Italy’s Unexpected Hidden Gems

Ultimate Experiences Editor at Large Ignacio Maza reveals his off-the-beaten path favorites.

  • Like Lake Como? Stay at Lake Maggiore. The gorgeous Villa & Palazzo Aminta, Hotel Beauty & SPA is located near the Borromean Islands, right on the lake.
  • If a fan of Tuscany, stay in Perugia at Borgo dei Conti Resort.
  • For ski enthusiasts that like Cortina, stay in the Dolomites at the Hotel Rosa Alpina in San Cassiano.
  • Though the Amalfi coast is divine, try visiting Puglia and the Borgo Egnazia hotel, located on the Adriatic.
  • If you like Sardinia, a stay in Sicily at Verdura Resort, a Rocco Forte hotel or Belmond Villa Sant’Andrea on the Mediterranean (also in Sicily, next to Taormina) is a must.
  • Want to explore untrammeled beaches? Stay at Porto Ercole at the Hotel Il Pellicano (North of Rome).
  • As an alternative to visiting Rome city center, stay at La Posta Vecchia on the Mediterranean.
  • If Portofino is more your speed, visit Santa Margherita Ligure and stay at the Grand Hotel Miramare.
  • Looking for an experience similar to Venice’s Piazza San Marco city center? Don’t miss the Belmond Hotel Cipriani on Giudecca Island.
  • As an alternative to Florence city center, stay at Villa La Massa on the Arno River.

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