10 Great Gourmet Getaways

Autumn is the perfect season for a gourmet getaway in Italy. This is the time of year when the country’s shops and markets are full to bursting with just-picked mushrooms, truffles, olives, pomegranates, grapes and chestnuts and when Italy’s cooks are busy whipping up the most fabulous fall feasts!

Tempted? We’ve selected 10 hotels in which you can expect to enjoy an autumnal eating experience you’ll never forget!

Hotel Cipriani – Venice

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An icon of hospitality on the Eastern tip of Giudecca, for decades Hotel Cipriani has been the place to eat, and be seen eating, in Venice.

The Cip Club, situated on a water-edge terrace overlooking St Mark’s Square is, in fact, one of the most fashionable eateries in the lagoon city.

The hotel’s main Fortuny restaurant enjoys equally spectacular views which, combined with the gourmet Venetian cuisine prepared by Chef Renato Piccolotto, guarantee a meal you’ll remember. [Photo: Tommy Piccone]


Relais Don Alfonso 1890 – Sant Agata sui Due Golfi

Imagine spending a weekend in the pretty seaside town of Sant Agata sui Due Golfi, between Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast, staying in a beautiful boutique hotel where each and every meal is prepared by none other than the Michelin-starred chef Alfonso Iaccarino and his equally talented sons.

Imagine your gourmet escape at Relais Don Alfonso 1890.


Relais Il Falconiere – Cortona

Relais Il Falconiere

An incredibly romantic rural retreat, created in a lovingly-restored Tuscan villa and farmhouse, Cortona’s Relais Il Falconiere features sumptuous suites, a luxury spa and one of the finest restaurants in Tuscany.

The ultimate candlelit dinner? Book the one and only table in the hotel’s “Clock’s Room” – and savor Relais Il Falconiere’s Michelin-starred cuisine in blissful privacy!


Locanda Don Serafino – Ragusa Ibla

A ten room boutique hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant serving awesome contemporary Sicilian cuisine is, perhaps, one of the last things you’d expect to find hidden away amidst the maze of little lanes in the historic center of Ragusa Ibla. But then, Sicily is full of pleasant surprises like Locanda Don Serafino.


Biohotel Hermitage – Madonna di Campiglio

Madonna di Campiglio’s first eco-friendly hotel with a gourmet-friendly restaurant, in no time at all, Biohotel Hermitage has gained a fabulous reputation (and a Michelin star!) for it’s fantastic food.
The creative Tyrolean cuisine served in the hotel’s Stube restaurant is the work of Nicola Laera, the Alto Adige-born executive chef who trained under none other than the great Norbert Niederkhofler.


Relais San Maurizio – Santo Stefano Belbo


What better place for a gourmet getaway than Langhe, the area of Piedmont famous for its white truffles and wine? You’ll find the best of both at Relais San Maurizio, a fabulous 5 star resort created in an ancient monastery, just outside the town of Santo Stefano Belbo and home to the Michelin-starred Guido da Costigliole restaurant. [Photo: altissimoceto.it]

Casadonna – Castel di Sangro

A modern maison de charme with a 2 star Michelin restaurant in the town of Castel di Sangro. For worshippers of good food, Casadonna has become a Mecca in the mountains of Abruzzo and Niko Romito, the chef responsible for the Reale restaurant’s cuisine, their idol.
Want to take a taste of the mountains home with you? Stock up on honey, jam, cheese, salami and other local treats in the hotel’s Bottega di Niko before you leave.


La Locanda del Capitano – Montone

locanda del capitano
The pretty little village of Montone is the kind of place artists dream of painting. The surrounding countryside even more so. The simply furnished bedrooms are charming, as is your host, Giancarlo Polito.

But the main reason people come and keep coming back to Umbria’s Locanda del Capitano is, without shadow of doubt, the food!


La Meridiana – Garlenda

In the peaceful coastal countryside of Garlenda, this Ligurian Relais & Chateaux has “gourmet getaway” written all over it.

Days start in style with salmon smoked on olive wood, quiches, prosciutto and every kind of cheese imaginable, washed down with tea shipped direct from Fortnum and Mason, rich Arabian coffee or chilled Italian prosecco.
The gourmet extravaganza continues in the Bistrot, famous for its Ligurian specialties, and the elegant Il Rosamarino restaurant, which serves the most exquisitely presented Mediterranean cuisine ever.


Villa Crespi – Lake Orta

Antonio Cannavacciulo

Italy’s equivalent to Gordon Ramsey, Neapolitan-born Chef Antonio Cannavacciulo is the star of the Italian version of Kitchen Nightmares and the man responsible for Villa Crespi’s marvelous Michelin-starred Mediterranean cuisine.
Cannavacciulo’s food is divine and the ambience is unique: this flamboyant baroque folly complete with minaret, on the shores of Lake Orta, is truly one of a kind.

Want to find out more amazing places to eat in Italy? Check out ItalyTraveller’s mouthwatering selection here: ItalyTraveller.com – gourmet experiences

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