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.
At Hotel Aleph in central Rome, renowned American architect Adam D. Tihany takes on the role of Dante’s Virgil leading his guests through heaven and hell, each represented by a boudoir-style interior of reds, blacks, metal, and crystal.
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.
(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.
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 Uffizi, and Piazza della Signoria.
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 health-centered resort. The spa is a serious operation, staffed with a dozen-plus medical doctors, therapists, and dieticians.
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 new Belle Époque wing.
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).
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.
Following a massive building restoration, Florence’s 116-room Four Seasons hotel opened in June 2008.