The heir to the Roman civilisation and instigator of the most famous art movements, including the Renaissance, Italy is a land of culture, monuments and beauty of all kinds.
The empress, the grande dame, the bejeweled matriarch… Rome is one of the most awe-inspiring capitals in the world. No other city offers so many strata of beauty, from Roman ruins to medieval campaniles, Renaissance palaces, Baroque basilicas, 18th century steps and modernist buildings. And all of these jewels are set in a verdant showcase of parks, gardens, flower-filled terraces and historic villas, with the sun as its spotlight and the Tiber as an embellishing ribbon. To discover Rome in all its splendor, the visitor need only climb one of its seven hills, like Quirinal or Janiculum. Or enter any church to discover the artists who have immortalized the Eternal City: Caravaggio at San Luigi dei Francesi, Michelangelo at San Pietro in Vincoli, Raphael at Sant’Agostino. Out in the streets the spectacle continues with fountains by Bernini, façades by Borromini and Bramante’s Tempietto. On the horizon, the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica, designed by Michelangelo, is balanced by the even older cupola of the Pantheon. In no other city in the world do the ruins feel so alive: a Forum nestled in greenery, a Colosseum as heavily frequented as in the gladiators’ time, a Circus Maximus where visitors can relax on the grass or run with the ghosts of charioteers.
The focal point of one of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, the Gulf of Naples defies all comparison. Sun-drenched, edgy, elegant and down-home, the eponymous city takes center stage, with the majesty of Vesuvius as its backdrop. This is a multifaceted city, full of baroque churches and noble palaces, with the seafront on one side and the historic pizzerias and friggitorie of the Spaccanapoli district on the other. The charm of this ancient metropolis arises from the tension that energizes these two vital halves of its soul. The past is not forgotten - as a visit to the ruins of Pompeii, Herculanum or Paestum so eloquently demonstrates.
Restaurant in the country. When Antonio Santini’s grandparents opened the Pescatore in 1926, it was a small family restaurant. Today it is one of the most renowned restaurants in Italy. Between Cremona and Mantua, in the Parco dell’Oglio nature reserve, family members share the tasks. In the kitchen, Nadia and Giovanni prepare refined, generous cuisine: lobster terrine with caviar or the renowned tortelli di zucca, with butter and Parmigiano Reggiano, a recipe perfected and handed down over three generations. In the dining room, Antonio, Alberto and Valentina create a warm atmosphere and uncork their best bottles – grands crus from France and Italy. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. This elegant property was the first Italian hotel to join Relais & Châteaux in 1973, and the Gallia-Ansaldi family has been welcoming guests for three generations. On the fine sandy private beach, in front of the island of Elba, La Pagoda restaurant reigns supreme, thanks to its unique architecture and spectacular sea views. Completely relax in the Turkish baths, pool or wellness centre and gym. Golfers will enjoy the 18-hole golf course, set in a pine forest that is over hundred years old. A private yacht awaits for memorable excursions to the Tuscan archipelago. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a village. The subtle charms of this 17th century palazzo and a Liberty-style villa will capture your heart. Romantic and intimate, this charming structure in the Venetian countryside is in a unique location at the crossroads of numerous Unesco treasures. At the juncture of the rose-coloured peaks of the Dolomites and Cortina, their pearl, the villas of Palladio, the Prosecco vineyards and near the fortified city of Treviso, known as the Gardens of Venice, there is plenty to see. Follina is the ideal starting point for visits to the most beautiful towns in Venetia and for active holidays. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in town. With its facade covered in ivy, the Raphael, just a stone’s throw from the Pantheon and St Peter’s Basilica, is the ideal starting point to experience the elegance of Rome. Come and discover this magnificent residence, a small museum itself, with works of art including sculptures, paintings, lithographs, antiques and collections of Picasso ceramics and Mayan art. Above the rooftops, the flower-filled Bramante terrace is the place to savour an organic and natural cuisine, whilst contemplating the magnificent panoramic views of the city. Discover the two new modern and original “executive floors” bearing the signature of the renowned American architect Richard Meier. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in the country. The Villa del Quar is nestled among the Valpolicella vineyards, five kilometres from Verona and close to the Villa Santa Sofia by Palladio, both World Heritage sites. This listed villa is surrounded by antique walls, which hide gardens, fountains, a clover-shaped swimming pool, vineyards, olive trees and lemon plantations, reminiscent of the Venetian tradition. Let yourself be enchanted by the sights and sounds of the countryside, charmed by the elegance of this Renaissance villa, intoxicated by the fragrance of the famous wines in the ancient cellars and the own labels of estate. The villa boasts a stunning orangerie, the ideal venue for your special occasions. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. Silvia and Riccardo Baracchi’s 17th century family residence, set amongst the vineyards and olive trees that surround the small Etruscan city of Cortona, is a true delight. The guest rooms, located around the main residence, have all the simplicity of a Tuscan villa. The terraces of the former winter garden, with their heady aromas of rose, offer superb vistas over the neighbouring countryside. A sophisticated restaurant serves cuisine, reflecting the flavours and fragrances of the terroir. The Thesan Etruscan spa offers exclusive, luxury rituals. Riccardo Baracchi is delighted to show you his cellar and welcome you to the cookery classes organised by Silvia. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in a park. Taormina’s ancient Greek theatre is one of the best-preserved treasures in the Mediterranean, with stunning views of the sea and Mount Etna. During the summer, the theatre where the ancient Greeks sat, is used for concerts under the stars. Welcome to Taormina… the Grand Hotel San Pietro Taormina is the ideal place to discover this land of historic ruins and steep cliffs and to enjoy a relaxing vacation in a setting of incredible beauty. For a tranquil dinner on a terrace overlooking the sea, why not try the restaurant Il Giardino degli Ulivi. The “Rotonda sul Mare” has just one single table, facing Isola Bella, where you can spend a truly memorable romantic evening. ... Learn moreless
Hotel and restaurant in the country. The luxuriant green countryside of Umbria, the “Garden of Italy”, is the perfect setting for this ancient mediaeval fortress. It is an impressive collection of neo-Gothic buildings, a Baroque chapel, surrounded by parkland planted with trees over one hundred years old and an olive grove, which offers outstanding hospitality. Outside, the infinity pool, the flower-bedecked courtyards and the shaded paths offer a cool haven of peace. Inside, the contemporary décor of the rooms and the elegance of the lounges also combine to create a wonderfully relaxing atmosphere. The restaurant serves traditional dishes in a vaulted dining room or on a terrace overlooking the hills. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. At the foot of the Alps, close to Lake Orta – one of the most romantic places in the Padan Plain – Chef Luisa Marelli has created a stellar reputation for her celebrated cuisine. This self-taught former humanities student has forged her culinary style by scouring cookery books and experimenting, with the help of her husband, Angelo Valazza. She describes it as “a combination of Piedmont, Mediterranean and international influences, brought together and inspired by the mountains” where she loves to walk. Ingredients like the white Alba truffles and the porcini mushrooms come from there: potato with eggs and served with white truffles is a delight not to be missed. ... Learn moreless
Restaurant and hotel in a village. Located on the magical island of Ischia, in the village of Casamicciola, the Terme Manzi Hotel & Spa is an architectural gem built in the 19th century. This elegant and sophisticated palace, with its beautiful furnishings and decor, is where the mind and body become one to embrace the warm thermal waters of the Gurgitello Spring, well-known since antiquity for their regenerating, healing and therapeutic properties. They best combine with the fabulous qualities of organic volcanic clay for a revitalizing synthesis, the mud therapy. At all three restaurants, the chef chooses from the genuine ingredients that the Ischian sea and countryside have to offer, creating dishes that bring together the great Mediterranean tradition with new Italian culinary creativity, and will take you on a journey to discover the “emotional cuisine”. ... Learn moreless