From holidaying Roman emperors to the Grand Tours of the 19th-century British aristocracy, Italy has a rich, accommodating history that continues to this day. You can stay in the likes of Venetian palaces, Tuscan farmhouses and Belle Époque villas on the shores of the Italian lakes. And the following represent the best in Italian getaways, all handpicked by our destination experts.
Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice
Just off the Grand Canal, this Venetian palace is old-world luxury at its finest, complete with chandeliers, frescoes and gilded furnishings. Its private pier and fine-dining restaurant don’t hurt, either.
Cala del Porto Resort, Tuscan Coast
Enjoy the best in Tuscan seaside luxury alongside stunning coastal views punctuated by the island of Elba. The Maremma, a less explored but most exciting corner of Tuscany provides the perfect counterpoint.
Relais Santa Croce by Baglioni Hotels, Florence
Set in an old palazzo, with original murals still gracing the walls, the Relais Santa Croce is as beautiful as the Florentine views it enjoys. Frescoed ceilings and fine art feature throughout, as do high standards and lashings of luxury.
Castello di Casole, Tuscany
Stay in a 10th-century castle ringed by vineyards, enjoying fine dining, spectacular views and superb spa treatments.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
This century-old grand dame is the best-located hotel on Lake Como – a setting taken in by a superb array of facilities. Expect everything from private-balcony rooms to an infinity spa pool.
Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
The Belmond Grand Hotel sits high on Sicilian cliffs, with glorious views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino
Choose between luxury stays in a 500-year-old convent or down by the waterfront at this opulent property, complete with spa, gourmet restaurants and stunning setting.
Hotel Cipriani, Venice
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is true old-world Venice at its refined best. Expect complimentary rides to the splendours of the city, chandelier-adorned rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and two exquisite restaurants offering superb authentic Italian dining.
Villa San Michele, Florence
A façade by Michelangelo, frescoes of The Last Supper and fine dining informed by Tuscan heritage – this is a truly unique proposition.
Il Borro, Tuscany
Nestled within a 700-hectare estate in the heart of rural Tuscany, this historic hotel combines fine food and wine, and indulgent spa treatments, with Relais & Châteaux’s signature brand of elegant luxury.
Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast
Simply, this is the Amalfi Coast at its chic best. Expect everything from a private beach club to a rooftop fine dining restaurant.
Escape to a historic palace with spectacular views over the Amalfi Coast. Here, infinity-pool modernity is paired with classic fine dining and paintings by old masters.
Alberi Del Paradiso, Cefalù
Secluded above the beautiful town of Cefalù, this four-star hotel, with its pool, wellness centre and extensive gardens, is just 20 minutes' walk from the beach.
Villa Athena, Sicily
At the heart of Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, the deluxe Villa Athena is blissfully boutique, with just 27 rooms. The only five star property in this historic part of the island, with five-star views of the Temple of Concordia.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
3-night luxury holiday from £1,170 pp
Discover luxury amid Florence's myriad delights in this opulent hotel whose walls are adorned with more than 400 pieces of art, some dating back to the 900s. Evenings are spent in the Michelin-starred restaurant on the banks of the river – with the option to dine on your own private terrace.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello
This exquisite five-star hotel was once a 12th-century private villa, perched above the dazzling coast of Amalfi in medieval Ravello. Opulent rooms are adorned with hand-made Vietri tiles and the highest-level suites feature private decks with hot tubs.
Hotel Danieli, Venice
Spread across three canal-side palaces, this landmark hotel offers rooftop fine dining, grand architecture and sweeping views across the Venetian Lagoon.
Due Torri, Verona
This esteemed Verona hotel lies just moments from the cobbled lanes and Shakespearean sights of Verona's ever-so-romantic streets, with handcrafted marble rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a wonderful panoramic roof terrace.
Hotel de Russie, Rome
The historic but hip Hotel de Russie sits right at the heart of Rome, a five star setting for a five star hotel.
Golden Eagle Danube Express
Travel in style aboard this elegant hotel on wheels, enjoying superb full-board dining, lounge and bar-car relaxation and beautifully appointed cabins and suites that provide home-from-home comforts on some of Europe's most spectacular rail routes.
S.S. La Venezia
Completely updated for 2020, the SS La Venezia invites in its Italian setting with all-included fine Venetian dining, open-bar cocktails and interiors from local design house, Fortuny.
Villa Cordevigo, Lake Garda
A stunning 18th-century property, in an unrivalled Italian country setting, combining Renaissance charm, elegant decor and Michelin-starred dining, for an idyllic luxury getaway.
Orient Express La Dolce Vita
A new luxury train, inspired by the creativity of 1960s and 1970s Italy and taking in routes across the Continent from 2023.
Villa Igiea, Palermo
A luxurious palazzo languishing alongside Palermo and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Villa Igiea boasts scenic views, manicured grounds, elegant rooms and gourmet Sicilian cuisine.
Anantara Palazzo Naiadi, Rome
The façade of Palazzo Naiadi embraces the grandeur of Piazza della Repubblica. Overlooking the world-famous fountain, it strikes the perfect balance between international luxury and Roman authenticity.
Villa d'Este, Lake Como
4-night luxury holiday from £2,155 ppSave up to £430 pp – ends 19 Dec
Hailed as one of the best hotels in the world by Travel & Leisure, Condé Nast Traveller and Forbes Travel, this is your chance to enjoy palatial luxury
Ca' di Oro, Venice
An elegant Venetian bolthole that captures the spirit of the floating city, blending history with luxurious modernity
The Gritti Palace, Venice
The splendid Gritti Palace, a lovingly restored fifteenth century palazzo, enjoys one of the most stunning spots on Venice’s Grand Canal.
Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome
Staying in Art Deco luxury where fine dining vies for your attention against spa indulgences, you'll be sited right among the movie-star cafés and restaurants of the leafy Via Veneto. The next-door Borghese Gardens making for a tranquil retreat from the city's bustle.
Baglioni Resort Sardinia
7-night luxury holiday from £1,540 ppSave up to £1,290 pp – ends 31 Jan
The latest gem to join the Baglioni Hotels & Resorts Italian Collection, this stunning resort is immersed in a sublime natural landscape, almost without parallel in the entire Mediterranean.
Rest your eyes from Venice’s Baroque grandeur with L’Orologio’s impeccably minimalist style, host to innovative art works, an elegant theme and Grand Canal views.
Grand Hotel La Favorita, Sorrento
A stylish and very comfortable new hotel in central Sorrento, just minutes from the beaches and beautiful terraces overlooking the Bay of Naples. The best rooms, garden and pool also have sea views of their own.
Masseria Torre Coccaro, Fasano
A 16th century country house set within a large estate, immersed in olive groves. Experience the heritage of the most authentic Masseria in the area overlooking the Mediterranean Sea.
Verdura Resort, Sicily
Located near Sciacca, a small seaside town renowned for its colourful carnival and the surrounding orange groves of Ribera, the Verdura Resort by Rocco Forte is perfectly positioned for exploring the beautiful Italian island of Sicily.