Travel 5 minutes 07 May 2024

The First MICHELIN Key Hotels: All the Keys in Italy

The MICHELIN Guide announces top honors for Italian hotels in 2024.

On May 7, 2024, the MICHELIN Guide revealed the brand new One, Two, and Three Key distinctions for the most outstanding hotels in Italy.

This announcement comes four years into a comprehensive refresh of our hotel selection. The MICHELIN Guide now includes over 5,000 hotels across the world, and not a single one is simply a room for the night. These are places that significantly add to your experience as a traveler, each vetted and judged excellent in five categories: architecture and interior design, quality and consistency of service, overall personality and character, value for the price, and a significant contribution to the guest experience in a particular setting.

Which brings us back to the Keys. The culmination of countless hours of evaluation by our team of experts, the Key hotels below represent the highlights of our broader selection. Like the MICHELIN Stars for restaurants, the MICHELIN Keys are our most outstanding hotels.

In total, the 2024 MICHELIN Guide hotel selection in Italy includes 8 Three Key hotels, 31 Two Key hotels, and 107 One Key hotels. Want to know more about the MICHELIN Key? Here’s everything you need to know. Or, head below to see all the Keys.

Palazzo Pascal — Scala
Palazzo Pascal — Scala

How To Look Through the List

Jump straight to the list or take a deeper dive into select Key hotels.

On this page, you’ll find every single one of our new Key distinctions, sorted by number of Keys and location in Italy. Click on any hotel to go straight to the hotel page to learn more about the nuts and bolts of each property. Alternatively, you can read any number of in-depth pieces about the aspects of the special craft that make up a Key hotel over on our magazine. While our anonymous selection team spends every day scouring the earth to vet favorite hotels and unearth hidden gems, our editorial team delves into the hotel craft by speaking directly to hoteliers.

Step inside the crypt behind the hotel door in Rome.

See the palazzo in Basilicata that just earned Francis Ford Coppola his latest accolade.

Or take a look at all of Italys 3-Key hotels, in photos.

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Highlights of the Italy 2024 Key Hotel List

Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites — Florence
Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites — Florence

Under 10 Rooms: The Tiny Keys Reign Across Italy

Expect: Bold, proprietor-driven design themes, special experiences, and hyper-personal service. The tiny hotels that pepper the cities and countryside might get lost on lists full of castles and palazzos, but these little boutiques with ten rooms or less are some the most creative and satisfying accommodations in all of Italy. It’s a given that you’ll find places like these in the Tuscan countryside (Siena House and Follonico Suite B&B — both with just six bedrooms), but don’t miss the gems in the cities.

Vico Milano is a seven room space filled with dazzling design furniture and contemporary art. Velona’s Jungle Luxury Suites is a pocket-sized jungle-themed luxury boutique full of animal-print upholstery and peacock-feather prints. Both are independently owned and marvelously compact.

A Closer Look: 10 Key Hotels with 10 Rooms or Less in Italy

Lupaia — Torrita di Siena
Lupaia — Torrita di Siena

Pick One: A Castle or a Farmhouse Hotel in Tuscany

Two iconic options in Tuscany earned a bevy of Keys: the castle hotel and the classic farmhouse. The former speaks for itself — ancient fortifications that were once private residences, built to house the handsomely titled, and fortified against attack. Towers, turrets, and crenellations give way to handsome wine cellars and vineyard views. Look to Castello di Casole for a masterclass in how to convert a thousand-year-old estate into a historically preserved, contemporarily luxurious hotel.

Meanwhile, the motif of the Tuscan farmhouse has been emulated throughout the world — but there’s nothing like the real thing. Hotels like Lupaia and Conti di San Bonifacio make farmhouse charm into nothing less than a work of art.

Make Your Choice: The Key Decision in Italy

Le Sirenuse - Positano
Le Sirenuse - Positano

High Drama: Hotels on the Seaside of the Amalfi Coast

It’s profoundly satisfying to us that one of the most impressive places in the world has among the world’s most impressive hotels. On the Amalfi Coast, where natural cliffsides tumble down into an endless Italian sea, hotels like Palazzo Pascal and Le Sirenuse host guests in miraculous buildings that served for centuries as aristocratic homes over the water. Casa Angelina and Borgo Santandrea sport more modern builds. In either case, the views are perennially spectacular.

Also read: High Drama in the Seaside Hotels of the Amalfi Coast

Aman Venice
Aman Venice

Click below to jump to each distinction: 

The Three Key Hotels

Corte della Maestà — Civita di Bagnoregio
Corte della Maestà — Civita di Bagnoregio

The Two Key Hotels

Castel Fragsburg — Merano
Castel Fragsburg — Merano

The One Key Hotels

Palazzo Margherita — Bernalda
Palazzo Margherita — Bernalda

Arco: Vivere Suites and Rooms
Arenella: Donna Coraly Country Boutique Hotel
Arezzo: Villa Fontelunga
Arzachena: Cascioni Eco Retreat
Bernalda: Palazzo Margherita
Cagliari: Casa Clàt
Caldaro: Lake Spa Hotel SEELEITEN
Camaiore: Locanda al Colle
Capalbio: Locanda Rossa
Capri: Capri Tiberio Palace
Castelrotto: COMO Alpina Dolomites
Castiglione della Pescaia: L’Andana
Cernobbio: Villa d'Este
Chiusdino: Borgo Santo Pietro
Cinigiano: Castello di Vicarello
Como CO: Palazzo Albricci Peregrini - Como
Cremolino: Nordelaia
Cutrofiano: Critabianca
Fiesole: Villa San Michele, A Belmond Hotel, Florence
Florence: Ad Astra
Florence: Brunelleschi Hotel
Florence: Hotel Calimala
Florence: Hotel Lungarno
Florence: Riva Lofts Florence
Florence: Torre di Bellosguardo
Florence: Velona's Jungle Luxury Suites
Forio di Ischia: Mezzatorre Hotel & Thermal Spa
Forio NA: Botania Relais & Spa
Forte dei Marmi: Principe Forte dei Marmi
Gargnano: Lefay Resort & Spa Lago di Garda
Gavorrano GR: Conti di San Bonifacio
Lake Orta Novara: Villa Crespi
Lana: Vigilius Mountain Resort
Lecce: La Fiermontina Palazzo Bozzi Corso
Lecce: Palazzo de Noha
Locorotondo: Ottolire Resort
Madonna di Campiglio: Biohotel Hermitage
Maranza: Milla Montis
Massa Lubrense: Art Hotel Villa Fiorella
Massa Lubrense: Relais Blu
Matera: Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita
Menfi: La Foresteria Planeta Estate
Milan: Hotel Principe di Savoia, Dorchester Collection
Milan: Mandarin Oriental Milan
Milan: Vico Milano
Moltrasio: Passalacqua
Montalcino: Castello Banfi - Il Borgo Relais & Chateaux
Montalcino: Villa le Prata - Residenza del Vescovo
Montepulciano: Precise Tale Poggio Alla Sala
Noto: Country House Villadorata
Noto: Seven Rooms Villadorata
Ortisei: Gardena Grödnerhof Hotel & Spa
Ostuni: Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & SPA
Otranto: Baglioni Masseria Muzza
Perugia: Hotel Castello di Monterone
Pettenasco: Laqua by the Lake
Pognana Làrio: Villa Làrio Lake Como
Polizzi Generosa: Susafa
Porto Ercole: Il Pellicano
Positano: Le Sirenuse
Praiano: Casa Angelina
Ravello: Caruso, A Belmond Hotel, Amalfi Coast
Riva del Garda: Lido Palace
Rome: Hassler Roma
Roma: Hotel Eden, Dorchester Collection
Rome: Bulgari Hotel Roma
Rome: Hotel Locarno
Rome: Maalot Roma
Rome: Portrait Roma
Rome: Rocco Forte Hotel De La Ville
Rome: Rocco Forte Hotel de Russie
Rome: Singer Palace Hotel
Rome: Six Senses Rome
Rome: The Hoxton, Rome
Rome: The Inn at the Roman Forum
Rome: The St. Regis Rome
Rome: Umiltà 36
San Cassiano: Lagació Hotel Mountain Residence
San Pietro In Cariano: Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista
Sant'Agnello: Mediterraneo Sorrento
Santa Margherita Ligure: Grand Hotel Miramare
Santo Stefano di Sessanio: Sextantio
Sarentino: Terra - The Magic Place
Savelletri di Fasano: Borgo Egnazia
Savelletri di Fasano: Masseria Calderisi
Savelletri di Fasano: Masseria Torre Coccaro
Savelletri di Fasano: Masseria Torre Maizza
Scala: Palazzo Pascal
Schnals: Goldene Rose Karthaus
Sirmione BS: Villa Cortine
Sorrento: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria
Tavarnelle Val di Pesa: COMO Castello del Nero
Torre Canne di Fasano: Canne Bianche Lifestyle Hotel
Torri del Benaco: Cape of Senses
Torrita di Siena: Follonico Suite B&B
Torrita di Siena: Lupaia
Torrita di Siena: Siena House
Umbertide: Vocabolo Moscatelli Boutique Hotel & Restaurant
Venice: Ca’ di Dio
Venice: Corte di Gabriela
Venice: Hotel Londra Palace
Venice: Il Palazzo Experimental
Venice: Nolinski Venezia
Venice: Palazzo Maria Formosa
Venice: Palazzo Venart Luxury Hotel
Vicenza: La Barchessa di Villa Pisani
Zafferana Etnea: Monaci delle Terre Nere

Hero Image: Castello di Reschio — Lisciano Niccone


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