Cozy 1823-era villa with Lake Como waterfront setting.
T: +39 0341 830238. 19 rooms. US$ 165-
Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.
Crystal clear lakes, alpine views, charming villages. Includes the Lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda.
Cozy 1823-era villa with Lake Como waterfront setting.
T: +39 0341 830238. 19 rooms. US$ 165-
A stop on the 19th century Grand Tour. Hemingway based part of a “Farewell to Arms” here.
Take a boat launch from Stresa to this inn and restaurant overlooking beautiful Lake Maggiore.
T: +39 -323 30408. US$ 140-
Winstron Churchill painted it and D.H. Lawrence wrote about it: Lake Garda’s charming village of Gargnano.
Luxurious villa on the shores of Italy’s Lake Garda was transformed into an hotel in 2001.
T: +39 0365 798-000. 20 rooms. US$ 700-
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.
Italy’s high fashion, high style ski scene, nestled within the pink craggy peaks of the Dolomites. Home of the 1956 Olympics.
Ecletic antique-filled hotel located in the center of the village’s boutique filled promenade.
T: +39 0436 3231. 56 rooms. US$ 300-, includes dinner.
This classic 1901 Cortina De’Ampezzo romantic hotel has rooms with petit point carpets, French furnishings and country-plaid curtains.
T: +39 0436 881-111. 73 rooms US$ 300-
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.
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.
T: +39 0474 670230. 50 rooms US$ 300-, includes breakfast & dinner
This cobblestoned Mont Blanc village boasts Europe’s highest mountain peak (15,771 feet).
Charming and elegant, some rooms have views over the Mont Blanc. Located just steps away from the heart of village.
T: +39 0165 843-000. 26 rooms. US$ 150
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.
Antique furnishings, wood floors and an elegant mountain ambience.
T: +39 0166 948-998. US$ 440-, incl. breakfast & dinner.
Stylish modern Italian furniture and fashion is showcased here; home to La Scala Opera House and designer boutiques.
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.
T: +39 02 657 0129. 12 rooms. US$ 160.
Antique chairs, hot-pink taffeta curtains and fresh flowers. A five minute walk from the Duomo.
T: +39 02 805 1023. 6 room b&b. US$ 200-
Liguria is home to the Italian Riviera, Portofino and pesto.
The Italian Riviera’s classic romantic hotel, overlooking one of the world’s most photographed harbors.
T: +39 0185 269 551. 64 rooms.
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.
T: +39 0185 283 431. 9 room b&b. US$ 80-
A 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.
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.
Venice, Italy T: +39 041 794611. 99 rooms. US$ 522-
A small palazzo with 12 lavishly decorated rooms. Renovated in 2014.
T +39 0415203078
A 16th century villa set on a hillside overlooking Asolo’s old town. Located an hour from Venice, in the heart of Palladio country.
T: +39 0423 52341. 31 rooms. US$ 295-
The eternal city.
Located in Rome’s high fashion district, this chic intimate hotel has small but stylish rooms.
T: +39 06-6998. 98 rooms. US$ 340-
The hotel’s flamboyant style features neutrals doused with color and antique reproductions mixed with mid-century furnishings.
T: +39 06 698 2634. 30 rooms. US$ 820-
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.
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.
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.
T: +39 055 247 975. 29 rooms.
An ancient monastery with a facade designed by Michelangelo. Located in the Fiesole hills wiith views of Florence and the Arno Valley.
T: +39 055 5678200. US$ 900-
Elegant villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.
T: +39 0564 858 111. 41 rooms.US$ 300-
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.
T:. + 39 0577 960 300. US$ 335-
Tuscany’s neighbor, wilder and without the crowds.
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.
T: 075 5792001. 7 rooms + 4 apartments. Rooms US $ 188/night – Apartments US$ 750- a week (Sat-Sat).
Luxurious and rustic Umbrian hill-top villa; an exquisite attention to detail includes artisan-crafted furniture, original oil paintings and superb food.
T: +39 075 857 0083. 13 rooms. US$ 395-
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.
T: +39 0743-225056. 11 Rooms. US$ 220-
Descendants of nobility opened up their restored ancestral villa to guests. Bevagna is a beautifully preserved medieval village.
T: +39 0742-360130. 9 room b&b. US$ 245-
Enchanting towns, sunshine and spectacular coastal scenery.
11th century palazzo, architectural authenticity with a mix of Sicilian and Moorish elements.
T: +39 89 857 244. 15 rooms, US$ 35
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.
T: +39 89 857 459. US$ 178-
Created in the 1960’s, a deluxe cliff dwelling 300 feet above a private beach and bathing area.
T: +39 89 875 455. 60 rooms, US$ 300-
Originally a 12th century building, the newest luxury romantic hotel in Ravello boasts spectacular views.
T: +39 089 818181. 55 rooms. US$ 300-
For 300 years the home of a noble family, with noteworthy antiques throughout.
T: +39 89 87 5066. US$ 236-
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 beach coastline.
Lord 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.
T: +44 7736 362 328 (a UK phone number). 8 room b&b. US$ 395-
The Bay of Naples’ classic Capri island has been favored by wealthy Italians and Roman emperors alike. Arrive by hydrofoil from Naples.
A Capri classic, with panoramic views of the sea and mountains.
T: 39 081 837 0633. US$ 400-
Intimate family run hotel with ocean views and superb service.
T: 39 081 837 0122. 20 rooms. US$ 295-
A beautiful volcanic archipelago off Sicily’s eastern coast. Seven rugged islands with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views.
Former Greek merchant’s house with a spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant.
T: +39 090 988 0715. F: +39 0900 988 0149. US$ 150-
After a two hour hydrofoil ride from Sicily, you’ll be rewarded with exalting views of the simmering volcano on neighboring Stomboli.
T: +39 090 983 013. 30 rooms. US$176-
Italy’s strategically located island has a colorful and varied history from conquest by the Phoenicians, Carthaginians, Greeks, Romans of ancient times to the Byzantines, Normans, Bourbons and English of the 19th century. Many antiquity ruins remain.
Beaches, olive farms, vineyards and a famous volcano.
Recently restored by the design-saavy owners, the 17th century villa boast views of Mt. Etna on one side and the sea below on another. The villa tastefully blends an eclectic mix of old architectural details and modern furnishings. Enjoy organic breakfasts, some of the food coming from their onsite farm.
T: +39 348 601 6050. 8 rooms. US$ 240-
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.”
Originally a fortified monastery dating from the l5th century, this elegant inn serves farmhouse meals.
T: +39 092 366 9119. 11 room b&b. US$ 325-
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.
T: +39 093 146 5258. 12 rooms. US$ 175-