Italy

We’ve rounded up an ever-growing selection of boutique hotel stays, luxury hotel hideaways and romantic retreats in Italy. Click on a destination below to see our current pick of the best boutique hotels to book, as well as an insider guide to everything from restaurants and bars to picnics and hire cars…

Destinations in Italy

  • Abruzzo

    Abruzzo

    Abruzzo is rustic, rural, romantic Italy at its undiscovered finest, where sheep roam free and mediaeval villages dot the landscape…
  • Aeolian Islands

    Aeolian Islands

    The ‘seven sisters’ of the volcanic Aeolian Islands are scattered like stars across the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea, north of Sicily.
  • Amalfi Coast

    Amalfi Coast

    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

    Basilicata

    Basilicata rivals Rome in terms of culture, beauty, history and charm, and it comes without the torrent of tourists.
  • Capri

    Capri

    The tiny island with a big following.
  • Le Marche

    Le Marche

  • Lombardy

    Lombardy

  • Milan

    Milan

    Art, fashion, furniture and football are Milan’s healthy obsessions.
  • Naples

    Naples

    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.
  • Piedmont

    Piedmont

    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.
  • Puglia

    Puglia

    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.
  • Riviera di Levante

    Riviera di Levante

    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…
  • Rome

    Rome

    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.
  • Sardinia

    Sardinia

    This Mediterranean island has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and if you venture inland you’ll find breathtaking countryside.
  • Sicily

    Sicily

    Shrugging off size limitations to reveal bustling cities, dramatic coastlines and mountainous countryside, this have-it-all Mediterranean island is Italy in microcosm.
  • Sorrento

    Sorrento

    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.
  • South Tyrol

    South Tyrol

    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.
  • Trentino

    Trentino

  • Treviso

    Treviso

    Venice's compact cousin has history, culture and gastronomic prowess to rival the City of Bridges, but it's a far more peaceful proposition.
  • Tuscany

    Tuscany

    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

    Umbria

    Umbria is a rustic playground of pleasures, where food, fortified towns and fine wines will sate your every cultural and culinary need.
  • Venice

    Venice

    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.
  • Verona

    Verona

    Shakespeare chose to set his smouldering tragedy, Romeo & Juliet, in this green- and honey-coloured historic city, and no wonder: these are streets to fall in love in.

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The gourmet gadabout

The gourmet gadabout

Fling some dough under the expert, private tutelage of chef Stefano Santo (formerly of two-Michelin-starred Square in London) at Borgo Santo Pietro in Italy. He’ll teach you classic Tuscan dishes for a lifetime of contented munching. And if you need more, consider a foodie-friendly tour of Italy, across Florence, Tuscany and the Amalfi coast. 

The glamourpuss

The glamourpuss

Arrive by 1930s speedboat at Aman Canal Grande in Venice, the supremely decadent waterside honeymoon hideaway chosen by George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin.

FOLLOW YOUR TASTEBUDS

FOLLOW YOUR TASTEBUDS

For many of us, travel is what we eat: new flavours, local delicacies and relaxing al fresco feasts. Grade-A gourmands tend to love things Gallic and, when it comes to getaways, Provence’s Alain Ducasse-owned Hostellerie de l’Abbaye is the cerise on France’s rich gâteau. Nearby Baumanière is a Michelin-star-spangled stay hugged by abundant vineyards. Cross the Med to Castiglion del Bosco and you can learn the secrets of the Tuscan cucina at its renowned cookery school. Thirsty? California’s cinematic wine country – valleys Napa and Sonoma – will sate you in style. 

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Tuscany

Tuscany

Loaded up with luxury souvenirs, escape for your country retreat – specifically, the enchanting Borgo Santo Pietro, a lovingly restored 13th century villa with a sensuous spa. Honeymooners will love the lavish Santo Pietro Suite with antique furnishings, vast private balcony and a Roman steam bath and shower. Don’t let Tuscany’s popularity with tourists fool you into thinking you can’t get away from it all here. Sip your way through ‘Chiantishire,’ between Siena and Florence, on an exclusive tour to uncover your favourite bottles of Italy’s legendary wine. Or, saddle up and explore vineyards, olive groves and medieval villages with local guides on horseback. Unwind post ride at a family-owned farm with pecorino, prosciutto, salami, bruschetta, and, of course, some of the world’s finest Chiantis. Tuscany’s allure – mediaeval hilltop villages, ancient vineyard and sun-bathing in a poolside lounger for two – can be enjoyed at every pace.

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The Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast

Wind your way along the serpentine Amalfi Coast, one of the most spectacular stretches of coastline in the world. It’s a route made for summer drives, cliff-top hikes, hidden-beach picnics and limoncello sipping at the terraced bars of Positano or Praiano. It’s also where you’ll find Bellevue Syrene, a boutique hotel built upon the ruins of a Roman villa. Survey the Gulf of Naples from a Superior Sea View room styled in soft sherbet-y hues of violet, rose and turquoise and accented with sparkling chandeliers and cool marble. For a day trip, cast off from the Sorrentine Peninsula for Capri and have your Smith concierge arrange for a not-to-be-missed romantic boat tour of the impossibly turquoise blue coves. We promise that you’re not dreaming, but, rather, living your dream honeymoon.

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GO BACK IN TIME

GO BACK IN TIME

Like a side of history with your summer sunshine? Italy's portions are generous. Get an education in Renaissance art by strolling round Florence's glorious galleries, then skip forward a few centuries at fashionable Fifties-fitted retreat, Portrait Firenze. Gaze at the Colosseum over red snapper steak at Hotel Palazzo's rooftop restaurant. Explore the recently restored Villa dei Misteri and the rest of Pompeii's ruins from an Amalfi Coast base like the artsy Capo la Gala. And if you're all Roman-ed out, southern Spain's colourful past has left a trove of treasures to explore. Staying in an 18th-century marble-columned palace like Seville's Palacio de Villapanés should get you in the mood. 

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Florence

Florence

It’s one of the world’s most romantic cities – a love affair of culture, commerce and good living – and a swoon-worthy starting point for a honeymoon. Your choice will be confirmed the moment you arrive at the sleek Continentale Hotel, a high-fashion, Ferragamo-designed retreat overlooking the ancient Arno River and medieval streets below. It won’t be easy, but do tear yourself away from your sumptuous suite to wander the fairy-tale squares, tour centuries-old churches, and peruse astonishing stashes of artwork or fine leather markets with exclusive Mr & Mrs Smith-arranged outings. Take an insider-shopping trip to the Mercato Centrale di San Lorenzo, a labyrinth of produce vendors, butchers and specialty olive oil, wine and spice stalls. Or, skip the snaking queues at world-famous museums with an intimate guided tour of Michelangelo’s masterpieces and breath-taking works by Botticelli. Consider it your backstage pass to this stunning city. What’s not to love?

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Villa Cora

Villa Cora

In the 1870s, Baron Oppenheim built Villa Cora, close to Florence's city centre, for his wife. He certainly put his heart into it: armies of statues, frescoes and rose motifs show a love for embellishment equal to that for his spouse. He may have tried to burn the villa down later, when he thought his spouse had been unfaithful, but it's still a lovely gesture… Lavish canopied beds beckon for drama-seeking twosomes and the hotel also has the only outdoor heated pool in Florence, and manicured gardens for arm-in-arm strolling.