Thousands of Brits flock to Italy every single year, but with a plethora of regions to visit, not to mention hotels to bed down in once you get there, which are the truly special? Here's our top picks.
Editor’s Picks: Italy Hotels
Six of the best: Hotels in Italy
Not so much a hotel as a selection of quirky rooms in a prince’s family home (it being exactly that!), Palazzo Belmonte sits in the pretty town of Santa Maria di Castellabate on a sandy beach that is still off the beaten track for most Brits making their summer trek in search of sun and pizza! To book, visit villa holiday specialist CV Travel.
Situated in the pretty-as-a-picture town of Ravello, the Caruso is an unashamedly lavish hotel has one of the best infinity pools in the whole country, with views across the Amalfi Coast. The food is as fabulous as the vista, making it the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Visit hotelcaruso.com
Rather than swelter in the centre of the city, this luxe, five-star property sits a 15-minute (free) shuttle bus ride away, with large pool, tennis courts, spa and pretty much everything else you need to keep the family amused (if they’ve got any energy left after a hard day’s sightseeing, that is). Visit romecavalieri.com
Italians have been flocking to the baths in Saturnia for centuries. Renowned for its healing waters, it now plays host to an award-winning spa hotel, and an appropriately wealthy clientele. Beware, the smell of sulphur takes some getting used to and this isn’t the place to bring children, but a few days in and those aches and pains will be a distant memory. Visit termedisaturnia.it/
Beyond chic, Casa Angelina is the ideal place for a long weekend break away from the kids. Anniversary? Special birthday? We’d celebrate all our special occasions here given half the chance. Little touches like personal notepad computers and Nespresso machines in the rooms get an extra thumbs-up. Visit casangelina.com
Lake Como needs no introduction but the touristy crowds can put some off visiting the area. No need with this fabulous but secluded retreat. There are just 12 rooms, many with romantic four-poster beds, however the services – including a wine bar, infinity pool and spa – are worthy of a far larger hotel. Visit relaisvillavittoria.it
Of course, if you’re whizzing between all these fabulous locations, you’ll need a suitably fabulous car. Or maybe you want to save all your pennies for the hotels. Either way, Rhino Car is one of the best value-for-month Italian car-hire firms we’ve found. Check out prices and car models at www.rhinocarhire.com.