The Borgo Santandrea is the first new hotel to open in Conca Dei Marini, near Amalfi in 16 years, in collaboration with the local artisanal community | Source: Borgo Santandrea

Italian Hotels and Villas for That Post-Pandemic Travel Splurge

When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie and you have the uncontrollable urge to travel to Italy, maybe you are craving an authentic countryside trattoria pizza, there are good accommodations and there are not so good ones.

The experience you have in the accommodation can affect how an entire trip feels, so finding the right place to stay is often the most important part of the planning stage.

If a trip to the boot-shaped Mediterranean home of pizza and grappa is on the cards for your pandemic starved travel ambitions, remember that some Italian hotels and villas are a cut above the rest and may make your trip unforgettable.

Borgo Santandrea

Price: A$791 per night

With small fiat cars and trucks weaving their way across the sheer cliff-faces that plunge dramatically into the sea, the Amalfi coast is home to picturesque towns and villages with sheltered beaches and traditional architecture.

The Borgo Santandrea is the first new hotel to open in Conca Dei Marini, near Amalfi in 16 years, in collaboration with the local artisanal community.

It has been a beautiful challenge over the past four years to restore the property and we feel proud to have brought so many talented artisans and iconic Italian brands together to create a one-of-a-kind hotel that is truly Made in Italy

Borgo Santandrea’s co-owner Maurizio Orlacchio of the hotel’s authenticity
Source: Elite Traveler

Surrounded by cliff-side terraces and lush gardens with olive, lemon and pomegranate trees, this dream location, perched high above a private beach and beach club in an old boathouse was once the hotel gran Salerno.

New owners stripped back the dark wood furniture, black marble interiors to reveal a lighter coloured, beautiful 1960s structure.

Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Price: A$1,097 – A$2,976 per night

If Italian food is your reason for a trip, the region that stands out in terms of gastronomic delight is undoubtedly Tuscany.

With its wineries, olive groves and such high-quality soil that plump tomatoes grow on the sides of the winding hill roads, Tuscany must be experienced to be understood and the Castligion del Bosco will give you a very good idea of what it means to holiday in Tuscany.

Source: Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

Guests at the 5,000-acre estate can arrive by helicopter then wander its 62-hectare Brunello di Montalcino vineyard or enjoy the hotel spa, perhaps a round of golf at the members-only golf course.

Situated in the Val d’Orcia, a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2004, the undulating hills and beautiful, rustic architecture is on full display at this destination amongst destinations housing 42 ultra-luxury suites and 11 one-of-a-kind private villas.

The hotel was recently sold by Maximo Ferragamo to a mystery buyer for €400 million (approximately A$608 million), but will undoubtedly reopen soon as it will undergo further restoration and renovation.

La Villa Passalacqua, Grand Hotel Tremezzo

Price: A$1,171 per night

Those who have called the tranquil banks of Lake Como home, George Clooney, Madonna, Donatella Versace and Sir Richard Branson belong to the exclusive club of those to have stayed at the spectacular location in the foothills of the Italian Alps.

Now, with the recent opening of La Villa Passalacqua, sister hotel to the renowned Grand Hotel Tremezzo, you can join the club.

In fact, you could join an even more exclusive club of lucky guests at the Villa, Napoleon Bonaparte once stayed at this 17-century villa as well as Winston Churchill.

The main villa houses 9 deluxe suites, room for 18 guests and there is also space at the small guest house (called Villa Bellini) for 8 more people.

Source: Grand Hotel Tremezzo

 Situated in the village of Moltrasio and sitting on seven acres of gardens which is about 40 minutes south of Grand Hotel Tremezzo, the property adds charm with its magnificent spa and three pools, one floating above the crystal clear water of the mountain lake.

These are just a few of the luxury accommodations on offer in Italy, so pack your bags, you’ll need a towel for the private beach, some hiking boots for truffle hunting and your friends for a lakeside dusk garden party, just don’t forget your credit card.

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