In the coming months, many pandemic-weary travelers will be planning visits to Italy. After several closures over the past two years, many new luxury hotels have recently opened or will soon.
All of these properties offer guests a deep dive into Italy’s rich history and beauty. Because the country is known for its exceptional cuisine, these hotels also tend to showcase the best of regional cuisine.
Italy is divided into 20 different regions, each with their own customs, foods and culture. Five of these regions are geographically located in the area considered central Italy: Tuscany, Lazio, Marche, Abruzzo, Umbria and Molise.
Here’s a look at a handful of the exciting. eagerly awaited new hotel openings in central Italy:
The Rome Pavilions, La Première Musica
This contemporary five-star wellness hotel is located along the banks of the Tiber and offers breathtaking views of the historic center of Rome. Located near the designer boutiques of Rome’s exclusive Prati district, guests staying at The first music a walk to the Spanish Steps and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican.
The architectural design team of Marincola Studio reimagined a 1960s building, infusing it with modern design elements. Most of the 24 contemporary rooms and suites offer floor-to-ceiling windows with beautiful river views. Although intimate, the property offers different dining options on three levels: Altoa two-story rooftop bar and Olivaa restaurant serving regional specialties indoors and outdoors with a view of the Tiber.
The hotel will offer immersive experiences, including food-themed experiences with food tours, culinary experiences and fine dining, as well as family experiences rich in culture and history.
Planned opening: summer 2022
Borgo San Vicenzo
City: Montepulciano (in the province of Siena)
It is not surprising that Borgo San Vincenzoa luxury boutique hotel in a town associated with some of Italy’s finest wines, is named after Saint Vincent, the patron saint of winemaking.
The 21 studios and suites in this restored 18th century farmhouse offer a fresh take on traditional Tuscan design, each uniquely organized according to its location and architecture. Studios all offer king-size beds, sitting areas, and kitchenettes with Italian linens, Nespresso coffeemakers, Acqua dell-Elba toiletries, and free Wi-Fi.
The country estate has an on-site restaurant and bar and specializes in providing guests with bespoke, authentic, wine-related education and experiences. Guest itineraries include wine tastings, organic olive oil and pecorino cheese tastings at local farms, cooking and cocktail-making classes, and tours of the region on foot, horseback, by boat. electric bike, Vespa or hot air balloon.
Planned opening: summer 2022
Anantara Palazzo Naidi Hotel Rome
The global luxury hotel brand Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas announced its first property in Italy, the five-star hotel Anantara Palazzo Naiadi Hotel RomeI. A member of The best hotels in the world, the iconic hotel is located in the heart of Rome’s Piazza della Repubblica.
The building has a fascinating architectural history with original features commissioned by Pope Clement XI for the Vatican in 1705; its structure hangs above the ancient Baths of Diocletian, whose excavated fountains, pools and mosaics are visible through the ground floor. The 238 rooms and suites, all with modern amenities, vary in size, layout, and style; many offer panoramic city views and spacious terraces.
In addition to having one of the largest rooftop terraces in the city, the hotel has five unique indoor and outdoor dining areas. Since taking over the operation of the property, Anantara has made a series of improvements and refinements to this classic property, which recently served as the backdrop for Gucci House with Lady Gaga and Adam Driver. A new Anantara Spa will be launched on the top floor, and the hotel is developing a menu of bespoke Anantara experiences to introduce guests to the Eternal City.
Opening scheduled for August 2022
Six Senses Rome
The hotel brand that has become synonymous with well-being is opening a new establishment, Six Senses Rome, the company’s first in Italy. Part of the six senses urban collection, the hotel is located in Piazza di San Marcello in the center of the city, just a few blocks from the Fontana di Trevi and the Pantheon.
This restored 18th-century Rococo-style palace, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, once served as the residence of cardinals of the Catholic Church. Its main facade and central staircase have been carefully preserved and the building will now house 95 distinctive high-ceilinged rooms and suites, a restaurant and a rooftop terrace with 360° views of the city.
Interior design by Patricia Urquiola respects the individuality of different room configurations. Integral part of the project are the first floor Six Senses Spa and Roman Baths that will serve as a wellness sanctuary for guests enjoying the sights, nights and delights of the city.
Planned opening: fall 2022
Portinari Salviati Palace
Portinari Salviati Palace is located in the heart of the historic center of Florence, between Piazza del Duomo and Piazza Signoria. This magnificent Florentine palace was built in the 15th century by the Portinaris, a wealthy family linked to the Medici.
Ownership of the property has changed hands several times over successive centuries. It was bought by the LDC Hotels & Resorts group, which has invested some 80 million euros over the past three years to meticulously renovate it and transform it into a luxury hotel.
Now the palace has 13 classically furnished suites, some with double rooms that have finely restored Renaissance fresco ceilings. The Royal Suite is said to be one of the largest in Italy, occupying the entire ground floor of the palace which includes its frescoed gallery. the Salotto Portinari Bar & Bistro and the Nonna Chic The restaurant, run by chef Vito Mollica, offers local gourmet cuisine. The property also has a gym and spa with heated pool.
Tenuta di Artimino
Tenuta di Artimino is located in the hills and vineyards of Montalbano, once home to an Etruscan settlement. The property includes an ancient villa (Villa dei Cento Camini) which was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2013.
Part of the Melia collection of Hotels Melia International, 36 rooms are housed in a 17th-century building, Paggeria Medicea, along with a group of 59 pavilions dotting the medieval village, each with an independent entrance. The accommodations are designed in the Tuscan Renaissance style with terracotta floors, wooden beams and local stoneware.
The property has its own restaurant on site, Biagio Pignatta, adjacent to the hotel and a short distance from the Villa, which serves traditional Tuscan dishes. Located less than an hour from Florence, the property is ideal for visiting the nearby vineyards and canteens.