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.
Photo courtesy of Belmond Villa San Michele
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...
Photo courtesy of Four Seasons Hotel Firenze
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...
Photo courtesy of Il Salviatino
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...
Fortunately, the only thing that’s 15th-century about Il...
Photo courtesy of JK Place Firenze
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...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Lungarno
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...
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Photo courtesy of Portrait Firenze
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
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...
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Photo courtesy of D.O.M.
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...
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Photo courtesy of Portrait Roma
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 rome...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Locarno
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
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...
Photo St. Regis
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
Aman hotels recently opened a 25-suite resort along Venice's Grand Canal in the 16th-century Palazzo Papadopoli, one of the city's most stunning waterfront palaces. What's great about this destination is that, unlike many of the resorts in Aman's...
Photo courtesy of Hotel Gritti Palace
Built in 1525 as the family home of Doge Andrea Gritti, this antique-stocked palazzo has rooms with mosaic floors, hand-painted furniture, and panoramic views of the Grand Canal. Murano glass chandeliers and sconces light up the hotel that Ernest...
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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...
Photo courtesy of Luna Hotel Baglioni
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
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...
Oh luxury, you're just so divine. How can anyone not love to end their day in Venice having drinks from this iconic patio? End of the day Aperols at Cip's Club at the Belmond Cipriani Hotel.
Photo courtesy of Belmond Hotel Splendido and Splendido Mare
The Belmond Hotel Splendido is a classic Ligurian villa that presides over the pine-covered slopes and deep blue waters of the Ligurian Sea. The hotel began as a 16th-century monastery. Repeated attacks on the picturesque, if evidently...
Photo courtesy of Villa Rosmarino
What to do when you tire of your high-stress life as a Milanese ad exec? You buy a dilapidated turn-of-the-century villa along the scenic Riviera di Levante and transform it into an idyllic midcentury-modern haven where you and your partner can...
Photo courtesy of Excelsior Palace
A grand dame in the Belle Epoque seaside holiday tradition, the Excelsior Palace opened in Rapallo in 1901 as one of the Riviera di Levante’s most celebrated society haunts. It’s home to Italy’s first casino and the filming...
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