These new Italian hotels should be on your radar


27 January 2024
Written by
The Italy Insider

For your next trip to the peninsula


In 2023, Italy welcomed a wave of new hotel openings, adding allure to its already rich hospitality landscape. From mountain resorts to city townhouses, a diverse range of proposals across Italy offer visitors a fresh range of accommodations. From the peaks of the Dolomites all the way down to the island of Sicily, these are the most eye-catching new openings in Italy to visit in 2024.

ADLER, BRESSANONE

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Adler Bressanone, in the historic centre of Bressanone overlooking the Isarco River, is an ancient building restored to showcase its historical architecture. The Adler Historic Guesthouse has 43 rooms occupying the upper part of the building, some with river views. The panoramic rooftop pool offers a dramatic view. The hotel has a spa and the ADLER Tagesbar, a meeting point for guests and city residents. Teresa Cremona WEBSITE

Casa del Pingone, Turin

Restaurant at Casa del Pingone

A perfect metaphor for the city, this is the oldest residential building, of medieval foundation on evident Roman remains. It’s a small treasure trove of stories and magical symbols, like the Roman brick with the triple belt incised around the AB+ inscription, which has become the current sign. Today, renovated, more intimate, mature in its relationship with technology, and attentive to innovation and creativity, it is a multicultural and convivial space with meeting rooms and events spaces, for music, and for the cocktail bar where you can enjoy drinks with a small oriental-inspired kitchen. (Upon reservation, formal dinners and banquets can also be arranged). The six suites retain signs of time on the walls, which occasionally reveal previous layers. Warmth is found in the gracefully arranged design furnishings (including historic pieces), never formal. A gem in one of Italy’s most intellectual and noble cities. SM WEBSITE

Palazzo Cordusio, Milan

At the end of the 19th century, Piazza Cordusio, one block before the Duomo, was the financial center of Milan. Today, following the city’s inclination, it is becoming more leisure-oriented with Starbucks and Uniqlo nearby, the eco-friendly and Michelin-starred Horto restaurant, and shopping streets around. In the new course of the square, the eclectic building of Assicurazioni Generali has been renovated to become a luxurious Gran Melià. Its strengths include the winter garden, ground-floor pastry shop, and the Sachi restaurant with a terrace overlooking the Duomo. Spacious and comfortable rooms, some with postcard views of the cathedral. Sara Magro WEBSITE

Casa Baglioni, Milan

Casa Baglioni

In the new Milanese season, hotels are named houses to evoke a familiar yet elegant welcome. This historic hotel has changed its address and style. There is an important art collection with pieces for sale, designer furniture, and even the restaurant has moved: chef Claudio Sadler, a historic name in Milanese haute cuisine, has relocated to the ground floor. Books and art objects give the rooms a lived-in atmosphere. Following the recent Milanese trend of panoramic terraces, there is a rooftop here as well. However, one must wait for the good weather to order a spritz, some snacks, and enjoy the view from the Duomo spires to the 231 meters of the Unicredit Tower (believe it or not, it’s the tallest building in Italy). SM WEBSITE

Radisson Santa Sofia, Milan

Radisson Santa Sofia

A new hotel on the edge of the historic center, a short walk from the Duomo. It may not be particularly attractive from the outside, but crossing the threshold reveals a welcoming atmosphere with very careful design, including libraries, designer pieces, wallpapers, and art books. The highlight is the rooftop cocktail bar with a terrace and a delightful Japanese-Peruvian menu accompanying classic Negronis or G&Ts crafted with premium spirits. The rooms are a bit business-oriented but already undergoing renovation to follow the eclectic and soft line of the other spaces. Highlight: the pool on the fourth floor. SMWEBSITE

21 House of Stories Navigli, Milan

21 House of Stories Navigli

The location is excellent and not obvious: it is located at the beginning of the Naviglio Pavese, in one of the liveliest areas of the city with excellent bars, pizzerias, and trattorias, and antique stalls one Sunday a month. At 21 House, everything is geared towards socializing: a restaurant with Italian cuisine to share as at home, a space for coworking or study with cabins for undisturbed calls, a stage for presentations and concerts, a room for cooking classes, team-building, and a garden with armchairs and corners to relax and chat freely. The rooms are versatile, some with Murphy beds to easily transform into rooms for small events. The design is between pop and funky, with strong colors, fun objects, and unexpected features like circles hanging from the ceiling to swing and the pool, which is quite rare in Milan. SM WEBSITE

Nolinski, Venice

Library bar. Ph. Credits Guillaume de Laubier Mai

A wrought iron staircase produced by the renowned Italian artisan Umberto Bellotto leads you up the stairs to the third floor, where you officially check into the Nolinski. Its setting is theatrical, with perspectives framed by arches and columns, and curiosity-provoking objects such as scented candles, Murano floor lamps, and books on Italian art, photography, and literature. There are many of them, scattered everywhere or collected in the bar’s bookcases. There are also over 4,000 books to read, in the company of a spritz or a virgin cocktail. In the small boudoir, amid burgundy velvets, is also a grand piano and a ceiling fresco by Simon Buret that projects the sea into the sky, with urchins becoming stars and fish becoming birds. The 43 rooms and suites, bright and different in size, features and details, were designed by architects Yann Le Coadic and Alessandro Scotto, whose brief was to redesign these former stock exchange offices whilst retaining their original structure. This spring, the former Council Chamber will house a fine dining restaurant led by Chef Philip Chronopoulos but guests will also have the option to savour Mediterranean flavours at Cafè Nolinski in the inner courtyard. Lucrezia Worthington WEBSITE

Hotel Santavenere, Maratea

Balcony with a view at Santavenere

If you want a last taste of true Italian Dolce Vita, Maratea is where you should go rather than the Amalfi Coast, where everything is now at the international tourist level. Here the sea glistens, fishermen await you for a few hours by boat with breakfast or an aperitif, and you don’t have to wait in line to enter the blue caves. Here you hear Italian being chatted, sometimes even in Lucanian dialect, and the hotel is a sanctuary of Italianity, with hand-painted tiles in the typical local pink colour, terraces overlooking the sea on one side and the statue of the Redeemer atop the hill on the other. The descent to the sea resembles that of Il Pellicano, as does the beach with white umbrellas and sunbeds. You can eat clam spaghetti with the soundtrack of thousands of singing crickets. We could go on to tell pieces of the Italian vacation of yesteryear that are miraculously reunited here. We don’t know how long the enchantment will last: it’s better to go as soon as possible. The hotel, immersed in a park and renovated by a set designer (Pino Brescia), also has a pool and a wellness centre that can be booked exclusively. SM WEBSITE

Violino D’Oro, Venice

Violino d’Oro Venice

Three buildings next to each other have been renovated and connected to become a new five-star hotel in the Fifth Avenue of the Lagoon (via XXII Marzo). But when you enter the hotel, it seems like it has been there forever, with the typical Venetian style acting as the guiding thread. Instead, everything is brand new, the result of a search for precious materials and fabrics. And just like in a home, each environment has its own character, without repetitions: the reception with the bar (Francesco’s Martini is excellent), the lounges, and the informal kitchen; the elegant lounge in red velvet and important furnishings, the restaurant with stuccoed walls and libraries. The rooms overlook the canal, the fashion street, or a quiet little square, with large wardrobes and marble bathrooms. No Michelin stars in the kitchen (and we’re happy about that), they preferred a talented chef who offers delicious recipes (you can’t imagine how comforting a plate of spaghetti with clams and bottarga is after a day of going up and down bridges, alleys, and squares). Like in the old days, but very contemporary. SM WEBSITE

La Gemma, Florence

Courtesy of La Gemma

Florence welcomed the exciting new opening of La Gemma in 2023, hosted within the walls of the 18th century Palazzo Paoletti, designed by a renowned Italian architect Tito Bellini. The property was ideated by the five Cecchi brothers whose background in art, architecture, fashion and design led them to create an outstanding example of contemporary hospitality in which no detail is left to chance. A colour palette of agave greens, blush and ivory hues that recall the marble façade of the Duomo spreads throughout the space, from the naturally lit rooms and suites to the more intimate corner of the lounge bar. But it’s at Lucas, where Chef Paolo Airaudo brings his expertise after travelling across the globe, you catch a grasp of the exotic, international nature of La Gemma. LW

Relais Uffizi, Florence

Relais Uffizi is a small-but-charming hotel in Piazza Signoria a stones throw away from Galleria degli Uffizi. The refined interiors showcase contemporary furnishings in a harmonious colour palette completed by paintings and statues. From waking up overlooking the splendid central piazza to enjoying an aperitivo in the dimly lit lounge with a glass of wine and local nibbles, Relais Uffizi is a certainty when searching for simple, warm and central accommodation. LW WEBSITE

Stella d’Italia, Florence

The latest hotel of Matteo Perduca and Betty Soldi situated within Palazzo del Circolo dell’Unione, a Renaissance building designed by Giorgio Vasari in the 16th century, rising on the very prestigious Via Tornabuoni (home to luxury boutiques, Palazzo Strozzi and the much loved Salvatore Ferragamo museum). As per all the hotels in Matteo and Betty’s portfolio, Stella d’Italia is an expression of their passionate minds; a space lovingly designed like an art gallery with a dynamic mix and match of styles, colours and motifs. You literally travel the world, from African fabrics to hints of historic frescoes, contemporary pop to vintage finds all seamlessly integrating with over 500 paintings. Of course, in every room, only a few steps from the bed, lies an elegant Park Avenue bathtub. WEBSITE

4F, Florence

4F Firenze

A charming little guesthouse facing the Lungarno river where eclectic interiors focused on bold colours, contrasting motifs and contemporary artwork provide the setting for a weekender in the city. Francesco, Simone and Stefano, friends and co-owners of the property, combined their respective careers and experiences to bring to life this delightful boutique hotel. Each of its 14 rooms are different: a bold palette of yellows, greens, reds and blues embellished with some furnishings made by local artisans and others tastefully selected following some serious research. The lounge is where everything and everyone comes together: over breakfast, coffee and even work in a relaxed environment. WEBSITE

La Roqqa, Porto Ercole

Located on the promontory of the Fort, at the entrance to the Old Village, the hotel overlooks Porto Ercole from above, facing the Corsini Botanical Garden, with views of the marina and the hills of Maremma. La Roqqa, formerly known as Hotel Don Pedro, is the destination to rediscover the authenticity of Maremma and a new landing point for national and international tourism. The renovation project drew inspiration from the tradition of local craftsmanship, with the processing of terracotta, wood, clay, leather, and straw weaving becoming codes that inspired the design. In the 55 rooms of La Roqqa, custom-made furnishings and iconic pieces from Italian design of the 60s and 70s blend in elegant continuity in common spaces. TC WEBSITE

La Roqqa. Ph. Credits Alessandro Moggi

pieve aldina, tuscany

Pieve Aldina, Courtesy Sylvie Bequet

In Pieve Aldina, amidst the Chianti hills, luxury and simplicity coexist. Owned by the French, Pieve Aldina is a tiny 16th and 17th-century village surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. The restoration emphasizes harmony, culture, and measured luxury. With 22 rooms and suites, a pool, a small spa, and the restaurant le Rondini, Chef Fabio Faedi crafts Tuscan cuisine. TC WEBSITE

Palazzo Roma, Rome

Palazzo Roma

“Surprising” is the word that best defines this new hotel in the heart of Rome. A sumptuous palace, accessed through a grand staircase, leads to frescoed halls now dedicated to the restaurant, bar, and event spaces with references to contemporary art and the history of music. Every corner is personalized by the architect Giampiero Panepinto, who dares in the combinations of colors and innovative materials. Inside, one moves a bit like Alice in Wonderland, discovering an imaginative world. SM WEBSITE 

Six Senses, Rome

Hotel & Resort Photographer

Six Senses Roma, a tranquil oasis in Rome’s historic centre, occupies the 15th-century Palazzo Salviati Cesi Mellini, restored with Leel Gold certification. The hotel features 96 rooms, a spa open to the public, and spaces inspired by Roman baths. Sustainability is evident in the all-day dining Bivium, managed by Chef Nadia Frisina. The panoramic terrace offers stunning views of ancient Rome’s monuments. TC WEBSITE

Palazzo Vilon, Rome

Palazzo Vilòn. Ph. Credits Ryan Neeven

From the ‘harpsichord keyboard,’ the loggia of Palazzo Borghese commissioned in 1804 by Prince Camillo to Antonio Canova, one enters Palazzo Vilòn and the four splendid, unique, exclusive suites inside Palazzo Borghese. A world of grandeur where one must use the vocabulary of hyperbole: halls, lounges, galleries, rooms, alcoves, frescoes, stuccoes, statues, gold, marbles, mirrors, reliefs, works by the best artists and artisans. Unrivalled and unrepeatable opulence that tells the life, habits, splendour, ambitions, and power of Roman papal aristocracy. TC WEBSITE

Bulgari Hotel, Rome

Bulgari Hotel Roma

Bulgari Hotel, like other buildings surrounding the square, was designed in the 1930s by architect Vittorio Ballio Morpurgo. That square, with the Mausoleum of Augustus, the Baroque Church of San Girolamo dei Croati, the Neoclassical San Rocco Church, and the Ara Pacis Museum designed by Meyer, narrates a time span from the 1st to the 21st century. At the hotel entrance, the statue of Augustus – the first of five from the Torlonia Collection – sponsored by Bulgari for restoration and alternating exhibitions.

Like other Bulgari hotels, Antonio Citterio and Patricia Viel were entrusted with the restoration and interior design. The 114 rooms have a classic, rigorous, and essential look, yet warm and sunny. In the stylistic choice, homage is paid to the mastery of Italian craftsmanship: handcrafted mosaics, wallpapers inspired by Bulgari’s creativity, hand-blown Murano chandeliers and glass, 1930s Ginori vases signed by Giò Ponti, and marble playing a significant role both outside and inside, personalizing common and private spaces.

The gastronomic offerings are curated by Niko Romito (leading the culinary experiences project for all Bulgari Hotels & Resorts worldwide), including the bar, the open-to-all Café in the monumental portico where a tropical garden has been created (4500 plants placed in the hotel), and Niko Romito’s gourmet restaurant (with access from via Ripetta).

Independent access is also available for the spa. The 20-meter pool decorated with mosaics inspired by the motifs of the Baths of Caracalla and the 7th-floor terrace are spectacular. There is also the Library, equipped with a collection of volumes on Roman art, design, history, architecture, and the history of jewelry, which will be open (by appointment) to external audiences and scholars. TC WEBSITE

Hotel Velabro, Rome

Interiors at Palazzo Velabro. Credits Danilo Scarpati

A design hotel facing the Arch of Janus Quadrifrons and overlooking the excavations of the Palatine Hill. Housed in a building from the first half of the 1700s, it expresses the hospitality vocation of a residence. Modern, comfortable, and functional rooms and common areas dedicated to culture, leisure, and art, with spaces reserved for periodic exhibitions of works by young contemporary artists. There is the Cinema Velabro – Cinema Velabro – for private screenings with special programming, and a library with a selection of books telling the story of Rome and its millennia. The Apicio 16 restaurant has a delightful outdoor terrace, and the kitchen prepares traditional dishes interpreted in a contemporary key. TC WEBSITE

Edition, Rome

Overlooking the Salita di San Nicola, near Via Veneto, housed in a building designed by architect Cesare Pascoletti, in collaboration with Marcello Piacentini in the early 1920s, Edition Rome has 91 rooms, including 17 suites.

The restoration maintained the original features of modernist architecture, and the interiors reflect the design aesthetic for which EDITION is known, but with an Italian imprint. The gourmet restaurant Anima, where chef Paola Colucci (formerly Pianostrada in Via delle Zoccolette) leads her “kitchen laboratory” with an all-female team, presents a modern Mediterranean cuisine that blends different regional cuisines of Italy. The Punch Room Bar specialises in cocktails, and on the 120 sq m rooftop with a pool, you can choose seasonal dishes and drinks with a view of the city for an evening with friends in an intimate space away from the crowd. TC WEBSITE

Palazzo Ripetta, Rome

Palazzo Ripetta

Palazzo Ripetta, a luxury 5-star hotel steps away from Ara Pacis and the Spanish Steps, reopened after significant restoration. With 78 rooms and suites, it harmonises modern comfort with the historic palace’s uniqueness. The intimate design, mid-20th-century art collection, and diverse gastronomic options, including the gourmet restaurant San Baylon, create an elegant ambiance. TC WEBSITE

intercontinental ambasciatori palace, rome

InterContinental Rome Ambasciatori Palace, part of IHG Hotels & Resorts’ luxury brand, stands on the iconic Via Veneto. Housed in an elegant neorenaissance building from the early 20th century, it was initially designed by architect Carlo Busiri Vici for visiting diplomats. The 5-star hotel with 160 rooms features the Scarpetta NYC restaurant, Anita lounge bar, and the scenic rooftop bar Charlie’s. It offers contemporary luxury, meticulous attention to detail, and wellness and fitness facilities. TC WEBSITE

La Palma, Capri

Terrace at La Palma

Gazing out the window and watching the fashionable stroll on Capri’s most stylish street from above or from the terrace while sipping coffee. The new hotel from the Oetker group, like others in the collection, expresses the essence of the place in every detail, from the choice of Mediterranean colors to the cuisine of Gennaro Esposito, one of the most renowned chefs on the Amalfi Coast, to reconnecting with the island’s history, where it was the first hotel for intellectuals and celebrities. Outdoor seating for breakfast and pastries on the ground floor, a terrace with a pool and bar, and a rooftop for cocktails, pizza, and other Campanian delights in the evening. Note: under the hotel, there’s the venue Anema e Core, where people dance every night until dawn to the rhythm of Neapolitan and Italian music. Irresistible. SM WEBSITE

Vis Urban Suites, Bari

VIS Urban Suites

VIS Urban Suites & Spa, in the centre of Bari, is a small hotel within a 1876 building, an architectural project blending Liberty style with contemporary design. The conservative restoration highlighted the Liberty elements, preserving the building’s character. The rooms, each unique, include apartments with compact hidden kitchens and external terraces. The interior design is modern, linear, and essential, featuring colours like grey, mustard, brick red, and sage green. The spa, gym, and roof garden complement the services. TC WEBSITE

Adler Spa Resort, Sicily

Adler Spa Resort Sicilia

On one of the most beautiful beaches of the southern Sicilian coast, in the Torre Salsa Natural Reserve, this contemporary spa resort is designed to connect guests with the wild nature that surrounds it. The goal of the stay is total well-being, through massages, certainly, but also with good food, outdoor walks, and experiences in the area, including guided tours of the rich archaeological heritage nearby. In Sicily, it’s one of the few to operate throughout the year. In February, wellness packages offer the island without heat and crowds, with additional health benefits. (And anyway, it almost always feels like spring). SM WEBSITE



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