Much has been written and sung about Italy. Repubblica Italiana is often referred to as “Bel Paese” which means “beautiful country.” It is also the birthplace of gelato, a type of ice cream, and the origin of more than 350 types of pasta. At the northern crown of the Italian peninsula is the rugged Alps. From there, the best word to describe the landscape is diverse. When you travel through Italy, you will discover the cultural differences of one town from the next, not only in the language they speak but also in the food they serve their families. While geography fosters these differences, Italians are united in their love for the land, the arts, sports, and dolce vita (sweet life). Check out the best resorts in Italy.
Trequanda’s etymology is uncertain, but there is nothing unresolved about the Tuscan atmosphere that permeates this hilly village in Val di Chiana. Abbadia Sicille is a fabulous getaway in a quaint town in Siena. Modern comforts allow guests to relax and leave their worries at the door. But, the converted abbey offers so much more with its red brick buildings, stone terraces, and delightful culinary offerings. A Romanesque church, a majestic castle, and an 18th-century dovecote are some of the key attractions that will bring you out of your Abbadia Sicille sanctuary.
A quiet street near the Colosseum hides verdant gardens and an urban escape. Fauno Urbano Resort will make your stay in Rome pleasant and comfortable. Affable staff will greet you if you choose to avail of the hotel’s airport shuttle service. Upon arrival, you can take a breather at the sun terrace. After freshening up in your room, check out the garden and outdoor pool. Fauno Urbano offers modern courtyard rooms for those who prefer more contemporary quarters, so inquire about their availability when making a reservation.
Urtijëi (Ortisei) is an Alpine village in the middle of Val Gardena, a celebrated valley in the South Tyrolean Dolomites, Italy’s rugged mountain range. For a five-star vacation experience on the slopes, check-in at Adler Spa Resort Dolomiti and gain access to its elevated position in Ortisei. As snow blankets everything outside, but you can take still off your boots and keep warm in carpeted rooms with wooden furniture. The hotel’s cozy atmosphere lets you enjoy local specialties in the on-site restaurant. Sign up for the daily outdoor program exclusive to guests and experience snowshoeing and guided tours on trails and mountain bikes.
Nikis Resort is a 12th-century building upgraded with all modern conveniences you could possibly need. Keep yourself entertained using the flat-screen television or conjure a drink or two at the minibar. The wooden beam ceilings of the common areas and halcyon surroundings create a perfect setting for a one-of-a-kind vacation in Italy. Nikis Resort is located in a remote mountain area in Gubbio, which can be reached by car. Gubbio is a medieval town with a turbulent past, located in the province of Perugia (Umbria) on the slope of Mt. Ingino. Today, good wine and breathtaking sunsets are commonplace in this part of Italy, so reserve a spot for an idyllic respite in Umbria.
This resort proves that you will reap countless rewards when you indulge in the Waldorf Astoria brand. Receive a warm welcome at a museum-like lobby and drink in breathtaking views of Rome after a three-Michelin-star meal on the rooftop. In 2007, Rome Cavalieri was upgraded and rebranded under the Waldorf Astoria portfolio. Before heading out to see the works of the Masters in Rome, discover for yourself the paintings, statues, and artifacts that comprise the hotel’s valuable collection. Make time for Grand Spa facilities, clay courts, and an on-site fitness trail. As the hotel has a hilltop position on Monte Mario, you can sit on the balcony at night and plan your next adventure while watching the stars and city lights.
15th-century buildings grace the piazza of Pienza, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This hilltop town in Southern Tuscany has amorous streets, fresh and aged pecorino cheese, and Borgo Sant'Ambrogio. Impeccable landscaping and olive trees enhance the beauty of the surroundings and the apartment-type accommodation imbibes the serenity of the Tuscan landscape. Expect a lovely mashup of modern amenities and rural charm in your spacious quarters. Consider horseback-riding or cycling along Pienza’s amorous streets. Don’t forget to go on scenic day trips to Tuscany’s small towns and villages during your stay in Borgo Sant'Ambrogio.
Mountaineering and skiing are two of the most common activities in the Alpine resort town of Courmayeur in Northern Italy. Situated on the southern flank of Mont Blanc is Resort Au Coeur Des Neiges. The resort offers guests exclusive access to Piscina Alpina Plan Checrouit, a swimming pool, where Aosta Valley reveals its beauty. Au Coeur Des Neiges’s proximity to the slopes makes it an ideal base camp for ski adventures. Perhaps, the best part about the resort is the guest amenities, featuring modern chalets and spacious apartments. Choose a room with a fireplace to keep warm, and let the staff know if you want dinner cooked and groceries delivered.
Passignano sul Trasimeno is a town in Perugia with a well-preserved and fortified old quarter contained within medieval walls. The highest point in town is the fortress within. Relais Borgo Torale is located within driving distance to town and other major destinations in Umbria. You can go sightseeing from your villa accommodation and look at views of the surrounding gardens and Lake Trasimeno in the distance. Villas have a full kitchen and guests may use outdoor barbecue facilities. Spacious and comfortable rooms let you sleep soundly after a walking tour of Passignano sul Trasimeno.
How do you feel about staying at a privately owned medieval town in Chianti? Castello di Gargonza is not a typical resort but a complex featuring a restored castle and a village on top of a hill between Siena and Arezzo. Your home in this walled village has wooden beam ceilings, terracotta floors, and a fireplace. All accommodations are not equipped with a television. For entertainment, you can take a stroll in the gardens or swim in the outdoor pool. At Castello di Gorgonza, you will be served traditional, homemade dishes. Satiate your thirst for forests and valleys while looking out from the comforts of your Monte San Savino vacation home.
A tastefully furnished hotel in the Sienese hills of Montefollonico will make you fall in love with the Italian countryside over and over again. Montefollonico was established in the 13th century and Poggio Paradiso Resort & Spa’s architecture pays tribute to this heritage. The views from the hotel rooms are quite spectacular. Being on top of a hill has its advantages and Poggio Paradiso Resort & Spa makes the most of its location. Rooms have terraces for sightseeing while sheltering in place. There’s always the option to roll out in bicycles and see the landscape unfold.
Let Italy leave its mark
Miguel de Cervantes wrote in “Don Quixote,” “To Rome, for everything.” Whatever it is you can’t find in Rome you will discover it in the quaint villages and resort towns of Italy. Plan your first (or your next) adventure in Stivale (The Boot).
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