Every year, our knowledgeable Travel + Leisure readers vote in the World's Best Awards, selecting their absolute favorite properties and places around the globe. We love these awards because they allow our readers to inspire each other (and us!) to travel to new places, and together we've discovered everything from riverside villas in Bali with personal rooftop lily ponds to a hidden 18th-century garden cottage at the foot of the Slieve Bloom Mountains in Ireland.
But if there's one destination that enchants travelers time and time again, it's Italy. That's why we're kicking off our inaugural World's Best Collection trip in Rome and Puglia, the perfect blend of big city excitement and coastal relaxation.
We're thrilled to take the World's Best Awards to the next level and turn them into expertly curated trips to the places and hotels our readers love most, with our very own editors as guides.
On our Italy experience in September 2019, guests will stay at the iconic Hotel Eden overlooking Rome's Villa Borghese gardens. A historic mansion that opened as a hotel in 1889, Hotel Eden underwent an extensive 17-month renovation and reopened in the spring of 2017 looking even more glamorous than the days when Princess Maria of Bourbon and Ingrid Bergman stayed there.
At Hotel Eden, you'll want to break from sightseeing for a rooftop aperitivo so you can sip an Aperol spritz while watching the sun set over the Eternal City.
Courtesy of Hotel Eden
And after you check all the historic wonders, romantic piazzas, and lively trattorias of Rome off your list, you'll head to Puglia, much quieter and less touristy than the Amalfi Coast, but no less breathtaking. There, you'll explore quaint seaside and hilltop towns, unique architecture including whimsical and world-famous trulli (dry stone huts with conical roofs), and dramatic, rugged coastlines.
You'll stay at Borgo Egnazia, one of the 2018 World's Best Hotels, of course, placed among ancient olive groves steps from the Adriatic Sea in Savelletri di Fasano. This sleepy fishing village comes alive with locals strolling hand-in-hand along its scenic promenade, and its fish market sells some of the freshest seafood in Italy.
Courtesy of Borgo Egnazia
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