With its sweeping vineyards, pantheon of historical sites, and beloved cuisine, Italy offers something for everyone. Not surprisingly, its urban retreats and coastal resorts are just as diverse as the guests who visit.
You might sample award-winning gelato in a Byzantine tower in Florence, or take an afternoon swim in a terraced saltwater pool on a secreted corner of the Amalfi Coast. Gratify your inner chef as Nonna teaches you the art of hand-cut pastas, or get pampered like Roman royalty with a massage using rosemary and olive oil from groves at your Tuscan hideaway. In Italy’s best hotels, every detail is bellissimo.
Whether conjuring visions of Venetian opulence or rolling-hill retreats and dips in the clear-blue Mediterranean, Italy is an eternal fixture on our list of must-do Europe as well as yours. Let readers’ votes in T+L’s annual World’s Best Awards survey uncover the cobbled paths and meandering canals to the best hotels in Italy. —Melanie Lieberman