The unparalleled grandeur of ancient Rome; the artistic innovation of the Renaissance; the effortless style of the modern fashionista; this enchanting nation is a gem with many facets.
When planning a trip to Italy the question will never be, why should I go, but where should I start? A dazzling stone in Europe’s crown, it’s a country of rolling hilly landscapes and other-worldly coastlines.
Then there’s the history, culture, gastronomy and glamour that pervades every part of the country.
The sights don’t get much more dizzying than those along the Amalfi Coast for starters. Just one of the country’s hot picks when it comes to sublimely luxurious resorts, it’s here that the fashionistas head for a spot of sun and sea. But to say that’s all the area offers would be a huge understatement.
Yes, resorts like the elegant Palazzo Avino are the epitome of Italian verve but stay in this region and you’ll be bagging not just some of the best panoramas in Europe, but all the medieval trappings of Ravello where it’s set.
City slickers will be more at home exploring the streets of culturally iconic destinations like Milan and Florence. Florence alone offers a ramble of dreamy cobbled streets lined with charming cafés and boutiques.
Climb to the head-spinning heights of the Duomo steps for wondrous views across the city itself, before heading back to a fabulous bolthole like Belmond Villa San Michele. Or, spend your time hopping from museum to theatre, to restaurant, ebbing away your days amongst the cultural beauty that runs through the city’s veins.
Families looking for an island holiday will find plenty to keep them entertained in Sardinia; with plenty of activities for the whole family, as well as a mass of beaches to relax on, you’ll find something to suit everyone.
Not to be missed in the country’s hit list for top destinations, the Italian Lakes are another firm favourite with glam travellers across the globe. Take a peek at the kind of places you can stay like Grand Hotel Tremezzo on Lake Como, and you’ll be immediately won over.
This is the kind of place for water sports fans and outdoorsy types looking to discover some of Italy’s most beautiful scenery. Just like many destinations in the country, you’ll be immersed in a historic setting, with grand, sweeping villas on every horizon, completing the romantic picture with aplomb.
Getting under the skin of Italy and finding some of the most glorious destinations and hotels is certainly no mean feat. Renowned for its glitz and style, Italy is bursting with gorgeous places. Whether you’re looking to unwind in a tranquil retreat with amazing views or dip your toe into the hustle of a cosmopolitan city, it’s all there for the taking.
At the Inspiring Travel company, we’ve spent time researching handpicking elegant hotels and villas so you can choose from some of the most beautiful resorts on offer. This, along with tailor-made itineraries and tours will give you the freedom to create a dream holiday without the fuss.
Take a look through our delectable resorts to see where you could be relaxing in style.
Where to go in Italy
- Stay close to Bellagio and a few minutes from the medieval village of Torno
- Be surrounded by the beauty of the lake in the floating outdoor pool
- Dine on excellent Italian fare on the elegant al fresco terrace
- Unwind in the excellent spa, go for a hike or head to the nearby golf course
Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast is a stunning 11th Century palace perched 1,150ft above sea level overlooking the Amalfi coast. Recent renovations mean this is one of the area's most chic and upmarket hotels. The highlight of this stunning cliff-top property is its outstanding infinity pool. Set against a backdrop of an awe-inspiring mountain range and overlooking the deep azure of the Medit...
Under charismatic proprietorship, Capri Palace Jumeirah is one of the most elite addresses on Capri. Situated on the edge of Mount Solaro and only a few miles from Capri Town, this tranquil hideaway and its world-renowned spa offer a truly relaxed environment, where guests are revitalised as much by the hotel's elegant Mediterranean décor as by the spa's health and beauty treatments. Maintai...
- Set in a renovated 16th century masseria
- Rooftop bar offering views of the surrounding olive groves
- Use of the executive 9 hole golf course
- Private beach club at Coccaro Beach including complimentary sunbeds, umbrellas and towels
- Iconic 5-star luxury hotel located on the edge of Lake Como
- Famed for its ‘Water on Water’ swimming pool that floats on top of the lake
- Take a lake tour in the hotel’s private boat to the picturesque village of Bellagio
- Relax on the private lakeside lido beach complete with a pizza bar
Splendido, A Belmond Hotel, Portofino is a delightful hillside retreat, situated in a 16th century Benedictine monastery. Every room is uniquely decorated and most have a balcony or terrace offering stunning views over the rugged coastline and the Bay of Portofino. Relax in the hotel's wellness centre or oval-shaped, heated saltwater swimming pool, which is set amidst lush gardens and enjoys spect...
Set high on the cliffs above the achingly beautiful bay of Amalfi, this exclusive hotel offers a sophisticated blend of romance and charm that will exceed your every expectation. Originally built in 1880 and redesigned in 1904, this is a truly original slice of classic Italian architecture and luxury. Dripping in Italian style, it offers tranquillity and relaxation against one of the more spec...
- Soak up the atmosphere from one of Florence’s main squares
- Enjoy being walking distance from the city’s most famous sites and museums
- Ideal for families and couples, there’s an array of shops and restaurants on your doorstep
- Dine at Irene restaurant and watch life in the bustling square pass you by
The setting for Hotel de la Ville is undeniably good, overlooking the Spanish Steps and with many highlights of Rome, numerous restaurants and boutique outlets all within easy walking distance; perfection. And more than a little bit of that history finds its way inside too, through antique furnishings, dazzling chandeliers and a classical splendour that befits the ornate stone balconies and origi...
Are you ready to step into a historic Art Nouveau palazzo that overlooks the Gulf of Palermo? Prestigious family-run hotel group Rocco Forte is opening its doors to the Villa Igiea, once a private villa that was known as the most famous retreat in Sicily. The palazzo was designed by the renowned architect Ernesto Basile at the start of the last century, and now the hospitality, warmth and glamour ...
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