Hotels in Italy
Whatever your style and travel budget, you will find hotels in Italy that suit your needs—from exclusive beach resorts to modest bed & breakfasts. Italians are famous for their hospitality and visitors will feel welcome whether traveling alone, as a couple or with children. (Italians love bambini!) There are many famous and historic Italy hotels, which have hosted celebrities, royalty, fashion designers and famous artists and writers. Visitors who want to stay in hotels in Italy that have a storied past should try the Hassler in Rome, where Grace Kelly honeymooned, or the Gritti Palace in Venice, a favorite of Peggy Guggenheim, Elizabeth Taylor, and Ernest Hemingway. (Hemingway notoriously played a midnight game of baseball in the lobby.) Travelers looking for more rustic charm can rent a trulli beach bungalow in Puglia or stay in a 17th-century convent like the Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel on the Amalfi Coast. For a complete list of the best hotels in Italy see the Travel + Leisure list below.
Named for the Italian Renaissance architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi, this historic property in the heart of Florence occupies the Byzantine Pagliazza Tower.
Check into the 74-room, 19th-century Art Nouveau–style property that's long been the preferred mountain hideaway of Italian A-listers (soccer star Alberto Gilardino and Bond girl Maria Grazia Cucinotta rank among recent guests).
The Prince of Belmonte's hotel (and primary residence) attracts a posh clientele, many of whom address the Prince of Belmonte as “Angelo”.
This charming spot is sing-out-loud gorgeous, and in its mellow atmosphere, we felt like we were staying at a chic friend’s house.
At the eight-room hotel, made up of two country-style houses, you can take art classes on the lawn.
Small and luxurious, with Neoclassical overtones, this early-20th-century villa—on a side street on patrician Quirinal Hill—is also refined and subtle: a small brass plaque and bell are all that distinguish it from its neighbors.
Architects Elisabetta Tovo and Filippo Cornero mix the contemporary and the classic at the one-room inn. Inside the 554-square-foot suite, you’ll find arched doorways, an ebony upright piano, and gilt-framed mirrors hanging on brick walls.
One of the few modern hotels in the area, the Matteo Thun–designed Terme Merano has a funky lobby decorated with electric-red leather chairs and gold-plated faux taxidermy.
This 11th-century palace perched 1,056 feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea on a limestone bluff, was once favored by celebrities (Jackie Kennedy, Greta Garbo, Humphrey Bogart). There’s also a heated infinity pool, private gardens, and two restaurants.
Turn-of-the-20th-century family-owned hotel overlooking the sea with landscaped grounds, 3 miles from Portofino.
Room to Book: Double Seaviews, for their large windows framing spectacular gulf views.