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Private transfer to your hotel in Rome
Accommodation in Rome
- 91 rooms and 31 suites
- Le Jardin de Russie restaurant
- Stravinskij Bar
- De Russie Spa
- Fitness centre
Once hosting aristocratic travellers, Russian royalty and renowned artists such as Pablo Picasso and Jean Cocteau, a half century hiatus as an office building ended with a glorious restoration and re-establishment of this Roman icon, with contemporary-chic design and modern updates in harmony with the building’s classical architecture. The Hotel de Russie lies between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo on the Via del Babuino, within easy walking distance of Rome’s main attractions, fashion houses and Via Condotti. Though surrounded by the ceaseless buzz of the city, behind the hotel’s unassuming frontage, is a soothing tranquility – both in design and ambiance – and vast private 18th century terraced gardens, a rare oasis away from it all. 122 rooms and suites are thoroughly up to date amenity wise, complete with Bisazza mosaic and Carrara marble in the bathrooms. Some feature private terraces and many rooms have views over Rome, Piazza del Popolo or the garden. The Stravinskij Bar is renowned for its apertivos, while Le Jardin de Russie and its chef, two-Michelin-star chef Fulvio Pierangelini, serve up simple yet refined dishes Mediterranean dishes in one a most romantic of settings. Furthering the Hotel de Russie urban oasis credentials is the De Russie Spa, one of Rome’s best health clubs.
- 12 rooms
- Garden apartment and two suites
- Private garden
- Listed library
- Wellness centre
Built the late 19th century, this grandiose villa has stayed with the Trivelli family ever since, through hosting meetings of the National Council of Italian Women, high society gathering of Counts and Countess to being the residence of Piero Trivelli, a sensitive writer and refined poet. In 2004, son of Count Piero decided to convert the historic residence into the fabulous boutique hotel of today. Communal areas are full of antiques and art, the library is listed and lounge areas steeped in a dark wood, old world luxury. Outside are peaceful formal gardens that form a walled oasis away from the Rome’s bustle. Overlooking the greenery are just 12 rooms, warm and welcoming, with subtle modern touches enhancing the historic charm of the original features. Large beds are clad in Fiandra linen sheets and alpaca or cashmere throws. Bathrooms are spacious and lined in marble, and all have baths as well as showers. Well-stocked minibars are complimentary. On the other side of the garden are two Garden Suites and a large apartment ideal for families, small groups or those seeking privacy. Breakfast is a vast spread and afternoon tea is served by the fireplace, whilst dinners can be arranged in the garden during summer months. There is also a wonderful spa and health centre offering restorative wellness therapies. Centrally located between the Via Nazionale and the Quirinal Palace, the Colosseum is a 15 minute walk away, the Trevi Fountain half that, and many of the city’s best restaurants are just around the corner.
- 91 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Two bars
Rome is a city steeped in history and culture, and a stay at Hassler Roma ensures you’re right in the thick of it. Overlooking the Spanish Steps and within easy reach of the Colosseum, the Trevi Fountain, Piazza di Spagna and the Vatican, you’re perfectly placed to enjoy all this majestic city has to offer. Think Italy and you think food, and the hotel’s Michelin-starred restaurant Imàgo draws on the country’s rich culinary heritage. Head chef, Francesco Apreda, has crafted a creative menu that follows the seasons, showcasing a mix of classic and contemporary Italian cuisine. They say you eat with your eyes as well, and you’re certainly in for a treat with the spectacular panoramic views from the sixth-floor restaurant. Each of the 91 individually decorated rooms and suites are impeccably styled and come with garden or city views. A nation know for its style, the contemporary design and chic features of the hotel, coupled with a real focus on hospitality and comfort, make this the perfect launch pad from which to explore Rome. With so many sights to see, you’ll need to recharge your batteries so check in to the spa, which offers a range of treatments, for some rest and relaxation. Adopt a more leisurely pace and enjoy afternoon tea or an expertly mixed cocktail at one of the hotel bars. The Eternal City is full of hidden gems and the charming garden restaurant is a secluded haven surrounded by ancient stones walls, flowers and ivy. Live piano music in the evening makes it the perfect romantic retreat.
Rome, Italy’s capital and largest city, needs little introduction. One of the most historied locations in the world, glorious reminders of Rome’s illustrious past, from ancient Roman wonders to Renaissance masterpieces, are all on show. That’s not to say that its cosmopolitan streets do not embrace the now; Rome is as exhilarating and forward thinking as ever.
You'll learn all about Rome as Italy's political capital, capital of Catholicism and centre of the ancient world. Begin your tour at Piazza Navona, which covers the site of Domitian's stadium and one of the most beautiful squares in Rome, home to the Fountain of the Four Rivers. You'll continue on to the Pantheon, built by Agrippa in 27 BC, the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.
Discover the great Roman Forum, for centuries the centre of civic life as the site of triumphal processions, elections, public speeches and criminal trials. Then, along the Via Sacra (Sacred Way), head to the Palatine Hill, one of the most ancient parts of the city, where you’ll enjoy a breathtaking view of the Circus Maximus, an ancient Roman chariot racing stadium Last but not least, enter the magnificent Colosseum, considered one of the greatest works of Roman architecture and Roman engineering, and capable of seating up to 50,000 spectators.
Arrive at 7am at the Vatican when the museums are still closed. You'll have the chance to enter with just a few others and enjoy an American breakfast. Then you are ready to start the tour of the museums with your personal guide. You will pass through room after room full of treasures, before the culmination of the visit, Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel, home to the conclave that elects Popes. The ceiling frescoes and Last Judgement on the altar wall are probably the most viewed paintings in the world.
From here, enter St Peter's Basilica, one of the largest churches in the world and a triumph of Renaissance architecture, the work of Bramante, Michelangelo, Carlo Maderno and Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Once inside, having got over the feelings of awe inspired by the sheer size and magnificence of it all, one of the first things you will see is Michelangelo's Pieta. Sculpted at the age of 23, it must be the most moving of all Michelangelo's sculptures; a mother gazing lovingly at her child as if seeing the baby she gave birth to but in fact the body of the 33-year-old Christ. Moving down the church, you will pass the statue of St Peter, whose bronze toes have been completely worn away by the millions of pilgrims who have stroked them and arrive at Bernini's Baldacchino (canopy), under the centre of the dome and behind this, the throne of St Peter.
No visit to Italy would be complete without tasting an authentic Italian pizza and what better way to experience it than making your own? You’ll be welcomed by a professional pizza maker and get to knead the dough, create the topping and pop it into the oven. Best of all, you will get to eat your creation!
Private transfer to Rome’s train station
Train from Rome to Naples
Private transfer to your hotel on the Amalfi Coast
The Amalfi Coast
Accommodation in The Amalfi Coast
- 20 rooms and suites
- Infinity pool
- Restaurant and bar
- Fully equipped spa
- Outdoor fitness area
After falling for the ruins of this dramatically perched 17th century convent while boating in Salerno Bay, the American owner of the Monastero Santa Rosa spent the next decade painstakingly renovated and restoring the building, creating the stunning and secluded boutique hotel it is today. With only 20 rooms and suites, but plenty of outdoor living areas and private spaces dotted around the estate, this unique property is dedicated to total relaxation, as you can take your pick from the various secluded sun terraces perched on the hillside. Make your way down the lush tiered gardens to reach a truly breathtaking infinity pool where you can soak up the sweeping, panoramic views across the Amalfi Coast. The sisters’ former winery is now the setting for a vast sanctuary of a spa – an impressive selection of some 400 wines now stored in the cellar of Ristorante Il Refettorio, where guests can expect an innovative Mediterranean gastronomic experience with the freshest ingredients from the gardens and surrounding Campania region. The convent sits in the quaint fishing village of Conca dei Marini, just a 20-minute car or boat ride from the most scenic towns along this glamorous coastline – notably Positano, Amalfi and Ravello. An array of excursions can be organised, from walking trails and cultural tours, to diving and windsurfing.
- 43 rooms and suites
- Three restaurants
- Cocktail bar
- Swimming pool
- Rooftop solarium
A Ravello establishment, the gracious Palazzo Avino combines its long history, unwavering modern luxury and timeless coastal views. Much the current structure was built on the remains of a 12th century palace in 1710 by the Sasso family, then renovated in the 19th century as the grand Hotel Palumbo that hosted a long list of royalty, aristocrats, actors, poets and writers. Reborn again two decades ago, it has consistently rated amongst the best hotels in Europe ever since. There are 43 rooms and suites, the pick which have wonderful sea views while others look back to the mountain or charming town. Interiors are bright with a selection of period furniture and typically resplendent Italian bathrooms. Dining here is an absolute highlight. The famed Rossellinis offers Michelin-star dining and fine regional wines, while Terrazza Belvedere is a more casual affair with panoramic views. Caffé dell’Arte is the place apertivos and cocktails and the Lobster & Martini Bar is self explanatory. The heated pool, gym, full service spa and rooftop solarium’s jacuzzis make the most of the views. Another unique feature is the Palazzo Avino’s Clubhouse by the Sea. Just 15 minutes away, on a complimentary shuttle service to the small town of Marmorata, guests have use of the beach platforms, a small swimming pool and casual Clubhouse Restaurant.
- 50 luxury rooms and suites
- Seasonal restaurants
- Wine cellar
- Private seafront deck
Built upon the ruins of a Roman villa in the 18th century and a landmark hotel ever since, the Bellevue Syrene brings bright modern style and refined service to a setting above Sorrento that has long attracted emperors, artists and intellectuals. From its precarious cliffside position, views spill out across the Gulf of Naples to Vesuvius in the distance. 50 luxury rooms and suites are elegantly furnished, interiors blending traditional features and historical artefacts with more contemporary finishes. Most boast sea views and balconies. The breathtaking Roccia ‘Rock’ Suite is set in an ancient Roman grotto and has a large hydrotherapy bath tub opposite the bed, as well as sea views. Outside there is a pool on the terrace as well as a lift down to sun beds and parasols on the private seafront deck. Dining here is seasonal, with the splendid panoramic terraces of La Pergola perfect for hot summer days, and the Gli Archi’s warm and welcoming style for winter. The Mimmo Jodice room, decorated with some of the pictures of the great Neapolitan photographer, completes the hotel’s dining options. There is also a club lounge and wine cellar. Guests can explore Sorrento, the nearby ancient ruins of Pompeii and picturesque Positano. Capri is a short ferry ride away and offers fantastic designer shops and restaurants.
- 51 rooms and suites
- Belvedere restaurant
- Pool restaurant
- Two bars
- Infinity pool
Perched atop Ravello’s cliff, the beautifully restored Belmond Hotel Caruso is one the finest spots from which to soak up the Amalfi Coast. The current building dates back to 1800, the original palace 700 years further still, and its 51 rooms and suites in an array of shapes and sizes are fittingly replete with marble, original frescos and Italian antiques. Many enjoy wonderful vistas of the coast, sea and fragrant gardens. The Belmond Hotel Caruso’s two Exclusive Suites have their own terrace and garden. The Belvedere Restaurant serves up Italian and local Neapolitan delicacies, in the summer to be enjoyed out on the terrace. There is also a restaurant by the famous infinity pool with a wood-fired pizza oven, an adjoining bar, and the elegant piano bar indoors. Explore the coast on complimentary cruises to Amalfi and Positano, scenic helicopter flights on request, or perhaps take out vintage Vespas or classic car along the coastal road.
Draped along the cliffs on the southern side of the Sorrento Peninsula, between Salerno and the city of Sorrento, the Amalfi Coast is one of the most dramatic and glamorous spots in Italy. Between the two, Positano, Amalfi and Ravello’s candy coloured buildings spill their way down into blue bays.
The peninsular combines affluent sophistication with a honest simplicity, where super yachts and gurgling Italian sports cars next sit amidst an unchanging rural way of life. The food gloriously reflects this and some of Europe’s finest restaurants can be found here, thriving on fresh local produce, whilst the rustic Neapolitan food found everywhere here to many epitomizes Italian cuisine. The views and food are perhaps the main draw here, but there is a rich history to explore too, hidden beaches to discover and pristine trails in the Lattari Mountains to climb.
Head out into the Gulf of Naples across to the beautiful island of Capri, a draw to visitors for thousands of years.
The tour will touch Li Galli Islands, the legendary home of the sirens who lured Ulysses to the islands with their enchanted singing. This is also an ideal place for snorkelling with its clear waters and underwater treasures. Tide permitting, you will approach the famous Blue Grotto where it will be possible to get inside using the local small boat.
Discover the spectacular Amalfi Coast, situated like an amphitheatre among the mountains and the sea. Visit Ravello and the Villas Rufolo and Cimbrone, two sites not to be missed for their splendour and decorations. Both villas have amazingly beautiful gardens. You'll also take in the wonderful Positano, considered to be one of the most picturesque of all Italy's coastal resorts.
‘Sentiero degli dei’ means Path of the Gods and takes its name from the numerous Roman temples that were dotted around the area. You will be driven to Vettica Maggiore, a small town between Positano and Amalfi, where the hiking trail will start. The walk starts with a flight of steps, set amidst lush vegetation, at the end of which lies San Domenico, home to the Church of Santa Maria and a Dominican convent. The route then goes towards Nocelle and this is arguably the most attractive stretch of the whole walk. The path snakes through peaceful pinewoods, past hidden caves and offers the most stunning views of the Amalfi Coast. From Nocelle you will be driven to Positano for lunch and a wander around.
To visit Pompeii is probably as close as we can get to travelling in a time machine back to ancient Rome. In August of 79 AD, Vesuvius had been rumbling for some days and it is estimated that a large part of the population of 20,000 had been evacuated; those that were left were as if suspended in time, as the plaster casts made of the bodies that were found shows. Excavation started in the 18th century and continues to this day.
The first impression, on entering into the Forum, is just how massive Roman structures were; they really dwarf revered Medieval or later sites. You will get to walk Roman streets, look into bars, stroll into Patrician villas, complete with frescoes and mosaics, there is even a mosaic doormat, saying ‘beware of the dog’. Even graffiti (an Italian word) is written on some of the walls, reflecting a forthcoming election. When you see the baths, the central heating systems and the gentle fountains in the courtyards of the villas, you really feel it wouldn’t be too much of a hardship to live there.
Private transfer to Naples train station
Train from Naples to Florence
Private transfer to your hotel in Florence
Accommodation in Florence
- 37 rooms and 7 suites
- Le Bistrot Restaurant and bar
- Spa with hammam
- Heated outdoor swimming pool
- Complimentary shuttle service to the city
Overlooking the historic Boboli Gardens, near to Florence’s centre, Villa Cora is an exquisitely restored 19th century palace that offers step back into the grandeur of neoclassical Florence, with eclectic and occasionally bizarre artistic styles of the period. Built at a time when Florence was the cosmopolitan capital of the newly created Kingdom of Italy, Villa Cora earned its reputation by hosting guests such as Princess Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III, and the Russian composer Tchaikovsky, being considered the most beautiful residence of the Tuscan capital. It became a grand hotel in 1960, during another of Florence’s most stylish periods. The hotel has 44 rooms and suites, divided into the main villa and in two adjacent buildings. The majority are in the main villa, split over four floors, each of which has been characterised around a theme, one with extravagant frescoes, another taking Moorish influence from the Orient. Villino Eugenia is a small guesthouse overlooking the Boboli Gardens, containing 13 accommodations, each decorated and furnished according to the bourgeois styles of the late 19th century. Lastly, La Follie, a small guesthouse located at the edge of the park that surrounds Villa Cora has a particular charm and discretion with only two rooms for complete privacy. Le Bistrot Restaurant offers seasonal produce, during the winter months in the splendid Moorish Room with its domed ceiling with original frescoes by Antonio Caremmi, and in the summer outdoors in the winter garden by the side of the swimming pool, where guests can relax in an elegant yet informal environment. The Benè spa is located on the lower floor of Villino Eugenia and is equipped with a small gym, tepidarium, sauna and Turkish hammam. The wellness centre offers Asian and European massages as well as beauty treatments. There is also a large heated outdoor pool shaded by vast oak trees.
- 88 rooms and 14 suites
- Irene restaurant
- Bicycle hire
- Family friendly tours
The Hotel Savoy could not be more centrally located if it tried, located on Florence’s Piazza della Repubblica, next to the Duomo, with all the famous attractions of the city within walking distance. Interiors are the work of designer Olga Polizzi, combining sleek and contemporary Italian with the building’s historic form, along with some more playful touches throughout. There are 88 rooms and 14 suites, including the two bedroom Repubblica Suite and its spectacular view over the square, and the Brunelleschi and Signoria suites that each enjoy private steam rooms. Hotel Savoy’s restaurant, Irene, is overseen by renowned chef Fulvio Pierangelini and offers authentic flavours using local seasonal products, with some light and healthy reinventions of Tuscan classics. During warmer months, guests can enjoy al fresco dining on the terrace and soak up the atmosphere.
- 20 rooms and 25 suites
- Two restaurants and three bars
- Gym and spa
- Swimming pool
- Extensive gardens
- Complimentary shuttle service to and from Florence
Set amidst lush trees and terraced gardens, the Belmond Villa San Michelle enjoys the most perfect view over Florence from its hilltop position. Dating back to a 15th century monastery, the renaissance villa’s facade has been attributed to Michelangelo, as much a part of Italy’s heritage as the cathedrals and galleries down the hill. Today, Belmond Villa San Michele is recognised as one of the country’s finest boutique hotels. Each of the 20 rooms and 25 suites are unique, with sumptuous antiques, along with cotto-tile flooring and bright Florentine textiles. Separate from the main building, the exquisite Limonaia Villa contains three suites located in the convent’s former orangery, all with incredible views. These can be connected together to create perhaps the most glamorous villa in Tuscany, a unique haven for families and groups of friends, or for a special occasion such as a wedding or exclusive party. Belmond Villa San Michelle is naturally a favourite among honeymooners, however there are special services tailored towards family adventures, and world famous the cookery school is a destination in itself. A huge range of activities are on offer, such as exclusive historical tours and rafting under the Ponte Vecchio, and there is a complimentary shuttle to and from Florence itself. At the hotel, relax amongst the immaculate gardens and at the spa, swim in the panoramic pool or take part in one of the renowned culinary classes. Dining options here include one of the best restaurants in Florence – the romantic La Loggia – and more laid back cuisine at the Pool Restaurant, each with their own bar, as well as the Cloister Bar in the old monastery.
Surrounded by rolling Tuscan hills, the beautiful city of Florence is one of Europe's most enchanting and historically influential cities. If anywhere in the world can claim to have shaped modern Western consciousness, it is Florence's grand piazzas and palazzos.
The world's greatest Renaissance artworks and sculpture can be found at every turn in the historical centre, an area that can be traversed on foot in under an hour but would infinitely longer to properly explore.
Explore Florence’s Renaissance past with this guided walking tour of the city's historic centre. The Academia Gallery is home to Michelangelo's ‘David’, one of the finest sculptures ever created, and though there are many copies across the city, this is the real deal. You'll also visit the church of Santa Maria del Fiore – the famous Duomo - to view Brunelleschi’s magnificent dome; the nearby Campanile of Giotto (bell tower); and Ghiberti’s enchanting ‘Gates of Paradise’, the door to the Baptistry. Continue to the Piazza della Signoria, centre of Florentine politics and home to a captivating outdoor sculpture gallery. Shopping, architecture and history will collide as you stroll over the Ponte Vecchio.
Discover the beautiful Chianti region en route to your hotel, with a private driver at your disposal. Learn about some of the most excellent Italian wines, or perhaps simply explore the beautiful of Tuscany countryside and its scattered Medieval towns.
Accommodation in Tuscany
- 39 rooms and suites
- Two restaurants
- Lounge bar
- Fitness centre
- Outdoor infinity pool
Tuscany is one of Italy’s most picture-perfect regions with its rolling hills, rows of vineyards and old stone buildings. Located with a 4,200-acre estate, the Belmond Castello di Casole is everything you would expect from a grand country residence. The castle dates from the 10th century, when it was used to house political exiles from nearby Siena. Traditional construction methods and natural materials found on the estate were used during the restoration to ensure the castle maintains its authenticity and charm. Despite its size, the castle has just 39 rooms and suites, giving it an intimate feel. Rooms have plenty of character with original wood-beamed ceilings and stone walls, luxurious fabrics and a mix of antique and contemporary furniture. Most have views of the Tuscan countryside, looking out over the estate’s vineyards and olive groves. There are two restaurants with a focus on honest Tuscan food, so expect home-made pasta, organic vegetables and locally sourced fish and game. With over 100 acres of vineyards, this is the perfect place for wine lovers, and Tosca restaurant has a large wall displaying hundreds of vintages from leading wineries in Tuscany and around the world. The former wine cellar now houses the spa and guests can relax and unwind with a treatment from a menu inspired by local ingredients such as rosemary, grapes and olive oil. Take a dip in the outdoor infinity pool and enjoy the views or take advantage of the activities on offer including cooking classes and truffle hunting.
- 50 rooms and suites
- Swimming pool and ESPA
- Michelin-starred La Torre restaurant
- La Taverna restaurant and bar
- 12th century wine cellar
In a lovingly converted 12th century castle, the Castello del Nero sits in its own 300 hectares estate, near the town of Tavarnelle Val di Pesa, in the heart of the Chianti wine region. Each of the 50 rooms and suites look out over quintessentially rolling Tuscan countryside and the estate’s olive groves and vineyards that are frequented by pheasant, deer and wild boar. Suites, some of which feature their own terraces, have each had interiors restored to recreate the original decor, which include hand painted ceilings and family crests. All the rooms rooms maintain their historic authenticity yet provide all modern comforts. One of the restaurants, La Torre, has been awarded a Michelin star, and serves meticulously prepared Tuscan and Italian food made from ingredients bought from local farms or taken from the Castello’s organic garden. In the former kitchens, La Taverna is a rustic venue with original fireplace, where guests can try local dishes paired with red wine produced on the estate. There’s also the original wine cellar, a great setting for a private celebration or an impromptu wine tasting session with one of the highly experienced sommeliers. There’s also a sizeable outdoor pool space and plenty of terraces from which to enjoy the views. For utter relaxation, the Castello del Nero hosts an ESPA offering the absolute latest in holistic treatments and spa experiences. The hotel is near the towns of Florence, Siena and Pisa. For those who are interested in learning more about Tuscan cuisine, cooking classes can be arranged with with the hotel’s chef. Guests can also enjoy a variety of pursuits including truffle hunting, tennis, hiking on the estate, horse riding and rent bicycles to explore the area. For the ultimate view, take a hot air balloon flight over the surrounding Tuscan countryside.
- 46 rooms
- Two restaurants
- Pool bar
Play king or queen of the castle at Castello di Velona, a magnificent 11th century fortress that has been lovingly restored while staying true to its Tuscan roots. Proudly overlooking the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Val d’Orcia, the hotel is surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Each of its 46 rooms pays homage to Tuscan tradition with antique furnishings, terracotta tiles, decorative fireplaces and vaulted ceilings. Sunset rooms feature your very own outdoor space from which to enjoy the fiery glow of the evening sky. Soothe your soul at the hotel’s spa which uses spring water from the earth beneath nearby volcano, Monte Amiata. Relax in the outdoor and indoor swimming pools, Jacuzzi, Turkish baths and sauna, and indulge in a treatment using local olive oil, grapes and natural products. Italians live and breathe fine food and drink and the hotel’s two restaurants serve creative dishes inspired by the rich gastronomic history of the region. A passion for seasonal produce shines through, and wine and olive oil is produced on the estate. For those moments when you want to simply stand back and appreciate your surroundings, head to the terrace and sip an aperitif while enjoying the panoramic views. Tuscany is rich in history and there is plenty to explore nearby, including Siena, Montepulcia and the beautiful Sant’Antimo and Monte Oliveto Maggiore abbeys.
Rolling hills dotted with rustic farm houses, Medieval towns, dark green cypress trees and ranked vines, there are few views more quintessentially Italian than that across the Tuscan countryside. Spend your time here getting acquainted with an enviable culinary tradition, fine Chianti wines, beautiful towns and warm locals.
After an early start, take an unforgettable flight over the beautiful hills, vineyards and medieval villages of Tuscany in a hot air balloon. Your pilot will also regale you with tales from the history of the area. After gently coming in to land, follow the tradition of all balloonists with a celebratory glass of Champagne.
Private transfer to Florence’s train station
Train from Florence to Venice
Private boat transfer to your hotel in Venice
Accommodation in Venice
- 96 rooms and suites
- Fine dining, al fresco and poolside restaurants
- Wellness centre
- Olympic-sized swimming pool
- Red-clay tennis court
- Private shuttle boat to St Mark's Square
- Children's club
The iconic Belmond Hotel Cipriano is located on Guidecca Island, across the water from St Mark’s Square, a most enviable location that has long helped make the hotel one of Venice’s most exclusive. 96 rooms and suites, split between the mid 20th century building and historic palazzo, are decorated in an opulent and impeccably Venetian style, with views out across the lagoon and cityscape or the lush Casanova gardens. Fine dining options, such as the Michelin-starred Oro Restaurant and Cip’s Bar, take full advantage of the location’s wonderful vistas, while the Gabbiano Bar, Wine Cellar and Piano Bar are each draws in the evening. The famous Olympic-sized swimming is at the centre of the property, the only one of its size in central Venice. There is a personal trainer on site, red-clay tennis courts, and a fitness centre, as well the Casanova Wellness Centre for something a bit more relaxing. It is just five minutes from the Belmond Hotel Cipriani’s own pier to St Mark’s in the heart of Venice. Here the city’s highlights await.
- 61 rooms and 21 suites
- Club del Doge Restaurant
- Bar Longhi
- Culinary school
At the Grand Canal’s edge, the historic Gritti Palace occupies a building that dates back to 1475 as a private home for the noble Pisani family, followed by the distinguished Doge of Venice, Andrea Gritti. Carefully restored in 2013, the Gritti’s heritage and culture have blended with a renewed Venetian style. 61 luxurious guest rooms and 21 sumptuous suites, including some with canal views, are replete with rare archival fabrics, the finest Italian marbles and a stunning array of new and original chandeliers from Murano, as well as the latest technology and sumptuous beds. Gritti’s famous terrace has long been a social hub. The splendid Bar Longhi features some of the best cocktails in Venice and the Club del Doge Restaurant features regional specialties, casual chic by day and a more formal affair at dinner. The palace is also home to the Gritti Epicurean School, an informal Venetian open kitchen that hosts wine tastings, cooking workshops and celebrations. Well located by the Grand Canal on the southern edge of the San Marco district, Venice’s great opera house, cathedrals, museums and palazzos are all close by.
- Two suites
- Five themed rooms
- Five deluxe rooms
In the gallery-filled Dorsoduro borough, hidden away by the Salute church, is the intimate Ca’ Maria Adele in its quaint 16th-century palazzo. There are just twelve sumptuous rooms, including two suites and five themed rooms inspired by Venice’s history, such as the Oriental Room, a nod to the travels of Marco Polo, and the Doge’s Room, all deep-red damask drapes and gold accents. The vibe is Venetian and decadent – think terrazzo floors, Murano chandeliers and antique furnishings – but playful touches of African wood, polished concrete and a laid-back, bohemian atmosphere make it modern. Whilst lacking a restaurant of its own, breakfast is served wherever you feel, whether in room, in the lounge or out on the terrace, a setting where Italian-style tea can be enjoyed in the afternoon. There is also an exceedingly well stocked bar. Ca’ Maria Adele can organise tailored tours in and around the city, the Royal Palace a short gondola ride away from the hotel’s own water entrance. Being in Dorsoduro, the Peggy Guggenheim Museum, Punta della Dogana and the Magazzini del Sale are a short stroll away.
- 210 rooms and suites
- Rooftop restaurant
- Wine suite
Set on the lively Riva degli Schiavine promenade, Hotel Danieli is the epitome of Venetian style and elegance. On entering the hotel you are welcomed by rich golds and reds, marble floors and beautiful tapestries. This classic décor is carried throughout the 210 rooms and suites which feature high ceilings, Murano glass lamps and large windows through which you can take in the views of the canal or the cobbled streets of the city. The rooftop restaurant allows guests to gaze out across the Grand Canal, watching the gondolas glide across the water while enjoying traditional Venetian cuisine influenced by the spice traders that used to pass through the city. For a pre-dinner aperitivo or a morning cappuccino, Bar Dandle with its marble columns and chandeliers has plenty of atmosphere. You’re ideally situated to explore Venice, just minutes from the Bridge of Sighs, Piazza San Marco and the Palace Gardens.
Sat within a shallow lagoon between the mouths of Po and Piave rivers, Venice is formed of 118 islands formed by some 170 canals connected by over 400 bridges. The entire city is considered a World Heritage Site, an extraordinary architectural masterpiece in which even the smallest building may contain works by some of the Europe's greatest artists.
Iconic attractions on the main Rialto islands are evocative by name alone - Piazza San Marco, the Rialto Bridge, Doge’s Palace, Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Grand Canal - a unique collection of brooding Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque architecture. Days can be spent discovering tucked away galleries, museums and palazzos. Away from the crowds, other islands are where traditional Venetian culture still runs deep.
Visit Venice’s most famous islands, Murano, Burano and Torcello, to learn their importance in history and trade. The first stop will be in Murano, world famous since the 1200s for the art of glass making, where you will visit one of Venice’s most important glass factories and have a private show of how the intricate glasswork is made and then tour the showroom with works of great glass masters like Signoretto.
The second picturesque island is Burano, a fisherman island known for its brightly coloured houses and for its lace school. You will see the women who still work this antique technique of lace making by hand. The last stop is Torcello, the first island to be inhabited in the lagoon, where you will hear the history and see its beautiful cathedral with its magnificent mosaics dating back to the 1100s. In Torcello you will also see the Locanda Cipriani where Ernest Hemingway stayed when in Venice and wrote A Farewell to Arms.
Venissa Ristorante is nestled in the island of Mazzorba, a 30-minute boat ride from the centre of Venice. Surrounded by vineyards and the lagoon, it doesn't get much more idyllic than this. Choose to dine at the Michelin-starred restaurant or the osteria - the menus at both are inspired by the fishermen of Burano and the vegetable gardens of the estate. There is also an exceptional wine list with lots of labels from the local area. For something really special, you can dine at a private table surrounded by the vines.
Private boat and road transfer from your hotel to Venice airport