The Best Hotels to Stay at in Italy

With such great cuisine and fine wine, its no wonder Italians require a few spots to relax
With such great cuisine and fine wine, it's no wonder Italians require a few spots to relax | Courtesy of Boutique hotel capo blu /
Alicia Miller

You’re off to Italy – but where to stay? This country is known for brilliant hotels, be it Romeo and Juliet-worthy romantic hideaways, luxurious seaside resorts or cosy mum-and-dad bed and breakfasts. In many cases, creaky buildings meet slick contemporary stylings, so you’ll get a dreamy combo of both throw-back atmosphere and modern amenities. With so much choice, choosing the pad that takes your holiday from good to great can be tricky, but that’s exactly where we come in. Hotels in Italy don’t come much better than this – book your stay with Culture Trip.

1. Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast, Pisa

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A pastel-coloured double room at Rinascimento Bed & Breakfast
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If you’re craving a decadent, Renaissance feel, this B&B delivers, from the elaborate frescoed ceilings to the terracotta tiles and occasional romantic four-poster. Look out the window and Pisa unfurls below, the nearby Palazzo del Podestà – a vision in red brick – seemingly plucked straight from a postcard. But the best thing? The lovely hosts, Andy and Andrew, who make sure the hotel is immaculate, you’re armed with dinner recommendations and that breakfast cappuccinos are as ethereal as clouds.

2. Five Roses Bed & Breakfast, Pisa

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

Two single beds in front of a purple wall with flower artwork at Five Roses Bed & Breakfast
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A B&B stay in Italy is all about personality and host Flavia, at her homely Pisa pad, has lots of it. With just three rooms for hire – a double, a twin and a family room – there’s an intimacy that makes you feel like you’re staying with a long-lost Tuscan aunt (who also makes organic breakfasts and wine-laced dinners, on request). The location is great for busy travellers – moments from Pisa’s train station – so you can day-trip to Florence or Lucca.

3. Quattro Incanti, Palermo, Sicily

Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A balcony area with tables and and chairs and views of a nearby mountain at Quattro Incanti, Palermo
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It’s hard to decide what’s better about Quattro Incanti: the super-central location (it’s named after the point where Palermo’s old quarters meet) or the rooftop terrace, perfect for an aperitivo warmed by Sicilian sun. Set in an old villa, it has plenty of original features – soaring ceilings, wrought-iron balconies – but the décor leans towards the modern (and comfortable). Make the most of host Alessandro’s tips, and definitely don’t skip breakfast: the homemade cakes are a highlight.

4. Delle Vittorie Luxury Suites & Rooms, Palermo, Sicily

Bed and Breakfast, Luxury

A double room with red paint, quirky artwork and a spacious sofa at Delle Vittorie Luxury Suites & Rooms, Palermo
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When it comes to the comforts of home, this Palermo B&B nails the brief. Sink-in sofas, neutral hues and beds festooned with piles of fluffy pillows mean it’s tempting to curl up in-room and do nothing. But with this central city location – you’re just a 10-minute walk from the opulent cathedral, steps from Via Libertà shopping street – it would be criminal not to explore. Especially when you know that there are bottles of chilled bubbly to return to.

5. Casa Nostra, Palmero, Sicily

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast, Guesthouse

A double room with balcony and city views at Casa Nostra, Palermo.
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The romance is dialled up to 11 here: think soft lighting, illuminating beamed, white-washed ceilings; spacious walk-in showers; views over tiled rooftops. But loved-up couples will enjoy this Palermo hideaway for plenty more reasons, including the free gym and pool access, indulgent yacht excursions and foliage-fringed terrace. And don’t forget the al fresco dinners, where basil-fragranced ravioli and fat local prawns come with an atmosphere so intimate it’s nearly a cliché.

6. Hotel & Spa Riviera Castelsardo, Sardinia


A woman walking in to a refreshing pool surrounded by sun-loungers at Hotel & SPA Riviera Castelsardo
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It’s not just the lengthy, sun-drenched pool – complete with hydrotherapy jets – or the rambling spa, with Finnish sauna, Turkish bath and Ayurveda-inspired treatments. The good-for-you feeling at this wellness resort comes from the spectacular location, too: overlooking sparkling Mediterranean waters on Sardinia’s meandering north coast. Have at least one indulgent meal in the sea-facing restaurant, where shell-shaped gnocchi sardi and succulent lobster are both house favourites.

7. Babuino 79, Rome


A courtyard with table and chairs and potted plants at Babuino 79, Rome
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Strolling past squares where fountains play, choosing blooms at Campo de’Fiori, downing scalding espressos – here’s your chance to experience life in Rome like a local. Set in the swish Campo Marzio district, home to the Spanish Steps, these one- and two-bedroom apartments come kitted out with all the essentials (and, in some cases, parquet floors or jacuzzis). In summer, be sure to book the Superior Studio, which is all the better for its outdoor sunbeds.

8. Boutique Hotel Capo Blu, Sardinia

Boutique Hotel, Bed and Breakfast

A waterfall pool and small sun-lounge area at Boutique hotel capo blu
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There’s a relaxed, bohemian vibe to this southern Sardinia hotel, from the straw umbrellas and slouchy bean bags to the floaty bedroom fabrics. And it feels exactly the way you want a coastal hotel to feel, thanks to its views to glittering blue Mediterranean sea, loungers and a jewel-box pool (fed, waterfall-style, by a modern fountain). This is a great pick for couples who want style with their sunshine.

For more options, discover our guide to the best boutique hotels in Matera and book now on Culture Trip.

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