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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 Sestri Levante  4 stars

Sestri Levante Fabulous

La Pace Pisa  3 stars

Pisa Fabulous

Altura Villasimius  3 stars


Santa Maria Novella Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Euro House Inn Airport Fiumicino  4 stars

Fiumicino Fabulous

Hotel Grotta Palazzese Polignano a Mare  4 stars

Polignano a Mare Good

Colorado Florence  3 stars

Florence Good

Hotel Vietri Coast  3 stars

Vietri sul Mare Very good

La Gioconda Florence  3 stars

Florence Guest rating

Hotel Oregon Rimini  3 stars

Rimini Good

Barocco Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

La Terrazza Di Castiglione Castiglione della Pescaia  3 stars

Castiglione della Pescaia Fabulous

Excelsior La Maddalena  4 stars

La Maddalena (Sassari) Superb

Belvedere Bellagio  4 stars

Bellagio Superb

Santa Costanza Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Poppi Mira  4 stars

Mira (VE) Very good

Empire Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Lincoln Cinisello Balsamo  3 stars

Cinisello Balsamo Very good

Hotel Miramar Sirmione  3 stars

Sirmione Fabulous

Capo D'Africa Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

Forte Village Resort Il Villaggio Santa Margherita di Pula  4 stars

Santa Margherita di Pula Superb

Artemide Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

San Giuliano Mestre  3 stars

Mestre Very good

Buca Di Bacco Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Hilton Rome Airport Fiumicino  4 stars

Fiumicino Fabulous

Marriott Grand Flora Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Brunelleschi Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Hotel Philadelphia Cattolica  3 stars


Palazzo Murat Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Albergo Del Senato Rome  3 stars

Rome Superb

Rose Garden Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Aurora Amalfi  4 stars

Amalfi Fabulous

Fh Grand Hotel Palatino Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hilton Sorrento Palace  4 stars

Sorrento Fabulous

B&B Vinci Noto  3 stars

Noto Exceptional

Villa Medici Rocca San Giovanni  4 stars

Rocca San Giovanni Very good

Kolbe Hotel Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Santa Chiara Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Very good

Plaza Lucchesi Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Quirinale Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Du Lac Bellagio  3 stars

Bellagio Superb

Cinque Terre Monterosso al Mare  3 stars

Monterosso al Mare Fabulous

Hesperia Venice  3 stars

Venice Fabulous

Ac Hotel Firenze  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Castello Di Casole Casole d'Elsa  3 stars

Casole d'Elsa

Grand Hotel Baglioni Florence  4 stars

Florence Fabulous

Bettoja Hotel Mediterraneo Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Florence Milan  3 stars

Milan Very good

Nazionale Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

Porto Roca Monterosso al Mare  4 stars

Monterosso al Mare Superb

Una Roma  4 stars

Rome Superb

Fortyseven Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

Principe Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Cosmopolita Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Rapallo Florence  3 stars

Florence Superb

Villa Belvedere Taormina  4 stars

Taormina Superb

Hotel Poseidon Positano  4 stars

Positano Superb

Hotel Al Ponte Mocenigo Venice  3 stars

Venice Superb

Grand Hotel Minerva Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Starhotels Metropole Rome  4 stars

Rome Superb

Rialto Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Concordia Venice  4 stars

Venice Fabulous

Sheraton Roma Hotel & Conference Center  4 stars

Rome Very good

Canal Venice  3 stars

Venice Very good

Giulio Cesare Milan  3 stars

Milan Good

Citta Del Mare Resort Village Terrasini  4 stars

Terrasini Good

Lagare Hotel Venezia  4 stars

Venice Superb

Renaissance Tuscany Il Ciocco Resort & Spa Barga  4 stars

Barga Superb

Ponte Sisto Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Hotel Vittorio Veneto Ragusa  3 stars

Ragusa Very good

Grand Hotel Palace Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Canal Grande Venice  4 stars

Venice Superb

Dei Mellini Rome  4 stars

Rome Fabulous

Iq Hotel Roma  4 stars

Rome Superb

Lazio Rome  3 stars

Rome Guest rating

Hilton Milan  4 stars

Milan Very good

L Orologio Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

Degli Orafi Florence  4 stars

Florence Superb

American Dinesen Hotel Venice  4 stars

Venice Superb

Hotel Flora Venice  3 stars

Venice Superb