Romantic Hotels

15 Romantic Hotels in Italy We’re Completely Obsessed With

Whether you want to plan a special trip for Valentine’s Day, a wedding, honeymoon, or anniversary, Italy has a hotel for every occasion. From intimate city stays to majestic seaside grand dames, these luxurious retreats are sure to kindle the flames of romance. That’s amore!

An avid Italophile, Laura is always on the hunt for the next great travel trends, luxury hotels, best places to eat and drink, and hidden gems. Her writing has appeared in dozens of publications. She also co-wrote "New York: Hidden Bars and Restaurants," an award-winning guide to the city's speakeasy scene.

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Hotel de Russie, Rome

Originally built by Giuseppe Valadier in the early 1800s, this Roman stalwart is run by Rocco Forte Hotels, whose in-house designer Olga Polizzi imbued it with modern furnishings and art inspired by ancient Rome. Couples arrive in droves to experience its Stravinskij Bar and restaurant Le Jardin de Russie, which are among the most romantic places to drink and dine in the Eternal City. If you visit during the spring and summer, you'll even be able to sit outside while savoring acclaimed chef Fulvio Pierangelini’s delicious cuisine.

View of city from Le Sirenuse Positano, Italy

Le Sirenuse, Positano

Originally a small family-run hotel in a humble fishing village, Le Sirenuse has come to symbolize all that is glamorous on Italy’s alluring Amalfi Coast. Rooms and suites here epitomize timeless coastal Italian style, the pool and restaurant boast stunning views, and the breakfast buffet is a heavenly smorgasbord of all the fresh pastries, cheeses, salumi, and fruits you could wish for. The clincher: the hotel's picture-perfect setting on a promontory overlooking charming Positano and the sea.

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Architecture of Palazzo Avino, Ravello

Palazzo Avino, Ravello

A pink palace with terraced gardens high on a cliff overlooking the ocean, this elegant member of Leading Hotels of the World is perfect for twosomes who want a more secluded retreat on the Amalfi Coast. The property sits on a quiet street in Ravello, a town that inspired Richard Wagner, Virginia Woolf, and M.C. Escher. After paying a visit to Villa Cimbrone, a historic haunt of Woolf and other literary greats, reserve a table at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Rossellini’s restaurant, which has one of the best wine cellars on the coast.

Lounge of Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Grand Hotel Tremezzo, Lake Como

Enter the opulent lobby of this historic hotel on Lake Como and you'll immediately know you’re in one of Italy’s most luxurious grand dames. The 90-room hotel was built in 1910, but it’s certainly not stuck in the past: while some rooms are either done up in a classic style with heavy drapes and antique furniture, others are more contemporary, while novel additions include a floating pool in Lake Como, the T spa, and the romantic restaurant La Terrazza Gualtiero Marchesi. This spring, the property will unveil the completed expansion of T Beach, a pool-facing lounge area.

Exterior view of Relais San Maurizio

Relais San Maurizio, Piedmont

Nestled in the hills of Piedmont, the Relais San Maurizio occupies a 17th-century monastery and is ideal for foodies seeking a relaxing weekend in the countryside. The property's own gardens produce fruit, vegetables, and herbs for its restaurants including the Michelin-starred Guido da Costigliole. Wine lover? Even better. This under-the-radar region is home to the vineyards that produce Italy’s prized Barolo and Barbaresco wines, which pair perfectly with Guido's Piedmontese specialties like agnolotti del plin and il vitello tonnato.

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Borgo Egnazia, Puglia

Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel famously wed at this beautiful resort in Puglia on Italy’s southern Adriatic coast. Modeled after a traditional Puglian village, the resort comprises a main hotel building and a collection of individual villas perfect for those who want more privacy. Guests can enjoy fresh seafood at the property’s Cala Masciola beach club and indulge in gourmet dinners at the Michelin-starred Due Camini year-round, but we're privy to visiting during the summer months, when the resort hosts parties outside in the borgo featuring delicious food, live music, and dancing to Puglian folk songs.


The Gritti Palace, a Luxury Collection Hotel, Venice

One of Venice’s most storied hotels, Gritti Palace was once home to the duke Andrea Gritti. While intimate in scale, this hotel punches well above its weight in the décor department: we're talking antiques, Rubelli silks, Murano glass chandeliers, and paintings in opulent gold frames that pay homage to the Venetian Renaissance. Few experiences can compare to sipping an Aperol Spritz on the terrace overlooking the Grand Canal, but if that’s not exciting enough, ask the concierge to arrange a tour of Venice’s outer islands aboard the hotel’s Riva speedboat.

Lounge area in the lobby at Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri

Capri Tiberio Palace, Capri

Capri is an island full of luxurious and romantic hotels, but Tiberio Palace stands out from the crowd thanks to its tucked-away location on a quiet street near the famous Piazzetta, welcoming staff, and retro-inspired design that doesn’t shy away from colors and patterns. Case in point: the vivid tile floors on the terraces in some of the suites. The Jacky Bar is dedicated to Jackie O, who famously loved vacationing on the island, but during daylight hours, you'll find most guests at the pool and restaurant, which offer up stunning views of the Mediterranean.


J.K. Place Firenze, Florence

Entering this intimate hotel just a few blocks from Florence’s Santa Maria Novella train station feels more like visiting the home of your very chic friends than staying in a traditional hotel. The staff invites you to relax in the living room while you check in and they’re always happy to help with recommendations on the best places to eat and see. For a truly romantic experience, splurge on the J.K. Penthouse, the hotel's only suite with its own private balcony overlooking the Duomo and the terra-cotta roofs of Florence.


Belmond Hotel Cipriani, Venice

For a romantic respite away from Venice’s maddening crowds, this pink palace is the place to go. The hotel, which is located on Giudecca Island and has its own boat that shuttles guests to and from Piazza San Marco in a matter of minutes, was opened in 1956 by Giuseppe Cipriani—the founder of Harry’s Bar. Since the hotel's illustrious beginning, it’s been a favorite of the rich and famous, who come to enjoy its tranquil gardens, Olympic-size swimming pool, charming Venetian décor, Michelin-starred cuisine, and discreet service.

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Exterior of Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria

Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria, Sorrento

If Wes Anderson decided to make a film about a glorious grand dame on the Amalfi Coast, it could easily be set here. Opened in 1834, the family-run Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria occupies a prized position overlooking the port of Sorrento. In the morning, guests enjoy breakfast in the Vittoria restaurant beneath opulent ceiling frescoes, while in the evening, white-jacketed waiters serve Aperol Spritzes on the terrace as piano music wafts out from the lounge. Don’t miss dinner at the hotel’s Michelin-starred Terrazza Bosquet, which spotlights citrus fruits that were picked from the property’s olive grove.


Hotel Vilòn, Rome

This gorgeous boutique hotel might be Rome’s best-kept secret. Hidden away on a quiet cobblestoned street just a few blocks from the Spanish Steps, the member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World features a stunning design inside the 16th-century house annexed to Palazzo Borghese. We can't decide which experience we love more: relaxing with an espresso or a cocktail in the lobby lounge, with its plush velvet sofas and photographs by acclaimed photographer Massimo Listri, or digging into fresh Mediterranean cuisine in the restaurant Adelaide.

Pool at Masseria Torre Maizza

Masseria Torre Maizza, Puglia

One of Puglia’s newest hideaways is also one of its most romantic hotels. Rocco Forte Hotels took over this historic farmhouse and transformed it into a breezy boutique meant for outdoor living—think plenty of terraces and gardens, plus a pool with a casual restaurant serving fresh pizzas and other light fare. Look out for subtle nods to the region, too, like traditional Puglian ceramics sourced from local artisans and the all-natural Italian products by Irene Forte used in treatments at the tranquil spa.

Bedroom at Rosewood Castiglion de Bosco

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco, Tuscany

Located in Tuscany’s scenic Val d’Orcia and founded by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo, this 5,000-acre estate is almost like its own little village. Along with traditional hotel features like two restaurants, an organic garden, and stone-walled villas that exude quintessential Tuscan charm, you'll find ancient castle ruins, a medieval church, a cooking school, and even a Brunello di Montalcino winery right on property.

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Exterior of Belmond Hotel Grand Timeo

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo, Sicily

Built in 1873 and popular during the Grand Tour, the historic Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo occupies a prime position in Taormina, one of Sicily’s prettiest towns. The property exudes Old World charm with its antiques, paintings, and parquet floors but doesn’t skimp on modern amenities either. Guests can relax at the heated pool and enjoy its panoramic views of the valley or take a complimentary shuttle to the beach club at sister property Hotel Sant’Andrea. In the summer, the hotel even offers complimentary boat trips along the coast.

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