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Epicurean Excellence in Italy’s Top Hotels

Come to Italy for the food; stay for the hotels.

Epicurean Excellence

With a new ‘Michelin Key’ system announced by the arbiters of quality and taste: the Michelin Guide, let’s shine a light on our favourite hotels in Italy that have gained the highest accolade of ‘Three Keys’ – naturally these hotels go hand-in-hand with exceptional culinary experiences.

In a land known for its incredible gastronomy, eating in Italy is all about the seasons and as the topography changes, so does the food on your plate. Read about these ‘Three Key’ hotels spread over the islands, lagoons, hills and coastlines of Italy

"Italian cuisine is not just about feeding the body, but also nourishing the soul."

CAPRI

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JK Place Capri

The island of Capri found off the Sorrento Peninsula comes into its own in summer, the verdant isle hovering over the aquamarine Tyrrhenian Sea where stylish Italians converge to enjoy the good life on its pebbly coves, hopping on and off boats and feasting on seafood in glamourous seaside restaurants.

Our hotel pick on the island is stylish favourite JK Place (the hotel brand also has outposts in Rome and Paris) which has an attractive location right on the seafront, with a beautiful pool and terrace clasped in lemon trees, just a short walk from Capri’s piazza. A beacon in white, the pared-back colour language continues inside in a classic, refined style where bedrooms come swathed in Italian linens and swirled marble – pick a second-floor room for gorgeous sea views from your private terrace.

“Come to chic Capri to soak up La Dolce Vita amid the sophisticated glamour of JK Place, where its panoramic terrace promises the most memorable of meals.”

Culinary Highlights

Dining at JKitchen is a sophisticated affair accompanied by friendly but knowledgeable service. Small and intimate, the white-on-white dining room extends onto the terrace with impossibly romantic views over the indigo Gulf of Naples. Start with a classic cocktail – the JK Spritz, followed by seasonal Neapolitan classics, served with flair including linguine with clams, caprese salad and freshly caught seafood.

UMBRIA

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Castello Di Reschio

The rolling mist-swirled hills of Umbria are an evocative sight and staying at Reschio immerses you in these changing views from dawn to dusk. A restoration project that spans over ten years, Reschio stands as an immaculate reimagining of a 10th century castle, filled with an utterly tasteful arrangement of Italian design classics, mid-century furniture, ancient architectural detailing and beamed ceilings. Modern additions include the reflective oval-shaped swimming pool that is set in perfect harmony to the immaculate grass, framed by fragrant pines.

The land of hidden truffles, cured pork, wild boar, golden olive oil and rich red wines, Umbria has a thriving gastronomic culture and dining at Reschio means savouring every morsel of this under-the-radar foodie destination. Delve into Umbrian culinary heritage during your stay, joining the cookery school and taking an instructive lesson with the chef, using foraged ingredients such as truffles, salad and herbs or simply wander around the organic gardens. Pop by the hotel’s shop to buy a foodie memento for your journey home including the estate’s olive oil, regional wines, golden honey or Reschio’s own herb-scented amaro liqueur.

“Rich culinary history meets a restoration dream in the hills of Umbria.”

Culinary Highlights

The palm frond-filled dining room at the Ristorante Alle Scuderie offers the classic tagliolini with truffle alongside more innovative pasta takes such as blueberry tagliatelle with game ragù. On the lofty ramparts of the castle, Restaurant Al Castello has a dramatic location with which to enjoy glazed pigeon, scampi risotto and cavolo ravioli. Even a Negroni in the Palm Court accompanied by the tinkle of a live pianist feels like part of the ceremony of wining and dining in evocative Umbria.

TUSCANY

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Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco

A more archetypal and immaculate Tuscan scene is hard to find at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco. The 800-year-old working wine estate has views that stretch to the famed wine town of Montalcino, and within its 5,000-acres find crumbling castles, endless vines, restored villa-farmhouses, a spoiling spa and a spectacular infinity swimming pool.

Spend your days soaking up the peace and serenity of this Tuscan idyll. Foodies may be interested in the culinary academy which starts in the organic garden and moves to the kitchen where Executive Chef Matteo Temperini will impart his wisdom on making pasta and pizza among other Tuscan dishes. A visit to the hotel’s winery is a must for any oenophile too – explore the vineyard that is a historic producer of the bold red wine Brunello di Montalcino, and you can even visit other notable wineries in the area by private helicopter. For something more sedate, enjoy a luxury picnic in a shady spot by the vines.

“Fabulous food, world-class wine and a dreamy setting - Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco is a Tuscan hotel that’s hard to beat.”

Culinary Highlights

Two restaurants at Rosewood Castiglion Del Bosco show two different ways to experience the gastronomic flair of Italian eating. Osteria Canonica embodies the rustic ambience of a traditional trattoria with Tuscan favourites headlining the menu. Adding refinement and a Michelin star, Campo del Drago has a more romantic feel with gorgeous views over the surrounding hills, showcasing the theatrics of tasting menus sourced from the organic garden.

VENICE

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Hotel Cipriani, A Belmond Hotel

One of the most iconic hotels in Venice, perhaps even the whole of Italy, Hotel Cipriani has legendary status with an illustrious history that saw the hotel play host to remarkable characters over the years including Sophia Loren, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Noël Coward. It is also home to some of Venice’s most romantic Venetian-styled suites and has one of the largest swimming pools in Venice.

Located a little away from the bustle of Venice, Hotel Cipriani sits on Giudecca Island, with mesmerising lagoon views that overlook the beautiful spires and domes of the city itself. With just sixteen rooms in this former aristocratic palace, the hotel prides itself on its personal service – rooms come with their own butler and Cipriani’s private motor launch is always poised to take you along the waterways to St Mark’s Square, the Rialto Bridge or the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

“Is there anywhere more iconic to stay in Venice than Cipriani?”

Culinary Highlights

Whether it’s starting the day with delectable pastries, blood orange juice and Italian coffee, simply sipping a Bellini poolside or people-watching at Harry’s Bar, Hotel Cipriani knows how to create evocative moments. The Michelin-starred Oro restaurant is an elegant way to round off the day, sampling exquisite dishes in an eight-course tasting menu that features Adriatic fish and Venetian pasta dishes.

POSITANO

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Il San Pietro di Positano

Dreamy Positano on Italy’s Amalfi Coast has captured the hearts of many a visitor with its romantic panoramas, pastel-hued houses carved into the cliffs and pebbly beaches lapped by the Tyrrhenian Sea. Just outside of the bustle of Positano’s narrow, stepped streets, is hideaway hotel Il San Pietro di Positano. Clasped to the cliffside, it makes the most of jaw-dropping seascapes, and the hotel itself comes draped in a glamorous ambience that is so very Italian.

Family run and with exceptional service, embrace Amalfi living with a slow breakfast of mozzarella, local meats and fresh pastries before a day at sea, exploring tiny coves and stopping for lunch at restaurants only accessible by sea. Come evening, watch the light turn pink, sitting with an Aperol spritz at the iconic Terraza bar, overlooking the twinkling lights of Positano, or even more decadent – from your bath-with-a-view in your suite.

“Capturing the sheer romance and style of the Amalfi Coast, Il San Pietro di Positano is a glamorous hideaway you won’t want to leave.”

Culinary Highlights

Michelin-starred restaurant Zass has an enviably fairytale location, its cliffside terrace allowing an uninterrupted view of the deep blue Tyrrhenian Sea. Serving ingredients sourced from the vast 10,000 square metre garden, the dishes fuse fresh flavours with sophisticated Italian aplomb. Nestled into the cliffs at the water’s edge, Carlino’s restaurant gives a taste of the Amalfi with regional specialities such as mozzarella on lemon leaves, spaghetti with anchovies or local lobster.

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