Discover some of the most luxurious and charming hotels in Italy. From north to south, be amazed by the views, service, and comfort of some of Italy’s most exclusive properties.
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The Castello di Montegridolfo is located in Emilia Romagna, high in the green hills that gently decline towards the Adriatic Sea.
Surrounded by a beautiful garden and a landscape full of abandoned forts, ancient towers, and beautiful churches, Castello di Montegridolfo is decorated with furniture in harmonious and relaxing tones that create a peaceful and intimate atmosphere. The hotel’s SPA is a true sanctuary for the senses – a perfect place to enjoy complete relaxation.
»La Dimora di Metello ( ★ 9.6)
Matera, also known as “Underground City,” is a unique place that tells man’s extraordinary story since the Paleolithic period.
The city, built on the edge of a rocky gorge, is in Basilicata. In southern Italy and its first inhabitants lived, or rather, were sheltered in caves and caves carved in the limestone rocks, called “Sassi,” a word which means stones in Italian.
For a unique experience, stay at La Dimora di Metello, a hotel built by the renowned architecture firm Manca Studio, named after the city’s Roman tower.
The environments, carved in the rock, keep all the signs of a history unique globally, and each room has a Roman and feminine name.
Most of the furniture is personalized, mostly in light oak. Jasper Morrison’s lamps, Christophe Pillet’s ethereal white tables, and chairs seem to float in contrast to the stone walls. All fabrics used in the decoration are made of natural fiber such as cotton and linen. The bedspreads were sewn by hand. The color of the stone inspired the neutral tones used in all areas of the hotel. It is a place that surprises with a rigorous and elegant beauty.
And what could be more rigorous and elegant than the celebration of the ancient with luxury?
Locanda Palazzone is a charming hotel located in the Italian countryside’s heart, amid the green vineyards of Orvieto, in one of the most exclusive wineries in the region. It is considered one of the oldest hotels in all of Italy. It operated as a pilgrimage in the thirteenth century, and today, it offers a haven of intimacy and tranquility.
The delicious breakfast, served in the garden during the summer, provides a stunning backdrop of hills and vineyards.
The seven suites at Locanda Palazzone have been decorated in a Scandinavian style, preserving the original architectural elements. A perfect combination of functionality and modernity with comfort and tradition.
»Relais Borgo Santo Pietro (★ 9.5)
Pilgrims, who left for Rome and stopped at Borgo Santo Pietro more than 800 years ago, would not recognize today’s place. Danish Claus and Jeanette Thottrup bought and restored the old village, adding to the rooms and bedrooms’ decoration, imposing chandeliers, and beautiful Trompe l’oeils. The effect is an elegant atmosphere with modern touches. It is no wonder that Relais Borgo San Pietro is one of Italy’s most sublime rural properties.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted with an organic tea infused with herbs picked from the gardens. Flowery paths lead to the lovely vegetable garden that supplies vegetables and fruits to the Meo Modo restaurant.
The Relais Borgo Santo Pietro is located just outside Chiusdino in the Tuscan countryside setting, a 40 – minute drive from Siena. You can still visit Piombino, on the coast, from where boats leave for Elba Island.
»Room Mate Giulia Hotel (★ 9.3)
Located in a historic structure from the late 19th century, the hotel, steps from Piazza del Duomo, the Room Mate Giulia Hotel has 85 rooms, all with a vintage touch.
Contemporary design elements reflect classic Milan architecture. The green, the pink, the blue tones, the traditional materials, like the terracotta bricks of Lombardy, and the designer furniture, create a unique atmosphere with the unmistakable signature of Patricia Urquiola.
The Hotel Palazzo Parigi, in the Brera district of Milan, is a tribute to these two iconic cities and is already on the list of the most luxurious hotels in Europe.
With an investment of 150 million euros and five years of hard work, the hotel returned the city to a bombed-out and completely destroyed building in 1943.
More than a hotel, Palazzo Parigi can be compared to an art gallery. Photographs by the Italian Mimmo Jodice, the sumptuous 17th-century frescoes, oil paintings by Eugene Siberdtg and Carlo Manieri, and marble sculptures from the 1920s mix richly with contemporary pieces and furniture made by French designer Pierre Yves Rochon, responsible for Savoy from London.
As if that weren’t enough, the hotel’s restaurant is run by the award-winning chef Carlo Cracco who is also ahead of two other restaurants that I love in the city!
Lefay Resort & Spa is perfect for those who love water sports, sunbathing, and diving.
But if your purpose is “dolce far niente,” indulge in massages with olive oil and grapes grown in the region or enjoy this enchanting landscape.
The Castello of Velona SPA Resort Thermal & Winery is a historical building of the eleventh century, situated on a hill facing the Val d’Orcia, just 2 km from Sant’Antimo Abbey, 12 km from Montalcino, and 30 minutes drive from Siena.
The resort has a beautiful 1,500 m² spa—a real paradise on earth. The hotel has three magnificent restaurants (Dolce Vita, Brunello, and Settimo Senso) and a bar with one of Tuscany’s most stunning sceneries.
In addition to all this, the Castello de Velona Resort Thermal SPA & Winery has its production of wines and extra virgin olive oil.
Plan your trip for the period from 10 to 18 September, when it is possible to have a multisensory experience and discover Brunello Di Montalcino in all its nuances, from the grapes’ harvesting in the rows to the production process in the cellar. Get ready for a unique experience and ancient emotions.
»Masseria Le Carrube (★ 8.8)
Once upon a time, a typical Pugliese farm of whitewashed stone was situated in a quiet place a few kilometers away from Ostuni’s city in Italy. The white walls that were, over time, tinted by the heat blended perfectly with the rural landscape full of pear, pomegranate, and olive trees.
One day, the owner decided to turn it into a hotel, and it was carefully restored to maintain its original features.
The giant mill was preserved and now dominates the dining area, while the vast fireplaces and elegant furniture fill the place with charm. The rural luxury of Masseria Le Carrube is the result of a perfect combination of Puglia’s pastoral tradition with a dose of refined 21st-century style.
Upon entering, you are already enveloped by a sense of monastic calm but at the same time chic. A unique place that will delight anyone visiting Puglia for the first time.
»Four Seasons Hotel Firenze (★ 9.4)
Everything in this Renaissance palace, former residence of the Medici and Della Gherardesca, is too sophisticated: the patios, living rooms, and the chapel are decorated with magnificent frescoes. The tapestries, precious carpets, and perfectly restored period furniture are a joy for the eyes.
My tip for accommodation in Bergamo, Lombardy, in northern Italy, is the charming Relais San Lorenzo in the Upper City. The city is divided between the modern and the old and remains away from mass tourism.
Bergamo Baixa or lower city is the modern part, and Bergamo Alta or the upper town is the old part, surrounded by the Venetian walls, the most significant mark of the past in the city. Full of architectural, artistic treasures, and beautiful narrow and picturesque alleys, visiting Bergamo is like taking a trip back in time. After touring the city, enjoy “il dolce far niente” at the Relais San Lorenzo spa.
»Dimora Delle Balze (★ 7.7)
Dimora delle Balze, initially a farm built in the early 1800s by a noble family from Val di Noto. It was announced as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2002.
The beautiful internal patios, the romantic gardens, and the incredible swimming pool make Dimora Delle Balze a magical place that combines the Mediterranean’s aroma and colors with the typical Italian nature.
Transformed into one of Italy’s best hotels, the property has kept its structure and architecture preserved. The interior has been renovated and has gained elegant details and design pieces.
For each of the twelve rooms, Sicilian artists’ names from the world of cinema, art, poetry, and opera were chosen, thus paying tribute to the artists who made the name of this beautiful region.
»Mont Chalet (★ 9.7)
Although Val Gardena is a destination associated with winter sports and cold weather, the region also deserves to be visited in the summer. That’s when you can see the perfect combination of the trees’ green with the mountains’ reliefs and the blue of the lakes.
My tip is to stay in the small and charming Ortisei. The region is full of excellent resorts but for those looking for days of peace and tranquility with an exclusive service. The Mont Chalet is a perfect choice. One of the best hotels in Italy. Chic and cozy!
Relais Sant’Elena is one of those unique places and one of the best hotels in Italy.
Located in Bibbona, in ancient Tuscany, a region with gentle hills, beautiful panorama, turquoise waters of the Etruscan Coast, monuments, villages, and excellent cuisine. The Relais Sant’Elena is an ancient Tuscan stone house and history. The decor with antique furniture and sophisticated fabrics created an elegant and welcoming atmosphere at the same time. Very cozy!
»Palazzo Margherita (★ 9.2)
Francis Ford Coppola chose the small town of Bernalda in Basilicata, in southern Italy, to house one of his luxury hotels, the Pallazzo Margherita.
Coppola had the collaboration of French decorator Jacques Grange to restore the palace built-in 1892. The atmosphere of the place has been entirely preserved. There are the original tile and marble floors, the walls with plaster details, and the ceilings decorated with hand-painted frescoes. The furniture, however, is all contemporary and was produced, in part, by local artisans.
With just seven suites and two rooms with a private garden, the ambiance of Palazzo Margherita is complemented by patios, fountains, and swimming pools. One of the best things about the hotel is a private cinema with more than 300 titles, chosen by Coppola himself, of course!
Gastronomy is another strong point of Palazzo Margherita, which has a team of local chefs. They produce all the pasta and accessories in the hotel’s kitchen and follow a menu that includes Coppola’s wines.
»Le Sirenuse (★ 9.6)
The Amalfi coast is among the most beautiful sites on the Italian coast, with beautiful villages and breathtaking landscapes! The Le Sirenuse hotel in Positano has a sophisticated and intimate atmosphere, with private terraces with spectacular sea views.
It is one of the most attractive hotel views in Italy!
The hotel’s restaurant, La Sponda, is lit by more than four hundred candles. A perfect place for a romantic trip!
»Miramonti Boutique Hotel (★ 9.6)
Thus begins the day at the Miramonti Boutique Hotel, a true oasis of peace and natural beauty. With a breathtaking view of the Val d’Adige, Passo de S. Vigilio, and the Dolomites, a UNESCO world heritage site, this charming hotel is a perfect place to relax in both winter and summer!
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