Whether you’ve travelled to Italy or not, everyone has their idea of a picture-perfect Italian trip they’ve dreamed of or is in some way fueled from TV or movies (Eat, Pray, Love looking at you!) Here at The Peaks we love staying places a little different and there’s no shortage of beautiful destinations and accommodation in the many regions of Italy. History, art, food, music, architecture, culture, sacred sites, charming villages, and stunning scenery are all around – but I don’t think you need me to tell you that. However, do let me tell you more about some of the hotspots in Italy and then show you some Peaks approved hotels to help you make your dream Italian trip a reality – then all you have to worry about is finding the perfect pizza and pasta.
For most tourists traveling to Italy, Rome heads the list of places to visit. Sightseeing is a must-do as well as exploring the narrow streets but as with any country the capital has its own vibe in comparison to the rest of the country. It’s best to visit Rome during the spring out of the high season avoiding throngs of tourists as well as missing the cold temperatures during winter.
The upmarket, stylish space attracts a younger crowd thanks to the unique design and refreshing atmosphere which is in stark difference to some of the more traditionally luxurious hotels found in Rome.
A mish mash of colourful, vintage and exotic design with bundles of charm, Palm Suite strives for a ‘home away from home’ feeling for guests, the perfect location for exploring the centre of Rome and spacious suites featuring the details and extras that we love to see. You can literally eat your breakfast at their rooftop terrace overlooking the Colosseum and even if breakfast isn’t your thing their coffee is to die for.
In my opinion Venice is the most romantic destination in Italy, the canals, the gondolas, the atmosphere and being the easiest place to get lost lend itself to a couple’s perfect trip.
Handily located beside the Santa Lucia Train Station and a short walk from Ca’ d’Oro palace, the Venice Times Hotel offers fabulous service with attention to details. We love the breakfasts which offer organic, gluten and dairy free products and the quirky designed bedrooms featuring handcrafted tufted headboards and silk throws.
If you’re going to Venice for romance, Ca Maria Adele will not disappoint. This cozy boutique hotel has 12 themed guestrooms, fresh roses delivered thrice a week, one of the suites has a Jacuzzi at the foot of the bed and you can have breakfast served at the rooftop terrace or to the suite itself.
Capital of Tuscany, the showcase of the Italian Renaissance, Florence can at times seem like one giant art museum. If your dream trip involves basking in glorious Italian art then Florence is unmissable.
Hidden among the rolling hills of Tuscany sits COMO Castello Del Nero, Tuscany — in easy driving distance of the Renaissance cities of Florence and Siena. At the heart of this historic 740-acre estate is a twelfth-century castle layered with Renaissance frescoes and contemporary design, with interiors by Paola Navone. The resort offers both decadent and casual dining experiences with estate-to-table Tuscan produce, as well as excellent wellness therapies at COMO Shambhala Retreat.
A renovated 16th century town house, set around a central courtyard and steps away from the historical centre, this boutique hotel has 12 rooms and two apartments which have private rooftop terraces that offer sweeping city views. The hotel is pet friendly as well as offering babysitting services, rooms have small kitchenettes and breakfast is a delicious array of fresh fruit and pastries plus eggs, bacon and smoked salmon.
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Foodies are in luck staying at this hotel which shares a building with a three-Michelin-star restaurant. The archietecture is gorgeous, expect grand staircases, lofty arches and soaring high ceilings. There are 24 suites with large beds which are ideal for laying and gazing at the intricate details of the design of the room, ceilings and chandaliers, bathrooms have either grand bathtubs or rainfall showers and the location is also close to the historic centre.
For those interested in fashion and design, Milan is a delight. The places effortlessly oozes style and a sense of cool, even when it comes to Il Duomo, Milan’s massive cathedral, ia magnificent church and a fine example of flamboyant Gothic style architecture.
Formerly known as ‘The Yard’, Aethos is a snazzy 32-suite hotel in the lively neighborhood of Porta Genova, known for its art and festivals as well as cocktail bars and cafes. Most of the rooms feature private balconies and all rooms are soundproofed to ensure the utmost tranquility after exploring amazing Milan. Inside, the family-friendly hotel is modern with a homey feeling, children stay for free and one pet per room is also permitted. Aethos kitchen serves plant-based, experimental locally sourced food and breakfast is included in the rate.
Found nestled in the quiet Via Forcella within the Tortona district, the space looks like something you’d find in an interior-design magazine. The gorgeous boutique hotel is filled with and surrounded in trees, flowers, fruits and even has a hidden garden to delight the senses, it feels truly magical. Formerly a perfume factory, the hotel has been renovated into 60 suites finished with Italian textiles and furnishings, outstanding artisan workmanship with a classic, simple and refined flair. It’s child-friendly (childcare services available) and pet-friendly too, there’s an onsite wellness center featuring a gym and spa; and when you’re feeling peckish head to the Da Noi In restaurant and drink at the Liquidambar.