In search of la dolce vita? These glorious hotels perched on ancient streets, Tuscan hills and seaside cliffs deliver it in spades.
With impeccable style, attentive service and luxurious amenities, Italian hotels do travelhospitality right.
If you’re looking for somewhere to stay, try these beautiful hotels in Italy.
Belmond Hotel Caruso (Ravello)
The infinity pool perched high above the Tyrrhenian Sea is a showstopper, but it’s just the beginning.
Staying at Hotel Caruso is to indulge in all of what makes Ravello so seductive — terraced gardens of olive trees, lemon groves and rose bushes, frescoed ceilings, ancient stone vaults, and airy, elegant rooms with four-poster beds.
This 11th-century palazzo has just 50 rooms and suites, accentuating the hotel’s air of exclusivity and privacy.
Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria (Sorrento)
where legend has it that Emperor Augustus once had his own villa.
Three 19th-century buildings sit in an expansive Mediterranean garden (also home to the hotel’s white marble pool and spa), and the location offers views that soar over the Gulf of Naples.
Interiors are traditional and elaborately appointed, no more so than in the Vittoria Breakfast Room.
J.K. Place (Capri)
In contrast to the over-the-top grandeur of many Amalfi Coast hotels, J.K. Place has the casual, contemporary feel of an intimate but high-end beach house.
The guest rooms are studies in chic neutrals, some with dashes of coral and blue, while public spaces feature walls the color of the ocean and plenty of windows and balconies for viewing the real thing.
To channel the setting’s signature beauty, guests can visit the hotel’s spa for Capri-lemon-infused treatments or enjoy sunset aperitivos on the J.K. Bar terrace.
Le Sirenuse (Positano)
All those photos of Positano villas tucked into the cliffs above the sea? A large percentage of them are taken at Le Sirenuse, the unofficial flagship property of the entire Amalfi Coast.
Accordingly, the hotel’s terraces are the best seats in the house, whether it’s the guest room private patios or the ones at Franco’s Bar, outside of the Michelin-starred La Sponda, or beside the lemon tree-lined pool.
The interiors are just as photogenic, with hand-painted tiles, exquisite furnishings, tasteful art and antiques and vines that dance above domed hallways and windows.
Il San Pietro di Positano
Rows of orange day beds and off-white beach umbrellas line an outcropping jutting into the sea.
Il San Pietro is the only hotel in Positano with direct access to a private beach.
For convenience, an elevator carries guests down (and more importantly, up) the cliff face to reach the coveted spot, which also houses a solarium, bar and restaurant.
Up at the hotel, rooms are crisp and cool, with tile floors and a simple but elegant aesthetic that lets the spectacular views do the talking.