5 Italian hotels with a view – to die for!

Beautiful inside – and out. It’s the combination of faultless service, impeccable interiors, and drop-dead gorgeous views that makes the difference between any old hotel and a dream hotel… dream hotels like these five incredibly panoramic properties in Capri, Taormina, Rome, Florence and Merano


Caesar Augustus – Anacapri


You’ll have a hard time finding a more panoramic hotel than this one. Caesar Augustus, built on the cliff edge, a 1000 meter sheer drop away from the sea surrounding Capri, has been getting guests’ jaws dropping and hearts swooning for more than 60 years.

It was here that King Farouk spent many a summer (to ensure his suite was always ready for him, he booked it for the whole year round). The Egyptian King has long since passed away but, apart from the addition of Wi-Fi, air conditioning and a walk-in Jacuzzi,  the sumptuous Farouk suite,  with 180° views of the sea, is still very much as it was when the ruler of Egypt slept in it.

Don’t despair if the Farouk Suite has already been booked: from just about every window, balcony and terrace  in this 5 star hotel, the whole of the brilliant blue Bay of Naples can be seen


Grand Hotel Timeo – Taormina


A truly iconic Italian property, not only is Grand Hotel Timeo the oldest hotel in Taormina, it occupies the most desirable location in this much-loved Sicilian seaside town too: directly opposite the Ancient Greek Theater and surrounded by magnificent views of the Bay of Naxos and Mount Etna.

Stay at Grand Hotel Timeo, and you can enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful views of the sea and Sicily’s smoldering volcano from your bedroom balcony, from the  pool, from the restaurant, from the “Literary Terrace” and from the wellness center – a superb spa facility nestled in 5 acres of delicately perfumed Sicilian gardens.


Atlante Star – Rome


There’s a reason why Atlante Star’s terrace is called Terrazza Paradiso – the only way you could get a more spectacular view of St Peter’s would be to hire a helicopter and hope the Pope will grant you permission to fly over the Vatican city in it!

Similarly amazing views of Rome’s unmistakable skyline await guests dining in the hotel’s roof garden restaurant: one of the most panoramic (and popular) eateries in the whole of the Italian capital.

Other sights to see? Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum and the Pantheon are all just a short stroll away!


Villa San Michele – Florence

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For art lovers, the fact that this finally restored 15th century villa was designed by none other than the great Michelangelo, is reason enough to put a night at Fiesole’s Villa San Michele on the top of their bucket list.

But it’s not the only reason. Add the palatial public rooms, adorned with 17th century frescoes and antiques; sumptuous suites, one of which was once used as Napoleon’s head quarters; the amazing food served in the Loggia restaurant; the romantic Italian gardens overlooking the Tuscan capital and the river Arno; and those little extras – like the chance to attend cooking lessons held by a Michelin-starred chef – and you can see why this renaissance residence in the hills above Florence is such a sought-after place to stay.


Miramonti Boutique Hotel – Merano


The kind of hotel you might easily find James Bond hanging out in (scenes from The Spy Who Loved Me were filmed in the vicinity), this dashing designer hideaway on the high plain of Monzoccolo sports sophisticated suites decorated in contemporary South Tyrolean style, an awesome glass-walled restaurant, spot-on spa facilities and sweeping terraces overlooking the city of Merano and the snow-covered peaks of the Italian Dolomites.

Stay in December and not only will you be able to ski to your heart’s content, but you’ll get the chance to fill your stockings with goodies from Merano’s famous Christmas Market too!


Great choices – I’ve stayed in the Miramonti Boutique Hotel earlier this year and fell in love with the fab view! The other hotels also look great!

posted by Anita on 11.06.13 at 4:15 pm
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