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It's the start of the Olympic Games, and Amanda's limbering up for a TV marathon

Holidays: Discover Grazzano Visconti
Mario Matassa visits a special count and his castle to learn about this unique 'medieval settlement'

Holidays: The Grand Tour, part 5
Jon Palmer reaches Rome in his epic journey through Italy

Blog: Food, glorious food!
Amanda and the Italia! team have been stuffing their faces

Holidays: 48 Hours in Alghero
Heather Browne explores this sensational Sardinian port town

Food & recipes: Olive oil
A golden selection of Italy's finest tried & tested

Holidays: Discover Franciacorta
Explore the food and wine trails of Lake Iseo

Property: Homes for under €250,000
Fleur Kinson discovers where to look for Italy's most affordable homes

Drink: Chianti Classico
Paul Pettengale explains how to pick the best Chianti Classico

Blog: A view from above Amanda gets a different perspective on Tuscany’s glorious landscape

Hotels City Rating

Vis A Vis Hotel Sestri Levante  4 stars

Sestri Levante Fabulous

La Pace Hotel Pisa  3 stars

Pisa Fabulous

Altura Hotel Villasimius  3 stars

Villasimius

Santa Maria Novella Hotel Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Euro House Inn Airport Hotel & Residence Fiumicino  4 stars

Fiumicino

Hotel Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare  4 stars

Polignano a Mare Good

Colorado Hotel Florence  3 stars

Florence Good

Vietri Hotel  3 stars

Vietri sul Mare Very good

La Gioconda Hotel Florence  3 stars

Florence Guest rating

Hotel Oregon Rimini  3 stars

Rimini Good

Barocco Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

La Terrazza Di Castiglione Aparthotel Castiglione della Pescaia  3 stars

Castiglione della Pescaia Superb

Excelsior Hotel La Maddalena  4 stars

La Maddalena Superb

Belvedere Hotel Bellagio  3 stars

Bellagio Superb

Santa Costanza Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Poppi Hotel Mira  4 stars

Mira (VE) Very good

Empire Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Lincoln Cinisello Balsamo  3 stars

Cinisello Balsamo Fabulous

Hotel Miramar Sirmione  3 stars

Sirmione Fabulous

Capo D'Africa Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Forte Village Santa Margherita di Pula  4 stars

Santa Margherita di Pula

Artemide Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

San Giuliano Hotel Mestre  3 stars

Mestre Very good

Buca Di Bacco Hotel Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Marriott Grand Flora Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hilton Rome Airport Hotel Fiumicino  4 stars

Fiumicino Fabulous

Brunelleschi Hotel Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Hotel Philadelphia Cattolica  3 stars

Cattolica

Palazzo Murat Hotel Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Lungarno Hotel Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Albergo Del Senato Rome  3 stars

Rome Superb

Rose Garden Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Aurora Hotel Amalfi  4 stars

Amalfi Fabulous

Fh Grand Hotel Palatino Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hilton Sorrento Palace  4 stars

Sorrento Fabulous

Villa Medici Rocca San Giovanni  4 stars

Rocca San Giovanni Very good

B&B Vinci Noto  3 stars

Noto Exceptional

Kolbe Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Santa Chiara Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Very good

Plaza Lucchesi Hotel Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Quirinale Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hesperia Hotel Venice  3 stars

Venice Fabulous

Cinque Terre Hotel Monterosso al Mare  3 stars

Monterosso al Mare Fabulous

Hotel Du Lac Bellagio  3 stars

Bellagio Fabulous

Ac Hotel Firenze  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Castello Di Casole Hotel Casole d'Elsa  3 stars

Casole d'Elsa

Grand Hotel Baglioni Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Mediterraneo Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Florence Milan  3 stars

Milan Very good

Nazionale Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

Porto Roca Hotel Monterosso al Mare  4 stars

Monterosso al Mare Superb

Una Roma Hotel  4 stars

Rome Superb

Principe Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Fortyseven Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Cosmopolita Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Rapallo Hotel Florence  3 stars

Florence Superb

Villa Belvedere Taormina  4 stars

Taormina Superb

Hotel Poseidon Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Starhotels Metropole Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Rialto Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center  4 stars

Rome Very good

Concordia Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Canal Hotel Venice  3 stars

Venice Very good

Giulio Cesare Hotel Milan  3 stars

Milan Good

Citta Del Mare Hotel Village Terrasini  3 stars

Terrasini Good

Lagare Hotel Venezia  4 stars

Venice Superb

Portrait Roma Aparthotel  3 stars

Rome Superb

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa Barga  4 stars

Barga Fabulous

Ponte Sisto Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Vittorio Veneto Ragusa  3 stars

Ragusa Very good

Dei Mellini Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Canal Grande Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Superb

Iq Hotel Roma  4 stars

Rome Superb

Grand Hotel Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hilton Milan Hotel  4 stars

Milan Fabulous

Lazio Hotel Rome  3 stars

Rome Guest rating

Hotel Degli Orafi Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Orologio Hotel Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Hotel American-Dinesen Venice  4 stars

Venice Superb