Hotels in Italy
Situated inside the Neoclassical Palazzo Pierret in the Piazza di Spagna, the Internazionale Domus hotel overlooks the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps) as well as the Villa Borghese gardens and the shops of Via Condotti, which include Valentino, Gucci, and Prada.
This turreted villa has Art Nouveau touches and views of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Situated in the town of Castagneto Carducci, in Alta Maremma it holds a pitch-perfect mix of antique furnishings and neo-Baroque accents such as beaded lamps enlivens the seven fashionable rooms.
For gravitas, it’s hard to beat the Grand Hotel et Des Palmes in the center of old town Palermo. Built in the 1850s, the hotel has seen sensational murders, suicides, dangerous liaisons, and diplomatic intrigue, especially in 1943, when it served as allied headquarters.
This 12-room, ivy-draped hotel sits in the crook of a tiny lane between the busy Via Nazionale and the Forum. Ignore the cramped reception area and peek into the cavernous, 2,000-year-old crypt behind the concierge desk, on which the 17th-century building stands.
Seven intimate rooms with water views.
The olive-oil maker Armando Manni’s one-bedroom Casa Manni Roma is an Adam Tihany–designed space overlooking the Piazza Colonna.
A beautifully renovated farmhouse two hours from Rome. When we arrived late at night, the chef was still up, and he fixed us the first of many delicious meals. We never saw a menu—we just learned to trust his instincts in the kitchen.