Clinging to the clifftop above the Bay of Naples, Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria is steeped in old-school glamour, with frescoes, antiques and huge marble bathrooms.
Book the Vittoria Suite for views of the Mediterranean and the pretty gardens.
Explore Sorrento's alleys and cafes, or head to historic Pompeii. A boat trip to nearby Capri is a must if you want to watch the beautiful people hang out. Then indulge in a massage at the hotel spa, with oils scented with citrus from its orange grove, before dining in the restaurant looking out over the bay.
WOW FACTOR: Enjoying a sundowner on the balcony and watching the Amalfi sun set over Mount Vesuvius.
FLIGHT TIME: 3 hours
WHEN TO GO: Summer
GO: Grand Hotel Excelsior Vittoria (www.exvitt.it); Classic Collection Holidays (www.classic-collection.co.uk) offers seven nights, B&B, in a Classic Garden View room from £1,579 per person. Includes flights and transfers.