The Best Resort Hotels in Italy in 2016

From the cypress-dotted hills of Tuscany to the sorbetto-hued villas on the Amalfi Coast, the glittering social scene in Lake Como to the rugged Sicilian seaside, Italy has timeless appeal as a travel destination. And many of the country’s hotels are enduring classics, too. Among the properties that made our list of the best resort hotels in Italy—a new category for T+L’s World’s Best Awards—are a handful of repeat winners from the Best in Europe list. Apparently it’s tough to tire of the Mediterranean views from the lap pool at Palazzo Avino, a 12th-century patrician palace in Ravello that we named the top resort in Europe in 2010 and the fourth best in Italy this year. The appeal of the planted terraces at the Hotel Santa Caterina, near the town of Amalfi, is lasting—it ranks second in Italy this year, and was the best in Europe in 2012. Related: What To See in the World’s Smallest Country Every year for the World’s Best Awards Survey, Travel + Leisure asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe—to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise lines, spas, airlines, and more. In the hotels category, readers rated properties on their rooms and facilities, location, service, food and drink, and overall value. Properties were categorized as city or resort based on their locations. Castello di Casole, a 10th-century Tuscan castle that’s been transformed into a hotel, was voted best in Europe last year, and this year takes that honor as well as topping the Italy list. It has 41 suites, a spectacular hilltop setting, and a spa in the former wine cellar. Readers favored hotels that are close to Italy’s great cities but far enough away to feel like an escape from the crowds: the sprawling JW Marriott Venice, for instance, sits on a private island in the Venetian lagoon but is just 20 minutes by boat from St. Mark’s Square. Call it a practical paradise.

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No. 10: Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo Italy
Courtesy of Belmond

Score: 93.00

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No. 9: Grand Hotel Miramare, Santa Margherita Ligure

Grand Hotel Miramare Santa Margherita Ligure Italy
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Score: 93.03

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No. 8: JW Marriott Venice Resort & Spa

JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa Italy
Courtesy of JW Marriott Venice Resort

Score: 93.33

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No. 7: Hotel Le Sirenuse, Positano

Le Sirenuse Positano Italy
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Score: 93.39

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No. 6: Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello

Belmond Hotel Caruso Ravello Italy
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Score: 93.42

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No. 5: Belmond Hotel Splendido, Portofino

Belmond Hotel Splendido Portofino Italy
Courtesy of Belmond

Score: 93.83

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No. 4: Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Palazzo Avino Ravello Italy
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Score: 94.42

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No. 3: J.K. Place Capri

J.K. Place Capri Italy
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Score: 95.46

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No. 2: Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi

Hotel Santa Caterina Amalfi Italy
Courtesy of Hotel Santa Caterina

Score: 95.57

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No. 1: Hotel Castello di Casole—A Timbers Resort, Casole d'Elsa

Castello di Casole A Timbers Resort Italy
Courtesy of Hotel Castello di Casole

Score: 97.01

The 4,200-acre grounds that surround Hotel Castello di Casole are “everything you imagine Tuscany to be,” one reader said. The centerpiece of the property, a 10th-century castle, was once the home of film director Luchino Visconti and is now a 41-suite hotel with beamed ceilings, Murano-glass fixtures, and reclaimed terra-cotta tiles. The old wine cellar has been turned into a barrel-vaulted spa. Enjoy the estate’s own Dodici wine—a gift to all guests—in your suite, or rent out one of the brick-and-stone farmhouses set among the vineyards and pretend it’s all yours.

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