To visit Florence and Rome is one thing. To do so in style with Rocco Forte Hotels (roccofortehotels.com) is quite another. First: Firenze. Hotel Savoy (suites from $1,132 per night) sits on the Piazza della Repubblica and reopened in 2018 after a renovation to the iconic property (it debuted in 1893). The Duomo Presidential suite has its own wing and boasts soaring views of the Cupola del Brunelleschi. A stay here might see you visiting the Officina Profumo-Farmaceutica di Santa Maria Novella for a private tour.
As for a Roman holiday? Hotel de Russie (executive suites from $2,580 per night) and the new Hotel de la Ville (executive suites from $1,550 per night) beckon. (As will Rocco Forte House when it opens this month.) Both are steeped in ancient tradition, yet each bears its own character thanks to Director of Design Olga Polizzi (sister to company founder Sir Rocco Forte) and designer Tommaso Ziffer. Hotel de Russie is between the Spanish Steps and Piazza del Popolo, and feels akin to a botanical oasis amid the city—with its Secret Garden and expansive spa (oh, to soak in that blue-hued saltwater hydropool)—while Hotel de la Ville, atop the Spanish Steps, was inspired by The Grand Tour. Get your Italian trip started early by flying Alitalia’s Magnifica class (from $4,700, alitalia.com). You’ll be pampered in the sky with a Ferragamo travel kit complete with hand lotion and other fabulous perks.