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100 Small Romantic
Hotels & Places

Come discover 100 of the most romantic small hotels and places in the world.

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Romantic Places in Italy

Northern Italy

The Italian Lake District

Crystal clear lakes, alpine views, charming villages. Includes the Lakes Como, Maggiore and Garda.

Hotel Du Lac

Via del Prestino 4 23829 Varenna, Italy

Cozy 1823-era villa with Lake Como waterfront setting.

T: +39 0341 830238. 19 rooms. US$ 165-
www.albergodulac.com

Borromean Islands, Lake Maggiore

A stop on the 19th century Grand Tour. Hemingway based part of a “Farewell to Arms” here.

Hotel Verbano

Isola dei Pescatori, Italy

Take a boat launch from Stresa to this inn and restaurant overlooking  beautiful Lake Maggiore.

T: +39 -323 30408. US$ 140-
www.hotelverbano.it

Lake Garda

Winstron Churchill painted it and D.H. Lawrence wrote about it: Lake  Garda’s charming village of Gargnano.

Villa Feltrinelli

Gargnano, Lake Garda, Italy

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-
www.villafeltrinelli.com

Italian Alps

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.

Hotel Ancora

62 Corso Italia Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy

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.
www.hotelancoracortina.com

Cristallo

Via Menardi, 42 Cortina D’Ampezzo, Italy

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-
www.cristallo.it

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

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
www.alpenpalace.com

Courmayeur, Italian Alps

This cobblestoned Mont Blanc village boasts Europe’s highest mountain peak (15,771 feet).

Villa Novecento

Courmayeur, Italy

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
www.villanovecento.com

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.

Hotel Hermitage

Cervinia, IT

Antique furnishings, wood floors and an elegant mountain ambience.

T: +39 0166 948-998. US$ 440-, incl. breakfast & dinner.
www.hotelhermitage.com

Milan

Stylish modern Italian furniture and fashion is showcased here; home to La Scala Opera House and designer boutiques.

Antica Locanda Solferino

2 Via Castelfirdardo, Milan, Italy

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.
www.anticalocandasolferino.it

Alle Meraviglie

8 Via San Tomaso, Milan, Italy

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-
www.allemeraviglie.it

Ligurian Coast

Liguria is home to the Italian Riviera, Portofino and pesto.

Hotel Splendido

13 viale Baratta, Portofino, Italy

The Italian Riviera’s classic romantic hotel, overlooking one of the world’s most photographed harbors.

T: +39 0185 269 551. 64 rooms.
www.hotelsplendido.com

Villa Gnocchi

53 Via Romana, San Lorenzo della Costa, Santa Margherita, Ligure

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-
www.villagnocchi.it

Veneto

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.

Hotel Gritti Palace

Giudecca 10, Fodamenta San Giovanni, Venice, Italy

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-
www.thegrittipalace.com

Ca Maria Adele

Dorsoduro 111 - 30123 Venice, Italy

A small palazzo with 12 lavishly decorated rooms. Renovated in 2014.

T +39 0415203078
www.camariaadele.it

 

 

Villa Cipriani Hotel

298 Via Canova Asolo, Italy

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-
www.villaciprianiasolo.com

Rome

The eternal city.

Hotel D’Inghilterra

Via Bocca Di Leone 14, Rome, Italy

Located in Rome’s high fashion district, this chic intimate hotel has small but stylish rooms.

T: +39 06-6998. 98 rooms. US$ 340-
www.niquesahotels.com/hotel-dinghilterra

J. K. Place Roma

nr. Piazza San Lorenzo Via de Mónté d’Oro, Rome, Italy

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-
www.jkroma.com

Le Marche

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.

Villa Giulia

Via di Villa Giulia Località San Biagio 40 Fano, Pesaro, Italy

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.

T: +39.0721.823159
www.relaisvillagiulia.com

Emilia-Romagna

Bordering Le Marche, Emilia-Romagna is home to Verdi, Ferrari, and the artistically-rich Adriatic city of Ravenna.

Tuscany

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

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.
www.loggiatodeiservitihotel.it

Villa San Michele

Via Doccia 4, Fiesole, Florence, Italy

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-
www.belmond.com/villa-san-michele-florence

Il Pellicano

Cala dei Santa Popto Ercole, Grosseto, Toscana

Elegant villa overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea.

T: +39 0564 858 111. 41 rooms.US$ 300-
www.pellicanohotel.com

Relais La Suvera

53030 Pievescola Comune di Casole d’Elsa, Siena Province, Italy

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-
www.lasuvera.it

Umbria

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

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).
www.letorridibagnara.it

Palazzo Terranova

Ronti Morra 06010, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

Luxurious and rustic Umbrian hill-top villa; an exquisite attention to detail includes artisan-crafted furniture, original oil paintings and superb food.
Villa Milani

T: +39 075 857 0083. 13 rooms. US$ 395-
www.palazzoterranova.com

Spoleto

Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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-
www.villamilani.com

L’Orto degli Angeli

Via Dante Alighieri, 1 06031 Bevagna, Perugia, Umbria, Italy

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-
www.ortoangeli.it

Southern Italy, Campagnia

Enchanting towns, sunshine and spectacular coastal scenery.

Hotel Palumbo

16 Via San Giovanni del Toro, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

11th century palazzo, architectural authenticity with a mix of Sicilian and Moorish elements.

T: +39 89 857 244. 15 rooms, US$ 35
www.hotelpalumbo.it

Villa Cimbrone

26 Via Santa Chiara, Ravello, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

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-
www.villacimbrone.com

Hotel San Pietro

2 Via Laurito, Positano, Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

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-
www.ilsanpietro.it

Palazzo Avino

Via San Giovanni Del Toro, 28 84010 Ravello (Salerno), Amalfi Coast, Campania, Italy

Originally a 12th century building, the newest luxury romantic hotel in Ravello boasts spectacular views.

T: +39 089 818181.  55 rooms. US$ 300-
www.palazzoavino.com

Le Sirenuse

30 Via Christoforo Colp,bp, Positano Amalfi Coast Campania, Italy

For 300 years the home of a noble family, with noteworthy antiques throughout.

T: +39 89 87 5066. US$ 236-
www.sirenuse.it

Puglia

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.

Il Convento di Santa Maria di Costantinopoli

Via Convento, Marittima di Diso

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-
athenamalpas@yahoo.com

Italy’s Islands, Capri

The Bay of Naples’ classic Capri island has been favored by wealthy Italians and Roman emperors alike. Arrive by hydrofoil from Naples.

La Scalinatella

Via Tragara 8, Caprii, Italy

A Capri classic, with panoramic views of the sea and mountains.

T: 39 081 837 0633. US$ 400-
www.scalinatella.com

Villa Brunella

Intimate family run hotel with ocean views and superb service.

T: 39 081 837 0122. 20 rooms. US$ 295-
www.villabrunella.it

Aeolian Islands

A beautiful volcanic archipelago off Sicily’s eastern coast. Seven rugged islands with deep caverns, steep cliffs, and splendid views.

Villa Meligunis

Lipari, Aeolian Islands, Italy

Former Greek merchant’s house with a spectacular rooftop bar and restaurant.

T: +39 090 988 0715. F: +39 0900 988 0149. US$ 150-
www.villameligunis.it

Hotel Raya

Via San Pietro, Panarea, Aeolian Islands, Italy

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-
www.hotelraya.it

Sicily

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

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-
www.monacidelleterrenere.it

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

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-
www.eremodellagiubiliana.it

Musiara Siracusa Resort

42 Riviera Dioniso il Grande Siracusa, Sicilia, Italy

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-
www.siracusaresort.it