Best luxury and boutique hotels in Italy

Hilltop villas, castles, B&Bs, boutique hotels, palazzi

Some people visit Italy in order to explore its history through its museums and ancient ruins; others spend weeks taking in the splendid art. Or you may wish to centre your trip around the fantastic regional food and wine on offer, or just relax on a beach. For others the splendour of cities such as Verona and Venice brings them back again and again.

Whatever your reason, when it comes to planning your holiday you will find we have a great selection of independently reviewed hotels to choose from. We hope readers will nominate their favourites too; the more feedback we get from you our readers, the more reliable and comprehensive our selection will be.

We like this tribute from the owner of Il Castello, Certaldo Alto, near Florence: "I am happy we are in the Guide. What I appreciate most is the kind of guests the Guide directs to our hotel. Very nice persons that look exactly for what we can offer."

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Featured hotels in Italy

Villa le Barone, Panzano-in-Chianti, Tuscany

This small Tuscan hilltop hotel, much loved by Guide readers over many years, has been owned by the famous Della Robbia family since the 16th century. It is now run by Conte Corso Aloisi de Larderel


Villa Ducale , Taormina, Sicily

‘Our favourite small hotel in the world,’ says a traveller after his fourth visit. ‘Its position, above the town, gives it the feel of a private hideaway. The owners, Andrea and


Villa Carlotta, Taormina, Sicily

A stone-clad 19th-century nobleman’s residence, modelled on a 14th century fortress, Villa Carlotta, perches high on a cliff above the Ionian Sea, with stunning panoramic views, and a vista of


Hotel Sonnenhof, Kuens, Bolzano

‘It remains a gem, loved by all who visit it,’ said the original nominators of the Schrott family’s chalet-style hotel, in the ‘very beautiful’ Passeier / Passiria valley


La Calcina, Venice, Veneto

John Ruskin stayed in this pensione on the Dorsoduro in 1877. Now owned by Marc Sibuet and Regina Segre Amar, who promise ‘discreet service and peace’, it faces the Giudecca canal and


Villa Sangiovese , Panzano-in-Chianti, Tuscany

On the corner of the tiny square of this small, unspoilt Tuscan town stands Anne-Marie and Ueli Bleuler-Staerkle’s hotel; from the back it commands a ‘tremendous view of distant hills and


Albergo Bad Dreikirchen, Barbiano, Bolzano

High above the Isarco valley between Bressanone and Bolzano, this hamlet consists of le tre chiese, three curious little attached medieval churches and this unspoilt 14th-century chalet, now a modest


Castel Pergine, PERGINE VALSUGANA , Trento

Above a small town (once a Roman settlement) east of Trento, this medieval castle stands in large wooded grounds: ‘a marvellous setting’. For more than a decade, it has been a


Belvedere Hotel, Falcade, Belluno

Set 1,100m above sea level and 55 yards from ski lifts, this hotel was described by a visitor as ‘a delightful, family-run hotel with splendid service. It's a nice old Alpine-style building in a


Hotels in Italy

  • Albergo Al Sole, Asolo, Veneto

    Once a bolt hole for wealthy Venetians escaping the summer heat (plus Robert Browning, Freya Stark, Igor Stravinsky et al.), this charming little medieval hill town near Treviso in the Veneto is known

  • Crossing Condotti, Rome, Lazio

    This chic little boutique hotel, which calls itself ‘Rooms in Rome’, is managed by Marco Fiduli. Just off the elegant via dei Condotti, and close to the lively Piazza di Spagna, it was

  • Pensione Bencista, Fiesole, Tuscany

    Ever-popular, Simone Simoni's 'blissfully quiet' pensione in a residential area on a hilltop just north-west of Florence represents 'amazing value', say its devotees. 'Breathtaking' views over the

  • Hotel Due Torri , Rome, Lazio

    ‘Near Piazza Navona and within walking distance of all the sights (we didn’t use a taxi the whole time we were in Rome), this centrally located hotel is on a quiet little street and I

  • Hotel Locarno, Rome, Lazio

    In a quietish street near the Piazza del Popolo, this Art Deco hotel opened in 1925 and later increased its size by extending into an adjacent building. It has a ‘charming internal

  • Hotel Lord Byron , Rome, Lazio

    On the north side of the Borghese Gardens, this luxury hotel is decorated in Art Deco style, with jewel tones, period details and floor-length curtains. It might be a bit out of the way for some

  • Hotel Portoghesi, Rome, Lazio

    ‘One of the best hotels (for the price) that we have stayed in,’ says a visitor. The Sagnotti family’s palazzo, a hotel for over 160 years, is within walking distance of most of the

  • Hotel Barocco , Rome, Lazio

    ‘Well located’, at the foot of Via Veneto, this historic building is within easy walking distance of the sights of ancient Rome, ‘and the classy shopping streets’. ‘Very

  • La Residenza , Rome, Lazio

    ‘A real bargain for Rome’, ‘superbly located’, this old-established B&B hotel is just off Via Veneto, not far from the Borghese Gardens. Yellow-walled, with green shutters

  • Teatro di Pompeo, Rome, Lazio

    You can see the remains of Pompey’s theatre (55BC) in the breakfast room/bar of this small hotel run by the Cavarocchi-Mignoni family. In the historic centre, close to Piazza Navona and the

  • Pensione Accademia – Villa Maravege, Venice , Veneto

    A 17th-century villa which was the Russian consulate when Venice was an independent republic, this well-known pensione has a ‘super position’ by a side canal, near the Grand Canal at the

  • Ca' Pisani Hotel, Venice, Veneto

    In a relatively quiet part of the city, by the Accademia, this 14th-century palazzo is part of the Design Hotels group. Named after Vettor Pisani, the great admiral of the ancient republic, it is

  • Hotel Colombina, Venice , Veneto

    ‘One of the attractions of this gem,’ write its nominators, ‘is its location on a junction of canals just behind the Doge’s Palace.’ In the warren of little streets 100

  • Hotel Flora, Venice, Veneto

    ‘Quiet, even by local standards’, the Romanelli family’s B&B hotel has long been loved by Guide readers. It stands at the end of a small street near St Mark’s Square by the

  • Hotel Londra Palace, Venice , Veneto

    The proud boast of this opulent hotel is that it has a hundred windows facing the lagoon. A short walk from St Mark’s Square, it was built in 1860 and later merged with another hotel next door.

  • Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Lazio

    This sumptuous and elegant hotel is located on Via Veneto, the street that formed the backdrop to Fellini’s classic movie “La Dolce Vita”, and close to the Piazza di Spagna, Villa

  • Suite Della Vite, Rome, Lazio

    Suite Dellavite is not a hotel, but instead a centrally-located collection of seven different studio apartments, most of which are spacious and feature kitchenettes with fridges. The penthouse suite

  • Hotel Villa Belvedere, Florence, Tuscany

     With ‘stunning views’ over Florence and the surrounding hills, this family friendly hotel ‘couldn’t be faulted’ by a visitor. Run by the Ceschi-Perotto family

  • Hotel Hermitage, Florence, Tuscany

    Overlooking the Arno, between the Ponte Vecchio and the Uffizi, this ‘very peaceful’ B&B hotel has ‘marvellous views of the duomo’. Its ambience is ‘decidedly

  • Loggiato dei Serviti, Florence, Tuscany

    Much loved by Guide readers, Rodolfo Gattai’s B&B is in ‘one of Florence’s loveliest squares’, ‘easily reached from all directions’. Built in 1527 for the order

  • Hotel Monna Lisa, Florence, Tuscany

    In the city centre, this Renaissance palace is now a ‘beautiful and gracious’ hotel with ‘stunning’ lounges filled with antiques and art treasures, and neo-classical drawings

  • Relais Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany

    By the Uffizi Gallery, Elisabetta Matucci’s B&B is a 16th-century building in a little pedestrianised street (reached under an ancient arch) off the Piazza della Signoria. This is overlooked

  • Hotel Tornabuoni Beacci, Florence, Tuscany

    ‘Excellently located’, this ‘beautifully kept’ B&B hotel has been run for many years by its owners, the Bechi family. ‘A lovely mixture of antique furnishings and mod

  • Scalinata di Spagne, Rome, Lazio

    The location of this quaint and charming hotel could not be bettered - right next to the Spanish Steps. Rooms are small (which is usual for the location), but elegantly furnished, and two have private

  • Luna Convento, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast

    Run for many years as a hotel by the Barbaro family, this former medieval convent, founded by St Francis of Assisi in 1222, has long been popular with Guide readers. ‘A great place: lots of

  • Villa Sarah, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    Once the summertime day-trippers have left, Capri becomes a different place: it has ‘charm, beauty, many fabulous sights’. A short walk from its centro storico, although up a hill, the de

  • Villa Brunella, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    A bit of a walk from Capri’s small main square, Piazza Umberto, in a pleasant residential area, this small modern villa is ‘stylish, efficient and vertiginous’, says a visitor this

  • Hotel Marincanto, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    ‘Wholeheartedly recommended’ by Guide readers, this elegant four-star B&B hotel is on six floors, with lovely terraces and splendid views (‘even from the bathrooms’), and

  • Palazzo Avino, Ravello, Amalfi Coast

    High on a cliff, the pink 12th-century palace of the Sasso family, now a ‘very fine hotel’, has ‘spellbinding views’ from its terrace over the Amalfi coast. A combination of

  • Hotel Palazzo Murat, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    Built in 1808 by the King of Naples (who was married to Napoleon's sister) as a summer residence, this townhouse hotel is located in the centre of Positano. It is located on a pedestrian thoroughfare,

  • Le Sirenuse, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    The Sersale family's summer home was turned into this spectacular hotel in 1951, and is still run by the descendants of the original brothers. The hotel combines the charm of a private home with the

  • La Minerva, Capri, Amalfi Coast

    Located in the centre of Capri but surrounded by beautiful landscaped gardens, nearly all of the rooms at this peaceful family-owned and run boutique hotel have sea views and terraces or balconies.

  • Hotel Caruso, Ravello, Amalfi Coast

    The highlight of this 11th-century restored palace is the infinity pool - heated to a warm temperature year-round, and located at the highest point in Ravello, it has incredible views of the Amalfi

  • Santa Caterina Hotel, Amalfi, Amalfi Coast

    This hotel, set in an art deco villa on Amalfi drive, offers a genteel, old-fashioned charm, and has been in the same family since it opened as a hotel with six rooms in 1904. The spacious rooms have

  • Monastero Santa Rosa, Conca dei Marini, Amalfi Coast

    A former monastery dating from the 17th century, this luxury boutique hotel has been sympathetically restored by owner Bianca Sharma; features such as vaulted ceilings and wooden shutters on the

  • Casa Buonocore, Positano, Amalfi Coast

    This hotel is in the centre of Positano, close to shops and restaurants and five minutes from Spiaggia Grande beach. What it may lack in amentities such as a pool or direct beach access it more than

  • Villa Cheta Elite, Acquafredda di Maratea, Lombardy

    In this ‘old-fashioned summer resort’ on the dramatic north Tyrrhenian coast,  this 18th-century ‘Liberty-style’ building stands in lush grounds. Family antiques,

  • Villa della Pergola, Alassio, Liguria

    A former haunt of English noblemen, this B&B is a conversion of two pink colonial-style villas once owned by Sir Daniel Hanbury. It stands above the town in a park with magnolias, eucalyptus,

  • Villa Las Tronas, Alghero, Sardinia

    Until the 1940s a holiday home of the Italian royal family, this rectangular pink 19th-century villa retains a ‘charming air of gently fading elegance’, says its nominator. ‘It

  • Hotel Cenobio dei Dogi, Camogli, Liguria

    ‘We cannot think of a nicer, better-run seaside hotel,’ says a devotee of this large hotel, built on the site of a villa once owned by the aristocratic Dogi family. ‘Well run, though

  • Albergo Pietrasanta, Pietrasanta, Tuscany

    This small town (famous for its marble sculptures), with wooded hills behind and sea stretching out in front, is a 30-minute train ride north of Lucca. In a pedestrianised street, the 16th-century

  • Punta Rossa, San Felice Circeo, Lazio

    In a remote setting on an ‘amazing cliffside’, this resort complex includes a hotel and a ‘fishermen’s village’ (apartments), in a large botanical park on the coast

  • Hotel Ai Reali, Venice, Veneto

    A 17th-century former palace refurbished into a luxury hotel in 2013, Hotel Ai Reali is set on a quiet canal between the Rialto and Piazza San Marco. The elegant, typically Venetian-style rooms

  • Hotel Novecento, Venice, Veneto

    Set a short walk from St Mark’s Square but on a peaceful side street, this small hotel is perfect for visitors looking for a 'home away from home’. It is owned and run by the Romanelli

  • Oltre Il Giardino, Venice, Veneto

    Owned and managed by Lorenzo Muner, Oltre Il Giardino is set in the San Polo area of Venice, just a few steps from the Church of Frari and 15 minutes from St Mark’s Square. Its secluded garden,

  • Romantik Hotel Villa Novecento, Courmayeur, Aosta Valley

    The Cavaliere family’s hotel is in the heart of the Italian Alps, and overlooks Mount Blanc. It's a reconstruction of a 20th-century alpine villa - every room is named after a year - and is

  • Chalet Portillo, Selva Di Val Gardena, Bolzano

    On the edge of this Dolomite resort (Wolkenstein in Gröden in German) at the foot of the impressive Sella massif, this ‘superb hotel’, renovated last in 2013, is run by its owner,

  • Hotel Bad Ratzes, Siusi Allo Sciliar, Bolzano

    Liked for its welcome, ‘quietly efficient staff’ and ‘excellent value for money’, this chalet-style hotel  is in a ‘very beautiful’ skiing and summer resort in

  • Hotel Marlet, Solda, Bolzano

    High above the road, on the far side of the village (Sulden in German), this chalet-style hotel has fine views to the glacier and the Ortler range of mountains. Furnished in modern Alpine style, it

  • Hotel Pergola Residence, Algund, South Tyrol

    Designed by renowned architect Matteo Thun, Hotel Pergola Residence is set on a hill 3 km from the ski and nature resort of Merano, but hiking trails depart staight from the hotel too. Accommodation

  • HB Aosta Hotel, Aosta, Aosta Valley

    Ten minutes away from the cable car which takes you to Pila ski resort in 20 minutes, this modern and recently refurbished hotel offers 'a pleasant stay, with excellent and helpful staff', according

  • Hotel Palazzo Abadessa, Venice, Veneto

    Set in the quiet Cannaregio district, this 16th-century Baroque palace, formerly an aristocratic family home, boasts gorgeous, individually-decorated rooms and suites with frescoed ceilings,

  • Hotel Casci, Florence, Tuscany

    Hotel Casci isn't fancy, but considering its location (150m from Florence Cathedral) the rates are very reasonable and the owners, the Lombardi family, pride themselves on being some of the

  • Hotel Spadai, Florence, Tuscany

    The location of this stylish new hotel (it opened in 2015) couldn't be bettered - it's 100m from Florence Cathedral and in easy walking distance of the city's major sights. Although it's set in a

  • Dimora Bolsone, Gordone Riviera, Lombardy

    Set in a 15th-century stone manor house on a hillside ten minutes' drive above Lake Garda and offering 'spectacular views of the lake', this hotel prizes tranquillity above all else - even eschewing

  • Villa Cimbrone, Ravello, Amalfi Coast

    You need to be fit to stay at Villa Cimbrone. If you don't arrive by helicopter, you approach by a 15-minute uphill walk through the pedestrian zone on Ravello’s steep hillside (your luggage