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.
When the Marquis and Marchioness Paterno’ Castello di San Giuliano returned to their ancestral home in Sicily after years abroad, they renovated their villa that had stood empty 100 years.
With both Rome and the countryside of the region known as Castelli Romani at your doorstep, the small province of Grottaferrata (just 15 miles from the city center) is the perfect enclave for those who have already thrown three coins in the Trevi Fountain.
The original grande dame of Amalfi Coast hotels still reigns in Belle Époque splendor on the coastal road just outside the town of Amalfi.
Students of contemporary design especially love the industrial cool zeitgeist of this hotel less than a block from the duomo. The façade may be 1800, but the interior is total avant-garde with a penchant for black slate, burnished brass, copper paneling, and concrete walls.
The 10 exceptionally tranquil rooms at this year-old boutique hotel offer outstanding value for the amenities and location: a vine-covered alley off antiques thoroughfare Via dei Coronari.
Recently renovated and expanded with four new suites, the property was originally built as a mansion in 1532 and has been run as a hotel by the same family since 1879. Each of the 10 rooms retains elements of the palazzo’s past—ours had 20-foot beamed ceilings and 17th-century frescoed walls.
Housed in a 15th-century palazzo that was originally a convent, Hotel Monna Lisais located in the city's Piazza Della Signoria. Hotel features include a lush courtyard with a fountain, art-filled common areas with vaulted ceilings, and antique reproductions (and some real antiques) throughout.
Situated on the outskirts of the Villa Borghese gardens, the Aldrovandi hotel has a quiet location within walking distance of Via Veneto and the Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti (Spanish Steps).
Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008.
The hotel, located in the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, is run by members of the families behind budget airline Blu-express and fashion company Save the Queen. Though small in size (there are only four suites), the hotel is high on style.
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.
(Formerly Le Meridien Gallia, scheduled to reopen as Excelsior Hotel Gallia in December, 2014.)
Art Nouveau icon with Liberty-style interiors. Downstairs there’s a lobby bar, a Mediterranean restaurant, and an on-site florist.