The Best Hotels in Italy


Travel & Leisure Magazine published a list of Best Hotels in the World, based on a reader survey. I pulled the Italy ones from the bunch because it’s an interesting list, and because the T&L website doesn’t allow you to. Lists of Best Hotels in Italy abound if you do a Google search, but I really liked the list below, even if it doesn’t include my favorite hotel in Italy. I have sent Italy trip planning clients to many of these hotels and can vouch that they are fantastic. 


La posta vecchia ladispoli


Best Hotels in Italy

1) Grand Hotel Baglioni, Bologna

2) Il San Pietro, Positano

3) Westin Palace, Mila


Best Resorts in Italy

1) Il San Pietro, Positano

2) Hotel Villa Sant’Andrea, Taormina

3) Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina

4) Hotel Excelsior, Venice

5) Hotel Caruso Belvedere, Ravello


Villa feltrinelli gargnano

Best Small Hotels in a City in Italy

1) Grand Hotel Villa Cora, Florence

2) Hotel D’Inghilterra, Rome

3) J.K. Place, Florence

4) Boscolo Hotel Palace, Rome


Best Inns & Small Country Hotels in Italy

1) La Rosa dei Venti, Positano

2) La Posta Vecchia, Ladispoli (near Rome)

3) Villa Pisani, Vescovana (between Verona and Venice)

4) La Scalinatella, Capri

5) Grand Hotel A Villa Feltrinelli, Gargnano (on Lake Garda)

Top photo of La Posta Vecchia in Ladispoli; last photo of Villa Feltrinelli in Gargnano

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Posted by on Oct 14, 2009 in Planning Your Italy Trip | One Comment

1 Comment

  1. Faris
    July 28, 2012

    I just got back from 6 days in Rome. It is unbelievable! Ciampino airoprt is very small so it’s a doddle to get around. Go to the Terravision stand for a bus ticket to Termini. It’ll cost you 12 Euros for a return ticket and the journey takes about half an hour. The buses are very regular. They’ll ask for your return flight time and tell you the last bus to get back to the plane on time. I’d advise you to get the one an hour before that, as that’s what we did and it saved the heartache of a half hour wait to get checked in the Italians are very laid back! It’ll be about a ten minute walk to your hotel. If you get a taxi, make sure the meter is on. A service charge is included in a lot of restaurants so you should ask first. I personally tip nothing if the service is rubbish, which it was a couple of times, 10% if it’s ok and 15 to 20% if it’s good. You can buy metro tickets from the many magazine stalls for 1 Euro that gives you unlimited trips on the very frequent trams and buses for 75 mins. Just stick your ticket in the yellow machines on the bus or tram and it’ll stamp the expiry time on it. The only amazing meal we had was at Sel and Pepe on Viale de Trastevere. I had a pesto dish and it was amazing. It’s about 20 mins from your hotel, all in, but worth it. A guided tour of the Vatican is 25 Euros plus the 13 Euros you’d pay for the admission anyway. Well worth it to skip the huge queue, and you find out things you may never have known. Christians for candlelight? Guides will approach you to ask if you want a your. The Coliseum tour is 11 Euros plus the 10 admission charge, again, totally worth it. Enjoy your trip.


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