Italy’s iconic cities are perfect for a five-star getaway. From sumptuous suites to exclusive private tours, here’s how to do some of the country’s most famous cities in style.
Where to stay: The beautiful Hotel de Russie puts you right in the heart of Rome’s centro storico, just minutes from the Spanish Steps. Or try the Parco dei Principe Grand Hotel & Spa – it overlooks the peaceful Villa Borghese gardens and has an amazing spa and outdoor pool (a rarity in Rome).
What to do: Get to grips with Rome’s foodie scene with a cooking lesson on Tiberina Island. Pop to a couple of local grocery stores to pick up fresh ingredients, then learn to create a typical Roman meal in an apartment overlooking the city’s rooftops. Afterwards, walk off the calories with a private tour of Rome’s most beautiful churches (ask your guide to include the Chiesa di Sant’Ignazio di Loyola, which has a beautiful frescoed ceiling).
Where to eat: When it comes to five-star dining, you’d be hard pressed to beat La Pergola at the Rome Cavalieri hotel. The menu’s got three Michelin stars, the wine cellar boasts more than 60,000 bottles, and the whole place has panoramic views over Rome’s rooftops and domes.
Where to stay: Ca’ Sagredo is set in a grand palazzo overlooking the Grand Canal. Rooms and suites are decorated in traditional Venetian style, and there’s a stunning frescoed ballroom with a secret passageway that once led to the palazzo’s casino.
What to do: Tick off a few classic Venetian experiences (a moonlit gondola ride, an espresso in Piazza San Marco, bellinis on a canal-view terrace), then discover lesser-known Venice on a private tour of the city’s quieter sestieri (districts). Discover historic bridges, beautiful palazzos and sunny piazzas, all without the crowds of the more popular areas.
Where to eat: Take a boat across to the island of Torcello for a long lunch at Locanda Cipriani, still run by the famous Cipriani family. Dine on fresh seafood and homemade pasta in the pretty garden, surrounded by pomegranate trees, roses and dahlias, or cosy up in the rustic indoor dining room.
Where to stay: Florence’s Hotel Savoy opens out onto the beautiful Piazza Repubblica, a café-lined square close to the city’s famous museums and boutiques. Décor is classic and elegant, with an update of contemporary art, and the collection of rooms and suites are beautiful – ask for one with a view of the Duomo.
What to do: Clear your bucket list in one go with a guided tour of Florence’s famous art galleries (including Michelangelo’s David at the Accademia); discover a different kind of Italian treasure at the Ferrari Museum or spend a day in the countryside – an excursion of the Chianti region lets you taste Tuscany’s finest wines for yourself.
Read our guide to Italy’s finest wines here.
Where to eat: Hotel Savoy’s own bistro, Irene, opened in 2015 on the fringe of the Piazza Repubblica. Helmed by acclaimed chefs, you’ll find a menu of Tuscan classics created with local, seasonal ingredients in a relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere. This is the place to tackle the famous Florentine steak – a glass of red will help…
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