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.
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 (current population 11) on a two-thousand-foot hilltop, overlooking the least-changed valley in Tuscany with a volcano on the other side.
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 hills of Tuscany’s most romanticized region. A half-hour drive from Florence, and a bit more from Siena, it is the perfect non-city base.
In Italy’s most romantic city —after Venice of course— is a palace that is two centuries newer than Brunelleschi’s Florentine masterpiece. This seventeenth-century aristocratic residence was built as a wedding gift from Pope Alexander VII to his niece. Humble.
The St. Regis Hotel on the shore of the Arno River, was originally a family palace designed by Filippo Bruneschelli, the celebrated Renaissance architect of the Duomo. The hotel succeeds in recapturing the Medici glory of the fifteenth century.
Truly legendary, having hosted the likes of Jackie Onassis, Il Pellicano boasts one of the most spectacular locations on the Mediterranean Sea.
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 Trinoro.
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 in its silent pine and cypress-covered hills, is a thoughtfully restored fifteenth-century villa.
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 in the heart of a medieval town where you can experience the village life of Tuscany.
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 walls are covered with Ghirlandaio frescos and monastery, the fascinating twelfth-century pharmacy.
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 stays. The Cathedral and the main streets of the Corso district are minutes away by foot, making it a hidden gem. Friendly frescos.
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 a stones throw, even if you never played center field—and is surrounded by all the best shops.
The family-run Hotel David offers remodeled, spacious, and comfortable rooms (complete with typical Florentine antique furnishings) and is located centrally enough that it is an easy walk to all the sights yet in a quiet district of Florence.
Conveniently located between Florence and Pisa in the perfectly preserved city of Lucca, this recently renovated, bed and breakfast is located a few hundred meters from the city’s central plaza. A traditional Tuscan breakfast is served in the beautiful veranda or delightful gardens.
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 are full of classic Tuscan furnishings. The highlight is their outdoor space.
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 spectacular views over the Tuscan countryside.