Cinematic Italian Winter Destinations

Just down from the slopes of the Alps?  You look amazing.  Now, next up on the itinerary, pop-in to any of these four Italian capitals-of-style to enjoy a cozy luxurious stay.  And before you go, perhaps check our list of iconic films that are so associated with each locale.


Rome

City Film: A movie to associate with Rome, La Dolce Vita (1960) of course!  But that is summer, so here's a winter tip:
What to See:  Ancient Rome and its incredible iconic structures, especially if there is snow. 
Where to Stay:
Hotel d'Inghilterra - 14 via Bocca di Leone

 

Milan

City Film:  We can't but help imagine Milan as portrayed in the opening wintery scenes of the film, I Am Love (2010).
What to See:
The newly restored Galleria Vittorio Emanuelle II.  This glass-roofed iconic structure is filled with elegant shops and a few cafes.  Right next door is the Duomo.
Where to Stay:
Hotel Armani - via Manzoni 31
Hotel Bulgari - via Privata Fratelli Gabba, 7b

 

Venice

City Film:  Casino Royale (2006) we love it, and it shows off the city to spectacular effect, but on a more intimate level try Brideshead Revisited, also (2008).
What to See:  
Carnevale should be in full swing (January 23rd - February 1st).  This is also the season of the Acqua Alta (high water), so be prepared to walk on the city's other type of famous bridges, those elevated wooded paths which will to keep your feet dry.
Where to Stay:
Danieli - Sestiere Castello 4196

 

Florence

City Film:  The iconic A Room with a View (1985) and the terrifying Hannibal (2001).
What to See:
It's cold in Florence in the winter (Wow, thanks, Red Maps, big surprise!) so take the opportunity without the summer crowds to see the Uffici and Accademia Museums.
Where to Stay:
Lungarno Suites - Vicolo dell'Oro, 6r

 

To purchase Red Maps Italian set of Guides: La Dolce Vita

Images: top d'Inghilterra Rome; Danieli Venice; below left Armani Milan; below right Lungarno Suites Florence; bottom Bulgari Milan.