Valerie Wilson Travel

Italian Escapes

Experience the magic of Italy’s off-season getaways. Early fall offers the perfect excuse to explore Italy’s diverse landscapes and cultural gems in a more relaxed atmosphere. Wander through quaint Italian villages, immersing yourself in the authentic local vibe. Discover historic sites without the usual hustle and bustle, allowing for a more personal connection with the rich history. Indulge in regional specialties at your own pace, savoring the unique flavors that define each corner of Italy. This quieter time of year invites you to forge deeper connections with the country, leaving you with cherished memories long after your trip ends.

Casa Angelina – Praiano, Italy 

A Little Slice of Heaven – Sitting on the high cliffs of the Amalfi Coast, in the authentic and charming village of Praiano, Casa Angelina offers a sublime slice of modern minimalism on the Mediterranean, with an emphasis on elegant simplicity and first-rate food. An airy refuge, our boutique 41-room hotel is a place where guests can rediscover the forgotten rhythms of long, drawn-out days and easy, lingering evenings.  

Eden Reserve Hotel & Villas – Gardone Rivera, Italy  

For the best views of Lake Garda and the picturesque village of Gardone Riviera – not to mention butler-serviced accommodations, upscale Italian cuisine, and a design led by a team of world-renowned architects – reserve a stay at Eden Reserve Hotel & Villas. With its boutique hotel and private villas, La Celeste restaurant helmed by award-winning chef Marco Carasi, and luxe spa, this elegant hideaway is a modern masterpiece nestled into the hillside of the Alto Garda Bresciano parc, steps away from the Lake Garda Riviera. 

Helvetia & Bristol Firenze – Florence, Italy 

As the first luxury hotel in the heart of the city, Helvetia & Bristol has no shortage of opulent, Old-World charm. And thanks to its recent expansion into the 19th-century building next door, there’s even more to love. The 64 rooms in the original hotel feature vibrant colors and rich fabrics, while the 25 rooms in the new Anoushka Hempel-designed wing are more contemporary with silks, linens, and wrought iron finishes. Another new addition? The spa, now the largest in central Florence. 

Il San Pietro di Positano – Positano, Italy 

Il San Pietro overlooks the bay of Positano, surrounded by scented gardens. From the main terrace you can take in the Coast as far as the Faraglioni of Capri. Or enjoy the spectacular and worldwide famous view of Positano. A perfect harmony of luxury and simplicity is the secret of its charm and excellence. 

Palazzo Avino – Ravello, Italy  

Palazzo Avino, an elegant hilltop hotel created with style and panache from a 12th century villa, is one of the most desirable places to stay on the breathtaking Amalfi Coast. The hotel sits on the cliffs some 1,000 feet above the surrounding coastline in the charming medieval village of Ravello. Originally built in the 12th century and tastefully refurbished to deluxe standards, this authentic, architectural masterpiece offers 43 air-conditioned bedrooms and suites, most of which have exclusive Jacuzzi baths and unique sea views. 

Villa Agrippina Gran Melia – Rome, Italy 

Follow the olive tree-lined drive to the palatial entrance of Villa Agrippina Gran Meliá, located in the heart of the Eternal City. After the staff whisks your bags away to one of the 110 elegantly decorated rooms and suites (complete with details like Italian limestone and floor-to-ceiling windows), relax with an aperitif at Amaro, then head to the casually chic Follie restaurant. Or just unwind by the 1920’s style pool, surrounded by secluded gardens. 

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