Imagine this: you, admiring the beautiful Italian landscape, surrounded by crystal blue water or lush hills with an Aperol spritz or limoncello in your hand. Sounds perfect, right? We agree, which is precisely why Italy has long been the summer destination of choice for many international travelers. Delicious cuisine, scenic landscapes and the warm Italian sun are undoubtedly some of its biggest draws – and just a few of the many reasons why it’s worth heading there this summer. Although you can discover the country in different ways, the generally preferred way is to stay in a magnificent hotel.
In Italy, there are a variety of beautiful cities and regions that offer you the opportunity to experience the perfect environment, ranging from beautiful coastlines to historic architecture. In each unique location, there are a variety of accommodation options to choose from, all of which incorporate Italian culture into the design. However, we spoke to experts in the field to help us decipher which ones are really worth checking out. From panoramic views of Tuscany’s iconic Italian countryside to windows overlooking the Grand Canal in Venice, each will have you planning a visit every summer for the foreseeable future. Ahead, 11 stunning hotels that will solidify your plans for an Italian summer.
Principe Di Savoia Hotel, Milan
Built in the 1920s, Hotel Principe De Savoia is an iconic landmark in one of Italy’s most popular cities, Milan. It is centrally located in town but offers guests the same privacy you would expect from a country getaway. The property’s 301 rooms feature 19th-century design with a modern twist, giving them a surprisingly elegant opulent feel. With a view of Piazza Della Repubblica and close to many landmarks including the Indro Montanelli Garden, Duomo Cathedral and Sforzesco Castle, it’s a great place to reside during your Milanese adventure.
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany
Nestled in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, the 300 acres of Borgo Santo Pietro feels like a heavenly escape from the hustle and bustle of any bustling city. According to Michelle Gonzalez, Los Angeles-based travel designer and founder of LAX to Luxury, an ambitious luxury travel social media account and blog, the property is a place where you can truly disconnect and relax in the serenity of Tuscany. The 800-year-old luxury farmhouse hotel features bright, airy interiors and courtyards with lounge chairs, plus intimate outdoor fireplaces with comfy leather chairs and exclusive private gardens, offering plenty of opportunities to enjoy the lush greenery that surrounds you. “Farm to table is literal here; you can walk through the vegetable gardens where your food is grown and even take cooking classes using local crops,” she says.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
At the Grand Hotel Tremezzo you can spend your days admiring the magnificent view of the western shore of Lake Como, including the Bellagio and Grigne mountains. “Lake Como’s first hotel, the iconic Grand Hotel Tremezzo, is housed in an elegant Art Nouveau palace surrounded by verdant gardens,” says Brandon Berkson, founder of Hotels Above Par, a digital website aimed at sharing the best hotels -world shops. It offers guests Italian elegance with rooms overlooking the Palace Park or the sparkling waters of the lake and includes elegant period interiors that will take you back in time. Relax in one of the property’s three swimming pools or sunbathe on the beach or private lakeside park. For the ultimate summer afternoon, Berkson recommends taking a dip in their WOW (water on water) pool that literally floats on top of Lake Como.
San Domenico Palace, Taormina, Sicily
A former 14th-century convent, San Domenico Palace is perched on a rocky promontory above the Ionian Sea in Taormina, Sicily. “It recently opened as a stunning new Four Seasons resort, featuring panoramic views of Mount Etna and the ancient Greek theatre,” says Brian Kelly, founder of The Points Guy, a digital publication aimed at helping readers maximize their travel experiences. With a clifftop infinity pool, tranquil spa, and sleek, modern rooms, it’s an easy spot to love. “I love that there is so much you can discover nearby – helping with the wine harvest, venturing to nearby beach towns, exploring century old ruins or just spending the day at the beach club, relaxing refresh in the Ionian Sea,” he says. Also cool: it’s super close to the lovely town of Taormina, which is a must visit in Sicily.
Baglioni Masseria Muzza, Puglia
With just a glance at Baglioni Masseria Muzza, it’s easy to understand the vast appeal when you see the beautiful nature that surrounds the property. Installed in a masseria, or farmhouse, the hotel offers villa-style accommodations with private courtyards, whitewashed limestone, and simple Puglia-style decor with a neutral color palette. It also offers a large infinity pool, spectacular sunset views, pretty gardens, and three open-air restaurants that serve Salento-inspired cuisine. Everywhere you look you will see greenery, including fragrant olive trees and rosemary bushes, which will allow you to truly immerse yourself in nature. Take a short visit to the nearby beach with crystal clear blue waters or enjoy the small town of Otranto during your stay.
Soho House, Rome
Virtually synonymous with mouth-watering food and ancient architecture, Italy’s capital, Rome, should be a stop on any Italian vacation. Boasting a hip location away from the typical tourist traps, Soho House Rome is located in San Lorenzo, a historic yet up-and-coming neighborhood. “The whole vibe of Soho House is all about creativity and that goes for the surrounding neighborhood too, thanks to creative spaces like the Pastificio Cerere Foundation, which started as an artists’ collective and is now an exhibition space. world-class contemporary art,” says Kelly.
With 49 rooms and 20 long-stay apartments, you will have the option of staying for a quick visit or a long-term stay. “The decor is a mix of 1930s Art Deco and 1970s glamor with jewel-toned furniture, brass and chrome fixtures, and those classic terrazzo floors, plus works by local artists adorning the walls,” says Kelly. Additionally, the property has a two-story health club and spa, lounge, rooftop pool bar, and Cecconi’s, the brand’s Italian restaurant with stunning city views.
Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast
It’s not an Italian summer without a visit to the Amalfi Coast and Casa Angelina is the perfect hideaway. Nestled in Praiano, a small town about 15 minutes from Positano, it allows you to visit tourist attractions without having to immerse yourself directly in them. “This contemporary whitewashed hotel was built on a cliff overlooking the piercing blue Tyrrhenian Sea,” says Berkson. The hotel has 42 rooms with a fresh style of decoration intended to accentuate the landscape that surrounds it. While you’re there, make time to visit the local town, which has a handful of restaurants overlooking the sea and the cliffside villages that surround it. Or, if you want to hang out on the property, Berkson recommends getting a facial at the spa, which now has a new partnership with Augustinus Bader.
Hotel Il Pellicano: Porto Ercole in Tuscany
Those looking to live like royalty should stay at Hotel Il Pellicano on their next summer getaway to Tuscany. The hotel is housed in a former private home, which was once a go-to getaway for many European royals and Hollywood celebrities due to its pristine location. “It’s carved into a cliff in southern Tuscany overlooking a private cove,” Gonzalez explains. “Once you check into the hotel you hardly have to leave, from the incredibly helpful staff to the Michelin star restaurants to a pristine beach club along the Mediterranean.” Visitors can also take advantage of the spa, outdoor swimming pool and tennis courts. In addition, each room has a balcony or terrace with garden or sea views, immersing you in all that the property has to offer.
Byblos Art Hotel: Verona
A short distance from the romantic city of Verona nestles the Byblos Art Hotel. “It’s a fascinating Renaissance villa outside Verona, one of Italy’s most romantic cities, which combines traditional Baroque design with modern and contemporary art,” says Berkson. The hotel’s 58 rooms combine different shapes and marble elements with bright furnishings to create something unique but not overwhelming. Located in the heart of Valpolicella, a few kilometers from Verona, it allows you to include the romantic city in which Romeo and Juliet were settled in your itinerary. “You’ll find intertwining paths lined with warm-hooded Baroque-style buildings throughout the city,” says Berkson. During your visit, be sure to stroll through the property’s extensive gardens, take a dip in the stunning outdoor infinity pool, or relax and rejuvenate at the on-site spa.
JW Marriott Venice Resort and Spa: Venice
Located on a private island in the Venetian Lagoon, the JW Marriott Venice offers a serene getaway just a short boat ride from the business and crowds of Venice. His personal island, called Isola delle Rose, comprises forty acres of lush greenery, including both vegetable and flower gardens, as well as tons of privacy. The resort offers a free shuttle boat to and from town, however, you can easily spend your entire vacation lounging on the expansive grounds, which include seven different restaurants and bars with farm-to-table options, a pool luxury rooftop infinity, and more.
Aman Venice: Venice
With only 24 rooms and suites, Aman Venice is located in a 16th century palace on the Grand Canal. He has a way of making guests feel ultra-exclusive, which is precisely what Aman beach resorts are known for. “It has a museum-worthy collection of art, including frescoes by Tiepolo and a fireplace by the sculptor Sansovino, as well as lush private gardens, which are extremely rare in Venice,” says Kelly. Almost every room in the property has luxurious Grand Canal views, ample space, and a host of other features — like silk wall coverings, chandeliers, wood paneling, and painted ceilings — to add a modern touch. to opulent space. While there, Kelly advises taking a vaporetto across the lagoon from St. Mark’s to Giudecca to dine at Cip’s Club at the Belmond Hotel Cipriani, which is right on the waterfront with the best views of St. Mark’s Square.