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Grand Hotel Vesuvio
Known for bedding legends – past guests include Rita Hayworth and Humphrey Bogart – this five-star heavyweight is a decadent wonderland of dripping chandeliers, period antiques and opulent rooms...
Sestiere di Castello
Whether you’re coming from cutting-edge art at the Biennale or baroque masterpieces at the Palazzo Ducale, this tranquil all-white retreat with a lily pond in the garden is a welcome reprieve from the visual onslaught of Venice...
Hotel Villa Belvedere
Built in 1902, the jaw-droppingly pretty Villa Belvedere was one of the original grand hotels, well-positioned with fabulous views and luxuriant gardens, which are a particular highlight...
Hotel Palazzo Abadessa
Sestiere di Cannaregio
Evenings seem enchanted in this opulent 1540 Venetian palazzo, with staff fluffing pillows, plying guests with prosecco, arranging water taxis to the opera and plotting irresistible marriage proposals...
Hotel Alma Domus
Owned by the Catholic diocese and still home to six Dominican nuns, this convent now operates as a budget hotel. And though its prices are low, the standard of its recently renovated 4th floor rooms are anything but...
Providing another lesson in Italian interior design, the Met doesn’t miss a trick...
Book well in advance for one of the sea-view rooms at this calmly stylish hotel on the Ortygia waterfront, at the edge of la Giudecca neighbourhood...
Agriturismo San Mattia
Make friends with the chickens, ducks and horses as you wander through San Mattia's olive groves, orchards and vineyards, then sit back on the patio and soak up the stunning views of Verona...
A model of whitewashed Mediterranean style, the Angedras has cool, airy rooms with big French doors opening onto sunny patios. The chic terrace, where breakfast is served in summer, is a cool place for iced drinks on hot evenings...
Navigli & Around
With geranium-clad balconies overhanding the Naviglio Grande and striking black, white and grey decor and pinstriped bedlinen, Maison Borella brings a much-needed touch of class to Navigli and is, amazingly, the first canal-side hotel...
Hotel Villa Athena
With the Tempio della Concordia lit up in the near distance and palm trees lending an exotic Arabian Nights feel, the views from this historic five-star are magnificent...
Overlooking meadows, this green-shuttered mountain hideaway evokes its 1920s origins with romantic canopied timber 'cabin beds', weighty cowbells strung from old beams and claw-foot baths. There are open fireplaces in some rooms...
Hotel Baia Di Nora
A swish four-star hotel with all the trimmings, this is the sort of place you won’t want to leave. OK, there’s a chance you might manage to stumble across the perfectly tended garden to the swimming pool bar, or even to the private beach.
Palazzo Guadagni Hotel
Plump above Florence's liveliest summertime square, this hotel, with impossibly romantic loggia, is legendary – Zefferelli shot scenes from Tea with Mussolini here...
Riva del Garda
Located two kilometres outside Riva, this bright, burnt-orange residence situated amid olive groves and vineyards is a haven for families. Rooms and apartments overlook lush grounds that include a heated pool, tennis and volleyball courts and 2...
The Button grows on you...
Montebelli Agriturismo & Country Hotel
A country-club feel prevails on this sprawling bio-dynamic wine and olive-oil estate 10km north of Vetulonia...
Hotel Royal Superga
For 'Superga' read 'superb'. This appealing old-fashioned hotel hidden off a corner of Piazza Galimberti mixes some regal touches with a raft of complimentary items...
Piccolo Hotel Puccini
Snug around the corner from the great man himself (or at least a bronze copy of him) and the house where he was born is this efficiently run, intimate address...
Combining a quite location deep in the old town with ultra-modern rooms in which bold colours offset a minimalist white background, Avenue Hotel is deservedly popular...
Albergo Diffuso Mannois
Spread across three lovingly restored buildings in the medieval centre of Orosei, Albergo Diffuso Mannois is very special...
These six super stylish apartments dotted around Brera, Moscova and Montenapoleone are decorated with the design-conscious in mind: sleek wooden floors, hanging mezzanines, design fixtures and fittings, and a soothing white and dove-grey palette...