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No. 1 Palazzo Sasso, Ravello, Italy
In 1997, when Richard Branson reopened this long-defunct hotel in an ornate 12th-century palazzo, Plácido Domingo set the tone as the first guest. It has remained a consistent five-star favorite (often taking top honors for Italy on the T+L 500 list), with rooms layered in 17th- through 19th-century antiques, Vietri tile floors, and Frette and Bulgari appointments. But the main attraction? The Mediterranean sea view, of course.