Romantic Places in Italy
The Italian Lake District
Crystal 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 Como.
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 setting.
Borromean Islands / Lake Maggiore
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 Maggiore.
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.
Part 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 promenade.
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.
Courmayeur, Italian Alps
This cobblestoned Mont Blanc village boasts Europe’s highest mountain peak (15,771 feet).
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.
Cervinia, Italian Alps
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 challenging runs.
T: +39 0166 948-998. US$ 440-, incl. breakfast & dinner.
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 moldings.
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.
VenetoA mecca 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 Giovanni
Venice, Italy 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 view.
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 old town. Located an hour from Venice, in the heart of Palladio country.
RomeThe eternal city.
Via Bocca Di Leone 14
T: +39 06-6998. 98 rooms. US$ 340-
http://hoteldinghilterra.warwickhotels.comLocated in Rome’s high fashion district, this chic intimate hotel has small but stylish rooms.
J. K. Place Roma
nr. Piazza San Lorenzo Via de Mónté d’Oro
T: +39 06 698 2634. 30 rooms. US$ 820-
The hotel’s flamboyant style features neutrals doused with color and antique reproductions mixed with mid-century furnishings.
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 Italy’s 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 Italy’s finest regional cuisines.
Via di Villa Giulia Località San Biagio 40 Fano
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 family.
Bordering Le Marche, Emilia-Romagna is home to Verdi, Ferrari, and the artistically-rich Adriatic city of Ravenna.
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
Florence Toscana, Italy
T: +39 055 247 975. 29 rooms.
Architectural 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 Arno Valley.
Cala dei Santa Popto Ercole
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 romantic getaway.
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 the crowds.
Le Torri di Bagnara – medieval historic residences
Strada della Bruna 8-06134 Pieve San Quirico
Perugia Umbria, Italy
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 Umbria, Italy
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.
Perugia Umbria, Italy
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 inside.
L’Orto degli Angeli
Via Dante Alighieri, 1 06031
Bevagna, Perugia Umbria, Italy
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 village.
CampagniaEnchanting towns, sunshine and spectacular coastal scenery.
16 Via San Giovanni del Toro
Ravello, Amalfi Coast Campania, Italy
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 Campania, Italy
T: +39 89 857 459. US$ 178-
www.villacimbrone.com 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 Campania, Italy
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
Almalfi Coast, Italy
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 Campania, Italy
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 Campania, Italy
T: +39 89 875 066 F: +39 89 811 798. US$ 236-
For 300 years the home of a noble family, with noteworthy antiques throughout.
PugliaLocated 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 beach coastline.
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$ 395-
email@example.comLord and Lady McAlpine—a British collector and his chic Greek actress wife—filled their medieval convent turned b&b with 14 tons of books and museum quality artifacts from Asia and Africa.
CapriA classic, this Bay of Naples’ island isfavored by wealthy Italians and Roman emperors. 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.
Aeolian IslandsA beautiful volcanic archipelago off Sicily’s eastern coast. Seven rugged islands with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views.
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 and restaurant.
Via San Pietro Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Italy
T: +39 090 983 013. 30 rooms. US$176-
After a two hour hydrofoil ride from Sicily, you’ll be rewarded with exalting views of the simmering volcano on neighboring Stomboli.
Italy’s strategically located island has a colorful and varied history from conquest by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans of ancient times to the Byzantines, Normans, Bourbons and English of the 19th century. Many antiquity ruins remain.
Eastern Sicily / Mt. Etna
Beaches, olive farms, vineyards and a famous volcano.
Monaci delle Terre Nerre
Mount Etna, Sicily
T: +39 348 601 6050. 8 rooms. US$ 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 Carruba, Sicily
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.