The Best Resort Hotels in Italy in 2016

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

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.

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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
Courtesy of Grand Hotel Miramare

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
Courtesy of Hotel Le Sirenuse

Score: 93.39

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No. 6: Belmond Hotel Caruso, Ravello

Belmond Hotel Caruso Ravello Italy
Courtesy of Belmond

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
Courtesy of Palazzo Avino

Score: 94.42

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No. 3: J.K. Place Capri

J.K. Place Capri Italy
Courtesy of J.K. Place Capri

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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