We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in Italy. Pick a destination below to see our selection of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to picnics and hire cars…
Boutique & luxury hotels
- Villa Sassolini
- Gallery Hotel Art
- Riva Lofts
- Il Salviatino
- Grand Hotel Villa Cora
- Castiglion del Bosco
- Locanda al Colle
- Borgo Santo Pietro
- JK Place Firenze
- Castello del Nero
- Castello di Casole
- Castello di Vicarello
- Conti di San Bonifacio Wine Resort
- Fontelunga Hotel and Villas
- Hotel Savoy
- La Bandita
- Palazzo Vecchietti
- Poggio Piglia
- Villa Armena
- Villa Bordoni
Aeolian Islands, Sicily
Riviera di Levante
Abruzzo is rustic, rural, romantic Italy at its undiscovered finest, where sheep roam free and mediaeval villages dot the landscape…
The ‘seven sisters’ of the volcanic Aeolian Islands are scattered like stars across the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily.
Craggy, winding and riddled with caves and secret beaches, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. The volcanic headland reaches out from the ankle of Italy towards the Tyrrhenian, sheer mountainside plummeting into the sun-sparkled sea.
Basilicata rivals Rome in terms of culture, beauty, history and charm, and it comes without the torrent of tourists.
From the shores of Lake Garda to the foot of the Alps, the province of Brescia’s packed with world-renowned wineries, mediaeval castles, Roman archaeological digs and luxury lake-shore leisure.
The largest and most languid of the Italian Lakes, Garda is flanked by vineyards and olive groves, cradled by snow-capped mountains, and adored by weekending lovers, motorbikers and showboaters in equal measure.
Art, fashion, furniture and football are Milan’s healthy obsessions.
The birthplace of pizza, tri-coloured ice-cream and an oversized take on the rum baba, Italy’s ancient ‘new city’ has always known how to attract attention.
This northwestern region is a reminder that until just over a hundred years ago, Italy wasn’t a country, but a collection of states, each with its own distinct identity.
Located in Italy’s sunny south, Puglia has a unique character and charm, little known to outsiders; the Italians who flock here in the summer keep this laidback playground of blue sea, golden sands and olive groves strictly a family affair.
This exclusive sliver of golden coast is Italy’s very own Côte d’Azur, a ravishing riviera of year-round sunshine, mega-yachts and beautiful people…
It’s true: Rome wasn’t built in a day – and almost every moment of its lengthy and splendid history is still visible in some form.
This Mediterranean island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if you venture inland you’ll find breathtaking countryside.
Shrugging off size limitations to reveal bustling cities, dramatic coastlines and mountainous countryside, this have-it-all Mediterranean island is Italy in microcosm.
The Ancients believed that mariners were lured to the islands and towering cliffs of the Amalfi Coast by the songs of the Sirens, mythical temptresses who gave their name to the seductive town of Sorrento.
Austrian until 1919, the South Tyrol – or Südtirol – is Italy’s most northerly province, with a uniquely Teutonic tone. Two-thirds of the population speak German as their mother tongue, and handsome schlossen dot every hillside, but still an Italian sensibility prevails, creating an intriguing cultural mix.
Venice's compact cousin has history, culture and gastronomic prowess to rival the City of Bridges, but it's a far more peaceful proposition.
When mother Nature was handing out charm, she really piled the goodies up high when it came to this above-the-knee patch of Italy.
Umbria is a rustic playground of pleasures, where food, fortified towns and fine wines will sate your every cultural and culinary need.
It may seem curious in a city that sits out in the sea and is characterised by its glittering waterways, but it’s walking you should prepare for when you visit Venice.