Generally speaking, one doesn’t come to Italy to spend a lot of time in a hotel room. Whether in Rome, Venice, Florence or Milan, the point is to be out and about exploring, eating, shopping and sightseeing. The same goes for points of interest and ports of call outside of those cosmopolitan centers. What is Tuscany without tromping (and tasting) through vineyards, Sicily without a climb up Mount Etna or Amalfi without a dip in the Mediterranean?
But with that said, the country boasts many of the world’s great hotels. Places that let you leave the troubles of real life—not to mention any semblance of an intrepid touring itinerary—at the door. They not only allow guests to first check in and then check out completely, they encourage it. It would be easy to not leave their hallowed halls until the flight home, and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that.
In the past year or so, some of Italy’s best hotels—both timeless icons and recent arrivals—have debuted new suites, whose charms make it especially tempting to never venture beyond their walls. From countryside to city center to coastal cliffs, these spots (whether coolly contemporary or classically chic) cosset and coddle with creative interiors, sensational views and appreciated extras like Prosecco upon arrival and private butler service. Someone at the ready to simultaneously take your bags, your cocktail order and every ounce of stress you may have brought with you? Bliss.