Dramatically clinging to granite cliffs, Maison La Minervetta is one of Sorrento's hippest seaside retreats. It possesses some of the finest views in the area, with the sea-facing rooms almost feeling like they're hovering over the water and whose giant picture windows offer cinematic panoramas of the Bay of Naples and the unmistakable volcanic cone of Vesuvius. The hotel itself embodies its coastal setting, feeling very Mediterranean and nautical in its style with a colour palette of bright whites, reds and blues (often employed à la deckchair stripes).
Lording over the cobbled Piazza Barberini and with the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the distance, the Sina Bernini Bristol can lay claim to one of the best spots in Rome. Plenty of celebrities and royalty have thought so over the years and since it opened in 1870, the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Queen Elizabeth II have stayed there. A contemporary chic undercurrent fuses with antique tapestries, period furnishings and Murano glass chandeliers that pay homage to its historic status.
Named after the legendary Roman ruler, the Caesar Augustus is fit for any emperor (it is the former residence of a Russian prince, after all). Sitting on a cliff edge, the hotel seamlessly marries grand interiors with an unpretentiousness, decorated with heirlooms and antiques collected over the years by the current owners, the Signorini family. But it’s the epic panoramas you’ll fall in love with (and the reason why so many Roman leaders came to Capri to relax), with sweeping views of the island and the Bay of Naples, Mount Vesuvius and Ischia beyond.