With its white-sand beaches, turquoise waters, and Mediterranean climate, Naples resembles the Italian city for which it was named. And at Bellasera Hotel, the Italian influence is even more pronounced. The AAA Four Diamond–rated hotel is modeled after the villages of Tuscany, with burbling courtyard fountains and villas the color of terra cotta. There’s even a creative Mediterranean-American restaurant onsite, where you can feast on pasta pomodoro, osso buco, and other Italian specialties.
Nifty in-room amenities: Each one- or two-bedroom suite has a full kitchen, and two-bedroom suites also have a dining room and laundry room.
Go swimming: The heated outdoor pool is surrounded by palm trees and a large sun deck with lounge chairs and private cabanas. You can even sip a drink poolside.
Recommended beach: At Clam Pass Park, about 7 miles north of the hotel, you can rent kayaks and catamarans and stroll through mangrove forests on a wooden boardwalk.
Must-see nearby: Naples Pier, where you can fish for pompano (no fishing license required) and catch breathtaking sunsets
Pamper yourself: Book a hot-stone massage or pedicure at the onsite spa.
Highlights of Naples, Florida
Pristine coast: Located along the southwest edge of Florida on the Gulf of Mexico, Naples has 10 miles of white-sand beaches.
Naples Pier extends 1,000 feet into the gulf, leaving room for anglers to cast their lines for pompano, a plump silver fish that makes for good eating.
Old Naples: Inland, you’ll find art galleries, upscale restaurants, and bars with outdoor patios.
Third Street South’s open plazas feature antique bronze fountains as well as turn-of-the century cottages and Mediterranean Revival homes.
Golf Capital of the World: More than 80 championship courses are located in Naples; it has the second-most golf holes per capita in the country, according to World Golf.
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