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The 50 greatest hotels in Italy for a slice of la dolce vita
An expert guide to the best hotels in Italy, including the top hotels in Venice, Rome, Florence and the Italian Lakes.
It’s the sheer variety that strikes you first. Italy has as many hotels as it has destinations, from old-fashioned family-run pensioni in historic city centres to elegant lakeside resorts where you dine by candlelight at the water’s edge. There are mountain lodges with Michelin-starred restaurants, aristocratic townhouses with museum-standard collections of art and antiques, rock-hewn Amalfi Coast cliff hotels, Tuscan hilltop castles and ancient Sicilian wine estates.
Compiled by Telegraph Travel’s Italy experts, who have stayed at, reviewed and rated all these properties, this list represents a selection of special places that distil the Italian verve for dolce vita hospitality. Some – especially the coastal, island and lake resorts – are seasonal, which generally means that they open from April through to October. Not all are fabulously expensive, but all, in our view, are fabulous. Buona vacanza!
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