Join us as we explore our favorite boutique hotels in Italy, where the settings are breathtaking and the accommodations are oh-so-wonderful. Somewhere between marveling at the stunning views from the pool deck and sipping your late afternoon apertivio on the sun-kissed terrace, you’ll discover La Dolce Vita during your stay. We’ve spent years cultivating personal relationships with our hoteliers in Italy to provide you with thoughtfully selected accommodations that reveal the true character of the region you are exploring. Here is a sampling of our favorite hotels on our popular Italian tours… andiamo!
Lakeside Luxury at the Belvedere Bellagio
Nestled on the shores of lovely Lake Como is the upscale Belvedere Bellagio. Family-owned and operated, this luxurious hotel has expansive manicured gardens, a heated outdoor pool, as well as a full-service for a truly rejuvenating retreat. From the beautiful decor to the lakeside views, you’ll always remember your time here in the Italian Lakes. While staying, bask in the personalized hospitality of their welcoming staff — an experience as memorable as the sweeping lake views and the mountains beyond.
The Tuscan Fantasy at Villa Le Barone
“We’re off to the villa,” you say in the dream version of life, with your scarf trailing in the breeze as you stroll through the picturesque Tuscan vineyards. Only this time it’s real. And you can touch the 16th-century stone wall to prove it. The Della Robbia family claimed this Chianti hilltop for their home, and these days, our friends Corso and Jacqueline (otherwise known as the Count and Countess) greet you at the door. The pool is cool on a sunny day. The gardens are thick with roses. Dinner on the terrace overlooking the olive groves and the nearby village will have you grasping for adjectives … and wishing the moment would never end. It’s easy to see why this is one of our favorite places to stay in Italy!
Palace of Wonders at Palazzo Gattini in Matera
If you ruled the world (or at least the UNESCO World Heritage city of Matera), Palazzo Gattini would be your rightful home. Rising over a rolling sea of creamy limestone buildings, the 15th-century palace of the Gattini Counts is an impeccably restored 5-star palazzo-hotel. Enjoy a regal stay with its perfect symphony of barrel-vaulted ceilings, fresh pasta on the terrace, insanely plush towels, and warm Italian hospitality. In an awesome feat of transformation, the underground caves and cisterns make up a chic spa with sparkling pools and an irresistible hot-stone massage. Gorgeous rooms offer views of the city. From the rooftop terrace to the vaulted stone spa, it’s an experience in regal hospitality. Our guests call it a “stunning spectacle” that is “amazing in every way.” Come see (and stay) for yourself while on our Puglia walking tour.
Paparazzi-Worthy in Capri at the Grand Hotel Quisisana
You’ll never forget your stay at the Grand Hotel Quisisana, Capri’s most exclusive refuge and a 2-night stop on our Amalfi Coast walking tour. Nicknamed “the Quisi” by the glitterati, the impeccable service is star treatment all the way, as expected from a Leading Hotels of the World property. Named one of the top hotels by both Conde Nast and Travel + Leisure, this upscale property is perfectly sited and a luxurious retreat. The sunny, Mediterranean-style rooms serve up glorious views of the town or the sea. Stroll out for a little shopping after the turisti scurry back to Naples at the end of the day. Quisisana translates as “here one heals.” If you doubt us, just consider how you will feel sipping your Negroni on the terrace at sunset.