The Top 10 Resort Hotels in Italy in 2019

Travel + Leisure's picks for the Best Resorts in Italy - pictured: Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni
Photo: Courtesy of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Italy is renowned for its homegrown hotels. While other countries can sometimes feel dominated by the same international brands, the classic, family-run properties of, say, Tuscany, Puglia, and the Amalfi Coast can hold their own against the finest in the world. And though industry heavyweights may slowly be gaining a foothold on Italy’s scenic shores, locally owned and operated properties once again dominated the Top 10 Italy Resort Hotels category in the 2019 World’s Best Awards.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities.

Related: The World's Best Awards 2019

The resorts of Italy have been drawing well-heeled travelers from around the world for more than a century, and this tradition of high-end hospitality means that many of its iconic properties have been owned and operated by the same families for over 100 years. Others, such as Palazzo Avino, the iconic pink property in the cliff-side town of Ravelo, started out life as private homes and were subsequently converted into hotels. All, however, retain the warmth and personality our readers look for in an Italian resort hotel. As one respondent said of Palazzo Avino, “This is one of the great family-owned hotels in Europe. The service and attention to detail are out of this world — Italian hospitality is on full display from arrival to departure.”

Read on for the full list of the best Italian resort hotels — and for the reveal of this year’s No. 1 resort in Italy.

10. Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

Hotel Santa Caterina, in Italy
Courtesy of Hotel Santa Caterina

Score: 91.85

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9. J.K. Place, Capri

Room at The JK Place Hotel in Capri
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Score: 92.00

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8. Villa d'Este, Lake Como

Approaching the Villa d'Este resort in Italy by boat
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Score: 92.56

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7. Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Pool at the Grand Hotel Tremezzo, in Italy
Courtesy of Hotel Grand Tremezzo

Score: 93.07

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6. Castello Banfi Il Borgo, Montalcino

Castello Banfi il Borgo, in Italy
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Score: 93.50

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5. Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Italy
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Score: 94.36

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4. Borgo Egnazia, Savelletri di Fasano

Borgo Egnazia resort, in Italy
Courtesy of Borgo Egnazia

Score: 95.29

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3. Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Montalcino

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco in Italy
Courtesy of Rosewood

Score: 96.00

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2. Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Palazzo Avino, in Italy
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Score: 96.15

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1. Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, Bellagio

Interior of a room at the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni, in Italy
Courtesy of Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni

Score: 96.33

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There can be few properties with a stronger sense of place than Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni. Built in the mid-1800s, when Lake Como was first established as a resort destination, the hotel remains steeped in the elegance of the mid 19th century. The interiors are a master class in grand Neoclassical design, complete with Murano glass chandeliers, stucco columns, marble staircases, and Persian carpets. And the hotel’s position on a secluded stretch of Bellagio lakefront gives guests the unique sense of tranquility that originally made Lake Como’s name. “The best hotel I’ve ever stayed in” was a refrain we heard again and again from the World’s Best respondents who voted for this grande dame property. As one reader put it: “What I think is amazing about the Grand Hotel Villa Serbelloni Bellagio is that it has been owned by a family and not a chain for more than 100 years — and you can really feel it.” That means the service feels gracious and truly personalized, combined with a setting that’s at once opulent and supremely comfortable.

See all of our readers' favorite hotels, cities, airlines, cruise lines, and more in the World's Best Awards for 2019.

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