Nobody ever needs an excuse to go to Italy. But just in case you are looking for another reason to plan a late summer getaway in the land of pizza, Puccini and Prada, here are nine Italian hotels that will make your stay even more unforgettable.
Marking the debut of Hyatt’s Unbound Collection brand in Italy, Il Tornabuoni is a new, independent luxury hotel situated in the heart of the historic center of Florence. Set in an unbeatable location on Via Tornabuoni in the 12th-century Palazzo Minerbetti, this ultra-chic hotel features 62 stylish, Renaissance-inspired rooms and suites, two restaurants, a wine cellar and a dreamy rooftop terrace overlooking Santa Maria Novella, San Frediano, the Ognissanti Church and the many other beauties in Florence’s Renaissance skyline.
Villa Sant’Andrea and Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
Taormina on the east coast of Sicily is one of the most beautiful places in Italy, but like many Italian hilltop towns, the uphill trek from the beach is not for the faint of heart. If you want the full Taormina experience—without breaking a sweat—luxury hotel brand Belmond has your covered. With two superb hotels, Grand Hotel Timeo in the old town, overlooking the Greco-Roman theater, and Villa Sant’Andrea, idyllically set right on the beach in Taormina Mare, Belmond invites you to enjoy the best of both worlds on your next trip to Sicily.
Forte Village, Sardinia
With a stunning setting, just 30 minutes from Cagliari in the south of Sardinia, Forte Village Resort is a top choice for a luxurious, family-friendly beach vacation. Set amid 120 acres of lush, natural wilderness, this destination resort features 13 two-, three- and four-bedroom villas, 40 suites, no fewer than 21 restaurants and 18 bars—including Michelin-starred dining from Chef Heinz Beck, Chef Massimiliano Mascia, and others—as well as a newly renovated 75,000-square-foot spa, and a range of activities and experiences for all ages.
Ca’ di Dio, Venice
Set in a beautifully restored palace from 1272, Ca’ di Dio began its existence as a lodging for pilgrims passing through on their way to the Holy Land. Today, it is a reimagined Venetian “home” and boutique hotel. Every design and architectural feature has been created by the hands of local craftsmen inspired by Venetian tradition. The hotel’s 66 rooms and suites feature refined materials and furnishings and incomparable views of the city, while two of the top-floor suites open onto a large roof terrace overlooking St. Mark’s Basin.
Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como, Lake Como
Set in a botanical park on the sunny shores of Lake Como, the elegant Mandarin Oriental, Lago di Como strikes the perfect balance between restorative and glamorous. Book some me time at the spa, recognized as Italy’s Best Hotel Spa at the World Spa Awards in 2021, or don your active wear for an invigorating outdoor experience organized by the resort’s dedicated Sports and Adventure Manager. If that all sounds far too energetic, you could also just kick back with a good book and a cocktail by the floating pool on the lake.
Borgo Santandrea, Amalfi Coast
This new luxury hotel opened on a cliffside in Amalfi earlier this year, following a meticulous, thoughtful four-year restoration. Set 300 feet above sea level, Borgo Santandrea combines mid-century design with classic Mediterranean style across its 45 rooms and suites, each offering uninterrupted views of the sea and the ancient fisherman’s hamlet of Conca dei Marini. In addition to three restaurants and two bars, the hotel also features a private pebble beach—a rare luxury on the Amalfi Coast.
Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia
Masseria Torre Maizza’s setting deep in the lush Puglian countryside, between the Ionian and Adriatic coasts, is about as dreamy as it gets. Surrounded by vineyards, almond trees, olive groves and ancient stone walls, this 16th-century fortress and farmhouse has been meticulously converted into an upscale boutique hotel. In summer, it is the perfect starting point from which to explore Puglia—while fall comes with seasonal activities like forest bathing or an immersive olive-oil experience spanning the spa and the restaurant.
Palazzo Manfredi, Rome
If falling asleep while gawking at one of the world’s most iconic sites sounds like your kind of vacation, this is the hotel for you. If you saw a picture of Palazzo Manfredi in Rome, you would probably assume it was Photoshopped. Surely no hotel could have such an eye-popping, unobstructed view of the Colosseum? Turns out it could, and Palazzo Manfredi does. This glamorous, 17th-century residence-turned-boutique hotel also features 20 stylish rooms, including six Grand Colosseum Suites, and a superb rooftop restaurant with (you guessed it) astonishing views of the Colosseum.
Grand Hotel Savoia, the Dolomites
If you thought the Dolomite mountains were a winter destination, think again. Locals will tell you they are the place to be in summer in Italy, offering invigorating alpine adventures, stellar dining, wellness and a welcome escape from the stifling heat. Constructed in 1912, Grand Hotel Savoia has played host to the likes of Charlton Heston, Sophia Loren, Winston Churchill, and Franklin D. Roosevelt over the years. These days, it features 132 renovated rooms and suites, two restaurants, a luxurious spa, and dramatic views of the Dolomite mountain range.