5-Star Hotel Guide


Romance, style and history permeate this land, 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 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.

Read our personal reviews of more than twenty 5-star luxury hotels across Italy creating an extravaganza of Italian hospitality, spanning: Venice, Milan, Rome, Florence, Tuscany, Lake Como, and the dramatic Amalfi Coast including Portofino, Positano and Ravello.

If you are looking for an exceptional villa for a family vacation or a celebration with friends, 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 to Michelin-starred chefs if you need them.

Our recent travels have taken us once more to Florence 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. She also stayed and admired 360 degree views of Umbria from the stunning roof terrace at Torre Beradesca, a five storey torre near the lovely town of Todi, which made such an impression on her, she has named her new puppy after it.

Our love of Italy is easy to understand when you explore this unique collecton of Italy's finest luxury hotels and luxury villas. We will be adding new 5-star hotels and private luxury villas in 2018, so keep a look out and contact our concierge for expert guidance and help with booking,

When you share our passion for Italy, you can begin to understand Robert Browning's deep love of this beautiful country.