From holidaying Roman emperors to the Grand Tours of the 19th-century British aristocracy, Italy has a rich, accommodating history that continues to this day. You can stay in the likes of Venetian palaces, Tuscan farmhouses and Belle Époque villas on the shores of the Italian lakes. And the following represent the best in Italian getaways, all handpicked by our destination experts.
Villa Sant'Andrea, Taormina, Sicily
4-night luxury holiday from £1,320 ppSave up to £150 pp – ends 25 Oct
A private swathe of beach, almost tropical gardens, laidback elegance, old-fashioned, fine Italian furnishings and cutting-edge art make the Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea the most glamorous stay in Taormina.
Baglioni Hotel Luna, Venice
3-night luxury holiday from £885 ppSave up to £415 pp – ends 31 Oct
Just off the Grand Canal, this Venetian palace is old-world luxury at its finest, complete with chandeliers, frescoes and gilded furnishings. Its private pier and fine-dining restaurant don’t hurt, either.
Baglioni Resort Cala del Porto, Tuscan Coast
5-night luxury holiday from £1,100 pp
Most of the rooms at the delectable Resort Cala Del Porto overlook the bay of Punta Ala, a glorious swathe of blue punctuated by the island of Elba. The Maremma, a less explored but most exciting corner of Tuscany provides the perfect counterpoint.
Relais Santa Croce, Florence
Set in an old palazzo, with original murals still gracing the walls, the Relais Santa Croce is as beautiful as the Florentine views it enjoys. Frescoed ceilings and fine art feature throughout, as do high standards and lashings of luxury.
Castello di Casole, Tuscany
4-night luxury holiday from £1,285 ppSave up to £670 pp – ends 20 Nov
Stay in a 10th-century castle ringed by vineyards, enjoying fine dining, spectacular views and superb spa treatments.
Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como
4-night luxury holiday from £1,360 ppSave up to £340 pp – ends 30 Sep
This century-old grand dame is the best-located hotel on Lake Como – a setting taken in by a superb array of facilities. Expect everything from private-balcony rooms to an infinity spa pool
Grand Hotel Timeo, Taormina
4-night luxury holiday from £1,495 ppSave up to £700 pp – ends 31 Oct
The Belmond Grand Hotel sits high on Sicilian cliffs, with glorious views of the sea and Mount Etna.
Hotel Splendido, Portofino
4-night luxury holiday from £1,615 ppSave up to £630 pp – ends 27 Oct
Choose between luxury stays in a 500-year-old convent or down by the waterfront at this opulent property, complete with spa, gourmet restaurants and stunning setting.
4-night luxury holiday from £1,975 ppSave up to £940 pp – ends 25 Nov
The Belmond Hotel Cipriani is true old-world Venice at its refined best. Expect complimentary rides to the splendours of the city, chandelier-adorned rooms, a gorgeous swimming pool and two exquisite restaurants offering superb authentic Italian dining.
Villa San Michele, Florence
4-night luxury holiday from £1,635 ppSave up to £450 pp – ends 31 Oct
A façade by Michelangelo, frescoes of The Last Supper and fine dining informed by Tuscan heritage – this is a truly unique proposition.
Il Borro, Tuscany
Nestled within a 700-hectare estate in the heart of rural Tuscany, this historic hotel combines fine food and wine, and indulgent spa treatments, with Relais & Châteaux’s signature brand of elegant luxury.
Casa Angelina, Amalfi Coast
4-night luxury holiday from £1,015 ppSave up to £250 pp – ends 12 Oct
Simply, this is the Amalfi Coast at its chic best. Expect everything from a private beach club to a rooftop fine dining restaurant.
4-night luxury holiday from £1,290 ppSave up to £405 pp – ends 10 Nov
Escape to a historic palace with spectacular views over the Amalfi Coast. Here, infinity-pool modernity is paired with classic fine dining and paintings by old masters.
Alberi Del Paradiso, Cefalù
Secluded above the beautiful town of Cefalù, this four-star hotel, with its pool, wellness centre and extensive gardens, is just 20 minutes' walk from the beach.
Villa Athena, Sicily
At the heart of Sicily’s Valley of the Temples, the deluxe Villa Athena is blissfully boutique, with just 27 rooms. The only five star property in this historic part of the island, with five-star views of the Temple of Concordia.
Borgo Santo Pietro, Tuscany
From Michelin-starred dining to exclusive spa treatments, this is your chance to stay in one of the Tuscany’s most luxurious properties.
Hotel Lungarno, Florence
Discover luxury amid Florence's myriad delights in this opulent hotel whose walls are adorned with more than 400 pieces of art, some dating back to the 900s. Evenings are spent in the Michelin-starred restaurant on the banks of the river – with the option to dine on your own private terrace.
Palazzo Avino, Ravello
4-night luxury holiday from £1,495 ppSave up to £45 pp – ends 10 Oct
This exquisite five-star hotel was once a 12th-century private villa, perched above the dazzling coast of Amalfi in medieval Ravello. Opulent rooms are adorned with hand-made Vietri tiles and the highest-level suites feature private decks with hot tubs.
Hotel Danieli, Venice
Spread across three canal-side palaces, this landmark hotel offers rooftop fine dining, grand architecture and sweeping views across the Venetian Lagoon.
Grand Hotel Gardone, Lake Garda
7-night luxury holiday from £1,295 pp
Having welcomed the likes of Winston Churchill through its grand waterside doors, this elegant hotel was one of the first to grace Lake Garda’s picturesque shores.
Step back to the Golden Age of Travel aboard the world’s most iconic rail journey. And, as Europe’s great vistas sweep past, you’ll sit back to enjoy piano-accompanied cocktails, multi-course gourmet dining and that famous white-gloved service.
San Clemente Palace Kempinski, Venice
3-night luxury holiday from £985 ppSave up to £125 pp – ends 16 Oct
A private Venetian island, complete with spectacular lagoon views from pool bars, stylish rooms and fine-dining restaurants.
Due Torri, Verona
This esteemed Verona hotel lies just moments from the cobbled lanes and Shakespearean sights of Verona's ever-so-romantic streets, with handcrafted marble rooms, a Michelin-starred restaurant and a wonderful panoramic roof terrace.
Hotel de Russie, Rome
The historic but hip Hotel de Russie sits right at the heart of Rome, a five star setting for a five star hotel.
Golden Eagle Danube Express
Travel in style aboard this elegant hotel on wheels, enjoying superb full-board dining, lounge and bar-car relaxation and beautifully appointed cabins and suites that provide home-from-home comforts on some of Europe's most spectacular rail routes.
Villa Igiea, Palermo
7-night luxury holiday from £1,945 ppSave up to £250 pp – ends 30 Sep
A luxurious palazzo languishing alongside Palermo and the Tyrrhenian Sea, Villa Igiea boasts scenic views, manicured grounds, elegant rooms and gourmet Sicilian cuisine.
Baglioni Hotel Regina, Rome
Staying in Art Deco luxury where fine dining vies for your attention against spa indulgences, you'll be sited right among the movie-star cafés and restaurants of the leafy Via Veneto. The next-door Borghese Gardens making for a tranquil retreat from the city's bustle.
Abi d'Oru Beach Hotel and Spa, Porto Rotondo, Sardinia
7-night luxury holiday from £1,235 ppSave up to £350 pp – ends 30 Sep
The epitome of Sardinian charm and style with pretty gardens, terracotta roofs, and a waterfront setting.
Baglioni Resort Sardinia
7-night luxury holiday from £2,225 pp
The latest gem to join the Baglioni Hotels & Resorts Italian Collection. Immersed in a sublime natural landscape without parallel in the Mediterranean, in area of Tavolara on Sardinia’s north-east coast.