Those in search of learning, beauty and enlightenment have long travelled to Italy’s shores; so why not make it your own turn to take a grand tour of this most romantic, historic and charismatic of countries?

"We all need a little taste of the Dolce Vita once in a while and you can always count on Italy to deliver it in spades."

One of the most romantic places to visit, Italy sure does have an abundance of attractions, be it a 16th-century villa hotel on the shores of one of the Northern Lakes, the ancient cities of Rome, Florence and Venice or the luxurious cocoon of your quarters on the Orient-Express.

Its landscape includes the rumbling volcano of Mount Etna, the mist-hazed hills and lush valleys of Tuscany and the stunning coastline of Amalfi, whilst the chic islands of Capri, Sicily and Sardinia have the reputation as a playground for the rich and famous thanks to their pristine coves, sparkling seas, old-school movie star glamour and sophisticated style. Add to this the celebrated cuisine and cultural treasures and you have a recipe for a truly memorable visit.

What you need to know

  • Capital City

    Rome

  • Time Difference

    GMT +1

  • Best Time to Visit

    Apr-Oct

  • Currency

    Euro

Italy

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Choose from the cream of Italy’s finest hotels and resorts

  • Verdura Resort - A Rocco Forte Hotel SCIACCA, SICILY

    If you want sensational sporting and pampering facilities in a breathtaking, natural setting, then search no more, Verdura will tick every box on your holiday wish-list.

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  • Borgo Egnazia Resort PUGLIA

    ​Emerging almost organically from the sun-blushed Apulian ground, this masterpiece of hospitality is an entire purpose-built village that's dedicated to spectacular holiday-making.

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  • Belmond Hotel Splendido Portofino

    Perched high above the gleaming bay of Portofino, surrounded by fragrant flowers and tropical palms, and indisputably the very best address in this most sought-after of Italian destinations.

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  • Belmond Hotel Caruso RAVELLO

    This former 11th-century palace, teetering above hills of olive trees, lemon groves and grapevines is an ultra-luxe base and haven of tranquility that commands the ultimate in views.

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  • Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo TAORMINA, SICILY

    Its domination of the finest and most dramatic location in Taormina and rooms stylishly decorated to the point of Italian Baroque opulence explain why this hotel has long been the movie stars’ favourite.

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  • Villa D'Este Lake Como

    Enter Villa d'Este's wrought iron gates and discover a secluded world enjoyed by the fortunate few, widely praised for its beautiful gardens, exquisite cuisine, impeccable décor and extraordinary hospitality.

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  • CastaDiva Resort & Spa Lake Como

    Those oh-so-stylish Italians have done it again! Set in immaculate gardens right on the edge of Lake Como, CastaDiva is the perfect Italian lakeside villa in just the most beautiful (and fashionable) location.

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  • Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea TAORMINA MARE, SICILY

    Sister hotel to Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, set on the exquisite Bay of Mazzarò, Belmond Villa Sant'Andrea's gorgeous gardens and private beach are a magnificent playground for the entire family.

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  • Il Salviatino Florence

    Tucked into the hillside town of Fiesole, this 15th-century palazzo – once home to Florentine aristocracy – is now one of Europe’s most beautiful and celebrated hotels.

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  • Hotel Savoy - A Rocco Forte Hotel Florence

    Awash with classical lines and rich detail that stands up to the closest inspection, Hotel Savoy is a stylish, contemporary designer destination and one of the city’s most popular, with luxury in bundles.

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  • Belmond Villa San Michele Florence

    Originally a Franciscan monastery, with a later façade attributed to Michelangelo, this boutique hotel teems with antique pieces, while foodies are completely spoilt with gastronomic pursuits.

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  • Belmond Hotel Cipriani Venice

    A true Venice legend, the Cipriani is the hotel that has it all – cosseted luxury, the city's only Olympic-sized swimming pool, an eye-wateringly chic clientele and the world's most famous cocktail bar.

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  • Bauer Il Palazzo Venice

    With walls covered with the finest Rubelli and Bevilacqua fabrics, gilt mirrors, carved stucco ceilings and Murano-glass chandeliers which tinkle in the warm breeze, Bauer Il Palazzo is near-perfect in its execution.

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  • Aman Venice Venice

    Setting the 21st-century standard for all Venetian hotels, this, the latest gift from Amanresorts, is a breathtakingly-stylish palazzo, just a short walk from the Rialto Bridge.

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  • Hotel Eden Rome

    With its vistas over the seven hills of Rome, taking in St Peter’s and a roofscape like no other, you’ll be hard-pushed to know whether the views are better looking in or looking out at Hotel Eden.

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  • Hotel de Russie - A Rocco Forte Hotel Rome

    Located in the heart of the exhilarating city of Rome and just a stone’s throw from the Spanish Steps, stepping into the Hotel de Russie is like being transported into another world.

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  • Le Sirenuse POSITANO

    One can easily get lost in the sheer romanticism of Le Sirenuse, one of Southern Italy’s most envied and intimate hotel experiences, with the most spectacular views over Positano and beyond.

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  • J.K. Place Capri Capri

    This award-winning five-star property is the only hotel in Capri with direct access to the beach and is an incredibly-contemporary, intimate hotel that enjoys an exclusive, house-party feel in a truly idyllic setting.

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  • Capri Palace Hotel & Spa CAPRI

    Close to the island’s most famous attractions, this swish hotel recalls the grand Mediterranean palaces of the 18th century with its stone floors, arches and vaulted ceilings.

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  • Palazzo Avino RAVELLO

    With its enviable position above the Amalfi Coast and origins dating back to the 12th century, Palazzo Avino is a show-stopper of an hotel, with a star-studded guest list to prove it.

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  • Monastero Santa Rosa Hotel & Spa Amalfi

    A glorious balance of old and new, of seclusion and intimacy, this former 17th-century monastery with lush, landscaped terraced gardens spilling down over four levels, is really quite something.

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  • Hotel Pitrizza, A Luxury Collection Hotel COSTA SMERALDA, SARDINIA

    A favourite destination for travellers seeking privacy and tranquility in complete harmony with the natural beauty of Sardinia, Pitrizza offers absolute luxury in one of the most romantic of settings.

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  • Hotel Romazzino COSTA SMERALDA, SARDINIA

    A supremely-fashionable hotel in one of Europe’s most chic and beautiful locations, Hotel Romazzino is renowned for its pristine private beach, and for being somewhere that does family holidays exceptionally well.

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  • Hotel Cala di Volpe COSTA SMERALDA, SARDINIA

    ​When the Aga Khan set his sights on developing the still-unspoilt coastline of Costa Smeralda, he created Cala di Volpe: a palatial Sardinian-style village resort that's unlike any other.

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  • Hotel Principe di Savoia Milan

    Elegant, extravagant, opulent and grand in every sense; the loudest thing you’ll find at the Principe di Savoia, despite its location in the heart of Milan, is probably the décor.

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  • Four Seasons Hotel Milano Milan

    Looking at the cloistered courtyard, it’s hard to believe you’re at the heart of such a buzzing city; but stay at the Four Seasons Hotel Milan and you’re literally steps from Gucci, Fendi, Prada, Armani et al.

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  • Armani Hotel Milan Milan

    Milan equals fashion, so it’s fashionably-apt that Armani has his signature hotel in the city – filled with gloriously-luxurious fabrics, sweeping elegant spaces, sublime furniture and lots of glass.

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  • Mandarin Oriental, Milan Milan

    Fusing Milanese design with timeless Oriental luxury, Mandarin Oriental, Milan lies in the heart of Italy’s most fashionable city, occupying four elegant 18th-century buildings, just steps from La Scala.

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  • Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco MONTALCINO

    Dazzling all who visit with its mind-blowing tapestry of green, rolling hills in the spring and golden vineyards come autumn, Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco is the ultimate Tuscan retreat.

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  • Venice Simplon-Orient Express VENICE

    Looking like something out of an Agatha Christie whodunit, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express is renowned for its luxurious journeys ​between the great cities of Europe and through some of the continent’s most beautiful scenery.

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Inside Knowledge

Creating special moments

  1. The Drive of Your Life

    The Drive of Your Life

    Take a drive along the zig-zagging and astoundingly-beautiful cliff-side roads of the Neapolitan Riviera, drinking in stunning views of the Amalfi Coast and its pretty villages before reaching glossy Capri for sunset cocktails and succulent seafood.

  2. La Dolce Vita

    La Dolce Vita

    For many the Northern Italian lakes – Lakes Garda, Como et al – provide the quintessential Italian experience thanks to their immaculate beauty, delicious scenery, super-smart properties and even smarter clientele.

  3. When in Rome…

    When in Rome…

    Bring history alive and take a stroll through the city’s historic piazzas, throw a coin in that fountain or enrol the kids in Gladiator School, an amazing experience complete with armour, lessons and hand-to-hand battles. Minus the gore, obviously.