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ITALY TRAVEL GUIDE

Explore the cities of Italy

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.


A water canal in Italy

BEST OF SERIES
The Best of Italy
Check out our guide to The Best of Italy, where lovers of la dolce vita will find restaurants, news, events, hotels, and popular travel destinations like Milan, Venice, Rome and more.


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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.
Hotel Savoy in Florence, one of our Top 10 Hotels in Italy

Casanova Restaurant at The Westin Palace, Milan is one of the top restaurants in Italy
MANGIA!
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.
Italy Restaurant Search

TOP 10 BOUTIQUE HOTELS
Relais Santa Croce
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.
Top 10 Boutique Hotels Worldwide
A room at Relais Santa Croce, one of our Top 10 Boutique Hotels

Gondola rides in Venice, Italy
TOP 10 ROMANTIC DESTINATIONS
Venice
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.

Hotel Ilio on the island of Elba

Beyond Rome & Florence

UNDISCOVERED CALABRIA
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.


CRUISING ITALY
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.
One of the best views of Venice is from the deck of Oceania Cruises' Riviera

CITIES OF ITALY


AMALFI COAST

MEDITERRANEAN SUN AND SEA
Top 10 Hotels in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento
These captivating hotels offer glamour and sophistication in a popular yet exclusive locale.
See also:
Top 10 Business Hotels in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento
Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento
Top 10 Spa Hotels in Amalfi Coast, Capri and Sorrento
Hotel Santa Caterina, Amalfi Coast


BERGAMO

Myriad Pleasures in Italy's Lombardy Region

BERGAMO
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.


FLORENCE

A guest room at Relais Santa Croce, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hotels in Florence
FLORENTINE ADVENTURE
Top 10 Hotels in Florence
The hotels on this list will make your next trip to Firenze unforgettable.
See also:
Top 10 Business Hotels in Florence
Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Florence
Top 10 Spa Hotels in Florence

72-HOUR VACATION
Firenze: A Living Art Museum
The cappuccinos are pricey but the ambience is priceless. Florence, it's a dream of a city, alive with a rich past. Use our guide to help you locate top hotels, restaurants and all of the city's charms.

Firenze: A Living Art Museum


Villa Il Tesoro in Tuscany, Italy
UNDER THE TUSCAN SUN
Villa Il Tesoro
Take your tesoro and head to the rolling Maremma hills of western Tuscany for "la dolce vita among the vines" at this darling place.

WHERE TO EAT
The Food Lover's Guide to Florence
Use this smart and practical little guide to eat, drink, sample and indulge your way through the city. Written by Florence-based writer Emily Wise Miller, you don't want to visit the city without it.
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The Food Lover's Guide to Florence by Emily Wise Miller



LACCO AMENO

The Regina Isabella Thermal Spa in Ischia, Italy
WELLNESS IN ISCHIA
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.

MILAN

BUSINESS TRAVEL GUIDE
Milan
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.
Duomo in Milan, Italy

RAGUSA

Donnafugata Golf Resort & Spa's suite offers a stylish and comfortable room with hardwood floors and an expansive terrace with golf course views.

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.



RAVELLO

A GEM ON THE AMALFI COAST
Palazzo Sasso

The Palazzo Sasso hotel in the beautiful village of Ravello on the Amalfi Coast inspired Wagner to write his Parsifal.

The Palazzo Sasso hotel on the Amalfi Coast, Italy

ROME

A guest room at Rome Cavalieri, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hotels in Rome
WHEN IN ROME
Top 10 Hotels in Rome
On this list, there's truly something for all flavors of la dolce vita.
See also:
Top 10 Business Hotels in Rome
Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Rome
Top 10 Spa Hotels in Rome


72-HOUR VACATION
Rome
While Rome may not have been built in a day, you can certainly get a taste of this ancient metropolis. If you're in Rome for business instead of pleasure, our Business Travel Guide will help you find lodging, restaurants and more.
The Colosseum in Rome, Italy

SIENA

Villa Dievole in Tuscany, Italy

THE DIVINE VALLEY
Villa Dievole

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.

TURIN

PIEDMONT PLEASURE
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.

Turin, or Turino, home of the 2006 Olympic Winter Games


TUSCANY

Il Pellicano Hotel, Tuscany
TOP TUSCAN GETAWAYS
Top 10 Hotels in Tuscany
Find Tuscany's loveliest and most luxurious hotels on this list.
See also:

Top 10 Business Hotels in Tuscany
Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Tuscany
Top 10 Spa Hotels in Tuscany

TOP 10 ROMANTIC HOTELS
Il Salviatino

In the hillside village of Fiesole overlooking Florence, Il Salviatino drifts like a Medieval dream above one of Italy's most romantic cities. Read more on our list of the Top 10 Romantic Hotels Worldwide.
A spacious suite and Il Salviatino in Tuscany, Italy

VENICE

A guest room at Hotel Danieli, one of GAYOT's Top 10 Hotels in Venice
CIAO VENEZIA
Top 10 Hotels in Venice
The hotels on this list are the epitome of Venetian style.
See also:
Top 10 Business Hotels in Venice
Top 10 Romantic Hotels in Venice
Top 10 Spa Hotels in Venice


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.
A cabin in the Venice Simplon Orient-Express Train

72 Hours in Venice travel guide
72-HOUR VACATION
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.

PUTTIN' ON THE CIP
A Venice Tradition
Unlike many historic lodgings that try to keep up with the times by playing the hip card, Hotel Cipriani doesn’t cater to whim. This Venice favorite was founded on tradition, and to tradition it remains loyal.



VERONA

OPERA SEASON
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.
Verona, Italy

ITALY SPAS & HOTELS


The Best Spas in Italy

TERME TOTAL!
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.
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.
Sleep well at Grand Hotel de la Minerve in Rome, Italy

ITALIAN COOKBOOKS & GUIDES


Italian Bed and Breakfasts, A Caffèlletto Guide
Italian Bed and Breakfasts,
A Caffèlletto Guide

Whether you want a palazzo or villa or former mill, fancy ocean, forest or city, this guide makes it so easy to find the perfect place. Read our review and buy the book!
La Terra Fortunata
Mediterranean Vegetables
The Top One Hundred Italian Rice Dishes
Insalate: Authentic Italian Salads for All Seasons
The Food Lover's Guide to Florence

Guides for other parts of the world

 
(Updated: 11/11/13 SG)

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