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While there is more than enough to explore throughout Italy, everyone needs time on vacation to relax and soak up the scenery while floating in the refreshing waters of a stunningly situated swimming pool.
Whether it’s drifting in a magical infinity pool suspended on the cliff edge of Amalfi, immersing yourself in thermal waters surrounded by the vineyards of Tuscany or taking a dip on the peak of a snowy mountain in the Dolomites, here’s a round-up of the most spectacular (and most Instagrammable) hotel swimming pools in Italy.
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Mezzatorre Hotel and Thermal Spa - Forio
Perched on a precipitous rocky outcrop, the five-star Mezzatorre Hotel seems to almost dangle off the edge of the beautiful island of Ischia. The distinctive coral-hued villa has been meticulously decorated to perfectly combine retro glamour with clean modern lines and colors inspired by the sea. With its azure striped umbrellas and crystalline water, the hotel pool is the place to see and be seen – and a prime position to soak up spectacular views across the bay.
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JW Marriott Resort and Spa - Venice
For one of the most dramatic 360-degree views across the Venetian lagoon, head to the fourth-floor rooftop pool at the JW Marriott. The hotel is located on its own island, accessible by private boat, and offers guests superior service and contemporary decor befitting the opulent Venetian style.
After a busy day of sightseeing, there is nothing better than relaxing in the limpid water and sipping an expertly-made cocktail from the poolside bar while you marvel at the sun setting over the Venice skyline. Don't miss the vitality pool in their award-winning spa, and families can take advantage of the family pool.
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Borgo Santandrea - Amalfi
For full-on Amalfi style, the striking Borgo Santandrea ticks all the boxes. Carved into the cliffs, the hotel grants gasp-worthy vistas over the Mediterranean from its idyllic balconies and terraces. The inviting decor is full of fresh outlines, cool colors and materials, and fabrics and objects that celebrate local craftsmanship. An elevator transports you between the network of floors allowing easy access to the gleaming saltwater pool where you can drift into relaxation after a busy day visiting the sights and towns of the area.
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Monastero Santa Rosa - Conca dei Marini
Originally a 17th-century monastery, the magnificent Monastero Santa Rosa is situated at the heart of the Amalfi Coast. The gorgeous building clings to the cliffside, suspended between the sea and the sky, offering unrivalled views from its lush, multi-levelled gardens. The style and service are all about understated luxury, creating a tranquil sanctuary nestled against a stunning Mediterranean backdrop. And where better to gaze out at the breathtaking coastline than from the amazing heated infinity pool?
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Verdura Resort - Sciacca
Relax on a sun lounger by the Verdura Resort’s shimmering 60-meter infinity pool and immerse yourself in the countryside and coastline of Sicily. Verdura’s elegant rooms and suites are dotted throughout its 230 hectares of sublime scenery, and each carries the Rocco Forte stamp of elegance and style. Along with its incredible pool, the sprawling hotel offers activities for all tastes, from golf to tennis to watersports, as well as fine dining, top-class spa facilities and a private beach.
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Borgo Egnazia - Savelletri
A truly unique resort, Borgo Egnazia provides guests with an authentic experience of the region of Puglia, with everything from the architecture to the food and decor blending together to create a real sense of place. The resort is contained in the buildings and spaces of a typical Puglian village, placed enticingly between the wildly rural countryside and the sea.
The sun-splashed buildings of local, pale-toned stone make a striking contrast against the pristine sapphire waters of the three outdoor pools (not to mention the private pools of the larger villas), which invite you to leap in and peacefully float into pure contentment.
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Miramonti - Merano
Situated high above the South Tyrol town of Merano, at a dizzying 1230 meters above sea level, the Miramonti hotel seamlessly combines nature and design by introducing boutique luxury into an alpine context. The vibe is one of total tranquility – a place to slow down and experience the amazing natural beauty of the area. Along with a Japanese-inspired onsen pool, the hotel also boasts a heated saltwater infinity pool balanced high in the mountains, where you cannot help but feel as though you're reaching into the sky.
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Mandarin Oriental Lake Como - Blevio
A gateway to classic Como glamour and sophistication, the eco-friendly Mandarin Oriental is perfectly positioned to admire the area’s outstanding natural beauty in comfort and luxury. The grandiose lakeside palazzo offers top-notch amenities throughout, with excellent dining and the best spa in the area. And don’t miss a swim in the fantastic heated pool, which is spectacularly situated on a floating platform right on the gently lulling waters of the lake itself.
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Four Seasons San Domenico Palace - Taormina
Beautifully converted from a 14th-century convent, the San Domenico Palace offers stylishly refined accommodation above the pretty town of Taormina. Thanks to its lofty position, guests are blessed with sensational views of Mount Etna, the Greek Theatre and the sparkling blue waters of the Ionian Sea. The best spot to fully admire the ravishing panorama is from the hotel’s clifftop infinity pool, where you can take a refreshing dive before sampling fresh Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails at the adjoining Anciovi bar and restaurant.
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Hotel Caesar Augustus - Anacapri
Majestically placed high on the cliff edge, overlooking the vast expanse of the Bay of Naples, the Hotel Caesar Augustus perfectly embodies the extravagance and affluence of Capri. Counting royalty, aristocrats and celebrities amongst its guests, the hotel prides itself on its five-star services as well as its cascade of scenic terraces, which include the magnificent two-level vanishing pool that seems to magically merge into the horizon beyond. In the cooler months, the pool is heated to ensure that bathers get year-round access to the heart-stopping view.
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Terme di Saturnia Natural Destination - Manciano
Harnessing the local hot springs which date back over 3,000 years, Tuscany’s Terme di Saturnia Natural Destination resort celebrates the regenerative, restorative power of thermal water and centers on health and wellness. The multiple outdoor pools keep a constant temperature of 37°C and the gently lapping waters lull visitors into the ultimate experience of relaxation, surrounded by peace and nature. The hotel also offers world-acclaimed spa treatments, as well as excellent outdoor activities including golf, biking and hikes through the unspoiled wonder of the Maremma countryside.
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Lefay Resort and Spa Dolomiti - Pinzolo
The jagged peaks and snow-topped caps of the Dolomites provide the setting for the sleek Lefay Resort where floor-to-ceiling windows and natural materials bring the outside in and make guests feel at one with nature. The resort’s fabulous spa is a true temple to wellness, with 5,000 square meters of space dedicated to pools, treatments and programs designed to rejuvenate both the body and mind. Clear your senses while you drift along in the panoramic outdoor pool, with its views out to the imposing mountains.
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Hotel Hubertus - Sorafurcia
Nestled in the powdery peaks of the Dolomites, the welcoming Hotel Hubertus spoils its guests with saunas, a spa and multiple indoor and outdoor pools, but it's the astonishing Sky Pool that rewards bathers with a swim they'll never forget. Jutting out over the snowy slopes, the 25-meter pool is seemingly suspended in the air, with a glass front and see-through underwater floor panel that look out over the jaw-dropping scenery. The result is an adrenaline-fueled feeling of floating on top of the world.
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Castello di Velona - Montalcino
A renovated fortress standing proud above the verdant, undulating hills and vineyards of Tuscany, Castello di Velona is a drop-dead gorgeous location for a resort that combines hotel, spa, winery and fine dining, with no fewer than three Michelin-starred restaurants on site. The beautiful pool area also has its own bar and restaurant, with plenty of spots to sit back and relax with a glass of wine while you feast your eyes on the dreamy landscape.
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Lefay Resort and Spa Lago di Garda - Gargnano
The dense green forests, picturesque olive groves and glassy waters of the Riviera dei Limoni are the fairy-tale setting for Lefay’s Lake Garda location. Modern luxury blends with nature to create a magical environment for rest and relaxation, with local activities on offer that include hiking, biking, horse riding through the surrounding 11-hectare park, or boat trips out to discover the lake. The resort itself offers innovative treatments at its sprawling spa, as well as an impressive lake-view infinity pool bordered by manicured lawns and lush vegetation.
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Capofaro Locanda and Malvasia - Malfa
Live out your Aeolian Island fantasy at the bewitching Capofaro resort, which couples excellent hospitality with thel local Malvasia wine of the island of Salina. You cannot help but be seduced by the wonderful location between terrain, sky, volcano and sea, each of which influences the style and decor of the property. Vineyards stretch out around the freshwater swimming pool, where all you need to do is lie back and revel in the undisputed beauty of your perfect island getaway.
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Splendido, A Belmond Hotel - Portofino
The Splendido Mare is the exclusive address you need to be staying at when visiting the glitzy Ligurian seaside resort of Portofino. The ultimate in refined luxury, the hotel oozes Italian Riviera glamour and does not disappoint in elegance, service or facilities. The hotel’s location right in the main piazza places you perfectly to explore the charming town. When it’s time for a break, head up to the gorgeous open-air pool. Set high above the bay, jump in and gain a bird's-eye view of the beautiful bay and harbor below.
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Forestis Dolomites - Bressanone
The Forestis vibe is one of simplistic luxury. The mountainous resort uses the natural scenery and carefully considered design, materials and architecture to create a minimalistic yet chic alpine getaway. It's a place to connect with yourself and with nature by way of pure relaxation, spa treatments and delicious, locally-sourced cuisine. The views of the imposing peaks and theatrical skyline are best appreciated from the indoor/outdoor pool where you can immerse yourself in the purity of the surroundings.
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Borgo Pignano - Volterra
A self-proclaimed Tuscan haven, Borgo Pignano is a dream-like countryside estate where you can escape into rustic luxury. Sitting within 750 acres of organic farmland in Volterra, the historic buildings of the "borgo" house the resort, which offers a variety of accommodation options, a spa, a range of dining establishments and a whole host of activities and amenities. The main pool is carved into an ancient limestone quarry on the slope of the estate and affords picture-postcard views of the tantalizing Tuscan landscape.
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Caruso, A Belmond Hotel - Ravello
The lavish Caruso Belmond in the charming seafront town of Ravello is a plush balcony over the Mediterranean, complete with exquisite furnishings, lashings of marble and prized art and antiques. A great base for exploring the Amalfi Coast, the 11th-century palace is a maze of tiered terraces and aromatic gardens filled with roses and herbs. Sitting at the apex of the complex is the incredible infinity pool which opens out over the jagged coastline and boundless waters of the glittering sea.
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Castello di Reschio - Umbria
The gently rolling hills of Umbria are the evocative backdrop to the stunning Castello di Reschio, an imposing castle dating back to 1050, which has been lovingly and carefully transformed into an atmospheric countryside getaway. Its stately rooms are filled with effortlessly chic design touches and furnishings, which perfectly complement the historical surroundings, while bringing an essence of playfulness and modernity. The hotel’s beautiful mirror-like pool is framed by shady umbrella pine trees and lawns of velvety green – a sheltered haven tailor-made for total serenity.