5-Star Hotel Guide


Romance, style and history permeate Italy, from the hills of Tuscany to the streets of Rome


5-star hotel guide to Italy

Robert Browning famously penned: "Open my heart and you will see, graved inside of it, Italy." In all of our travels, we have found few countries more romantic, culturally fascinating, aesthetically pleasing and downright open-hearted than Italy.

The Italians' love of family, from bambino to grandfather (and godfather), is not pretence – it is genuine and embracing. We love Italy and we want to share our hand-picked selection of the finest 5-star hotels and luxury villas with you. Not only have we selected the very best 5-star hotels and luxury villas in Italy, but we have also dined in the most sensational restaurants, discovered the vistas that are heaven sent, sought the best shopping and explored fine regional wines and local culture.

Using our expert personal reviews and experience of these cherry-picked hotels and luxury villas to guide your search, you can avoid disappointment and benefit from our insights, knowledge of the properties and wide experience.

The best 5-star hotels in Italy

Let our expert reviews of more than twenty of the best 5-star luxury hotels in Italy guide you to the perfect Italian experience spanning iconic cities including Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence and stunning regions like Tuscany, Lake Como, Lake Garda, Liguria and the dramatic Amalfi Coast including the beautiful cliffside villages of Positano, Praiano and Ravello. We visit every hotel we feature, so we can guide you on the destination, which rooms to book, what to do, and where to eat.

The best luxury villas in Italy

Our Italian luxury villa collection is, quite honestly, peerless. Hand-picked luxury villas, palazzos and castellos in supreme locations offering cossetting comfort, mesmerising views, beautiful pools and every supporting service from nannies and cooks to Michelin-starred chefs if you need them.

Our recent travels have taken us once more to Florence, Venice, Portofino and Rome and also to the Val d'Orcia, where Sophie, our travel editor, spent a week at exquisitely located Villa Le Ripe near San Casciano dei Bagni. Other recent trips include expanding our luxury villa collection in Umbria with Torre Beradesca, a five storey torre near the lovely town of Todi - which made such an impression on her, she named her latest puppy after it - and historic Villa Paradisio Pianciano near Spoletto.

Le Marche is a largely undiscovered region, where Casa Olivi sets the standard with its fusion of ancient and modern and stunning views to the Adriatic and beyond. More villas, here, coming soon.

Our love of Italy is easy to understand when you explore this unique collecton of Italy's finest 5-star hotels and luxury villas. Contact our concierge for expert guidance and help with booking, and now is definitely the time to book ahead for summer 2023, while there is still availability.

If you share our passion for Italy, you will understand understand Robert Browning's deep love of this beautiful and welcoming country.