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Le Sirenuse: Great Food and Fabulous Views in Positano

Le Sirenuse in Positano is famous for its spectacular views and comfortable ambiance. This is the perfect spot to relax, enjoy great Italian food, lounge by the pool, take in ...

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Spectacular Views of the Gulf of Naples from Capri Palace

There are 77 guest rooms and 11 luxury suites. Four of the rooms have their own private garden and a heated swimming pool if you are looking for the ultimate indulgence.

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Hotel Cala di Volpe on Costa Smeralda, Sardinia

The island is famous for its sandy beaches, ocean views, fashion shows, concerts and boutiques.

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La Posta Vecchia

There are 19 individually furnished rooms and suites, each named after a famous person who has stayed here over the past centuries. The quiet guest rooms feature beautiful views of the sea and its Mediterranean gardens.

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Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria in Sorrento

Family-owned for over 160 years, the property offers unforgettable views, beautiful rooms and delicious Neapolitan cuisine.

Lush exterior

Hotel Splendido: Views of Portofino

The interiors feature fine Italian contemporary decor and plenty of light which falls in through the large windows.

Indoor pool

Hotel Brufani Palace in Perugia

The property originally opened its doors in 1884 and has hosted many famous guests, including the Queen Mother and Prince Albert of Monaco.

Outdoor pool

Grand Hotel Quisisana on Capri

Swim in the Blue Grotto and enjoy romantic sunsets over the Mediterranean sea.

Outdoor pool

Bagni di Pisa Palace: San Giuliano Wellness Centre and Family Packages

This was a popular health retreat during the ancient Roman times and a favorite hot springs getaway of the Grand Duke of Tuscany in the 1700's. The palace has been completely restored, preserving its historic touches.

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Casa Angelina

If you are looking for the perfect place to stay from which to explore both Amalfi and Positano, check into this charming hotel. There are 39 luxury guest rooms and suites with fantastic views of the sea.

San Montano Bay

Mezzatorre Resort on the Island of Ischia

The hotel is built into the rocky cliffs hanging over the water. Ask for a room facing the ocean - the added cost is well worth it once you see the view through the window.

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San Domenico Palace Hotel

Book the Garden Suite which has a spacious oceanview terrace with a Jacuzzi. The terrace can be made completely private by closing outdoor drapes over the Jacuzzi and the deck, perfect for honeymooners.

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Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista

The property features a restored 15th century facade, beautiful gardens, a world-class spa and a gourmet restaurant.

Italy Travel Guide - Tips for Visitors

Italy is one of the most popular vacation destinations in Europe. Whether you are interested in art, gourmet food, wine or relaxing on the beach, the country has something to offer for everyone since it is so diverse both in landscape and culture. Italian Alps in the North are great for skiing in the winter and hiking in the summer. The central regions offer art, rolling Tuscan hills and regional food specialties. The south features warm weather, sunny beaches and laid-back atmosphere.

Getting There

Most major cities have an international airport, including Venice, Turin, Milan, Florence, Rome, Naples and Palermo. There are direct daily flights from North America to most of these airports.

The country is well connected via high-speed trains with the rest of Europe. Connections with France run along the Nice-Ventimiglia-Genoa coastline and through the Frejus tunnel via Modane, Bardonecchia, and Turin. Trains to Switzerland run through the Sempione Pass tunnel and across Ticino Canton from the Chiasso border crossing towards Milan. The Brennero and Tarvisio lines link Italy to Austria as well as central and Western Europe.

Travel Tips

If you are visiting famous museum, such as the Vatican Museums in Rome or the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, book tickets ahead of time and save yourself a couple of hours of standing in line. You can order tickets for the Uffizi Gallery by phone at 011-39-55-294-883 (055-294-883 locally) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. When calling, keep in mind that Italy is 6 hours ahead of EST and 1 hour ahead of GMT.

The best time to travel around the country is spring and fall because of mild temperatures and fewer crowds. The coastline is a great summer destination. You should, however, book well in advance since summer time is a popular time for foreign visitors and Italians alike.

The best way to travel between major Italian cities is by train. It is both efficient and affordable. You can search and purchase train tickets online at www.trenitalia.com. If you want to visit smaller villages and enjoy the Tuscan countryside, you will need to rent a car. Car rental is available near major airports (remember to book ahead of time).

Domestic air service is operated by Alitalia and a few affiliated companies. Sardinia, Sicily and other islands can be reached by ferry.

The weather varies from region to region. In general, the southern regions are warmer than the northern areas. The country is divided into 20 geographic regions with diverse climates.

Italy in the Spring

Spring is the best time to travel to Italy and experience the beauty of blossoms in the public and private gardens throughout the country.

Although one can never completely avoid the crowds to major attractions, such as the Uffizi in Florence or the Sistine Chapel in Rome, museums are much less crowded than in the summer. In Florence, a visit to the Boboli Gardens rising high above the city is a special treat in the spring.

Combine a cultural visit to the Italian cities with a couple of relaxing days in the Italian countryside. Near Florence, Villa San Michele is located just six miles from the city center. There you can unwind and take in the wonderful aroma of the Tuscan gardens as they begin to bloom in the spring.

Also in Tuscany, about one and a half hours from Florence, Fonteverde Spa is surrounded by splendid Italian gardens and a park. If you have a full week, try one of the European spa packages.

Situated on the Tuscan coast, Il Pellicano also offers a spa, delicious cuisine, and spectacular views. In April, sign up for a cooking course and learn a few Mediterranean cooking secrets.

Further south on the beautifulAmalfi Coas, Palazzo Sasso is a perfect romantic getaway. The hotel offers scenic views of the Italian coast and gourmet dining.

Le Sirenuse, also located on the Amalfi Coast - in Positano - is famous for its spectacular views and great service. From there, take a quick trip to the island of Capri by hydrofoil.

On Capri, Grand Hotel Quisisana and Capri Palace both offer gorgeous views, European spa treatments, and beautiful gardens.

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