Rocco Forte’s Hotel Savoy, Florence
Discretion and design in the city center
The 411: Fashionistas populate the Florence outpost of British hotelier Rocco Forte. Set in a classic building owned by the Ferragamo family, interiors are contemporary and art-filled at this 102-room hotel overlooking the central Piazza Repubblica. The hotel is close to Florence’s top tourist draws: the Duomo, the Uffizi and Ponte Vecchio. Book the shopping package for a guided excursion to the outlet stores of Armani, Gucci and Prada.
The St. Regis Grand Hotel, Rome
Ornate, Old World elegance
The 411: Opulent, grand and brimming with marble, crystal and frescoes, the hotel’s gilded style was commissioned by Caesar Ritz in 1894. Meticulously restored in 1999, the 138-room hotel continues to host the world and Hollywood’s elite. Both antiques and hi-tech amenities, such as WiFi in the public spaces, are characteristic. The lavishly appointed Royal Suite comes with its own marble dining table for 12 and wine cellar.
La Posta Vecchia, Lasispoli (Rome)
The original Getty Villa
The 411: A roadside inn on the Tyrrhenian Sea for more than 300 years, La Posta Vecchia was a near-ruin when it was found and restored by J. Paul Getty for his personal use. Some of his furnishings, suitably expensive and antique, remain to decorate the now 19-room, 15-acre retreat, 25 miles from Rome. Providing respite from the capital’s tumult are an indoor pool, manicured gardens and a seaside terrace. Private cooking sessions are available from the hotel’s chef utilizing ingredients from the on-site organic garden.
Hotel Cipriani, Venice
An island hideaway par excellence
The 411: On Giudecca Island across from the Piazza San Marco, guests of the Orient Express Hotels’ Hotel Cipriani are transported via its own fleet of motorboats. The signature saltwater pool and landscaped courtyards help create a private oasis for visiting luminaries. (There’s even a cocktail named for George Cloon-ey’s “Good Night, and Good Luck.”) Two ultra-private palazzos house luxurious suites and come with on-call butler service. A yacht dock, clay tennis court and spa combine for Venice’s most rarefied stay.