Italy is a country of truly stunning natural beauty - from the snow capped Alps in the north to the silky white beaches of Sardinia; from the heart-moving panoramas of the northern lakes like Garda and Como to the monstrous shapes of volcanoes Etna and Vesuvius; and from the sandy, arable Sicilian landscape to the explosion of colour in mainland Italian countryside, few countries in the world are blessed with such a diverse array of ambiances from one region to the next.
Up and down this beautiful country, which was unified less than 200 years ago for the first time since the fall of the Roman Empire, there are quaint, medieval towns and villages, each with their own idiosyncratic traditions, dialects, dishes and fine wines. You may have considered a break in one of the more well known destinations - Rome of course, Florence, Amalfi, but there is much more to this country than the places you’ve learned about in history, seen in magazines, or read on your clothing labels. Here are one or two recommendations from an insider’s point of view:
5 Star: Hotel Bellavista Montecatini - (www.hotelbellavistamontecatini.com)
One of several top quality hotels in the Tuscan spa town of Montecatini, the Bellavista Palace makes the most of the salubrious properties of the surrounding nature to create a haven of wellbeing. If you don’t feel rejuvenated and invigorated, mind body and soul, after visiting this 5 star paradise, then you probably never will.
4 Star: Hotel Touring Carpi (www.hoteltouringcarpi.it)
No, not the island of Capri, this is Carpi - a little known town not far from Bologna in the mid north of Italy - and the Hotel Touring is one of a new generation of Boutique hotels in Italy. With sumptuous internal design as only Italians know how to create, such accommodations are the height of aesthetic luxury and offer a true taste of the Italian capacity for style.
3 Star: Hotel Metropole Bellagio (www.albergometropole.it)
Overlooking Lake Como, one of Italy's great lakes and one of the most stunning panoramas on the whole Italian peninsular. Lake Como has been used as a location by countless production companies and proves a very popular destination for weddings and other special events today. The 3 star Hotel Metropole is located in the charming village of Bellagio and all rooms overlook the lake, as well as the restaurant patio, terrace and solarium. Bellagio was one of the world's first ever holiday resorts, having been the preferred retreat of Pliny the Younger in the 1st century AD!
3 Star: EcoAlbergo Hotel Bracciano (www.ecoalbergobracciano.it)
North of Rome on the volcanic Lake Bracciano - the destination of choice for many a Roman looking to escape the heat and hubbub of the city - the recently opened EcoAlbergo offers a green-friendly accommodation ideal for all the family at value for money rates and with wi-fi included.
San Ruffino Resort Casciana Terme (http://sanruffinoresort.com)
Nearby the hot natural baths of Casciana lies this stunning castle from the 17th century now fully converted into a luxurious countryside accommodation with either self-catering apartments or fully inclusive rooms and suites. Close to the city of Pisa with parking available on site.
Other Accommodations in Italy:
Try www.ItalyHotelsDirect.com for accommodations all over Italy, particular the major destinations of Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan, but also take a look at the section devoted to other hotels in Italy, and you’ll find there are bargains to be had if you stray away from the crowds!
Tenuta Lamborghini Perugia
Housemuhlbach Wellness e Aqua Spa SappadaSappada
Pensione Seguso Venice
Guest House Villa Gengi Ardea
Grand Hotel dei Cesari Anzio
Hotel Il Convento dei Fiori di Seta Bologna
Hotel University Bologna
Hotel Holiday Bologna
Hotel Paradise Bologna
Hotel Grimaldi Palace Cittanova Calabria
Hotel Relais Maresca Capri
Hotel Touring Carpi
Hotel Metropole Bellagio Lake Como
Delle Arti Design Hotel Cremona
Victoria Residence Palace Latina
Grand Hotel e del Parco L’Aquila
Flavor of Italy Country Inn Lazio
Vini San Martino Altavilla Monferrato
Grand Hotel & La Pace Montecatini
Hotel Bella Vista Montecatini
Hotel San Marco Montecatini
Villa Crespi Novara
Residence Artemura Pistoia
Hotel Toscana Ambassador Poggibonsi
Hotel Diana Ravenna
Residence Bougainvillae Sardinia
Hotel San Paolo Sardinia
Hotel K Salerno
Hotel Albergo l'Abbeveratoio Siena
Hotel Roma Trieste
Hotel Versilia Palace Tuscany
Hotel Antica Diora alla Roca Umbria
Grand Hotel Verona
Your recommendations: If you’ve stayed in good quality accommodation not listed anywhere on our site, please contact us and have us add it to our list!