Hotels in Italy

Alongside the bay of Naples, this carefully designed boutique hotel by British owner Michelle Lowe is located on the second floor of a 17th-century palace, with eight rooms constructed from natural wood, linen, and stone—predominantly polished white limestone.

Reminiscent of the Belle Époque, the Boscolo Hotel Palace is housed in an Art Nouveau-influenced structure built in the 1920’s by renowned architect Marcello Piacentini.

Once the headquarters of a steel manufacturer, its rooms are light and spacious and the staff is superb. If you can help it, don’t stay anywhere else.

A favorite of Italian politicians, the ivy-covered Hotel Raphael is located just outside the Piazza Navona, within walking distance of the Pantheon and Spanish Steps.

With its original Art Deco style rooms, a prestigious location on Via Veneto near the Spanish Steps, and suites that recall the splendor of the Dolce Vita, this Belle Époque property continues to be an popular option near many prime Rome sites.

Former home of Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, with a garden overlooking the surrounding countryside.

Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008.

An abbey stands on a hilltop overlooking the town of Castelbuono in northern Sicily. Eight centuries ago it was full of Benedictine monks, but today it's the Relais Santa Anastasia, hosting guests in 25 rooms and three suites behind its thick, stone walls.

Rome’s four-story Portrait Suites, centrally located near the Spanish Steps, is part of the Lungarno Hotels group, owned by the Ferragamo family. And thanks to interior designer Michele Bönan, it's a chic and sexy urban retreat.

If Piedmont’s Slow Food movement has meant better eating for everyone, an unexpected consequence has been the increased popularity of this once sleepy corner of western Italy. Which is why LaVilla, just east of the town of Le Langhe, is such a welcome addition.

More than 700 acres of rolling hills, olive groves, and grape vines surround Castello del Nero, a Tuscan castle just outside of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, a charming Italian village south of Florence.

In the serene Accademia neighborhood, just beyond the Campo San Stefano, the 26-room Palazzina Grassi has a superb collection of Modernist glass from Murano masters in a sparkling space designed by Philippe Starck.  The mahogany-paneled restaurant, where a collection of rare glass objets d’art is