beautiful coastal position affording spectacular views across the bay and gorgeous Mediterranean Sea. Restored at the end of the 19th century, the hotel’s rich history is evident throughout, and guests will love the stylish Art Nouveau décor and award-winning Italian cuisine.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage

Aman Venice

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Fuse 16th century Venetian elegance with Aman’s signature hospitality, and you have an exquisite boutique hotel like no other. With its resplendent architecture, ubiquitous frescos and dazzling artwork, Aman Canal Grande Venice is a vision of Renaissance splendour dressed up with modern luxury. So sumptuous, it was the hotel of choice for George and Amal Clooney’s wedding.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic, Seriously special

Grand Hotel Continental

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

As its name suggests, Grand Hotel Continental is an opulent affair. Right in the heart of Siena, this lavish palazzo was a wedding gift from Pope Alexander VII to his niece Olimpia and her fiancée Giulio de’Gori back in the 17th century. Displaying architecture and decor that echoes the splendour of the Renaissance, Grand Hotel Continental makes a holiday to Siena a regal retreat.

Best for: Food & Wine, Cultural Immersion, Luxury Hotel, History & Heritage

Four Seasons Florence

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

A classical sanctuary in one of the most beautiful cities on earth, Four Seasons Florence combines Renaissance beauty and artistry with the utmost in modern comfort. A short stroll from the city centre, the Four Seasons is ideally located for exploring Florence’s many historic delights.

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

On the charming and historic island of Ortigia, the Des Etrangers Hotel & Spa has arguably the best location in town; seafront and west-facing for gorgeous Mediterranean sunsets. Its neoclassical façade overlooks the splendid Sicilian coastline, with plenty of medieval architecture and the island’s most beautiful beaches nearby. Feast on fine Italian fare at the hotel’s two restaurants, indulge in an aromatic spa treatment, and enjoy balmy evenings on the panoramic rooftop terrace under the stars.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Guesthouse or Inn, Setting & Views, Beach

Hotel Helvetia & Bristol

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

A home from home, the Hotel Helvetia & Bristol provides guests with the quintessential Italian experience. With an impressive history of elite guests, this charming 19th century spa hotel remains a popular haunt amongst artists, writers and local literati today, combining supreme luxury with gracious service in the heart of Florence.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion

Hotel Le Fontanelle

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

An 18th century farm house, with sweeping views of the Chianti wine region, warm Italian hosts, and fantastic food: Hotel Le Fontanelle is the kind of place that makes you want to up-sticks, and begin la dolce vita on your own wine-estate.

Best for: Hideaway, Service & Hospitality, Family-friendly, Private Groups

Hotel Signum

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

In an enchanting archipelago just off the coast of Sicily, Hotel Signum has been beautifully renovated from antique cottages, and features an infinity pool set amidst picturesque landscaped terraces and citrus trees. Savour the fresh flavours of Aeolian cuisine whilst dining alfresco overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, be pampered at the luxury spa or explore the unique culture of these sublime islands.

Best for: Setting & Views, Hideaway, Romantic, Honeymoon

Hotel Villa Athena

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

With a fabulous Greek masterpiece sitting on its doorstep, the 18th century Hotel Villa Athena has a wonderful position within Agrigento’s Valley of the Temples, a listed UNESCO World Heritage site. Guests can enjoy spectacular views across the ruins and Sicily’s pristine landscape from the beautiful pool and rosemary-scented gardens, dine on superb Sicilian cuisine, or simply relax in the charmingly renovated décor of this elegant villa.

Best for: History & Heritage, Food & Wine, Spa & Wellness, Cultural Immersion

Hotel Excelsior

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Hotel Excelsior is a regal masterpiece of Venetian architecture and Moorish style, and while its history spans over a century, it has everything the 21st century guest could want, from gourmet Italian cuisine to a postcard perfect beach on the doorstep.  

Best for: Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Beach

Palazzina Grassi

Location: Venice & the Veneto | Italy

Phillipe Starck’s first hotel venture in Italy, Palazzina Grassi, is fast becoming one of the hottest places to stay in Venice. The exceptional hospitality, informal atmosphere of a private villa blended with its unique design and Venetian sophistication make it a must for any visit to Venice.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality

Hotel Eden

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

Located in the heart of the Old City of Rome, luxurious Hotel Eden is just a short stroll from the legendary Spanish Steps and picturesque Villa Borghese. Perfectly positioned with spellbinding panoramic views of Rome, this elegant city oasis dates back to 1889 and throughout its illustrious history has welcomed royalty, dignitaries and numerous celebrities.

Best for: Setting & Views, Romantic, History & Heritage, Food & Wine

Principe di Savoia

Location: Milan, Italian Lakes & Northern Italy | Italy

A lavish hotel with opulent decor throughout, the Principe Di Savoia is the cream of the crop when it comes to luxury hotels in Milan. A favourite of the international jet-set, Principe Di Savoia is a neoclassical vision with its twinkling chandeliers and hand-painted frescoes.

Best for: Luxury Hotel, City Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Masseria Torre Maizza

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

An exquisite boutique Rocco Forte hotel located within acres of olive groves overlooking the azure Adriatic, Masseria Torre Maizza, housed in a restored 16th-century masseria, combines rustic Italian style with sophisticated contemporary chic.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Chic Design, Setting & Views, Beach

Casa Poli

Location: Emilia-Romagna | Italy

Minimalist and sophisticated, Casa Poli is a modern boutique hotel in the romantic city of Mantua, on Lombardy’s border with Emilia Romagna. On the cusp of three pristine lakes, Mantua is known to Italians as La Bella Addormentata – the ‘Sleeping Beauty’ that remains almost exactly as it was in the Middle Ages.

Best for: History & Heritage, Cultural Immersion, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Therasia Resort Sea & Spa

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

The five-star Therasia Resort Sea & Spa, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, offers deluxe accommodation, Michelin-starred dining and stunning sea views. Set on a rocky headland, it looks out over the Aeolian archipelago, including Lipari, the largest of the Aeolian islands. Stylish and elegant, this hotel on the island of Vulcano offers pure relaxation in a beautiful setting.

Best for: Honeymoon, Luxury Hotel, Setting & Views, Romantic

Capofaro Malvasia & Resort

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

40 km from the main Sicilian coast lies the tiny island of Salina, once believed to be created by Aeolus, god of winds. Here, surrounded by lush malvasia vineyards and gazing out across the Tyrrhenian Sea, sits Capofaro, a boutique hotel that tantalises food and wine lovers looking to satisfy their palates.

Best for: Honeymoon, Hideaway, Food & Wine, Walking & Trekking

Grand Hotel de la Ville

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

A smart, elegant luxury hotel in the centre of Sorrento, Grand Hotel de la Ville is perfect for exploring this refined resort on the edge of the Amalfi Coast. The hotel features a range of restaurants and bars and access to a private beach.

Best for: Chic Design, Setting & Views, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa

Location: Amalfi Coast & Capri | Italy

Enthroned on a rocky precipice, edged in by the alluring Gulf of Salerno, the enchanting Monastero Santa Rosa is queen of Amalfi Coast luxury. This gorgeous boutique hotel, with its enduring 17th century past, liberal views of the captivating azure sea, and lingering scents of jasmine and bougainvillea will leave you mesmerized long after check-out.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Hideaway, Peace & Quiet

Grand Hotel Majestic "Già Baglioni"

Location: Emilia-Romagna | Italy

Part of the Leading Hotels of the World group, the Grand Hotel Majestic "Già Baglioni" is an opulent feast of colonnaded marble atriums beneath glittering Murano glass chandeliers and ornate frescoed ceilings. This grand palazzo hails from the 18th century and has had a string of Hollywood stars pass through its doors, including Clark Gable, Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra – as well as the Dalai Lama and Princess Diana.

Best for: Food & Wine, Luxury Hotel, Service & Hospitality, History & Heritage

Masseria Torre Coccaro

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

This white-washed farmhouse-cum-fortress is a fantastic family-run boutique hotel. Set amidst orchards and olive groves in Puglia, Masseria Torre Coccaro was built into the bedrock some 500 years ago, its caverns reflecting the rustic charm of its wild surroundings.

Best for: Honeymoon, Family-friendly, Luxury Hotel, Boutique Hotel

Santa Maria Foris

Location: Emilia-Romagna | Italy

Designed in a vintage style and embellished with sleek mirrors and glittering chandeliers, Santa Maria Foris is a ravishing boutique hotel in the historic town of Ravenna. Upgraded from simple guesthouse to elegant hotel with a recent refurbishment, Santa Maria Foris is our favourite luxury bolt-hole in Ravenna.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Luxury Hotel, Chic Design, Boutique Hotel

Hotel Balestri

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Find yourself at the centre of the action at Hotel Balestri. Found right on the River Arno – one of Italy’s most famous rivers that once served as a highway for sea-faring soldiers intersected by the famous Ponte Vecchio bridge – it offers spectacularly panoramic views of Florence. Check into the special suites for exclusive views of the beautiful city and wake up each morning to see the sunrise on the very edge of the river.

Best for: Cultural Immersion, Food & Wine, History & Heritage, Luxury Hotel

L'Andana

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

L’Andana is on a 9,000 nature reserve in the Maremma region, which featured in Dante’s The Divine Comedy. It does pastoral perfection at its best. Once a summer house for Grand Duke Leopold II, the hotel has a unique style - an eccentric combination of rustic and French décor. With its idyllic woodlands, and olive groves, it offers unrefined natural beauty paired with the glamour of nearby yachts and private beach terraces in Argentario.

Best for: Landscapes & Scenery, Romantic, Food & Wine, Setting & Views

Don Ferrante

Location: Puglia & The Deep South | Italy

Don Ferrante, named after a Neapolitan nobleman, occupies a centuries-old sea fortress, and this labyrinthine hideaway is full of character. With its whitewashed walls, vaulted ceilings, rooftop pool and terrace restaurant serving exquisite traditional Italian cuisine, as well as exemplary hospitality, this Puglian retreat enchants all who wander through its doors.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Setting & Views, History & Heritage, Honeymoon

Hassler Roma

Location: Rome, Umbria & Central Italy | Italy

A trip to Rome isn’t complete without a walk up the Spanish Steps. Take it a step further (pun intended) and stay at the summit of this famous Italian landmark, where Hassler Roma is found. With all of Italy’s cultural gems within eyeshot – namely the Pantheon, St. Peter’s Basilica, the Colosseum, Villa Borghese gardens and the Trevi Fountain – the hotel’s terraces offer panoramic views of Rome, with a culinary experience to delight your senses at the Michelin-starred Imago restaurant.

Best for: Boutique Hotel, Couples, Honeymoon, Spa & Wellness

Villa Carlotta

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Villa Carlotta is nestled in lush gardens and looks out over the Mediterranean and Mount Etna, framed by a dramatic rugged coastline. The opulent interiors feature marble walls adorned with beautiful art, and classic statues are focal points of the arched halls. There is plenty to explore nearby, from the Greek Theatre to postcard-perfect beaches.

Best for: Honeymoon, Setting & Views, Hideaway, Seriously special

Villa Neri Resort and Spa

Location: Sicily & Aeolian Islands | Italy

Villa Neri Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique hotel on the borders of Etna National Park. This hotel is perfect for exploring the storied slopes of Europe’s tallest volcano, with natural volcanic products put to good use in the luxurious spa. There’s also superb Sicilian cuisine on offer at the in-house restaurant, Le Dodici Fontane.

Best for: Spa & Wellness, Couples, Landscapes & Scenery, Romantic

Ville sull'Arno

Location: Florence and Tuscany | Italy

Ville sull’Arno is an elegant, romantic retreat on the banks of the River Arno. Taking inspiration from the rich artistic heritage of Florence, it combines historic charm with modern luxury, and embodies the vibrant spirit of this beautiful city.

Best for: History & Heritage, Boutique Hotel, Cultural Immersion, Setting & Views

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