The Best Hotels in Italy

Live out la dolce vita at one of these fabulous Italian hotels. Take in the legendary art and culture of Florence from the Four Seasons Hotel Firenze or enjoy a cooking lesson at the cooking school of Belmond Villa San Michele. In Venice enjoy over the top decadence at the ornate Gritti Palace or the unrivaled service at the Aman Canale Grande. In Rome, don't miss the rooftop of Hotel Hassler and to feel like a local, book a room at the intimate G-Rough hotel.
Collected by Afar Magazine
Photo courtesy of Belmond Villa San Michele
50135 Settignano, Metropolitan City of Florence, Italy

The Belmond Villa San Michele knows something about history. Michelangelo designed its facade, Franciscan monks tended its gardens, and Brigitte Bardot stayed here. But, like any elegant host, it’s not brash about its pedigree. Manicured Italian...

Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
Borgo Pinti, 99, 50121 Firenze FI, Italy

It should come as no surprise that, in the heart of historic Florence, a 15-minute walk from the Duomo, presides a Renaissance palazzo—the home of Florentine nobility for centuries. Decorated with ornate frescoes, gilded chandeliers, and antique...

Photo courtesy of Il Salviatino
Via del Salviatino, 21, 50137 Fiesole FI, Italy

The problem with 15th-century villas would be the 15th-century plumbing. And the 15th-century water, and maybe even some of the 15th-century eating habits, depending on your taste.


Fortunately, the only thing that’s 15th-century about Il...

Photo courtesy of JK Place Firenze
Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, 7, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

JK Place Firenze is a far cry from Florence’s obsession with all things Renaissance. Set amid the buzz of Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, this onetime private mansion is decked out in black, white, peach, gray, and chrome, with inflections of 1950s...

Photo courtesy of Hotel Lungarno
Borgo S. Jacopo, 14, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy

Somewhere between a luxury yacht and a royal residence, the Hotel Lungarno seems like the sort of place where Audrey Hepburn’s Princess Ann, of Roman Holiday, would have felt right at home. A 16th-century private residence on the southern banks of...

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Piazza Ognissanti, 1, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

If every Renaissance palazzo had been as luxurious as the St. Regis Florence, it seems unlikely the Renaissance would ever have ended. Designed in 1432 by Filippo Brunelleschi, this riverside palace just northwest of Florence’s centro storico...

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Lungarno degli Acciaiuoli, 4, 50123 Firenze FI, Italy

Like most buildings in the heart of Florence, the building that houses Portrait Firenze comes from a much older time, around the 13th century. But the modern hotel is decidedly different than its counterparts in the luxury accommodation space,...

Photo courtesy of Riva Lofts
Via Baccio Bandinelli, 98, 50142 Firenze FI, Italy

You know the daydream where you’re in a colorful vintage car zipping along cypress-lined Tuscan roads that line the Arno? Well, here it is. You turn off onto a gravel path ending at a sunny complex of restored 19th-century Italian factories that...

Photo courtesy of Hotel Hassler
Piazza della Trinità dei Monti, 6, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

Since its founding in 1893, the Hassler has been a pillar of luxury accommodation in Rome.
This five-star hotel is perched theatrically atop Trinità dei Monti, the hill at the apex of the Spanish Steps, providing dazzling vistas over Rome’s...

Photo courtesy of D.O.M.
Via Giulia, 131, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The D.O.M., which opened in late 2013, is a five-star boutique hotel in the heart of Rome’s historic center. Originally built as a 17th-century noble palace, the property was subsequently converted into a monastery, then Ministry of Justice...

Photo courtesy of G-Rough
Piazza di Pasquino, 69, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The newest addition to Rome’s growing number of boutique luxury accommodations opened in central Rome in March 2015 on a square just off the exuberantly Baroque Piazza Navona. The suites-only hotel is the work of hoteliers Emanuele Garosci and...

Photo courtesy of Portrait Roma
Via Bocca di Leone, 23, 00187 Roma RM, Italy

The doorway of the Portrait Roma is one of a growing number of blink-and-you-miss-it boutique hotel entrances behind which contemporary luxuries await. Tucked behind an unassuming facade on a side street off the busy Via dei Condotti, the Portrait...

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Via della Penna, 22, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

The Hotel Locarno occupies two adjacent buildings in the cosmopolitan district between the Tiber River and Piazza del Popolo. The original property, built and inaugurated in the 1920s, houses the majority of the standard and deluxe rooms, while...

Photo courtesy of JK Place Rome
Via di Monte d'Oro, 30, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

Opened in 2013 in a building that previously housed the University of Rome’s architecture department, JK Place is one of the newer additions to Rome’s growing number of high-end luxury boutique hotels. It is located near the intersection of Via...

Photo St. Regis
Via Vittorio Emanuele Orlando, 3, 00185 Roma RM, Italy

Opened by Carlo Ritz in 1894, the St. Regis belongs to a particular category of five-star hotels in Rome in which Old World glamour is alive and well. While the current trend in town is toward boutique hotels and converted townhouses, the St....

Photo courtesy of Aman Canal Grande
Calle Tiepolo Baiamonte, 1364, Palazzo Papadopoli, 30125 Sestiere San Polo, Venezia VE, Italy

Few entrances are more quintessentially Venetian than the one made gliding up in a sleek boat to the private jetty of the Aman Canal Grande, a waterfront palazzo in the San Polo district. Steeped in history, the mansion was built in 1550 for a...

Photo courtesy of The Gritti Palace
Campo Santa Maria del Giglio, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, occupies a former 15th-century nobleman’s home sitting front and center on the Grand Canal in San Marco. In 2013, this storied terracotta-hued palazzo—the residence of a doge, host to literary figures,...

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Ramo Grassi, 3247, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

In this contemporary pied-à-terre on the Grand Canal in San Marco, get a taste of living like a local. Well, a local with a waterfront address and the means to hire Philippe Starck as interior designer. The historic three-story house is a classic...

Photo courtesy of Luna Hotel Baglioni
San Marco, 1243, 30124 Venezia VE, Italy

An understated, private landing stage for gondolas and water taxis on a side canal of the lagoon marks the entrance to the lovely Luna Hotel Baglioni in San Marco. Steeped in history, the palazzo, with lagoon-facing windows and charming Juliet...

Photo courtesy of Hilton Molino Stucky
Giudecca, 810, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy

Hilton Molino Stucky on Giudecca Island is a zippy five-minute boat ride (free for guests) away from bustling Piazza San Marco, and ideally located for those craving a tad more tranquility without missing out on any of those sweeping Venetian...

Photo courtesy of Belmond Hotel Cipriani
Giudecca, 10, 30133 Venezia VE, Italy

Secreted away on Giudecca Island is the glamorous, lagoon-facing Belmond Hotel Cipriani, originally opened in 1958 by Giuseppe Cipriani, founder of the infamous Harry’s Bar and the creator of that ubiquitous brunch cocktail, the Bellini. The...

Photo courtesy of Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare
Via Roma, 2, 16034 Portofino GE, Italy

In a pastel villa that presides over pine-covered slopes and the deep blue waters of the Ligurian Sea,Belmond Hotel Splendido was a 16th-century monastery before it became a cliff-side luxury hotel at the turn of the 20thcentury. Today, it is one...

Photo courtesy of Villa Rosmarino
Via Enrico Figari, 38, 16032 Camogli GE, Italy

Tucked away on the less-trafficked slopes of Mount Portofino, above the picturesque waterfront town of Camogli and scenic Riviera di Levante, Villa Rosmarino is that Italian friend’s vacation house you’ve been dreaming of. Owners Mario...

Photo courtesy of Excelsior Palace
Via S. Michele, 8, 16035 Rapallo GE, Italy

A grand dame in the Belle Epoque holiday tradition, the Excelsior Palace opened in Rapallo in 1901, as Italy’s first casino and one of the Riviera di Levante’s most celebrated society haunts, where the likes of Rita Hayworth and the king of Jordan...

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