The tourist attractions are easy to point out: The Colosseum, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and Trevi Fountain, yet the hospitality industry has also capitalized on a country deeply rooted in history. Former churches, monasteries, bank vaults, historic lighthouses, farming estates, and regal castles have all taken on a new life in the form of a luxe hotels.
The beauty of these reincarnated spaces is that through careful and attentive design features, they still speak to their historical past while roaring into the modern day as upscale and luxurious showstoppers.
Monastero Santa Rosa (Amalfi Coast)
A former monastery: The boutique- and tourist-packed Amalfi Coast may not go hand in hand, but Monastero Santa Rosa’s picture-perfect 20 rooms and lush multilevel gardens are the perfect coastal hideaway. The former 17th-century monastery now lives again in the form of private relaxation areas, sundecks with canopied loungers, a dazzling infinity pool, and a lavish day spa. Il Refettorio boasts a Michelin-starred restaurant and unforgettable panoramic views.
La Posta Vecchia (Lazio)
A former ancient villa and castle: A private beach club, Roman mosaics reserved for the guests’ eyes only, dining inspired by local produce, and floor-to-ceiling arch windows add to the regal character of the fabulous spa. Add to that 19 uniquely designed rooms, each with artworks usually reserved for international galleries, and you won’t want to leave this former ancient villa and castle on Lazio’s Ladispoli beachfront.
Capofaro Locanda & Malvasia (Sicily)
A former lighthouse: The Tasca d’Almerita family combined their love for the beach and wine in a dreamy minimalist resort on Sicily’s Salina island. The lighthouse and protector of the sea has stood tall here since the mid 19th century and remains pride of place on the property, which boasts vineyards for days, views of the imposing volcanic island of Stromboli, and a lush pool.
NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi (Amalfi Coast)
A former convent: A far cry from its 13th-century convent days, this striking five-star property atop a cliff on the Amalfi Coast features designer-appointed rooms (the majority sea-facing), a wellness center, two restaurants, and a spectacular infinity pool. All this set within lavishly manicured gardens and the looming shadow of the tall convent archways, original cloister, and church.
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