Think of Italy and the mind immediately conjures up images of romance and style: of sipping espresso and enjoying a post-dinner ice-cream; of effortlessly drifting along the canals of Venice and riding pillion around Rome on a Lambretta; of browsing the boutiques of Milan and taking in the Renaissance Masters in Florence's great Uffizi. Much like its European neighbours, Italy is a country as diverse as you can get: from the snow-capped peaks of the Alps and Dolomites in the north and the rolling landscapes of Tuscany, to the beautiful coastline resorts of Portofino, Puglia and the Amalfi Coast and the stunning cities, saturated in history and culture. It is simply impossible to do Italy justice in such few words. All we can suggest is that you experience its magic for yourselves.

See below for a selection of our suggested luxury hotels and resorts in Italy and contact our European travel specialist, Jackie Slaughter, on: +44 (0)1242 787 808  to arrange your tailor-made holiday.

Hotel Savoy 〜 Florence

Right in the heart of one of Europe's most intoxicating cities, surrounded by the greatest Renaissance architecture on earth, Hotel Savoy, with its beautiful restaurant Irene and sophisticated little bar that spills out onto the Piazza della Repubblica, is minutes away from all the city's sights with a lovely understated elegance to all its rooms and a wonderful atmosphere. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Prime location in the heart of Florence
  • Elegant, sophisticated design - a classic Rocco Forte statement
  • The excellent Irene Bar and Restaurant

The Grand Hotel Tremezzo 〜 Lake Como

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On the shores of Lake Como, Grand Hotel Tremezzo is steeped in history, surrounded by fabulous gardens with unparalleled views over the lake to Bellagio and the Grigne Mountains. Bedrooms and suites are decorated in fresh colours echoing the flowers in the gardens. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • A wonderful lakeside location with unrivalled views
  • Delightful gardens with an abundance of flowers and plants
  • Roof top suites come with private terrace with Jacuzzi and panoramic views

Castello del Nero 〜 Tuscany

In the heart of the Chianti wine region amidst Tuscany's rolling hills, Castello del Nero is ideally situated to explore the delightful surrounding countryside and there are wonderful views over the vineyards and olive groves. Dating back to the 12th century, the Castello has been beautifully restored and retains many original features throughout, such as beamed ceilings, family crests and fine frescoes. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Authentic and original features, some dating back to the 12th century.
  • Fine gastronomic restaurant serving local specialities and wines.
  • Excellent spa facilities.

Portrait Firenze 〜 Florence

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Overlooking the Ponte Vecchio, three minutes' walk from the Uffizi, surrounded by fabulous restaurants tucked into charming side-streets, chic Portrait Firenze is in an excellent location in the very heart of the city. Each spacious suite has private dining facilities and a terrace looking out either at a church or the River Arno. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • One of the best locations in Florence
  • Access to one of Florence's most spectacular rooftops
  • 6th floor suites come with terraces over the river and are well worth the upgrade

Hotel Raya 〜 Panarea, Sicily

Clinging to the hillside of the tiny island of Panarea in the Aeolian archipelago, with spectacular views over Stromboli and the emerald waters beneath, Hotel Raya is the quintessential idyll. Starting life as a guest house some 40 years ago, today this boutique hideaway has become somewhat of an institution amongst its guests, with a reputation for the ultimate in laid-back luxury. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • An exclusive Aeolian island idyll
  • Sophisticated and stylish retreat overlooking Stromboli
  • Chilled ambience and 'aristo-boho' vibe
  • Fabulous restaurant and open-air nightclub [in summer]
  • Natural Geothermal pools

Verdura Resort 〜 Sicily

Part of the Rocco Forte hotel portfolio, Verdura Resort is set amidst a landscape of parkland and private coastline in the south-west of Sicily. With extensive leisure facilities including two 18-hole Championship golf courses, an award-winning spa, tennis and water sports, not to mention an impressive Kids Club and four restaurants, Verdura is a much welcome addition to the island. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Two 18-hole Championship golf courses
  • Extensive, award-winning spa facilities
  • Excellent dining opportunities, overseen by a Michelin-starred chef
  • Stylish, sophisticated accommodation
  • Wonderful Kids Club catering for all ages from 0 to 16

Four Seasons 〜 Florence

The first grand hotel to open in central Florence in decades wins plaudits for its quiet location, extensive gardens and sophisticated Florentine style. Public rooms offer a mix of historic grandeur and contemporary comfort. The same division between the Renaissance Palazzo della Gherardesca and the modern conversion is reflected in tranquil guestrooms and suites. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Five minutes walk from the Duomo
  • Sumptuous suite accommodation in the historic palace building
  • Flamboyant Florentine service in restaurant and bar
  • Exceptional concierge service offering unsurpassed access to sights

San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge 〜 The Dolomites

Amidst an ecological landscape of forests, meadows and mountains sits San Lorenzo Mountain Lodge, a 16th century, chalet-style, boutique dwelling in the heart of the Dolomites' Puster Valley. Originally a hunting lodge for the aristocracy of South Tyrol, this intimate lodge exudes a warmth and style that both reflects its natural environment and pays homage to its authentic, noble origin. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Stunning mountain setting, surrounded by forests and meadows
  • Intimate and rustic elegance, with just four bedrooms
  • Atmospheric stube and living room
  • A range of outdoor pursuits right on your doorstep

Hotel de Russie 〜 Rome

Located between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo in the heart of Rome, the De Russie is a hotel of exceptional and exquisite style. Positioned on the Via del Babuino, within easy walking distance of Rome's major landmarks and fashion houses, this luxury hotel has one of Rome's best health clubs and spas, complementing your stay in the Eternal City to perfection. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Excellent central location between the Spanish Steps and the Piazza del Popolo
  • A short walk to all the major landmarks and shopping areas
  • Extensive leisure facilities in the health club and spa
  • Dine al fresco at Le Jardin de Russie

Castel Monastero 〜 Tuscany

An entire medieval village dedicated to the Tuscan art of relaxing in style. Castel Monastero is surrounded by Chianti vineyards and olive groves, 15 miles from Siena. Traditional village houses have been imaginatively converted into 76 luxurious guestrooms and suites - and a private villa on two floors. The spa is spectacular and the principal restaurant overseen by Gordon Ramsay. View Hotel >

Hotel Features
  • Charming personal service with private butlers available
  • High glamour quotient in arguably the chicest village in Tuscany
  • Exceptional regional cooking by Alexander Delfanti's team
  • Sommelier tours of one of the best cellars in the region
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