Italy

Overview

Italy has an embarrassment of riches. There’s natural beauty in abundance: Alpine mountains capped in ice that melt into vast lakes, the craggy cliffs of the Amalfi Coast fringed by fertile Campanian countryside, in the shadow of Mt. Vesuvius. Its history and culture takes in the ancient Etruscans, the glory of Rome, the Renaissance, the Age of Enlightenment; you could go on and on. Its cuisine is imitated and approximated all over the world; its fashion designers – Armani, Versace, Prada – taught the world how to dress.

It’s also somewhere that appreciates finer things; la dolce vita is the phrase often repeated about Italy, and it has luxury holidays down to an art form. From urban boutique to lakeside retreats, and Mediterranean beaches to world-famous art galleries, with Lightfoot Travel you’ll receive a highly-personalised itinerary for the perfect Italian escape.

In most smallish countries, you’re lucky if you have one – maybe two – really standout magnificent cities. Italy has numerous. In the north, there’s cosmopolitan Milan, known for its catwalk-couture and cathedral – the world’s largest Gothic church. A-list fashion designers base their flagship stores at the Quadrilatero d’Oro (Golden Quad), while its art offerings include da Vinci’s The Last Supper.

East lies crumbling Venice: Italy’s most romantic holiday destination. It’s an incomparable city – strung across 116 islands, an interlinking lattice of canals and narrow, winding alleys – that everyone should visit at least once. Here, we’ll have you staying in luxury boutique hotel in the heart of Venice Island, close to St Mark’s Square and the Grand Canal.

South is beautiful Florence, the birthplace of the Renaissance and arguably the world’s greatest city for art. Surrounding Florence, the lush countryside of Tuscany has long provided an idyllic retreat for luxury holidays in Italy. The cuisine is exquisite, and a wine tour of the Chianti vineyards is essential.

Farther south is Rome, Italy’s masterpiece, once lauded as caput mundi (capital of the world). A living, breathing alfresco museum that harbours the treasures of an empire lost to time.

However, the cities only paint one side of Italy’s portrait. For unrivalled Mediterranean bliss, the Amalfi Coast is synonymous with luxury holidays. Famously photogenic, old whitewashed towns cling to steep, rocky cliffs framed between sweet-smelling lemon groves and the emerald-blue sea. Exclusive seaside towns like chic Positano are luxury retreats par excellence with an idyllic lifestyle – and enviable style – designer hotels overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea, boutiques and gourmet dining.  On the horizon lies the mountainous island of Capri, encircled by golden sandy beaches.

With a lot of hype to live up to, it’s a testament to Italy that it never fails to charm, surprise or reward you.

When booking a luxury Italy holiday with Lightfoot Travel, our specialists will design a tailor-made itinerary specific to your requirements.

Italy Regions

Rome

The thing about Rome that makes it different from many ancient cities is that its extraordinary history is so casually integrated into city life. Despite its worldwide reverence, it almost f…

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Portofino and the Italian Riviera

It might all seem like something out of a movie, but destinations as dramatically beautiful as Portofino and the Italian Riviera really do exist. Watch colourful boats bob up and down on the…

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Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast has a long-standing reputation as one of the most luxurious retreats in the Mediterranean; it’s also easily among the most beautiful. It stretches for 50km along the Sorre…

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Florence

Florence is the cradle of the Renaissance and even by Italian standards, it’s a timelessly beautiful city. Backed by the powerful Medici family, its boundless love of art has seen it remai…

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Tuscany

Even in a nation renowned for its beauty, Tuscany stands out. It’s the epitome of the Mediterranean and one of its most idyllic regions. Luxury holidays to Tuscany have long been favoured …

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Venice

The Romantic poet Lord Byron described Venice as “a fairytale city of the heart”. And in those few words captured what this improbably-positioned city is all about.

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Milan

Milan sits the region of Lombardy, northern Italy, not far from the foothills of the Alps. It’s Italy’s most cosmopolitan city and has the air of Northern European city in comparison to …

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Puglia

The iconic heel of Italy’s pointy boot, Apulia (Puglia in Italian) is a part of the country where breathtaking landscapes, a calm, country pace of life, and legendary cuisine meet in perf…

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Como

Lake Como is classic Italian retreat in the foothills of the Alps. North to south, Italy’s deepest lake runs for nearly 50km of calm azure-tinted expanses. Imperious snowcapped mountains r…

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Sicily

Sicily, the charming piece of land off the tip of Italy’s toe, remains the epitome of the Mediterranean lifestyle and beauty.

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Italian Alps

The hovering Dolomites are Italy's ski resorts biggest attraction, reaching heights of over 3,000 metres. It has become a very glitzy area and a great location for an assortment of winter sp…

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Italy Itineraries

Discover Tuscany in Style

Italy, Tuscany

There’s no better way to explore Tuscany than in a Mercedes-Benz SL classic car. Step behind the wheel of your open-top, head-turning roadster and set off on an unforgettable adventure wit…

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Italy Properties

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Aman Canal Grande Venice

Italy, Venice

Situated near the Rialto Bridge in Venice, northeast Italy, Aman Canal Grande Venice is an award-winning, waterside hotel offering stunning architecture and breathtaking views overlooking th…

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Baglioni Luna Hotel

Italy, Venice

Reputed to be the oldest hotel in Venice, the Baglioni Luna is steeped in history and you may well feel that you are staying in a living museum. The palazzo dates to 1118, and throughout th…

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Baita 1697

Italian Alps, Italy

Luxury ski chalet Baita 1697 is a beautiful lodge situated in the heart of an old hamlet at an altitude of 1600m, and is just a stone’s throw away from the alpine village of Sestriere. The…

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Bauers Il Palazzo

Italy, Venice

When in Venice, choose the Bauers Il Palazzo and you’ll be staying in a beautifully restored 18th century Venetian house on the Grand Canal, just around the corner from St Mark’s Square.…

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Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Italy, Sicily

Perched on a rocky outcrop in front of the historic Greek Theatre in the centre of Taormina, on the east coast of Sicily, this luxury hotel is renowned as being one of Italy’s most glamoro…

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Belmond Hotel Caruso

Amalfi Coast, Italy

A word of warning: you’ll need a head for heights if you’re to enjoy a stay at the Hotel Caruso. Admittedly, the hotel isn’t at altitude, but it is perched at the highest point of the …

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Belmond Hotel Cipriani

Italy, Venice

On the tip of Giudeca Island facing St Mark’s Square, Venice’s most famous hotel needs little introduction. This iconic property, beloved of the elite and the famous and operated by Bel…

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Belmond Hotel Splendido

Italy, Portofino and the Italian Riviera

This luxury hotel is set amid four acres of lush subtropical gardens overlooking the stunning harbor in the enchanting town of Portofino on Italy’s Riviera. Belmond Hotel Splendido is the …

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Belmond Villa San Michele

Florence, Italy

In the cypress-lined hills outside Florence, a former Franciscan monastery sits among terraced gardens and looks out across the city. This spectacular Renaissance villa is home to the Belmo…

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Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea

Italy, Sicily

Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea is a luxury hotel that lies on its own private beach amid lush subtropical gardens overlooking the sparkling Mediterranean waters. The hotel is situated not far f…

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Borgo Egnazia

Italy, Puglia

Set amid 40 acres of ancient olive groves and lemon trees, along the shimmering Puglian coastline in Southern Italy, Borgo Egnazia is a magnificent luxury hotel where ancient Apulian traditi…

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Borgo San Felice

Italy, Tuscany

Set amid 140 hectares of vineyards and olive groves in the heart of the Chianti Classico region in Tuscany, Borgo San Felice is a charming and exceptionally unique hotel featuring medieval b…

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Boscolo Milano

Italy, Milan

Housed in a former bank minutes from the Piazza del Duomo, Boscolo Milano may be in the most traditional of buildings and the most classic of locations, yet it is surely one of Milan’s mos…

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Ca’ Sagredo Hotel

Italy, Venice

Part hotel, part museum, Ca’ Sagredo is a true masterpiece in the heart of Venice. Ca’ Sagredo Hotel occupies a meticulously renovated 15th century palace, its lavish pink façade standi…

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Caesar Augustus

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Caesar Augustus lies perched on the edge of a cliff with spectacular views of Mount Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples on Italy’s island of Capri. Once a private home, this ancient villa has b…

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Capofaro Malvasia and Resort

Italy, Sicily

Set in a working vineyard and winery on the tiny island of Salina, off the coast of Sicily, Capofaro Malvasia and Resort is a luxury boutique resort, the epitome of style. Combining traditio…

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Capri Palace Hotel & Spa

Amalfi Coast, Italy

If you’re going to do Capri properly… stay at the Capri Palace. While Italy’s original island retreat, favoured holiday spot since Roman times, is now home to a number of seriously sty…

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Casa Angelina

Amalfi Coast, Italy

In the small town of Praiano, between Amalfi and Positano, the Casa Angelina hotel was one of the first real design hotels to open along the Amalfi coast. The hotel’s sleek, modern exteri…

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CastaDiva Resort

Como, Italy

Seventy five rooms in the CastaDiva Resort & Spa are housed in seven villas spread among extensive botanical gardens in the village of Blevio on the eastern shores of Lake Como. Most …

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Castel Monastero Retreat & Spa

Italy, Tuscany

The collection of buildings which now house the Castel Monastero Retreat & Spa was home to a monastery in the 11th century and its current incarnation as a hotel only dates from 2009. T…

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Castello di Casole

Italy, Tuscany

Castello di Casole is a five-star resort and residences located in Tuscany. This restored 10th century Tuscan castle sits on a 4,200 acre estate which features artfully restored Tuscan farmh…

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Castello di Vicarello

Italy, Tuscany

Castello di Vicarello is an 11th century Italian castle perched high on a hill surrounded by verdant forests in Tuscany, in Northern Italy. This enchanting hotel combines rustic charm with m…

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Centurion Palace

Italy, Venice

Set at the mouth of Venice’s Grand Canal, this former 16th century monastery has been transformed into a chic boutique hotel complete with its own pier. Centurion Palace’s magnificent Ve…

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Chateau Monfort

Italy, Milan

As its name suggests, stepping from the streets of Milan into the Château Monfort feels more like entering the Palace of Versailles than an urban Italian hotel. Which is not to say that th…

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Crossing Condotti

Italy, Rome

Think of the eternal city and you may think of grand, marbled, colonnaded hotels. But for guests seeking a more contemporary experience - a cosmopolitan respite in the heart of it all - look…

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Floroom Florence

Florence, Italy

Taking a room – or the whole place – at either Floroom 1 or Floroom 2 in Florence is somewhere between hiring an apartment and booking a boutique B&B. Or, if you’re lucky with your…

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Four Seasons Florence

Florence, Italy

The Florence home of the Four Seasons hotel group is undoubtedly one of the city’s luxury hotels of reference. The main building is a converted Renaissance palace which was the private re…

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Four Seasons Hotel Milano

Italy, Milan

This luxury hotel is superbly located in Milan in the heart of one of Italy’s sleekest and most fashionable shopping district. Four Seasons Hotel Milano is a 15th-century convent that has …

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Gran Melia Villa Agrippina

Italy, Rome

With 116 rooms, a range of restaurants and bars, and an extensive Wellness Centre, the Gran Meliá Rome calls itself a luxury urban resort. This is the flagship property of the Spanish group…

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Grand Hotel de la Minerve

Italy, Rome

Just 50 metres from the Pantheon, the Grand Hotel de la Minerve is one of Rome’s more historic hotels. Overlooking the cobblestone Piazza della Minerva, the hotel occupies a 17th century R…

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Grand Hotel et de Milan

Italy, Milan

The aristocratic and opulent Grand Hotel Et De Milan is housed in a mansion built in 1863, and feels like a place that has seen (but not heard) a lot of things within its walls over the year…

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Grand Hotel Miramare

Italy, Portofino and the Italian Riviera

This luxury hotel is situated in Santa Margherita Ligure close to Portofino, in the heart of Italy’s Riviera. The Grand Hotel Miramare is housed in a graceful, art-nouveau building amid de…

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Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Como, Italy

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo overlooks the meeting place of the two branches of Lake Como at Bellagio, and is palatial in all senses. Reminiscent from the outside of some of the world’s fines…

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Grande Albergo delle Nazioni

Italy, Puglia

Grande Albergo delle Nazioni is a glamorous design hotel situated on the seafront in the centre of Bari, in the idyllic Puglia region in Southern Italy. This luxury hotel is Bari’s only f…

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Hotel Continentale

Florence, Italy

On the north bank of Florence’s River Arno, alongside the Ponte Vecchio, the Hotel Continentale has just 43 rooms and suites and a noticeably funky and fashionable vibe. Monochrome photos…

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Hotel de Russie

Italy, Rome

Many would say that when in Rome, you ought to stay at the Hotel de Russie. This is certainly true if you value the tranquillity of extensive gardens, yet covet a central location between th…

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Hotel Eden

Italy, Rome

If you are a fan of hotels with history, then the Eden is the one for you. One of the grandest places to stay in a city filled with grandeur, the Eden opened back in 1889 and lists many seri…

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Hotel Hassler

Italy, Rome

One of Rome’s most iconic buildings, and an institution on the Italian hotel scene, the Hotel Hassler stands at the top of the Spanish Steps. Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco repo…

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Hotel Il Pelicano

Italy, Tuscany

Hotel Il Pellicano is an elegant cliffside retreat surrounded by century-old olive trees and cypresses and offering spectacular views across the bay. It is situated on the Argentario coast i…

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Hotel Lungarno

Florence, Italy

Packed with artistic treasures, the Hotel Lungarno’s location is a real gem too. On the Arno River’s south bank and metres away from the Ponte Vecchio, Florence hotels really don’t com…

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Hotel Punta Tragara

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Hotel Punta Tragara is an extraordinary cliffside escape situated on the enchanting island of Capri in Italy, offering unrivalled views of the Bay of Naples. This luxury boutique resort boas…

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Hotel Rosa Alpina

Italian Alps, Italy

Alpine adventure meets Italian style at Hotel Rosa Alpina in the heart of the Dolomites. This modern ski chalet has been owned and operated by the Pizzinini family for the better part of the…

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Hotel Savoy

Florence, Italy

Unmistakeably friends with all the right people, the Hotel Savoy Firenze is part of the Rocco Forte Hotels Group and has been styled by Olga Polizzi. On the famous Piazza della Repubblica i…

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Il Borro

Italy, Tuscany

Nestled among vineyards and olive groves on a 700-acre estate, in the heart of Tuscany in Northern Italy, Il Borro is a mediaeval village that has that has been carefully restored and transf…

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JK Place Capri

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Opening in 2007, four years after sister property JK Place Firenze, JK Place Capri immediately became the boutique beauty of the Capri hotel scene, and has maintained its standards and its b…

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JK Place Firenze

Florence, Italy

With just twenty rooms, and within walking distance of the Duomo, the JK Place Firenze is the ideal spot if you’re looking to be right in the heart of the city, and yet want somewhere rela…

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JK Place Roma

Italy, Rome

This luxury boutique hotel lies in the fashion district near the Tiber River in the heart of Rome, Italy’s historic capital. Housed in a 17th-century townhouse and designed by renowned arc…

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L’Albereta

Italy, Milan

In the land of lakes and vineyards in northern Italy’s Lombardy region, the rural retreat of L’Albereta is only an hour’s drive from Milan, and half an hour from Brescia and Bergamo, y…

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La Fiermontina

Italy, Puglia

La Fiermontina is a luxury boutique hotel located in Lecce’s historic old town in Italy’s Puglia region. This converted 17th-century house offers the perfect mix of traditional Puglia ch…

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La Posta Vecchia

Italy, Rome

La Posta Vecchia is a magnificent villa hotel set in enchanting gardens in the coastal town of Ladispoli, near Rome in Italy. This historic, luxury boutique hotel was built in the 17th centu…

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Le Sirenuse

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Nestled in the heart of Positano high above the Mediterranean Sea, on the Amalfi Drive, 50 km from Naples, Le Sirenuse is a charming, family-run hotel. It is considered one of the most roman…

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Mandarin Oriental, Milan

Italy, Milan

Mandarin Oriental, Milan lies in the heart of Italy’s most fashionable city and is the landmark address for guests seeking the finest accommodation in Milan. The 5-star hotel fuses signatu…

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Masseria Petrarolo

Italy, Puglia

Just six kilometres from the historic town of Monopoli, nestled among 30 hectares of olive groves and with sweeping views to the sea, Masseria Petrarolo is a haven of elegance in the Italian…

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Masseria San Domenico

Italy, Puglia

Set amid 250 acres of ancient olive groves, half a kilometre from the Adriatic coast in Southern Italy’s idyllic Puglia region, Masseria San Domenico combines historic charm, warm hospital…

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Monastero Santa Rosa

Amalfi Coast, Italy

This stunning luxury boutique hotel lies perched on the edge of a cliff overlooking the sparkling Gulf of Salerno, on Italy’s stunning Amalfi Coast. Once a 17th-century monastery, Monaster…

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Naturalis Bio Resort & Spa

Italy, Puglia

Naturalis Bio Resort & Spa is a luxury boutique resort set on a 13-hectare estate near Martano in Salento, the southern tip of Italy’s Puglia region. This renovated 18th-century farmho…

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Palazzo Avino

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Formerly the Palazzo Sasso, this five-star Amalfi Coast property was renamed in 2013 in honour of its founder, who built the hotel in 1997 from the ruins of a 12th century nobleman’s palac…

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Palazzo Manfredi

Italy, Rome

Fans of imperial Roman history and modern-day Russell Crowe films alike will delight in the Palazzo Manfredi’s outstanding location alongside the Colosseum. Few hotels can rival the setti…

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Palazzo Sant’Angelo

Italy, Venice

Situated in a prime position between the Rialto Bridge and St. Mark’s Square on the Grand Canal, this charming boutique hotel offers elegant 18th century heritage and a warm and intimate a…

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Palazzo Vecchietti

Florence, Italy

If you’re looking for a stylish perch with few rooms and plenty of character, right in the centre of Florence, then the Palazzo Vecchietti could be for you. If you’re after a hotel with …

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Park Hyatt Milan

Italy, Milan

The Park Hyatt group has just one hotel in Italy; in the heart of the city of Milan, five minutes from the Stock Exchange and financial area, and also on the doorstep of the famous shopping …

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Portrait Firenze

Florence, Italy

Portrait Firenze enjoys an enviable riverside location on the riverside overlooking the famed Ponte Vecchio in the heart of the historic city of Florence, in Italy. Owned by the Ferragamo fa…

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Portrait Suites

Italy, Rome

Fans of the fashionista face of Rome and lovers of its designer boutiques should make Portrait Suites their home when in the city. Part of the Salvatore Ferragamo empire, and occupying the u…

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Regina Hotel Baglioni

Italy, Rome

The Regina Hotel Baglioni sits on one of Rome’s most well-known and most expensive streets; Via Veneto. Home to Café de Paris and Harry’s Bar, Via Veneto was immortalised in the classic…

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Romeo Hotel

Italy

Don’t be fooled by the name – there is nothing clichéd about this urban coastal hotel on Naples harbour. There are plenty of contrasts here: views across to Capri and Vesuvius, and dow…

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Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Italy, Tuscany

While certainly one of Italy’s highest calibre country retreats, the Castiglion del Bosco is also a working wine estate, and is the hotel of choice for serious aficionados of Tuscan scener…

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Royal Hotel Sanremo

Italy, Portofino and the Italian Riviera

This luxury hotel lies within acres of lush gardens a few minutes from the centre of Sanremo on Italy’s Riviera. Royal Hotel Sanremo is grand and exceptionally elegant hotel offering warm …

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Santa Caterina

Amalfi Coast, Italy

Owned and managed by the Gambardella family for over four generations, the Hotel Santa Caterina occupies a late 19th century villa sitting high on the cliffs looking out over the Amalfi Coas…

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The Inn at the Roman Forum

Italy, Rome

Just like its predecessor, The Inn at the Spanish Steps, this small guest-house style hotel prefers to tuck itself discreetly away, a stone’s throw from some of Rome’s most iconic sites,…

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The Inn at the Spanish Steps

Italy, Rome

The Inn at the Spanish Steps, or, to give it its full name from Small Luxury Hotels of the World; The Inn and the View at the Spanish Steps, sits on Via Condotti and its roof terrace overloo…

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Verdura Resort

Italy, Sicily

Nestled in a valley of olive groves on 230 hectares of land along almost two kilometres of Mediterranean coastline in southwest Sicily, this luxury resort is stylish, peaceful and has a rema…

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Villa Chandon

Amalfi Coast, Italy

When Fellini coined the phrase “la dolce vita,” he might have had Villa Chandon in mind. This breathtaking villa sits in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, a mere 50 steps from the fishing h…

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Villa d’Este

Como, Italy

Set in 25 acres of enchanting Italian Renaissance gardens on the banks of Lake Como, minutes from the small town of Cernobbio, Villa d’Este is a grand and supremely luxurious 16th century …

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Villa Giuseppina

Como, Italy

This stunning, seven-bedroom luxury villa lies on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy. Set in its own parkland overlooking the fairytale town of Bellagio and featuring a grand façade …

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Villa Mangiacane

Italy, Tuscany

Villa Mangiacane lies on the crest of a hill surrounded by 600 acres of lush vineyards and olive groves, just south of Florence in the heart of Italy’s famed Chianti region. Originally bui…

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Villa Nocetta

Italy, Rome

Vila Nocetta is a contemporary and stylish private villa located in one of Rome's greenest and quietest neighbourhoods. Consisting of five masterfully crafted suites plus one addition…

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Villa Spalletti Trivelli

Italy, Rome

Surely one of Rome’s most intimate hotel options, the Villa Spalletti Trivelli is housed in an elegant aristocratic home within walking distance of the Trevi Fountain. The villa has a bea…

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