by Jonathan Vatner | March 01, 2007

The Hotel LungarnoSorrento native Gianni Aversa, who books Italian luxury hotels for individuals and corporate groups through his marketing firm PTI Associates -- and provides full DMC services upon request -- singles out these hotels as his favorites among those he represents. (561) 776-1173;

The Ferragamo family owns the Hotel Lungarno (shown right), a stylish but comfy retreat in Florence, along the Arno River.  

The Grand Hotel Des Iles Borromees on Lake Maggiore in Stresa is, in Aversa’s opinion, the most luxurious hotel in the world.

Excelsior Vittoria, overlooking the Bay of Naples in Sorrento, was formerly a trio of patrician villas -- and it shows.