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Where to Enjoy Some Post-Venice Fest Dolce Vita

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Mandarin Oriental Milan

In case Venice isn’t beautiful enough, these over-the-top Italian getaways promise a vacanza bellisima.

Grand Hotel Via Veneto
Via Vittorio Veneto, 155, 00187 Rome +39 06 487881

Right in the center of the street made famous in Fellini's La Dolce Vita, the hotel lets guests shop all day a stone's throw from Via dei Condotti and Piazza di Spagna or simply pick up the latest pieces by Bulgari in the hotel lobby. The Aqva City Spa features a marble saltwater pool in ancient Roman style. A rooftop bar open in warm weather is the perfect spot for an aperitivo.

Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo
Via Teatro Greco 59, 98039 Taormina, Sicily +39 0942 6270 200

Richard Gere and girlfriend Alejandra Silva have been caught vacationing two summers in a row at the Timeo. Its private beach offers crystal clear waters, white sand and staff that will attend to any need, even shooing away the paparazzi. Rooms are one of a kind, decorated in Italian-villa style with balconies overlooking the Mediterranean. The spa uses natural Sicilian products such as exfoliating lava and pumice.


Belmond Grand Hotel Timeo

Mandarin Oriental Milan
Via Andegari, 9, 20121 Milan +39 02 8731 8888

You'll have the greatest chance of rubbing elbows with media or celebrity elite at Mandarin Oriental's new Milan outpost. Just steps from the city's most exclusive shopping streets, the hotel features the new Seta restaurant and Mandarin bar. Rare among Milan nightlife, the bar welcomes locals late into the night to make deals, brainstorm or simply gossip over some classic Italian grappa.

This story first appeared in the Sept. 9 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

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