Italy Restaurants, Hotels, Attractions and More
Welcome to GAYOT's Italy travel guide featuring the best of la dolce vita. Although Italy doesn't cover the vast expanse of land that some nations do, it's hard to find a place that offers as much as this country. History, art, religion and architecture are all well-represented here. Once you've taken in the cultural aspects of Italy, relax on a gondola that meanders along the canals of Venice, enjoy the rolling landscape of the countryside and get your fill of all the wonderful food — pasta and otherwise.
Here, you will find the finest restaurants, hippest hotels, luxe spas and live-like-a-local info for sophisticated travelers and diners. Whether you're traveling from Milan to Naples, or sightseeing in Rome, Florence or Venice, GAYOT is your go-to place to learn about it all.
FEATURED ITALY ARTICLES
|THE BEST PLACES TO STAY
Top 10 Hotels in Italy
From Lombardy in the north to Sicily in the south, Italy's regions are divinely diverse in climate, tradition and flavor. These hotels offer some of the world’s best style, history, service and of course, setting.
Find out where to book your room
Top Restaurants in Italy
The finest restaurants from Milan to Naples and beyond. Need to improve your lingo for ordering Fagiolini, Formaggio and Fichi? Get menu savvy with our Italian Food Terms.
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|RELAIS SANTA CROCE
Top 10 Boutique Hotels
Indulge in a Florentine experience with this converted seventeenth-century palace, which sits on the doorstep to some of Florence's most treasured historic sites.
Take a step back in time at this Florence hotel
Top 10 Romantic Destinations
It’s nearly impossible to think "Venice" without using "romance" in the same sentence. This ancient port city replete with canals, bridges and centuries-old buildings is guaranteed to make your heart beat just a little quicker.
Enjoy a moment of intimacy
Top 10 Diving Hotels: Hotel Ilio
Top 10 Ski Resorts: Val di Luce Spa Resort
Top 10 Eco-Resorts: LeFay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
Top 10 Hotel Culinary Schools: Villa della Torre
More Top 10 Hotel Lists
Beyond Rome & Florence
Hidden south of Naples, in the "toe" area of Italy’s boot sits Calabria, a region of breathtaking coastlines hugging emerald waters and ancient villages that mirror their Greek past.
Learn more about this hidden treasure
Docking in Venice
One of the world's man-made wonders, Venice is perhaps best viewed from the deck of the Riviera, Oceania Cruises' new ship. After docking, make sure to explore less populated areas like Burano, where Venice has maintained its authenticity despite the influx of tourists.
Come ashore to see what Venice has to offer
CITIES OF ITALY
Myriad Pleasures in Italy's Lombardy Region
Off the tourist radar, Bergamo is often bypassed by Americans; Europeans, however, find it easily accessible and flock to it for its myriad of pleasures.
Discover the history of the "City of the Thousand"
Top Hotels in Florence
The hotels on this list will make your next trip to Firenze unforgettable.
Choose the suite that suits you
FIRENZE: A LIVING MUSEUM
The Regina Isabella Thermal Spa
With its luxury seaside location, the Regina Isabella Thermal Spa offers guests a comprehensive wellness experience in an awe-inspiring setting.
Begin your journey to rejuventaion
|BUSY BEES IN MILAN
Business Travel Guide
It may not be Italy's most beautiful city, but Milan is certainly the country's most dynamic, as the center of industry and finance, as well as a world hub for design, fashion, opera and art.
Take a break from work and explore
|ESTATE TURNED RESORT
Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa
Spread out on many acres of countryside near the historic Sicilian town of Vittoria, this resort is designed like a small village, including 202 guest rooms, two pools, a spa and two eighteen-hole golf courses.
See what more Donnafugata has to offer
GEM ON THE AMALFI COAST
The Palazzo Avino hotel in the beautiful village of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast inspired Wagner to write his Parsifal.
Allow Palazzo Avino to inspire you
|WHEN IN ROME
Top 10 Hotels in Rome
On this list, there's truly something for all flavors of la dolce vita.
Find out where to stay during your trip
|THE "ETERNAL CITY"
While Rome may not have been built in a day, you can certainly get a taste of this ancient metropolis.
Map out your itinerary
Business Travel Guide
Among Tuscany's genuine experiences is Villa Dievole, an estate of olive groves, citrus trees and ancient heritage vines. Stay in the seventeenth-century farmhouse and bask in the vistas of the Tuscan sun.
Take in the sights of the Italian countryside
Olympia and Other Charms
Turin and five charming villages of the Piedmont Region hosted the XX Olympic Winter Games in 2006. The city that invented Vermouth has attractions to offer year-round: baroque buildings, royal residences, great street markets and ancient castles nearby.
Discover the sights of Turin
Top 10 Hotels in Venice
The hotels on this list are the epitome of Venetian style.
Make your stay unforgettable
Top 10 Best Hotels in Venice
Top Hotels in Venice for Carnival
|RIDE THE RAILS
Venice Simplon Orient-Express
Enjoy the bucolic backdrop of Switzerland, lunch in the Italian Dolomites and late afternoon tea sipped as you cross the Venetian Lagoon on this iconic engine's route from Paris to Venice.
All aboard this luxury train
|VENEZIA MINUS THE TOURIST TRAPS
La Serenissima shows her most attractive side on this three-day exploration. Find out where to sleep, eat and how to live la dolce vita.
Explore more of the city on water
|PUTTIN' ON THE CIP
A Venice Tradition
Unlike many historic lodgings that try to keep up with the times by playing the hip card, Belmond Hotel Cipriani doesn’t cater to whim. This Venice favorite was founded on tradition, and to tradition it remains loyal.
Gain more insight into the marvels of Hotel Cipriani
Arena Summer Festival
Beloved in the past by Julius Caesar, Goethe and Shakespeare, Verona is famous for being the setting of Romeo and Juliet, its amazing amphitheater and its highly regarded opera season. At the annual Arena Summer Festival you may encounter Verdi, Puccini and Bizet.
See why the Arena Verona is worth a standing ovation
ITALY SPAS & HOTELS
The Best Spas in Italy
Traditionally, spa-goers in Italy went to "take the waters," to soak in hot springs or terme and to experience healing mud — these days you can get all of the latest modern treatments.
Heal yourself from the inside, out
Top 10 Wine Spas: Adler Thermae Spa Resort
|BOOK A ROOM
Hotels in Italy
Planning a trip to Italy? Whether you plan to spend your time in one hotspot like Florence or to move around the country, find your ideal accommodations with these ratings, reviews and room photos.
Reserve your room today