“You may have the universe if I may have Italy,” is a quote from the Prologue of Giuseppe Verdi’s Attila. Many luxury travelers have taken the message to heart. Italy is a perennial favorite of many with the rich culture, history, food, and bella vita. While there is no shortage of luxury accommodations in Italy, some hotels stand out above the rest. Here are six of our favorite luxury hotels in Italy.
First on our list is Palazzo Avino which is located on Italy’s famed Amalfi coast. This hotel was once a 12th century private villa for an Italian noble family. Tucked away on a hilltop above the Mediterranean, Palazzo Avino overlooks some of the coast’s most picturesque fishing villages. The decor in the rooms and suites includes hand-made Vietri tiles and luxurious 18th and 19th century furnishings and tapestries.
If you’ve ever dreamed of living in a castle, then plan to stay at Castello di Casole. With a history that dates back to the 10th century, this estate passed ownership from royalty to aristocracy to a famous Italian director. In 2005, the castle was converted to a stunning luxury hotel. It was restored using traditional construction methods and authentic materials found on the estate and throughout the region.
Originally designed by Filippo Brunelleschi in 1432, this 15th century landmark underwent a multi-million dollar renovation to reopen as the 100 guest room St. Regis Florence in 2011. Shared spaces feature Murano chandeliers and authentic restored 16th century frescoes. Unique features of the hotel also include a wine cellar fashioned from a medieval cave. In the suites, you will find high coffered ceilings and original wall frescoes.
“If Venice is a theatre, Belmond Hotel Cipriani is the Royal Box.” This luxury hotel in the heart of Venice offers spectacular views of the lagoon and Doge’s Palace. Once here, you may never want to leave the property given the lavish decor, famed restaurants, and fabulous Olympic sized swimming pool.