Hotels in Italy

Caol Ishka, gaelic for "Sound of water," sits on the bucolic Anapo River just outside the Sicilian town of Ortigia.

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.

Upon changing its name from the Grand Hotel Palace, this classic Roman hotel wrapped up a major renovation in October of 2010, which united modern interior design with the original old décor.

Situated atop the hill of Bellosguardo, this distinctive hotel is housed in a Renaissance-era villa built around a 14th-century tower. Surrounded by olive groves and manicured gardens, the villa originally belonged to Dante’s friend Guido Calvacanti.

“The Beach” occupies the triangle of land between the coastal railroad tracks and the bathtub-size bay of Isola Bella, a taxi, bus, or cable-car ride from the town of Taormina, high on the cliff above.

Large apartments for up to eight people from $850 per night; small apartments for two people from $190 per night; three-night minimum. Book through Roman Reference agency. Agents placing out-of-town VIP’s in short- or long-term apartment rentals have this property well marked in their Rolodexes.

Inspired by Anna Fendi Venturini’s desire to fare casa (make a home) whenever traveling the globe, this enchanted jewel of a guesthouse is the most exciting new hotel to open in Rome in the past decade.

An haute-design hotel in the city center.

An 1860’s palazzo right above the flagship Prada store inside Milan’s famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II.

Colorful lodging near the Castelvecchio Museum.

With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906.

Halfway between Positano and Amalfi, the Amalfi Coast folds into a deep green gorge known as the Furore fjord. It’s there, in the fjord’s tiny village, where travelers stumble upon a secluded coastal hideaway: the Furore Inn, a 22-room boutique hotel.