The Italian Lake District
clear lakes, alpine views, charming villages and picture-perfect
settings; the northern Italian lake district includes Lakes
Como, Maggiore, Lugano, Iseo and Garda.
"This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld
in beauty" Percy Bysshe Shelley. Extravagant
villas and quaint fishing villages, one hour north of Milan.
Grand Hotel Villa D'Este
T: +39 031 348 1.160 rooms. US$ 610-
A legendary Italian resort fronting Lake
Hotel Du Lac
Via del Prestino 4
23829 Varenna, Italy
T: +39 0341 830238. 19 rooms. US$ 165-
Cozy 1823-era villa with Lake Como waterfront
A stop on the 19th century Grand Tour. Hemingway
based part of a "Farewell to Arms" here.
Isola dei Pescatori, Italy
T: +39 -323 30408. US$ 140-
Take a boat launch from Stresa to this inn
and restaurant overlooking beautiful Lake
Winstron Churchill painted it and D.H. Lawrence wrote about it: Lake Garda's charming village of Gargnano.
Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy
T: +39 0365 798-000. 20 rooms. US$ 700-
Luxurious villa on the shores of Italy's Lake Garda was tranformed into a romantic hotel in 2001.
of the Austro-Hungarian empire until W.W.I., the Tyrolean
section of the Italian Alps is a captivating coming together
of two cultures, Austria and Italy.
Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italian Alps
Italy's high fashion,
high style ski scene, nestled within the pink craggy
peaks of the Dolomites. Home of the 1956 Olympics.
62 Corso Italia
Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy
T: +39 0436 3231. 56 rooms. US$
300-, includes dinner.
Ecletic antique-filled hotel located in
the center of the village's boutique filled
Via Menardi, 42
Cortina D'Ampezzo, Italy
T: +39 0436 881-111. 73 rooms US$ 300-
This classic 1901 Cortina De'Ampezzo romantic hotel
has rooms with petit point carpets, French
furnishings and country-plaid curtains.
Pustertal Valley, Italian Alps
The South Tyrolian region of the Dolomite Alps includes the Pustertal valley, known for its tranquility, unspoilt nature and two ski resorts, Klausberg and Speikboden.
Alpenpalace Hotel & Spa
Gisse, 83, Ahrn Valley
St. Johann im Ahrntal, Italy
T: +39 0474 670230. 50 rooms US$ 300-, includes breakfast & dinner
Wellness, relaxation and gourmet food are found in this hotel set in a 7.5 acre park in one of the most beautiful areas in the Alps. The Ahrn valley is an extension of the Pustertal valley.
This cobblestoned Mont
Blanc village boasts Europe's highest mountain peak
T: +39 0165 843-000. 26
rooms. US$ 150
Charming and elegant, some rooms have
views over the Mont Blanc. Located just
steps away from the heart of village.
Italy's Cervinia shares
Matterhorn views with its Swiss neighbor, Zermatt.
With one lift ticket, you can ski from Cervinia's gentle slopes across the border and down through Zermatt's
T: +39 0166 948-998. US$ 440-, incl. breakfast
Antique furnishings, wood floors and an
elegant mountain ambience.
Stylish modern Italian furniture
and fashion is showcased here; home to La Scala Opera House
and designer boutiques.
Antica Locanda Solferino
2 Via Castelfirdardo
T: +39 02 657 0129. 12 rooms. US$ 160.
Overlooking the historic district of Brea--favored by writers,
actors, and poets-- this tiny 1920's era hotel is furnished
with Daumier engravings, art nouveau and hand-crafted door
8 Via San Tomaso
T: +39 02 805 1023. 6 room b&b. US$ 200-
Antique chairs, hot-pink taffeta curtains and fresh flowers. A five minute walk from the Duomo.
Liguria is home to the
Italian Riviera, Portofino and pesto.
13 viale Baratta,
T: +39 0185 269 551. 64 rooms.
The Italian Riviera's classic romantic hotel, overlooking one of the
world's most photographed harbors.
53 Via Romana
San Lorenzo della Costa
Santa Margherita Ligure
T&F: +39 0185 283 431. 9 room b&b. US$ 80-
Owner transformed his family's hillside farm cottages into
a charming b&b. The b&b commands sweeping views over
the sea and the chic resort town of Santa Margherita Ligure.
for lovers of romance and classical architecture, Veneto is
home to Palladio, Romeo & Juliet, and one of the most
seductively enchanting cities on earth, Venice.
Hotel Gritti Palace
Giudecca 10, Fodamenta San
T: +39 041 794611. 99 rooms. US$ 522-
A Venetian classic. Named for the 77th Doge of Venice whose
home it was in the 16th century. Authentic Venetian opulence
with rooms overlooking the Grand Canal.
T: +39 041 520 6466. 29 rooms. US$ 165-
The art historian John Ruskin lived here while writing The
Stones of Venice. Ask for a room with a bath and a canal
Villa Cipriani Hotel
298 Via Canova
T: +39 0423 52341. 31 rooms. US$ 295-
A 16th century villa set on a hillside overlooking Asolo's
Located an hour from Venice, in the heart of Palladio country.
Via Bocca Di Leone 14
T: +39 06-6998. 98 rooms. US$ 340-
Located in Rome's high fashion district, this chic intimate
hotel has small but stylish rooms.
nr. Piazza del Popolo
Via della Penna, 22
T: +39 0636-10841. US$ 190-
1920's era Art Deco hotel popular with artists in the 1950's
and still a favorite with those seeking a small, moderately-priced
Roman hotel. Nicely located on a quiet street in a good central
location. A bit faded, it retains the aura of its 50's heyday.
Relatively undiscovered, this
region takes up most of the Adriatic side of central
Italy. It has miles of safe sandy beaches on the coast and
gentle sloping hills and rugged mountain peaks in the interior.
Towns like Pesaro with its summer Rossini festival and Macerata
with its Opera festival are a feast for the music lover while
Marche boasts one of Italys treasures in the wonderfully
preserved Renaissance city of Urbino (the birthplace of Raffaello)
which is dominated by its Ducal Palace. It's typical Italian
hill towns and medieval villages offer one of the Italys
finest regional cuisines.
Via di Villa Giulia
Località San Biagio 40
Fano, Pesaro, Italy
Located near the Fano beaches and Pesaro. Peace, quiet and
charm is found at this aristocratic estate from the Napoleonic
era overlooking the Adriatic Sea. Still owned by the same
Bordering Le Marche, Emilia-Romagna
is home to Verdi, Ferrari, and the artistically-rich Adriatic
city of Ravenna.
We currently have no hotels in this region.
Tranquility, olive groves, country
villas and farms. Artistic treasures in the cities and towns
that were the cradle of the Renaissance.
Loggiato dei Serviti
Piazza Santissima Annuziata
T: +39 055 247 975. 29 rooms.
lovers will appreciate this rustic hotel, originally a 16th
century monastery-its facade mirrors Brunelleschi's Spedale
degli Innocenti located right across the plaza from it.
Villa San Michele
Via Doccia 4, Fiesole
T: +39 055 5678200. US$ 900-
An ancient monastery with a facade designed by Michelangelo.
Located in the Fiesole hills wiith views of Florence and the
Cala dei Santa
Popto Ercole, Grosseto, Toscana
T: +39 0564 858 111. 41 rooms.US$ 300-
Elegant villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
Hotel Certosa di Maggiano
Strada di Certosa 82
Siena, Toscana, Italy
T: +39 0577 288 180. 17 rooms;
A former 14th century Carthusian monastery now an Italian
Relais La Suvera
53030 Pievescola Comune di Casole d'Elsa
Siena Province, Italy
T:. + 39 0577 960 300. US$ 335-
A former summer papal villa of Pope Julius II. Magnificent
art and antiques are found in this manor house located in
the pretty Tuscan countryside near Sienna.
Tuscany's neighbor, wilder and without
Le Torri di Bagnara – medieval historic residences
Strada della Bruna 8-06134
Pieve San Quirico, Perugia
T: 075 5792001. 7 rooms + 4 apartments. Rooms US $ 188/night - Apartments US$ 750- a week (Sat-Sat).
A beautifully restored former 11th century abbey complete with a medieval tower. Outside, you’ll find panoramic terraces, gardens rich in flowers, fruit and fig trees and an infinity salt water pool with fantastic hillside views. The 1500 acres estate includes castles and woodland and is criss-crossed with walking and biking trails, and a sprinkling of lakes. Perched high in the Umbrian hills not far from Perugia and many of the area's historic gems, midway between Rome and Florence.
Ronti Morra 06010 Perugia
T: +39 075 857 0083. 13 rooms. US$ 395-
Luxurious and rustic Umbrian hill-top villa; an exquisite
attention to detail includes artisan-crafted furniture, original
oil paintings and superb food.
T: +39 0743-225056. 11 Rooms. US$ 220-
Sitting on a hill-top with panoramic views, this villa was
the creation and summer home to one of Italy's most famous
architects; the current hosts are his Roman-born descendants.
Utterly romantic, with an antique roses and lavender garden,
infinity pool, Roman statutes and a marble fountain outside
and a splendid attention to detail and architectural features
LOrto degli Angeli
Via Dante Alighieri, 1
06031 Bevagna, Perugia
T: +39 0742-360130. 9 room b&b. US$ 245-
Descendants of nobility opened up their restored ancestral
villa to guests. Bevagna is a beautifully preserved medieval
Enchanting towns, sunshine and spectacular
16 Via San Giovanni del Toro,
Ravello, Amalfi Coast
T: +39 89 857 244. 15 rooms, US$ 350-
11th century palazzo, architectural authenticity with a mix
of Sicilian and Moorish elements.
26 Via Santa Chiara,
Ravello, Amalfi Coast
T: +39 89 857 459. US$ 178-
Seated on a promontory 2,000 feet above sea level, a very
private 12th century building. All tourists, except houseguests,
must leave by 6:30 pm. Spectacular gardens.
Ravello, Amalfi Coast
Via San Giovanni Del Toro, 28
84010 Ravello (Salerno) Italy
T: +39 089 818181 F: +39 089 858900. 55 rooms. US$ 300-
Originally a 12th century building, the newest luxury romantic hotel
in Ravello boasts spectacular views.
32 Via Carusiello
Castiglione de Ravello
T: +39 89 872-327. 5 room b&b. US$ 200-
Cliff-side villa with pool and stunning sea views; you can dive into the Mediterranean sea from the villa's jetty. Located outside of Ravello.
Hotel San Pietro
2 Via Laurito,
Positano, Amalfi Coast
T: +39 89 875 455 F: +39 89 811 449. 60 rooms, US$ 300-
Created in the 1960's, a deluxe cliff dwelling 300 feet above
a private beach and bathing area.
30 Via Christoforo Colp,bp,
Positano Amalfi Coast
T: +39 89 875 066 F: +39 89 811 798. US$ 236-
For 300 years the home of a noble family, with noteworthy
Located on the heel of Italy's boot.
Hot weather, whitewashed
towns and conical-roofed trulli houses are characteristics
of Italy's deep south. Unspoiled
and just-barely discovered, Puglia is also a region of simple
good food, baroque architecture and miles of Adriatic sandy
Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli
Via Convento, Marittima di Diso
T: +44 7736 362 328 (a UK phone number). 8 room b&b. US$
Lord and Lady McAlpinea
British collector and his chic Greek actress wifefilled
their medieval convent turned b&b with 14 tons of books
and museum quality artifacts from Asia and Africa.
A classic. Bay of Naples island
favored by wealthy Italians, Roman emperors and Jackie
O. Arrive by hydrofoil from Naples.
Via Tragara, 8 - Capri, Italy
T: 39 081 837 0633. US$ 400-
A Capri classic, with panoramic views of the sea and mountains.
T: 39 081 837 0122. 20 rooms. US$ 295-
Intimate family run hotel with ocean views and superb service.
Hotel Weber Ambassador
Via Marina Piccola
T: +39 081 837 0141. US$ 85-
Just 32 steps from pretty Marina Piccolo Beach, the hotel
has sweeping views of the sea and the craggy rock Faraglioni's.
A beautiful volcanic archipelago
off Sicily's eastern coast. Seven rugged
islands with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid
Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy
T: +39 090 988 0715. F: +39 0900 988 0149. US$ 150-
Former Greek merchant's house with a spectacular rooftop bar
Via San Pietro
Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Italy
T: +39 090 983 013. 30 rooms. US$176-
After a two hour hydrofoil ride from Sicily, you'll be rewarded
with exalting views of the simmering volcano on neighboring
Italy's strategically located island
has a colorful and varied history from conquest by the Phoenicians,
Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans of
ancient times to the Byzantines, Normans, Bourbons and English
of the 19th century. Many antiquity ruins remain.
Eastern Sicily / Mount Etna
Beaches, olive farms, vineyards and a famous volcano.
Monaci delle Terre Nerre
Mount Etna, Sicily
T: +39 348 601 6050. 8 rooms. US$ 240-
Recently restored by the design-saavy owners, the 17th century villa boast views of Mt. Etna on one side and the sea below on another. The villa tastefully blends an eclectic mix of old architectural details and modern furnishings. Enjoy organic breakfasts, some of the food coming from their onsite farm.
Villa Don Arcangelo all'Olmo
16 Via L'Olmo
T: +39 095 964-729. 6 rooms. US$ 200-
Set among 200 acres of orange and lemon groves in the eastern
part of Sicily, the villa's location boasts
majestic views of Mount Etna
and the Ionian Sea. Marchese
and Marchesa Andrea and Marina di San Giuliano
recently renovated the old family compound and offered
it up to overnight guests.
Val di Noto, Sicily
Val di Noto is located in a wealthy
region of Sicily, its southeastern corner. It was declared
a world heritage site for its eight beautiful late Baroque
towns that provide "testimony to the exuberant genius
of late Baroque art and architecture" and "represent
the culmination and final flowering of Baroque art in Europe."
Eremo Dell Giubiliana
Viale Leonardo da Vinci, 24, Ragusa
Val di Noto, Sicilia, Italy
T: +39 092 366 9119. 11 room b&b. US$ 325-
Originally a fortified monastery dating from the l5th century,
this elegant inn serves farmhouse meals.
Musiara Siracusa Resort
42 Riviera Dioniso il Grande
Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy
T: +39 093 146 5258. 12 rooms. US$ 175-
A fifteen minute walk from the beautiful Baroque old centre of Siracusa, this 19th century Palazzo combines rustic luxury with old world charm. The hotel has a small private beach.