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Hotel Villa Simplicitas 16 rooms from $84San Fedele Intelvi, Lake Como
Nestled in the hills above Lake Como and Lake Lugano, this charming unpretentious country house offers simple, unfussy bedrooms with gorgeous garden views. Relax in the lounge or play a game of billiards. The restaurant serves Italian dishes out on the veranda. A laid-back retreat.Country Escape - Surrounded by Italy's rolling hills this is a quintessentially bucolic experienceHideaway - A simple yet secluded escapeSailing - Sailing available on Lake ComoSights nearby - A short drive to Lake Como
Oasi di Galbusera Bianca 10 rooms from $94Lombardy
A delightful farmhouse hotel in the picturesque Lombardy countryside. Rooms mirror the hotel's rustic surroundings, with wooden furnishings and earthy colour schemes. In the evening, the restaurant serves up delicious organic vegetarian food. An ideal place for an authentic rural Italian experience.Romantic Break - With candlelite dining on the terrace, in room baths and sweeping views of the stunning landscape- romance is in the air.Eco break - A green and sustainable building model, on a biodynamic organic farm, producing organic ingrediants for the restaurant.Back to Nature - A rural Italian hideaway in a WWF Oasis for Biodiversity surrounded by meadows, woods, vineyards and orchards.Sights nearby - Just twenty miles from Milan, the city is easily accessible for a day trip.
Tenuta Le Sorgive 12 rooms from $101Solferino, Lake Garda
A beautifully restored 19th-century farmhouse on an organic agriturismo farm. Simple traditional rooms come with continental breakfast. Explore the orchards and vineyards or head out on a pony trek through the surrounding hills. A wonderful spot to re-engage with mother nature.Families - This is truly a family place, with plenty of group activities on site and a wholesome organic vibe.Less £Great walks - There are lovely walks around the estate where you can learn about farming in the Italian counrtyside.Swimming Pool - Outdoor garden surrounded poolRecommended by - Sawdays
Casa Titta 4 rooms from $104Milan
A stay at bijou Casa Titta is like being welcomed into the home of a stylish and worldly friend. Four individually designed rooms furnished with period pieces and delicious breakfast included in the price. Perfect for solo travellers or couples wanting to experience an up-and-coming area of Milan.Value chic - With rooms from €100 per night including breakfast, this is great value for money.Sights nearby - 10mins by underground from the DuomoFull of character
Relais La California 20 rooms from $131Nibionno, Lombardy
A renovated private estate set amid 5 hectares of beautiful landscaped gardens and parkland, offering guests outdoor pool, modern restaurant, wellness centre plus pitch & putt golf area. Rooms are elegant and comfortable with stunning views. A country hideaway with easy access to Lake Como.Golf - Putting green and pitching area for improving your golf on site and local golf coursesOther Activities - In the park there is a small area where you can play bowls.Great walks - Take a morning walk along the Botanic pathSailing - Hotel can advise on local sailing schools
Ritz Milan 197 rooms from $120Milan (Lombardy)
This stylish, comfortable hotel is the perfect choice for shopaholics, sheltered just behind the Corso Buenos Aires, one of the busiest shopping streets in Milan. Contemporary rooms and suites with rich furnishings & many with a private terrace. A good value choice for a city break.Sights nearby - Close to the historic heart of Milan
Biocity 17 rooms from $121Milan
Eco-city hotel in a 1920s building. Modern rooms are pristine and stylish with big bathrooms. Courtyard outside to enjoy an apertif, and sunny breakfast room. Sauna and small shop selling organic products. Very good value and well located to explore both the city and region.City Style - Stylish and impeccably clean city pad, close to Metro Linea 3 and Milan's Stazione CentraleSights nearby - Pinacoteca di Brera and Teatro alla Scala are a 30 minute walk awaySpa
My Bed 12 rooms from $124Milan
Stylish, incredibly good value accommodation in the heart of Milan. Rooms are spacious, clean and simple - some with private balconies. Parking is available close by. A fantastic choice for those looking to get out and sample the city's many restaurants, bars and shops. A good base for a city break.Value chic - My Bed offers affordable luxury in the heart of the city, with doubles fr only €119.Views - Views of Basilica San Lorenzo MaggioreSights nearby - Take in the view from the Duomo roof
Locanda de Mai Intees 12 rooms from $157Azzate Varese, Lake Maggiore
A charmingly traditional private residence with an excellent gourmet restaurant. Rooms and suites have frescoed walls, mezzanine levels, wooden beams, parquet floors, and attractive fabrics. Plenty of activities, close to Lake Maggiore. Romantic, gourmet and family friendly.FoodiesSights nearby - In the centre of the Italian Lake district.Great walks - Good for walkers.Local markets - Good for local colour.
Eden Hotel 27 rooms from $166Bormio
A cleverly designed contemporary hotel in a town with lots of outdoor activities. Bedrooms are cosy with wooden decor and large comfortable beds. The restaurant serves exciting dishes headed by chef Antonio Borruso. A spa is available to easy weary limbs after a day in the mountains.Skiing - From greens to black there is a slope for all abilities, plus the hotels is steps from the nearest liftBack to Nature - Made of natural materiels the entire hotel has an indoor outdoor feel.Great walks - Stelvio National ParkViews - Great views from hotel
Parco San Marco Lifestyle Beach Resort 80 rooms from $170Lombardy
An extensive resort sat within stunning surrounds with both sea and mountain views. Contemporary rooms are light and airy with floor to ceiling windows. A number of restaurants and bars with outdoor spots and a view to boot. A private beach and a wealth of activities make it ideal for families.Families - With babysitting available and an abundance of activities to choose from everyone will be kept entertained.Great walks - Nordic walking and trekking routes around Menaggio through stunning scenery.Swimming Pool - Outdoor and indoor pool.Views - Great views from hotel
Antica Locanda Solferino 11 rooms from $171Milan
An arty little guesthouse with bags of character in Milan's trendy boho area. Rooms filled with country antiques, art nouveau pieces and a genuine taste of old Milan. Breakfasts served in the rooms. An excellent city spot with lots of old world charm.Local exploring - A charming hotel with quaint antique decor, situated in the heart of Milan's artistic Brera district, a hub of local talent.Great walks - Wander around the trendy and artistic Brera district and discover the boutiques, galleries and studios that litter her streets.Sights nearby - A number of sights including the Piazza Duomo, the Sforza Castle garden and Porta Venezia garden are within walking distance.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Frommers
Hotel Sonne 16 rooms from $177Livigno
Contemporary chalet. The rooms are decorated with larch wood flooring, faux fur fabrics and exposed beam ceilings; modern and lovely bathrooms. Fantastic spa with sauna, infrared cabin and massages; charming Alpine style bar. Chic, romantic and cosy.Romantic Break - Gorgeous romantic rooms with faux fur blankets, sensational spa with sauna and classic Alpine viewsGreat walks - Livigno is located close to the Stelvio National ParkViews - Great views from hotelSpa
Relais Florian Maison 6 rooms from $177San Paolo d'Argon, Lombardy
An elegant restaurant with rooms situated in pretty rural surrounds. Spacious rooms with hints of Italian grandeur alongside more simple contemporary design. A stunning restaurant serves modern Italian cuisine. Lovely walks and cycle trials will work up an appetite. A foodie's haven.Country Escape - Beautiful surrounding countryside ideal for hiking and cycling or simply relaxing.Foodies - Modern Italian cuisine with spectacular tasting menus.Cooking classes - Every first Monday of the month sign up to step into a professional kitchen and learn to cook a three course meal.Great walks - Miles of hiking trials starting from nearby the hotel.
Antica Locanda Leonardo 16 rooms from $180Milan (Lombardy)
This pristine family-run guesthouse has a pretty courtyard garden in Milan's old quarter. Comfortable rooms showcase polished wooden floors and antique wood furniture, some overlooking the garden. The triple suite is a good choice for families. An intimate stay and great value city spot.Value chic - A reasonably priced warm and homely hotel, in prime location, featuring pretty courtyard and stylsih interiors.Sights nearby - Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie, home to Leonardo da Vinci's 'The Last Supper', is within 5 minutes walk.Great walks - Explore Milan's old quarter on foot, discover hidden jems and historic architecture.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Recommended by - Fodors
Hotel Ariston 53 rooms from $183Milan
Centrally located, simply decorated, and equipped with all the modern conveniences needed for a trip to Milan. Suitable for business visitors, tourists or groups looking for something cheaper and more functional.Bicycles available - Borrow one of the hotel's complimentary bikes and explore the cityValue chicSights nearby - 5 mins from the Duomo and the NavigliLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller
C Hotel & Spa 18 rooms from $187Cassago Brianza, Lake Como
Decorated in a modern style C Hotel focuses on elegant minimalism. Bedrooms have floor to ceiling windows, chic stone tiling and the latest technology. Guests can enjoy the spa, swimming pool and gym. The restaurant menu combines contemporary flavours with traditional Italian cuisine.Spa breaks - There is a modern and spoiling spa for ultimate relaxationCountry Escape - A totally chic hotel in a countryside settingSights nearby - Lombardy boasts 7 World Heritage sitesSailing - Sail in nearby Lake ComoRecommended by - Tablet
Il Sole di Ranco 14 rooms from $188Ranco Varese, Lake Maggiore
Lovely lakeside hotel and gourmet restaurant. Romantic views over Maggiore, elegant understated bedrooms and suites, pool, excellent food served on the terrace, lots of fresh fish from the lake. A gourmet choice for families and total relaxation.FoodiesViews - Great views from hotelSwimming Pool - Oudoor poolCooking classes - Check for timings.Recommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Petit Palais 18 rooms from $197Milan
Right in the heart of Milan, not far from the cathedral, art museums and the prestigious shopping quarter - come here for a luxurious, marble-laden city break. All 18 rooms are uniquely decorated in this 17th century townhouse with chandeliers, tapestries, parquet floors and period furniture.Designer Shopping - A short walk to Milan's prestigious Quadrilatero d'Oro - the home of designer boutiquesSights nearby - The city's cathedral is very nearbyViews - See all of Milan from the rooftopRecommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
GombitHotel 13 rooms from $198Bergamo
Located in a medieval square this 13th century property is part of the history of Bergamo. Minimal rooms with neutral palettes create a modern, organic look using natural materials. Sculptures and quirky accents like a library ceiling clad in books inject colour. A regional breakfast is served.Great walks - Go on one of the daily walking tours exploring the history of the old city.Sights nearby - The Santa Maria Maggiore Cathedral is just a couple of minutes walk away.Local markets - Take the funicolare between the old and new city.Cooking classes - Check for timings.
Alle Meraviglie 6 rooms from $219Milan (Lombardy)
Newly converted townhouse with pretty, reasonably priced rooms. Comfortable rooms are decked in cream colour schemes with silk curtains, crisp bed linen, fresh flowers and wooden floors. Enjoy the complimentary breakfast before setting out on the town. An elegant choice to explore Milan from.Value chic - Superb price for what you get- beautiful 18th Century building, chic interiors plus large airy rooms overlooking a courtyard.Local exploring - The hotel sits in the artistic heart of the city- the Brera district is young and vibrant, full of artists and bohemians.Sights nearby - Less than five minutes walk brings you to two of Milans most renowned buildings- the Duomo and Sforzesco Castle.Full of character
Locanda al Castelletto 4 rooms from $229BS, Lake Garda
A sweet and cosy four bedroom guesthouse, delightfully decorated. Perched on a hill side rooms boast unobstructed views of Lake Garda, plus wooden floors and elegant furniture. A restaurant serving traditional cuisine and homemade cakes, cheeses and croissants. You'll be tempted to call it home.Country Escape - On the lake, all rooms offer great views of the Lake Garda and surrounding landscapesLocal exploring - Close by to Campione Del Garda and Limone Del Garda both a 10 minute drive awayEco break - Carefully restored, an environmentally friendly hotelLively - Hip and happening.
LaGare Hotel 141 rooms from $231Milan
A smart new hotel convenient for Milan’s Central station. It boasts a basement spa and roof-top terrace with views across the Porta Nuova district. Slickly designed rooms in muted colours make an ideal base for either the business traveller or tourist.SpaSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Antica Locanda dei Mercanti 15 rooms from $240Milan (Lombardy)
Pretty and centrally located B&B that doesn’t break the bank. This old merchant's house, recently renovated, is contemporary country in style - creams, floral and wood floors. The spectacular suites on the top floor have wrought iron four posters and private terraces. A hotel that is hard to come byValue chic - Great value for beautiful hotel- light and airy rooms with fresh seasonal flowers, right in the centre of the Old City.Sights nearby - Right in the heart of old Milan, you are within walking distance of Castello Sforzesco and the Duomo.House party feel - Be prepared to meet people.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Sawdays
Hotel Spadari al Duomo 40 rooms from $251Milan
A contemporary hotel a few steps from the Duomo, the Fashion District and the Teatro alla Scala. Rooms and suites in pastel colours dotted with modern art and high tech gadgetry. A good choice for those with a design conscience.Sights nearby - A stone's throw from the Duomo, fashion district and La ScalaLocal markets - Good for local colour.Recommended by - CN Traveller
Chateau Monfort 77 rooms from $256Milan (ang.Viale Plave)
Five Star opulent fairytale themed hotel just a short walk from the Piazza San Babila and Milan's famous designer shops. Elegant period features blend with 21st century luxury. Afternoon tea is a speciality. Cocktail bar, elegant wine bar and classic Italian cuisine.Bar - 'Cella di Bacco', The Cellar Bar in a vaulted room offers wonderful wine tasting around an oak tableRestaurant - Afternoon tea in the Rabacuori restaruant is a treat, tiny sandwiches and elegant cakesTheme hotel - Bedrooms are themed, spend the night in Cinderalla's fairy tale suiteCity Style - A short walk to the Duomo and the Quadrilatero fashion districtRecommended by - Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Relais da Vittorio 10 rooms from $261Bergamo
A famous restaurant with boutique rooms. Da Vittorio restaurant ranks as one of the best in the world and has been in the family for generations. Boutique rooms and suites have elegant furnishings. Excellent food, swimming pool and gardens, and extensive facilities for special occasions. Foodies!FoodiesCooking classes - The restaurant has a professional cookery school.Sights nearby - Well located for major sights.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoorRecommended by - Relais & Chateaux
Principe di Savoia 301 rooms from $261Milan
Lavish, grandiose, and Five Star to the hilt. Rooms and suites with opulent fabrics and furnishings, terraces, restaurants, spa, meeting rooms, and more. For those with deep pockets and an eye for detail.5* Luxury - Very high service standards.City StyleSights nearby - A free shuttle service wherever you want to go ensures that everything is close by!Swimming Pool - Heated indoor poolRecommended by - Tablet
Hotel de la Ville 70 rooms from $266Monza
In the same family for generations and overlooking the Royal House of Savoy this property is steeped in history. Jam packed with antiques and oil paintings it has an air of grandness. High standards continue in the Derby Grill where head chef believes in seasonal cuisine. A lesson in timeless charm.Sights nearby - The Monza's Royal Palace of Savoy and its palatial gardens are visible from the hotel and a must visit.Great walks - Through the tranquil gardens of Parco di Monza.Views - Great views from hotelRomantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels
Palazzo Segreti 18 rooms from $315Milan
Just steps away from Milan's fashion district, this is ancient Italy meeting sophisticated modern elegance. The stunning lighting and large, comfortable rooms create a calm ambience. This intimate hotel is the perfect choice for those interested in luxury shopping, and excellent Italian restaurants.Sights nearby - Visit the iconic Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last SupperClose to nightlife - Take in everything this eclectic city has to offerLocal markets - Visit the most popular market on Viale PapinianOther Activities - Visit Luini district for legendary lunchesRecommended by - I Escape
L’Albereta 57 rooms from $271Erbusco-Franciacorta, Lake Iseo
A very luxurious hotel that has almost made a religion out of wellbeing. A world-class spa and a kitchen operating under a chef named the ‘the Father of Modern Italian Cuisine’. A spa and gourmet break off the beaten track.Country EscapeSpa - Espace Vitalite Henri Chenot led by a team of physicians, therapists, dieticians & beauticians.Swimming Pool - Indoor PoolKids Club - Fully staffed.Recommended by - Tablet, Relais & Chateaux
Magna Pars Suites 39 rooms from $271Milan
Experience what life might be like for a fashion model or designer with a stay in these high-end suites in a converted perfume factory in the heart of Milan’s design district. Chic all white interiors offset by sofas in primary colours. A fashionistas dream come true!City StyleSpaSights nearby - Well located for major sights.
Milano Scala 62 rooms from $271Milan
A large contemporary hotel in a traditional Milanese palazzo. Rooms and suites have plush furnishings, parquet floors, splashes of modern art, and private balconies overlooking the inner courtyard. Excellent restaurants, terraces, meeting rooms and wellness centre cater to just about any city visit.City StyleSights nearby - Situated in the heart of the Brera districtKids Club - Fully staffed.Spa
The Gray 21 rooms from $303Milan
Hip, contemporary boutique hotel with a sense of fun in a central location. Neutral colours with splashes of bold colour bedeck the interiors. The bedrooms feature white ostrich leather, crocodile, steel and travertine. Two suites have private gyms, Turkish baths, or jacuzzis. Great food too.Romantic Break - Perfect for a grown up weekend away- make the most of the enourmous baths, private steam rooms and chic fine dining restaurant.City Style - A sophisticated design hotel in central Milan, sleek rooms exude elegance- think ebony wood furniture, ivory fabrics & leather.Sights nearby - The Duomo and Milan's Royal Palace are under five minutes walk from this central hotel.Views - Great views from hotelRecommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection, Small Luxury Hotels
Town House 31 19 rooms from $313Milan (Lombardy)
Elegance and homely charm congregate at this Milanese townhouse with a cool terrace bar perfect in the summer months. A home from home with a touch of zen - cream and brown decoration with splashes of colour from Oriental and African rungs and artifacts. Enjoy breakfast on your private balcony.Romantic Break - A more intimate romantic getaway, off the beaten track, with intimate and thoughtful details such as flower arrangementsFull of characterQuirky - An experience!Recommended by - Small Luxury Hotels, Tablet
Straf 64 rooms from $323Milan (Lombardy)
Ultra cool, 21st Century designs in a super-central location. A classic facade encases a minimalist industrial aesthetic - burnished brass, polished concrete, glass and iron. Bedrooms are decked with black stone and shimmering brass bathrooms. A hip destination for those with creative sides.City Style - Vintage 19th-century facade meets urban interiors with oxidized copper, black slate with scratched mirrors and gauzed glass.Total relaxation - Well-being and Relax Rooms come with aroma and chromo therapy treatments as well as massage armchairs.Sights nearby - Museum of the Twentieth Century and the Duomo are within walking distance.Designer - By Italian architect and designer Vincenzo de Cotiis.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, Tablet, Kiwi Collection
Grand Hotel et de Milan 95 rooms from $413Milan
Old fashioned luxury with an operatic history - the doyenne of Milan's five-star hotels just a stone's throw from La Scala opera house. Rich drapes, antiques and fine paintings fill the interiors, wonderfully opulent throughout. Traditional milanese cuisine and a popular bar.City Style - Rooms range from old school lavish with rich fabrics and antique furnishings, to art deco and deisgn- all with equal glamour.Sights nearby - A ten minute walk from the magnificent Duomo Cathedral and the 18th-century Royal Palace of Milan.Views - Great views from hotelOpulentRecommended by - Tablet, Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Park Hyatt Milano 106 rooms from $758Milan (Lombardy)
Classic meets contemporary design in a fabulously central location on the doorstep of the most prestigious shopping streets. Serene and airy interiors - palettes of cream, beige and soft greys. Luxurious facilities include a spa and fitness centre, buzzy cocktail bar and good restaurant. City style.City Style - Unbeatable location, facing Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, bold contemporary design pays homage to classic Baroque elegance.Foodies - The seven course tasting menu at Michelin stared VUN restaurant by chef Andrea Aprea, is worth a trip alone.Sights nearby - Steps from all of Milans most beautiful sights- Piazza della Duomo, the Teatro della Scala, and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.Designer - Designed by American-born and Parisian-based architect Edward Tuttle.Recommended by - Fodors, Kiwi Collection, Tablet
Four Seasons Milan 118 rooms from $827Milan (Lombardy)
Modern, stylish luxury in a 15th-Century monastery with a beautiful cloistered garden. Large individually designed bedrooms with luxurious fabrics and opulent marble bathrooms. An excellent gourmet restaurant and fab spa. Though it is seriously luxurious and sophisticated, also a great family choiceCity Style - Cutting edge interiors meet orginal features such as including frescoes, columns, vaulted ceilings and oval spiral staircases.Romantic Break - Oozing romance from every pore, with ortuny fabrics, deep soaking tubs, chic restaurants and effortlessly glamourous feel.Great walks - Walking Tours can be arranged and are a great way to see the art and architecture of Milan.Sights nearby - The Cathedral is only a ten minute walk away and is well worth checking out.Recommended by - Frommers, Kiwi Collection
Bulgari 58 rooms from $976Milan (Lombardy)
Sleek glamour meets opulence and indulgence within Milan’s old city walls. Minimal interiors- black and white marbles, beiges and browns. Chic rooms have teak balconies, some overlooking the stunning 700 year old garden. Sensational spa, indoor pool and great food. Favorite haunt of Milan's elite.Romantic Break - Romance is in the air- think couples massages, deep soaking tubs, candlelight meals under the stars in the fragrant gardens.City Style - The epitome of style- with black marble and granite, bronze, teak and oak fittings, spectacular gardens and palatial suites.Great walks - The hotels impressive gardens are infact an extension of the next door Botanical Gardens, well worth a wander around!Sights nearby - Explore the Brera area in style with a hotel luxury car service.Recommended by - Tablet, Kiwi Collection
All our Lombardy Collections:
- The best places to stay in Milan
- The best places to stay on Lake Como
- The best places to stay in Lake Garda
- The best places to stay on Lake Maggiore
- The best places to stay on Lake Iseo
- The best places to stay in Bergamo
- Best places to stay in Monza
- Best places to stay in Livigno
- Best places to stay in Bormio
The best places to stay in Lombardy are as varied as the terrain, but our Guru’s list of the best places to stay in Lombardy favours independent hotels, a number of which have a long tradition in providing hospitality.
Lombardy spreads from Switzerland and the Alps to the flat, agricultural plains of the Po Valley. Within that varied stretch are the wonderful Italian Lakes of Como, Garda, Maggiore and Iseo and the ski resorts of Bormio and Livigno. There’s also a wine region and a number of World Heritage Sites.
Lombardy’s capital is fashionable and outward looking Milan. Milan has the feel of a busy international city, but if you look beyond the hip hotels, even hipper restaurants and high design boutiques you’ll see its historic side. Most of the city's architectural treasures can be found around the grand Gothic cathedral but Milan also has an incredible art collection and a wonderful opera house. And of course all that shopping.
Zooming out of the tunnel on the train from Milan, Lake Como is laid out in front of you in all her spectacular beauty. Beauty based not solely on natural assets - the pristine waters, the mountainous backdrop, the sprinkling of small islands - but also on the charm of the little towns surrounding it.
Just to the north is Lake Garda, largest of Lombardy’s lakes and a sun drenched playground of vineyard, olive groves and cypresses with the Dolomites on one side. All of which makes it look more like southern Italy than northern Italy.
Don't forget architecturally beautiful Bergamo, overlooking the southern plains and offering wonderful views, wonderful art, and some wonderful dining opportunities. Brescia with its fascinating old town, Mantova or Mantua, one of the most important centres of the Italian Renaissance, and looking well and truly the part, Cremona, with its wonderfully historic centre, and Pavia, founded by the Romans and occupying an important strategic position slap bang in the middle of an agricultural plain.
Whether you're visiting for a chic city break or a spot of rural relaxation, the best places to stay in Lombardy are popular destinations, so do yourself a favour and plan well ahead, so that you don't miss out.
- The Relais da Vittorio in Bergamo, is a world renowned restaurant with ten elegant, boutique style rooms. The restaurant has been in the family for generations, and they also offer guests access to a beautiful garden and a pool.
- The Hotel Verbano on an island in the middle of Lake Maggiore, is a restaurant with 12 charming rooms and the perfect choice for a foodie’s honeymoon.
For The Lakes
- If you want to be right on Lake Como, try the Villa d'Este, one of the more traditional five star hotels, the kind with grand state rooms, chandeliers, heavy fabrics, private balconies and private boats.
- For a waterfront spot in Bellagio, Lake Como, you can't get much better than Hotel Florence. It boasts elegant interiors, gorgeous views, and it won't break the bank!
- Owned by the same family for four generations, the Albergo Olivedo is a ten room townhouse hotel beside Lake Como.
- In Torri del Benaco, one of Lake Garda's prettiest Verona side fishing villages, Gardesana is simple and charming, with superb views of the bustling little harbour and an excellent restaurant.
- Locanda San Vigilio, just above Garda and bustling Bardolino, is an elegant and intimate hotel right on the lake. Origianaly owned by an Italian Count, this grand dwelling has been a hotel for the last 500 years
- If you're looking for ultimate luxury and relaxation in a truly glorious setting, the Casta Diva Resort and Spa in Lake Como is perfect. Naturally it's five stars, and its two restaurants are excellent. But it also has a wonderful floating swimming pool, and a subterranean spa hewn into the rock of the shoreline.
- The LIdo Palace offers five stars worth of wonder right on the shores of Lake Garda, at the foot of the mountains - this is really one of the planet's most idyllic settings. Behind the Liberty style facade are sleek, contemporary rooms, an award winning spa and a Michelin recommended restaurant.
For a chic city break
- Milan’s Straf was declared Italy's most avant-garde hotel when it opened and it's still creating a stir today. Come here to rub shoulders with the fashionistas, designers et al who love the interiors where rough slate sit alongside burnished brass, iron and concrete.
- Or, you might try Bulgari, also in Milan - it's more about understated glamour. Here the emphasis is on chic sophistication. Plus it's the only hotel within the city walls to boast a garden. A sensational spa and great food complete the picture.
For traditional Italian luxury
- The Grand Hotel et de Milan exudes bags of character and luxury - think rich fabrics, antiques and fine art on the walls. It is also only a stone's throw from La Scala so ideal for opera buffs.
- Town House 31 is a beautifully converted 19th Century bourgeoise palazzo and now represents an elegant home from home, accessorised with Oriental and African artefacts.
- Villa Cortine Palace typifies Lake Garda perfectly. Sitting right on the tip of the Sirmione peninsula, this grand old villa hotel is rich with frescoes, antiques and lovely 30s style rooms. It's also surrounded by its own gardens dotted with fountains and neoclassical statues, so it's very romantic.
For an active break
- The Bella Riva has direct access to Lake Garda and the views are spectacular, from the pool, the restaurant and a number of private terraces. As well as views the Bella Riva also specialises in watersports.
- Tenuta Le Sorgive is an agriturismo only a short distance from Lake Garda, yet surrounded by countryside. This is a great place for a healthy, outdoorsy break, with lots of activities on offer and a restaurant which serves food grown right here!
- The Hotel Laurin, near Salò is perfect, elegant Lake Garda glamour on the outside, and frescoes and Art Deco furniture on the inside - yet it's big enough, and modern enough, and has enough of a garden and pool, to be ideal for families.
- The Relais La California is a renovated private estate set amid five hectares of beautifully landscaped gardens. There are just 20 elegant rooms with stunning views of the surrounding park, the putting green, the bowls lawn and the Botanic path.
- The Hotel Sonne in Livigno is a modern chalet hotel, which has kept its wood and fur decor and charming Alpine bar. There are just 16, chic, cosy, romantic rooms, with wonderful views, and there's an excellent spa and sauna.
- Or try Bormio’s 27 room Eden Hotel, a well designed contemporary hotel with cosy, wooden bedrooms, decor made of natural materials, lovely views, a great spa and excellent restaurant.