Romantic Italian Gateways

Mountain retreats, cave dwellings and seaside boltholes. Finding a romantic spot in Italy for a romantic holiday has never been too much of a challenge but sometimes it is good to get a little off the beaten track.

Celebrate for three days or three weeks without breaking the bank. Get the low-down on where to celebrate your special holiday without spending a fortune and how to make it even more memorable.

Hotel Marulivo

Hovering between the olive groves and the sea on the Cilento coast, the Hotel Marulivo is simple but perfectly stylish. Linger over the sea view while you breakfast on the terrace and dine out on Pisciotta’s famous anchovies at fabulous local trattorie.

Experto tip: take a self-drive tour of the Cilento's Buffalo farms indulging in tasty mozzarella, ricotta, ice-cream and yoghurts. 

Hotel Marulivo, Pisciotta


Hotel Principe di Salina

Explore some of Italy’s offshore islands. With a prime position on the greenest of the Aeolian Islands, the Hotel Principe di Salina offers easy island hopping, lazy days by the pool and views across to neighbouring Stromboli.

Experto tip: tailor-made your stay with a few days in Taormina and Palermo for a full Sicilian experience combining city, inland and coastal life.

Hotel Principe di Salina, Aeolian islands


Palazzo del Sale - Siracusa

Book a room with a terrace overlooking the rooftops of Ortigia on the top floor of the Palazzo del Sale in Syracuse. Shabby chic and supremely romantic, this is the ultimate base for exploring this fascinating city and its sandy coastline.

Experto tip: Book a dinner at the La Terrazza sul Mare ( for memorable views  of Ortigia and the gulf.

Palazzo del Sale - Siracusa


Locanda al Colle - Versilian Coast, Tuscany

Hidden away in the hills above Camaiore on the Tuscan coast, the Locanda al Colle is made for mini-moons. Just a hop from Pisa airport, the guesthouse is perfect for idling away hours by the pretty poolside before heading up to the old town of Pietrasanta for an aperitivo and dinner.

Experto tip: check in to the Fifties-themed Colle Suite with a four-poster bed and fireplace.

Locanda al Colle


Corte San Pietro - Matera

The Corte San Pietro is probably the chicest cave dwelling around. Set amidst the winding lanes and stairways of Matera’s ‘Sassi’ district, the converted cave offers contemporary, designer accommodation with rock-hewn archways, huge stone bathtubs for two and flickering candlelight. Step outside to explore the extraordinary UNESCO World Heritage neighbourhood, home to an extraordinary number of rock-hewn churches and frescoed caves. 

Experto tip: Take a private tour of Matera telling the story of a settlement that was first a rocky village, then a Norman stronghold and finally an elegant baroque city. 

Corte San Pietro, Matera


Bellevue Hotel & Spa - Cogne, Gran Paradiso National Park

Enjoy classic alpine luxury and spa treatments for two at the Hotel Bellevue in the Aosta Valley. Check in to a suite or private chalet where treats include a four-poster bed, fireplace, private sauna or Jacuzzi. The hotel’s award-winning spa has five different saunas (including citrus and hay), salt and ice caves and the option of couples’ treatments in a private sanctuary for two, including soaking in a bath brimming with milk and honey. Dining options range from the Alpine Bar à Fromage to an exclusive gourmet experience in the Michelin-starred Le Petit Restaurant, where there are just four tables.

Experto tip: In summer, 80 km of cross-country skiing tracks turn into a huge cycle path, where you can pedal between ibex, eagles and chamois to satisfy your legs and calm your heart!

Bellevue Hotel & Spa