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This chic oasis of calm in the Mattonaia neighborhood northeast of Santa Croce has the feel of a private home. Occupying the second floor of an elegant... Read More

Each of the five guestrooms at this genteel, newly opened Florentine property is individually designed in chic, modern-elegant style. The location,... Read More

For 20 years, Carla Sozzani’s unique mini mall 10 Corso Como has hosted multiple shops unified by a single zeitgeist and interior design... Read More

The name of this wonderful boutique hotel (ad astra means "to the stars") refers to a 19th-century observatory tower that dominates the largest... Read More

Relax in one of Tuscany's thermal baths at this Bagno Vignori spa complete with an updated image, sleek rooms, and amenities. Read More

This beautiful renovated guesthouse (which dates back to 1700) is set just a few hundred meters from the historic center of Lucca. The rooms all have... Read More

Conveniently located between Florence and Pisa in the perfectly preserved city of Lucca, this recently renovated, bed and breakfast is located a few... Read More

Housed in a 19th-century building, the Albergo del Senato boasts an obstructed view of the Pantheon, whether from its piazza-facing rooms, or guests... Read More

The oldest inn in the city, in a rambling, ocher-washed 15th-century palazzo off lively Campo dei Fiori, is as authentically Roman a place to stay as... Read More

The town of Santo Stefano di Sessanio (population 116), in the mountainous central Italian region of Abruzzi, may seem an unlikely place to find a... Read More

What began in the 1930’s as a single house rented by future hotel mogul Carlino Cinque is now a bougainvillea-covered, 16-room hotel just 200... Read More

An intimate 19-room hotel with a private art collection. Read More

This early 1900s, family-owned villa hotel opened in 1994 with 36 romantic, one-of-a-kind rooms, featuring Art Nouveau–style furnishings and... Read More

Situated on the outskirts of the Villa Borghese gardens, the Aldrovandi hotel has a quiet location within walking distance of Via Veneto and the... Read More

At Hotel Aleph in central Rome, renowned American architect Adam D. Tihany takes on the role of Dante’s Virgil leading his guests through... Read More

Opened in June 2004, Alle Meraviglie could not have a more appropriate name (roughly translated, it means “of wonders”). Its six airy rooms... Read More

The property has a heated outdoor pool, a two-story spa, and its own ski school. Read More

If culatello, an über-prosciutto produced in the misty lowlands near Parma, is a porcine cult favorite, then its high priest is Massimo Spigaroli... Read More

A small boutique hotel in the historic center of Milan, Antica Locanda dei Mercanti has 15 charming rooms, each one unique. In-room books, magazines,... Read More

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... Read More

A rustic farmhouse with eight antiques-filled rooms, set in an orange grove on the fertile Catania Plain, facing Mount Etna. Everything from the olive... Read More

The vivacious Lorenza, a Vespa-riding advertising exec-turned-innkeeper, presides over one of the best new B&B’s in Rome. Outside is the... Read More

Situated in the centro storico (historic center), the Ariston Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of major attractions like the Plaza del Duomo and... Read More

Elegance, comfort, and sophistication are hallmarks of Armani style, and all are reflected in the Italian designer's first hotel. Giorgio himself... Read More

A bright and modern four-star hotel overlooking the Naviglio Grande, one of five canals that were used to transport goods to and from Milan, the Art... Read More

A large Tuscan house transformed, B&B Carla makes a wonderful home away from home in downtown Pisa. The rooms are all named after Puccini operas ... Read More

Opened in mid-2015, the hotel offers clean and modern facilities without breaking the bank. Situated on a quiet side street away from Milan's hustle and... Read More

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... Read More

The new B&B is a loftlike hotel in an 18th-century palazzo near the Rialto Bridge. The wood-beamed rooms are edgy, but classic: colorful Kartell... Read More

Just five minutes from the Piazza San Marco in the city's Catello neighborhood, this intimate B&B is an excellent choice for an affordable stay.... Read More

Sepia-toned photographic murals of iconic Roman monuments set the tone. This palazzo near the Spanish Steps retains original details—a cast-iron... Read More

Kick your cooking skills up a notch at Tuscany’s “wine resort” Badia a Coltibuono, which means “abbey of the good harvest.&rdquo... Read More

Your quintessential Venice hotel: A grand, 18th-century palazzo fronting the Grand Canal, a few minutes' walk from Piazza San Marco. Rich furnishings... Read More

Quiet Giudecca—the only “downtown” Venetian island not connected to the others by bridge—has lately become the center of the... Read More

For travelers in search of classic Venetian elegance in San Marco, the city’s epicenter of dining and shopping, Bauers L’Hotel has been the... Read More

19th-century residence inherited from Sicilian nobility—the first hotel to be built in Taormina—overlooking Mount Etna. The 70 Baroque rooms... Read More

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,... Read More

Giuseppe Cipriani’s legendary 1950’s getaway—silk lampshades and all-marble bathrooms—flanked by two 15th-century palazzos. Read More

More than a few VIP's (the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, Catherine Deneuve) have signed the visitor's book at this Portofino hotel. Originally a 16th... Read More

Lemon-scented gardens and a facade attributed to Michelangelo at a 15th-century hilltop Renaissance villa. Read More

From its hillside perch just below the village of Fiesole, a northern suburb of Florence, the Villa San Michele overlooks the wide sprawl of the city.... Read More

A patrician villa that retains the charm of a private residence. Divers will love the sea life in the marine preserve nearby.  ... Read More

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... Read More

Boomerang offers private or group travel itineraries on a variety of boats. Read More

Though this blinding-white stone monolith looks as ancient as the fortified farmhouses that surround it, sprawling Borgo Egnazia is actually brand-new.... Read More

The hotel is located in an 800-year-old village. Book all 22 bedrooms of the exquisite manor house or stay in one of the smaller villas around its... Read More

Antiques and hand-painted murals accent the 7 unique rooms at this retreat, originally built in the early 13th century. The produce from its extensive... Read More

The Neoclassical Hotel Exedra is one of those beautiful testaments to early 1900s Italy, celebrating the country's unification and its ties to antiquity... Read More

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

Luisa Longo, the owner of Buonanotte Garibaldi, is a genuine Trastevere-dwelling artist; her three-room B&B, hidden behind a green gate in a wall of... Read More

Amid Valpolicella vineyards outside Romeo and Juliet’s hometown of Verona, this classical Venetian-style villa appears ripe for an old-world... Read More

This beautiful bolthole beside the Salute church is ripe for romance. A rabbit warren of 12 rooms, each is styled differently but dramatically with... Read More

Set on a prime location along the Grand Canal (but still north of Piazza San Marco, away from the crowds), Ca’ Sagredo Hotel is a landmarked 15th... Read More

Caol Ishka, gaelic for "Sound of water," sits on the bucolic Anapo River just outside the Sicilian town of Ortigia. The young owners, Emanuela Marino... Read More

Art-filled Mediterranean hotel in Anacapri with the 10,800-square-foot Capri Beauty Farm, one of Italy's best spas.... Read More

This stylish setting on the Gulf of Naples can be a bit of a scene, which is exactly what makes the centrally located—yet oh-so-tranquil&mdash... Read More

Overlooking the celebrated shopping street Via della Spiga, home to Dolce & Gabbana and Prada, the Carlton Hotel Baglioni offers five-star comfort... Read More

Rome has many guest houses maintained by religious orders, and the Casa di Santa Brigida, located on prestigious Piazza Farnese, offers comfortable... Read More

In an area known for tradition, this cliffside hotel in Praiano displays a surprising amount of modern design. Each of the 43 cotton-white rooms follows... Read More

Ideal for visitors seeking a more intimate stay in Rome, this largely unknown bed-and-breakfast provides accommodations for small groups in a 16th... Read More

One of many worldwide guest houses maintained by the sisters of the Bridgettine order, Casa di Santa Brigida offers comfortable lodgings for all... Read More

In the mid-19th century, romantic British artists and writers flocked to Florence, and poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning were among them. In... Read More

This affordable guesthouse—opened in 2005 as a Florentine outpost of successful Roman experiment in a new kind of Italian lodging—features... Read More

Design diehards will love the five individually decorated rooms in the B&B creation of Hotel de Russie architect Tommaso Ziffer. In contrast to its... Read More

The olive-oil maker Armando Manni’s one-bedroom Casa Manni Roma is an Adam Tihany–designed space overlooking the Piazza Colonna. The real... Read More

The five-room property is a blissful hideaway, thanks to a state-of-the-art soundproofing system that hushes the noise from the Piazza del Popolo.... Read More

Located just outside the village of Poppi, about 90 minutes south of Florence, Casa Ombuto is a restored 17th-century farmhouse (referred to as a villa)... Read More

Seen from the garden of Casa Talia, the village of Modica looks dreamlike, with labyrinthine passageways swirling down the steep sides of a ravine.... Read More

Casta Diva Resort, a new hotel on the shores of Lake Como that was recently opened in an early-19th-century palace. Staying at Casta Diva is like being... Read More

In the hills south of Montalcino, the 14 rooms and suites at Castello Banfi Il Borgo are Nussbaum's new standard for understated, authentic Tuscan... Read More

Set in a centuries-old hilltop stone castle, surrounded by the rolling hills and grapevines of Montalcino, this onetime nobleman’s estate lets you live... Read More

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,... Read More

This 15th-century villa holds an 800-year-old family archive. Read More

A cypress-lined road leads to the main building of this rolling 4,200-acre Tuscan estate, a restored castle that dates back to the 10th century. Now... Read More

At the 12th-century Castello di Vicarello, hotelier and cookbook author Aurora Baccheschi Berti focuses on the rustic cuisine of Maremma, on Tuscany... Read More

A simple cottage built from golden tuff stone was recently converted into this waterfront enclave on Sicily’s rugged, picturesque Favignana Island... Read More

It’s a canal-side palazzo with a twist: Each of the 50 rooms in the 19th-century monastery turned merchant’s residence—located on one... Read More

Contemporary rooms steps from the Peggy Guggenheim Collection and the galleries of Dorsoduro. Read More

Guests should expect to be lulled to sleep by the opera-singing gondoliers on the nearby canal. This hidden gem of a hotel, accessible by gondola, is a... Read More

This Florence-based agency has a roster of 100 Tuscan villas. Well-connected owner Veronica Ficcarelli goes out of her way to book drivers, chefs, and... Read More

The 43-room, Ferragamo-owned Continentale has an unbeatable location right over the Ponte Vecchio, and a hip vibe with retro overtones. Done out... Read More

Guest seeking privacy and discretion book one of the five rooms at this restored private townhouse. Located a few steps from Piazza di Spagna in an... Read More

A deer skull, Warhol prints, chandeliers, and 17th-century marble walls bearing religious inscriptions set the stage for a very special weekend at this... Read More

Alessandro Bisceglie and Elyssa Bernard's intimate B&B opened in 2001 and is located just a short walk from the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.... Read More

When the Marquis and Marchioness Paterno’ Castello di San Giuliano returned to their ancestral home in Sicily after years abroad, they renovated... Read More

The sun-filled island of Sicily has both historic cache and an emerging arts-and-culture scene, and a stay at Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa, in... Read More

Named for a type of Italian flour called double zero, this relaxed cafe and bar was once a bakery, and though it has since expanded to serve breakfast,... Read More

With more than 500 listings, the Milan-based agency has a formidable presence in Greece, Italy, and Switzerland. Most villas have live-in managers to... Read More

Eyebrows were raised when London- based designer Ron Arad, known for his sinuous metal furniture, announced plans for a hotel in the Italian seaside... Read More

(Formerly Le Meridien Gallia, scheduled to reopen as Excelsior Hotel Gallia in December, 2014.) ... Read More

Built over Emperor Diocletian’s third-century baths in Piazza della Repubblica, the Hotel Exedra is housed in a white marble Neoclassical palace... Read More

Avid shoppers for whom money is no object now have the option to not only shop at Fendi's flagship store, but also to stay there and indulge in the... Read More

The hotel, located in the bohemian Oltrarno neighborhood, is run by members of the families behind budget airline Blu-express and fashion company Save... Read More

Perhaps no other place in Milan makes guests feel more at home than Forestiera Monforte in the fashion district of Piazza San Babila. Situated over the... Read More

Located in the city's historical district, Fortyseven offers easy access to nearby attractions such as the Coliseum, Circus Maximus, Temple of Vesta,... Read More

Florence's 116-room Four Seasons hotel is located in grand, fifteenth-century Palazzo della Gherardesca, which stands in the largest privately owned... Read More

Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008. Located in the fifteenth-century Palazzo... Read More

In the heart of Milan's high-fashion shopping quadrilateral, the Four Seasons is housed in a transformed 15th-century convent. 118 tastefully stylish... Read More

This beautiful country lodge set in the hills of Siena has beautiful views overlooking the walled city. The rooms have exposed-beam ceilings, and are... Read More

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... Read More

Tucked away in a 16th century palazzo near Piazza Navona, the ten-room G-Rough mixes original architectural elements like floor tiles and unrestored... Read More

Only a two-minute walk from the Ponte Vecchio, the 74-room Gallery Hotel Art is popular with members of the fashion industry thanks to its stylish... Read More

The latest opening from the dynamic, Florence-base Why the Best hotel group, Garibaldi Blu stands on Piazza Santa Maria Novella a short walk from the... Read More

Gran Meliá's Rome flagship embodies imperial grandeur near hip Trastevere, located across the Tiber River from the sights of the city center. Over two... Read More

The mansion of an aristocratic family in the 19th century (and, during World War II, Benito Mussolini), Grand Hotel a Villa Feltrinelli resembles a... Read More

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... Read More

If you’re looking for an up-close look at history in the Renaissance city of Siena, there’s no better place to lay your head than at this... Read More

In Italy’s most romantic city —after Venice of course— is a palace that is two centuries newer than Brunelleschi’s Florentine masterpiece. This... Read More

Opened in 1863, the Grand Hotel et de Milan preserves all the charm of an ancient Milanese "house," and has been managed by the Bertazzoni family for... Read More

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... Read More

Three adjoining 19th-century buildings on a cliff overlooking the Bay of Naples and Mount Vesuvius, owned and operated by the same family since 1834 and... Read More

The 109-room Grand Hotel Majestic - Già Baglioni exemplifies traditional style: Murano glass chandeliers sprouting from the ceilings, acres of... Read More

Behind a traditional gold-and-stucco exterior, this five-story medieval structure is now a four-star hotel furnished by architects Detti and Scarpa.... Read More

Turn-of-the-20th-century family-owned hotel overlooking the sea with landscaped grounds, 3 miles from Portofino.... Read More

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... Read More

Iconic 19th-century building steeped in old-world glamour, just off the lively Piazza Umberto Primo and near the island's famous Faraglioni stacks. Read More

This newly renovated property, with its rich wood-paneled rooms and contemporary furnishings, is the area's most impressive. Read More

Live the quintessential Italian dream at Lake Como’s Grand Dame, an Art Nouveau palace with three glittering pools, barmen in white coats serving... Read More

A former house of Napoleon III’s widow, Empress Eugénie, now a boutique hotel that overlooks the city center. Read More

Historic 18th-century palazzo with charming interiors near the Uffizi. Read More

Opulent 19th-century villa hotel and spa with a family-friendly vibe (a rarity among the lake hotels), on a private Bellagio shoreline. Read More

Positioned outside the center but convenient to the metro, the Grand Visconti Palace is a large, four-star hotel. Rooms are comfortable, elegant, and... Read More

Starwood’s Luxury Collection pulled out all the stops to renovate Venice’s legendary hotel on the Grand Canal, with an estimated price tag of $55... Read More

Historic but with multiple personalities, the Hotel Hassler is quintessential Rome. Perched on a hill above the Spanish Steps, the 96-room property... Read More

The only hotel directly linked to the airport (via pedestrian walkway), the Hilton is a popular option for those with an especially long layover. The... Read More

If Tuscan wines aren’t quite enough to cure what ails you, the healing waters at this this sprawling spa resort, set in Bagno Vignoni outside Siena, may... Read More

This affordable hotel offers 10 opulent rooms with Murano glass chandeliers and wood-beamed ceilings. The best part, the property is only a 15-minute... Read More

A refined seaside hotel with 21 rooms; the best have terraces and ocean views. Read More

This minimal hotel is beloved by members of the U.S. ski team for its four-course dinners and attentive staff. Read More

Housed in a classic Florentine palace dating from the 15th century, this iconic hotel is situated within a six-minute walk of the Duomo, Galleria degli... Read More

Hotel Bologna, a four star (out of five stars in Italy) hotel with amazing value, is situated in the center of Pisa. It is one of the city’s understated... Read More

Named for the Italian Renaissance architect and engineer Filippo Brunelleschi, this historic property in the heart of Florence occupies the Byzantine... Read More

My all-time favorite hotel in Florence is this property in the historic heart of the city. The property, surrounded by 1,500-year-old Byzantine walls on... Read More

On the Riva degli Schiavoni, but higher up, near the Arsenale, all the Art Deco-style rooms at this gem of a hotel have views of the fabled waterfront.... Read More

This magnificent grande dame of a hotel is the premier resort on Capri, with 55 rooms and suites that offer sweeping postcard views over the Bay of... Read More

Located on the Costa Smeralda, one of the most exclusive spots in the Mediterranean, the Hotel Cala di Volpe was built 40 years ago by the Aga Khan. The... Read More

In the middle of town, just up the street from tony Le Sirenuse but at one-fifth the price for a sea-view room, the California is the Amalfi Coast&rsquo... Read More

Stay just outside the village at the Hotel Capo La Gala, a stone-studded cliffside lodge. The hotel has a nautical theme: porthole windows and hurricane... Read More

All 34 minimalist rooms are outfitted with Flos and Groppi light fixtures; beds are dressed in dark blue and bordeaux linens. Read More

Housed in a 19th-century palazzo within walking distance of the Duomo, Hotel Cellai is filled with nooks and crannies that are now transformed into... Read More

An unpretentious hotel in the city center Read More

Colorful lodging near the Castelvecchio Museum. Read More

Possibly the grandest of the dames along the Riva degli Schiavoni waterfront, the Danieli started out as the 14th-century palace of a doge, and now has... Read More

Set in the heart of Florence, within easy strolling distance of the Uffizi Gallery and Palazzo Vecchio, this hotel has several different configurations... Read More

The family-run Hotel David offers remodeled, spacious, and comfortable rooms (complete with typical Florentine antique furnishings) and is located... Read More

It's hard to beat this beautifully updated 19th-century palazzo with 122 rooms, phenomenal terraced gardens, and incredible location between Piazza del... Read More

On the volcanic island of Ischia—famous for its hot springs and therapeutic mud—and outside the small town of Lacco Ameno, sits this chic,... Read More

Hotel Eden is a classic, grand European hotel. Since its opening in 1889, the Eden has played host to European royalty and regular travelers alike.... Read More

Located just south of Ragusa, surrounded by the carob forests of the Hyblaean Plateau, Hotel Eremo della Giubiliana is housed in a 12th-century fort... Read More

Originally built as the Hotel de la Paix (Hotel of Peace) for Italy’s National Exhibition of 1891, this Art Nouveau landmark is one of... Read More

The 178-room Hotel Excelsior, on the Venetian island of Lido, first opened in 1908, and has remained one of Italy’s top-notch luxury hotels for... Read More

There's something about the family-owned Flora that whisks you back a century or two, to a time when tourists roamed Venice as part of the Grand Tour.... Read More

This expansive hotel is set about 20 minutes’ walk from the center of Siena, surrounded by beautiful grounds that include a tennis court and a swimming... Read More

Named after a white cat giving birth to three kittens in a lemon grove just south of Capri’s central piazzetta in the mid 19th-century, this small... Read More

The views are the trump card at Florence’s Hotel Helvetia & Bristol, where all 67 rooms and suites look onto the Renaissance city. It’s... Read More

Situated right inside the medieval walled city of Lucca, this boutique hotel—set in a building that once housed stables for the 16th-century Villa... Read More

This family-owned hotel (and restaurant) offers an affordable stay in Recco. Read More

The 15 modern and airy rooms overlook a quiet street on the outskirts of the historic center. Check out the hotel’s vast collection of Trieste... Read More

Situated in the small town of Azzate, this former medieval settlement-turned-hotel has 12 individually designed rooms outfitted with antique touches... Read More

Located just a four-minute walk from Piazza del Popolo, this Art Deco hotel consists of the original 1925 building and an annexed 1905 palazzo,... Read More

Historic palazzo with original 19th-century furnishings and unbeatable lagoon views, located minutes from the Piazza San Marco, at a nice price. ... Read More

Located near the Borghese Gardens in Paroli, the five-star Lord Byron hotel has a standard white exterior and a quieter location away from the city's... Read More

The Ferragamo-owned Lungarno enjoys a magnificent position on the south bank of the Arno steps from the Ponte Vecchio yet away from the thick of the... Read More

When it comes to glamorous hotels in Rome, few exceed the Hotel Majestic on fashionable Via Veneto. Built in 1889 by renowned architect Gaetano Koch,... Read More

This four-star hotel sits atop the city's highest hill, the Esquilino. Mario Loreti designed the 10-floor, 251-room Art Deco building in 1938. Centrally... Read More

Rooms have high ceilings and ocean views; don’t miss cocktails at the terrace bar, steps from the beach. Read More

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... Read More

Poet Percy Bysshe Shelley used to rent the top floor of what is now the Natale family's Hotel Navona. This 15th-century palazzo, built on top of the... Read More

If you want to be in the dead center of the action, this is the place for you. Hotel Perseo offers rooms with views of the main cathedral—it’s literally... Read More

Just steps from Piazza del Popolo, this 32-room boutique hotel, housed in a 19th century palazzo, is outfitted with tasteful antique reproductions, rich... Read More

It doesn’t get more historic than this nearly 500-year-old hotel in the heart of prosciutto and Parmigiano country. The Posta is one of Italy... Read More

The grande dame of Milan's luxury hotels has long been a favorite of well-heeled international travelers. Rooms are decorated with old-world elegance... Read More

The hotel's bar is perched on a bluff overlooking the town and possesses a slightly askew, old-school charm. Read More

Just east of the famous ceramics town of Vietri sul Mare, the Raito’s wide tiled terraces and stately eggshell-colored buildings can be seen... Read More

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

The original grande dame of Amalfi Coast hotels still reigns in Belle Époque splendor on the coastal road just outside the town of Amalfi. Now in... Read More

A converted eighteenth-century villa, Hotel Santa Caterina is a home away from home in the heart of Siena’s central plaza. The rooms and public spaces... Read More

It has perhaps the most enviable physical visage of all Roman hotels—a wood and masonry former cloister—where rooms are arranged around an... Read More

Famed hotelier Rocco Forte’s sister, Olga Polizzi, overhauled the storied Savoy's 102 rooms in a contemporary mix of snowy linens, dark wood... Read More

Ideally located midway between the Duomo, the Galleria Emanuele Vittorio II, and the tony fashion stores of via Monte Napoleone, Hotel Straf offers chic... Read More

The tidy property with private balconies, overlooks nearby Levanzo Island. Read More

Situated atop the hill of Bellosguardo, this distinctive hotel is housed in a Renaissance-era villa built around a 14th-century tower. Surrounded... Read More

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

This property was once owned by Castruccio Castracani (the Luccan general said to have been the model for Machiavelli's ideal prince). After walking the... Read More

Far enough away from the centro storico to seem tranquil, but close enough to walk into town, Hotel Villa Vedetta is a classical-revival villa built in... Read More

A short walk from the village center of San Gimignano—one of Tuscany’s prettiest medieval hill towns—this homey B&B provides both a warm welcome and... Read More

In Montalcino, relax by the pool at Castello Banfi’s 14-room hotel in a 19th-century building restored to gorgeous effect by American Cristina... Read More

Ensconced in the hills above Paestum is Il Cannito, a four-room bed-and-breakfast opened in 2006 by Anna Maria Barlotti Gorga, a fiftysomething chef... Read More

Wine tastings, a 2,500-square-foot spa, and tours of nearby towns are just a few of the reasons to visit this restored-villa estate, located on a 25... Read More

A 16th-century country estate with 13 guest rooms; all have vaulted ceilings and cast-iron bed frames. Owner Armando Balestrazzica crafts itineraries to... Read More

Italy’s only Relais & Châteaux property south of Naples sits just outside Monopoli on the Adriatic coast of Apulia, the “heel... Read More

For vinophiles, it’s hard to beat a stay at the four-room, boutique Il Palazzetto hotel — also home to the International Wine Academy of... Read More

Down a narrow, winding road on the promontory’s southeastern tip stands the cliffside Il Pellicano Hotel, a sheltered hideaway that attracts a... Read More

Truly legendary, having hosted the likes of Jackie Onassis, Il Pellicano boasts one of the most spectacular locations on the Mediterranean Sea. A few... Read More

The villa's gardens feature vegetables, fruit trees, roses and peonies, and aromatic herbs. Read More

Austere, 14th-century patrician villa meets 21st-century luxury hotel here, and the mix is a winning one. Solid, square Il Salviatino sits on a hillside... Read More

In the 14th century, the noble Florentine Salviati family built a sumptuous country villa on Florence's northeastern outskirts. In 2010, after two years... Read More

One mile outside town seems to be just far enough from Positano’s crowds to attract a constellation of stars (George Clooney, Julia Roberts, Franco... Read More

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... Read More

Situated inside the Neoclassical Palazzo Pierret in the Piazza di Spagna, the Internazionale Domus hotel overlooks the Scalinata della Trinit... Read More

Discreet, exclusive, and occupying a prime location, the J.K. Place is a Rome triple threat. Just a few minutes walk from the posh Spanish Steps... Read More

Mellow yet chic, J.K. Place feels like a residence—which indeed it once was. Overlooking the Gulf if Naples, the hotel is nautical with a twist: round... Read More

This 20-room townhouse hotel overlooking the precision Renaissance façade of Santa Maria Novella offers attentive, personal service in intimate,... Read More

Although it has been joined by sister hotels in Rome and Capri, JK Florence remains the prototype for this small, luxury boutique brand. Occupying a... Read More

This is in a dream location—the now all-pedestrian and flower-strewn Piazza Santa Maria Novella, right across from the magnificent church whose interior... Read More

Opened in 2015 on a private island behind Giudecca, this peaceful resort—the grounds include olive groves, vegetable gardens, and the biggest spa in... Read More

Tucked away on peaceful Isola delle Rose—but just a 20-minute boat ride from bustling St. Mark’s Square—the JW Marriott offers a respite from Venice’s... Read More

Set among ancient vineyards, olive groves, and Greek amphitheaters, this Kempinski-run hotel is contrastly very modern in amenities. Built in 2005, the... Read More

You can admire a view of Monte Amiata from the minimalist terrace at this B&B, opened last May by John Voigtmann, an erstwhile Manhattan music... Read More

This is the ultimate two-fer offering nine rooms in a hilltop villa in utter isolation, and just a few miles away, eleven rooms in a converted monastery... Read More

The 47-room La Coluccia—near the small town of Santa Teresa di Gallura—is ideal for couples craving undisturbed beach time. The stretch of sand... Read More

The designers of La Fiermontina spent 10 years building a hotel around the ruins of a 17th-century house within the massive stone ramparts of Lecce’s... Read More

“Spend an afternoon at the private gardens of the sprawling La Foce estate, with magnificent views of the Val d’Orcia.” &mdash... Read More

This former 18th-century convent—recently made over by the Stein Group—has 29 simple, chic rooms and makes a nice base from which to explore... Read More

A 14th-century palazzo, has the most magnificent views of the countryside. Read More

A 16th-century folly designed and frescoed by Dario Varotari, a pupil of painter Paolo Veronese. Read More

“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... Read More

Lavish 17th-century mansion (the former residence of J. Paul Getty) built atop Roman ruins by the Tyrrhenian Sea. ... Read More

Long a jet-set playground, Italy’s Amalfi Coast is still accessible, thanks to a handful of affordable hotels that includes La Rosa dei Venti. On... Read More

This Tuscan stone hideaway can sleep up to 12 in cozy interiors complete with beamed ceilings, antique furniture, and oil paintings. The property is... Read More

Intimate property—just 30 rooms—on one of the most peaceful stretches of the Italian island.  Read More

In the Cinque Terre National Park, the nine-room inn combines antique furnishings with kitschy details: light fittings crafted from antlers; bathrooms... Read More

At the eight-room hotel, made up of two country-style houses, you can take art classes on the lawn. Read More

A temple to feng shui, renewable energy, and biodynamic agriculture. Read More

A seasoned clientele makes this their home away from home when in Rome for diplomatic duties or a getaway with the kids. Just up the street from the... Read More

If Piedmont’s Slow Food movement has meant better eating for everyone, an unexpected consequence has been the increased popularity of this once... Read More

The rental agency represents an extraordinary selection of restored farmhouses, convents, and apartments at rates from $885 a week. Read More

Nothing beats Le Sirenuse for traditional, dignified luxury. In 1953, two years after it opened, John Steinbeck described it as “an old family... Read More

In a fantastic location, just off Campo Santo Stefano, this simple three star hotel has just six rooms—great for a more personalized experience. Take... Read More

An haute-design hotel in the city center. Read More

Antonio and Giuseppe La Rosa’s restaurant Locanda Don Serafino was so popular that the two brothers opened a small 10-room hotel in a nearby 19th... Read More

Quiet inn minutes from central Lucca. Read More

Seven intimate rooms with water views. Read More

Bed-and-breakfast in a 14th-century villa. Read More

The five-star Lord Byron Hotel is definitely the spot for a tryst. Located near the Borghese Gardens in the upscale residential neighborhood of Paroli,... Read More

Perched on the promontory at the edge of town for the best views over the rooftops and up the coastline, this gorgeous old cloister was reportedly... Read More

A 900- year-old palazzo—the oldest in Venice—located steps from the Piazza San Marco. Read More

The recently opened hotel has 77 rooms housed in an 18th-century walled fortress that faces the sea. Read More

Italy’s style capital is buzzing with the news of its first hotel from a homegrown fashion house. In the busy Corso Como neighborhood, Maison... Read More

A farmhouse in nearby Assisi, with simple rooms and extraordinary food. Read More

Mere steps from famed opera house La Scala, the Mandarin Oriental combines Milanese design and Asian touches of luxury. With interiors overseen by... Read More

In the hills of Sicily, 2_ miles from the sea, is the secluded 19th-century farmhouse Mandranova. It's a working farm, close to the towns of Agrigento,... Read More

Though it’s just two miles south of Florence’s city center, this genteel family estate is set amid the woodlands, vines, and olive groves... Read More

Out of piles of yellow stone a Milanese architect and gallery owner has created seven suites, some with multiple bedrooms. The kitchens and artworks are... Read More

This early complex of buildings was once home to 20 families but has been redesigned by the fashionable owner Elisabetta Turgi Prosperi. Read More

Designed by famed Italian architect Aldo Rossi, the ME Milan – il Duca offers chic, contemporary style in a masterpiece of modern architecture. Enjoy... Read More

Once a lookout tower to guard against the marauding Saracens, Mezzatorre’s 16th-century, red-painted fortress opened in 1989 as a 20-room hotel on... Read More

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... Read More

Perhaps the most romantic of all in Tuscany even the name of it—Castiglioncello del Trinoro—sounds like a dream. Imagine an ancient stone hamlet ... Read More

In a world of its own. You literally and uniquely insert yourself into the life of the living twelfth-century stone hamlet of Castiglioncello del... Read More

Inside the refurbished 19th-century palazzo, the 12 spacious bedrooms are painted in rich ochres and light blues. You can swim in the warm waters off... Read More

This charming 19-room property has upped the game for Rome's mid-range hotels. Nestled in the chic Monti area, just adjacent to the Imperial Forum, the... Read More

Located in Milan's burgeoning Tortona Design District, the nhow Milano is housed in an old electric factory that was redesigned by Italian architect... Read More

The Hotel: Like the home of an exotic world traveler, this tiny jewel-box of an inn is filled with unusual art, gorgeous textiles, and unique... Read More

This lovely hotel feels more like you're staying in the home of a friend's stately summer retreat. With just six simple, stylish rooms tucked away... Read More

In the serene Accademia neighborhood, just beyond the Campo San Stefano, the 26-room Palazzina Grassi has a superb collection of Modernist glass from... Read More

In a 16th-century palazzo behind the Ca' d'Oro, it's every bit as fancy as the Grand Canal hotels, but thanks to its location, on a secondary canal,... Read More

Formerly Palazzo Sasso ... Read More

All the rooms at this superb hotel have canal views—whether of the Grand Canal or the Rio di San Polo tributary running into it. The Art Deco design—all... Read More

The Prince of Belmonte's hotel (and primary residence) attracts a posh clientele, many of whom address the Prince of Belmonte as “Angelo”.... Read More

Prince Ignazio V was a Renaissance man in the mid-1700's and modeled his palace to follow suit. Throughout the hundreds of rooms, a rococo spirit... Read More

Vittorio Dalla Rosa Prati welcomes guests to his 14th-century hotel, a period-furnished seven-room guesthouse that overlooks the city's 900-year-old... Read More

A stay at this palatial family residence (it is the home of Marquis Lorenzo Niccolini di Camugliano) offers a taste of aristocratic Florentine life. The... Read More

Just five minutes from the Castello dei Conti (Castle of the Counts), the Palazzo Failla hotel is housed in an 18th-century mansion in Modica Alta ... Read More

On the second floor of a Neoclassical palazzo near the Duomo, the nine-room Palazzo Galletti is classified as a “historic home B&B” and... Read More

Not many Grand Canal hotels dare to try modern décor, but the Giovanelli, next to the San Stae church, does just that. Rooms are slick, with bright... Read More

Next to the Colosseum lie the remains of the ancient gladiators’ barracks and training grounds. Rising above them is the dusty pink 17th-century... Read More

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... Read More

The spacious, light-filled guest rooms of Palazzo Parigi are available in two styles: contemporary Italian or classic French. All come with a private... Read More

The 24-room hotel is set in a 16th-century palace. Read More

At the ultraminimalist Palazzo Soderini, a three-room pension hidden in a 15th-century villa, everything is rigorously white, from the bed linens to the... Read More

As far as central location goes, this imposing, 16th-century palazzo (steps from Piazza della Repubblica, the Duomo, and the posh designer boutiques of... Read More

An eight-room hotel, plus a specialty-foods shop and three restaurants. Read More

It may be a 20-minute walk to the Spanish Steps, but the Parco dei Principi setting, tucked away beside Rome’s biggest park, Villa Borghese, means... Read More

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... Read More

Business travelers are especial fans of Milan’s Park Hyatt, located just five minutes from the stock exchange and financial district. The 24-hour... Read More

The ancient Romans took to the thermal waters here, at Tuscany's mineral-rich Terme di Petriolo, not far from Siena, and today it's the cornerstone of a... Read More

Set on the north bank of the Arno a short sashay from the Ponte Vecchio—perfectly located for both shopping and sightseeing—the Ferragamo-owned Portrait... Read More

Rome’s four-story Portrait Suites, centrally located near the Spanish Steps, is part of the Lungarno Hotels group, owned by the Ferragamo family.... Read More

A favorite of Russian oligarchs (who certainly know their luxury), the seaside town of Forte dei Marmi occupies a prime spot on the Tuscan Riviera. This... Read More

Built as a private villa in 1920 and later used as headquarters for American command in World War II, this boutique hotel was carved into the rock face... Read More

Though it's a bit of a hike from most of the city's cultural attractions, the glass-walled Radisson Blu es Hotel has the advantage of being situated be... Read More

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... Read More

The grounds of the 18th-century hotel are perfect for hiking—you’ll explore sprawling apricot groves, a medieval tower, and two nearby... Read More

Located at 20 Via Cardinale in the heart of Trastevere, Le Clarisse is a bouqie hotel with 11 comfortable guest rooms and suites. Each room has simple... Read More

For budget-minded travelers, the 10 tranquil rooms at this boutique hotel offer outstanding value for the amenities and location: a vine-covered alley... Read More

One of the newest aeries on the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast is Relais Paradiso, opened in 2009 in the quaint village of Vietri sul Mare. The 22... Read More

Presiding over a cedar- and grapevine-studded hilltop in Italy’s Piedmont region, this monastery hotel has a Caudalie Vinotherapie spa and a... Read More

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... Read More

A 15-room estate with canopy beds, stone fireplaces, and pasta-making classes. Read More

Located on the upper floors of a 19th-century palazzo just a two-minute walk from the Duomo, Residenza dei Pucci is something of a hybrid between a bed... Read More

Staying at Residenza Napoleone III is like stepping back in time to the era to the era when its namesake occupied the historic palazzo. The property's... Read More

At the foot of Venice’s beloved and infamous Rialto Bridge, this watermelon-red hotel embodies classic Venetian opulence. Of the 79 cushy rooms... Read More

It's the highest refuge in the area, reachable only on foot or by the Lagazuoi cable car; on its patios you feel as though you're sitting at the edge of... Read More

If sharp design is your thing and you don't mind being a little removed from the action, this boutique hotel is a great choice. Occupying a small... Read More

Three miles outside the city center, this sprawling 1960 urban hotel with a 15-acre private park sits atop the highest hill in Rome, offering sweeping... Read More

On the grounds of the 800-year-old estate you'll find Etruscan ruins dating to 600 B.C., a 12th-century fortress, a Gothic chapel, and an amazing... Read More

Former monastery dating to the 1700's on the private, 16-acre San Clemente Island, with spacious rooms and amenities including a pool, tennis, a 3-hole... Read More

Previously a 15th-century monastery, the exclusive San Domenico Palace Hotel took on its current form in 1896, when the Prince of Cerami added a... Read More

This modern hotel, set close to the Arno River in the Cisanello area of Pisa, has accommodations that work especially well for families. Suites have... Read More

Daniele Kihlgren, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and budding hotelier, is on a mission to save Italy’s forgotten heritage, one inn at a time. It... Read More

Prehistoric cave dwellings have been reimagined with spare, sleek interiors. Read More

This 11-room boutique gem is hidden away in a handsome, 16th-century palazzo surrounded by antique stores and art galleries in Florence's boho-chic... Read More

Opened in 2008, this restored 16th century palazzo sits on what might be most beautiful street in Italy. The 64 rooms and suites range from the most... Read More

Formerly the Grand Hotel Firenze, this 15th-century landmark reopened as the St. Regis Florence in 2011 following a multimillion-dollar renovation of... Read More

A stone’s throw from both the Quirinal Hill and the Baths of Caracalla, the St. Regis Grand is a respite from the centro storico fray. A perfect... Read More

The recently redone hotel has 142 rooms that mix original Belle Époque accents (plasterwork friezes; Murano glass chandeliers) with contemporary... Read More

The hotel is a “rustic” building (i.e., built in the local style to look like a big, white, very beautiful farmhouse) with a pool surrounded... Read More

The exceedingly affable Mary Rossi runs this small, chic B&B in a private palazzo. Read More

Call it a kind of pastoral demonstration project: parts of the property are used to raise endangered breeds of livestock, while others yield sustainably... Read More

The biggest draw is, naturally, the thermal pool—the temperature reaches a sweltering 100 degrees (don’t be put off by the egg-scented air,... Read More

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... Read More

Owned by two American expats, the Beehive is an affordable eco-conscious hostel two blocks from Termini station with private rooms and dormitory options... Read More

Countess Simonetta Brandolini d'Adda often stays in one of her company's 80 villas—mostly around Tuscany and Lake Como—when on vacation. Her... Read More

Down a private side street between Milan's famous high-shopping quadrilateral, opera house La Scala, and the arty Brera district, The Bulgari is an... Read More

The hippest of the four Ferragamo-owned Florentine hotels, the Continentale also has an unbeatable location—right over the Ponte Vecchio, a bridge... Read More

This is Trieste’s hotel—everybody calls it the Duchi; in its present shape, the building has been here since the 1870’s. Harry’s... Read More

Located around the corner from The Duomo, The Gray boasts an Art Nouveau facade, behind which lies a stylishly modern interior. Various stylists... Read More

Rocco Forte's Savoy is the hippest and most relaxed of the city's five star hotels, and enjoys what is arguably the best location, right on Piazza della... Read More

The St. Regis Hotel on the shore of the Arno River, was originally a family palace designed by Filippo Bruneschelli, the celebrated Renaissance... Read More

An historic luxury hotel, The Westin offers maximum comfort with an emphasis on wellness. Each room comes furnished with the signature Heavenly Bed® and... Read More

Located on a small port on the west coast of Sicily, the Tonnara di Bonagia resort was originally a 17th-century tuna fishery, comprised of a main... Read More

Fashion insiders love these 28 characterful rooms rambling through a pair of 15th-century palazzi, surrounded by haute couture boutiques and across a... Read More

If you want to treat your family to a truly elegant Tuscan experience, this spectacular, historic villa set just outside Florence in Bellosguardo (once... Read More

The Argentario Peninsula of Tuscany is one of the Italy’s best-hidden secrets. Almost intact (by an ingenious law) with dramatic bluffs, crystal clear... Read More

This 10th-century tower features seven suites outfitted with Moroso armchairs and sunken stone baths; five have floating steel staircases. One caveat:... Read More

Don’t miss the graffiti scrawled on the walls by war prisoners at the 900-year-old property. Once home to owner Matteo Giovanardi, the single,... Read More

An 1860’s palazzo right above the flagship Prada store inside Milan’s famed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II. Look for original oak-parquet... Read More

If you value your independence and like the idea of staying in an arty, private apartment, Tre Stanze (Three Rooms) could be for you, and the location... Read More

The iconic architecture of Apulia—the “heel” of Italy’s boot—is the prehistoric trullo, a cylindrical whitewashed house... Read More

About three miles from the centro storico (historic center), UNA Hotel Vittoria has a traditional stucco façade that belies an ultra-modern... Read More

The ace in Venissa’s pocket is its location on the remote Mazzorbo island—not to mention its star chef in the kitchen. Six guest rooms mix... Read More

Five hundred and seventy acres on Sicily’s southwestern coast have been shaped into a golf resort with the subtle, undeniable luxury we’ve... Read More

In Milan’s residential Città Studi neighborhood, fashion and furnishings designer Christiane Blanchet has spruced up a 1903 villa with her... Read More

In 2002, transplanted Scottish restaurateurs David and Catherine Gardner discovered a ruin in Chianti and turned it into the wisteria-covered Villa... Read More

This peaceful villa high on a hill, in the heart of Chianti, is a luxurious romantic home-away-from-home while you explore the castle and villa-filled... Read More

For centuries the world has been in love with the Chianti Hills. Close to Florence and not far from Siena is the region’s most famous town, Greve. High... Read More

The leafy boulevard that winds through the hillside just above the south bank of the Arno is packed with grand houses, but late 19th-century Villa Cora... Read More

Regal 16th-century lakefront estate is the most prestigious of the lake's hotels, with a jet-set atmosphere. Along with 152 opulent rooms, the property... Read More

One of the best-kept secrets in Venice, this extraordinary property on Giudecca is the jewel of the locally owned Bauer hotel group. Doing away with... Read More

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... Read More

16th-century Medicean villa, the sister property to Lake Como’s historic Villa d’Este.  Read More

If you've ever wondered how fashion royalty lives, book a room at Anna Fendi's retro-glam villa on the banks of the Tiber north of Piazza del Popolo.... Read More

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... Read More

Set on a peninsula fronting Lake Bilancino, this villa occupies 44 private wooded acres in the Mugello hills. Abandoned by its noble family in 1963,... Read More

A Renaissance country villa set in the hills of the Mugello near Florence, Villa Le Maschere is a classically elegant resort situated close to Bilancino... Read More

A charming 18th-century villa amid olive and almond groves. The owners— husband and wife Ron and Lesley Simon—restored the property to its... Read More

This hotel is for people who have been to Florence before and want to get to know the Chianti wine district outside it without sacrificing easy access... Read More

Nearly every room at this mannered villa tucked into the winding backstreets of Ravello has views over the verdant Dragone Valley descending from the... Read More

This three-room B&B in a 19th-century villa is furnished with antique wooden chests and paintings. Read More

Staying in the 18th-century Villa Olmi Resort—surrounded by expansive green acres just 10 minutes from Florence’s Duomo—means not... Read More

Agency: The Best In ItalyCountess Simonetta Brandolini d'Adda often stays in one of her company's 80 villas—mostly around Tuscany and Lake Como... Read More

Built in the 1500’s by the noble Pisani dynasty, this 8-room B&B is known for the original Veronese frescoes in its ballroom. ... Read More

Close to the wine-producing village of Montepulciano, this 18th-century house is fresh from an eight-year restoration of its antiques-filled rooms.... Read More

Flowers are the theme at this cliffside, 150-year-old villa hidden behind vines of bougainvillea along Positano’s main drag. Each of its 12... Read More

On a cliff a half-mile from Amalfi, the whitewashed Villa Scarpariello could be your wealthy Italian friend’s private retreat. All five rooms are... Read More

Small and luxurious, with Neoclassical overtones, this early-20th-century villa—on a side street on patrician Quirinal Hill—is also refined... Read More

The 28-room salmon-colored manor house has Gran Sasso in its backyard, the Adriatic Sea in its front. Read More

In 1996, winemakers Roberto and Patrizia Damonte bought a dilapidated 18th-century villa near Alba, in Italy’s Piedmont region. By 2003, they... Read More

Five connected historic palaces situated along the Grand Canal, with unsurpassed views of Santa Maria della Salute, the city's iconic 17th-century church. Read More

A 300-label wine cellar and a new Mediterranean rooftop restaurant, plus 171 rooms, in a 15-century palace near the Ponte Vecchio. Read More

With prime real estate in Via Veneto, this Beaux-Arts hotel has a history dating back to 1906. Guest rooms in the 281-room, 35-suite hotel feature... Read More

Originally founded by Leonardo Ferragamo in 1986 as “Windows on Tuscany”, now with over 25 years experience Windows on Italy continues to... Read More

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