Italy has been lingering on my bucket list for far too long. It’s one of those places you want to explore with a loved one – the perfect honeymoon destination, a place where Hollywood’s elite love to exchange vows, a country overflowing with ancient settings perfect for a romantic interlude. While there are plenty of high profile resorts to choose from, here are five unique Italian hotels you need to experience on your next visit.
Ca’ Sagredo — Venice
Steps from the Grand Canal and Rialto Bridge, this Venetian palazzo once was the home of Nicolò Sagredo, Venice’s ambassador to Rome in the 17th century. The well preserved 15th century estate features rare paintings by famous 17th and 18th century artists and has been designated a national monument. From the decadent frescoed entrance hall and lounge area to the 42 bedrooms and suites and the waterside L’Alcova restaurant, the hotel is teeming with beauty. For an experience in fine Italian city living and locally sourced dining, the Ca’Sagredo is an unforgettable stay.
Sikelleria – Pantelleria Island
Nestled on the island of Pantelleria, Sicily’s largest satellite island, Sikelleria is a tranquil getaway for those seeking luxurious R&R. Enjoy the natural hot springs with rejuvenating mud from the island’s volcano. Marvel at the round dammusi dwellings, whose roofs were designed over one thousand years ago by the Arabs to collect fresh rainwater. Live in one of the twenty suites set along the exquisite blue Mediterranean Sea. This hidden gem redefines contemporary and traditional architecture for a truly luxurious, yet peaceful stay.
Il Saviatino – Outside Florence
Once owned by the powerful Bardi family, this renovated 15th century villa sits on the hillside of Fissile with views of both Florence and Tuscany. Only a 15-minute ride from the center of Florence, guests can maintain a close proximity to the city, while enjoying the tranquility of country life. The villa often feels like a museum with its 19th century frescoes, original fireplaces and even an ancient Venetian sarcophagus cum bathtub. An entry-level room will garner you a view of the manicured formal gardens. While a dome view room or above will offer a fabulous look at Florence. It’s built for those seeking a sumptuous experience. Laid back travelers need not register.
Masseria Cervarolo – Puglia
Originally a working farm, this hotel is located only a short distance outside Ostuni village. The property is know for its six ancient trulli houses, conical stone dwellings built in the 16th century. The Masseria has been lovingly refurbished with restored antiques and original fabrics. Known for its peaceful and comforting environment, it has become a popular oasis for those in search of serenity.
Sextantio Le Grotte Della Civita – Matera
Pure romance awaits you in the candlelit caves of this boutique Italian hotel. Now a Unesco World Heritage site, the property features eighteen prehistoric cave dwellings in Southern Italy’s Sassi di Matera. Every room is a unique experience with rustic furnishings and artisan stonework reminiscent of the caves’ ancient roots. To provide luxury standards and accommodations, the site was dismantled so that it could be piped and wired. Each stone was then restored to its original place. What a commitment to restoration. The lighting has been noted to be dim. So be prepared for abundant romance!
Have you had a phenomenal hotel experience in Italy? I’d love to know about it!
All images are courtesy of their respective hotels.