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Mantua | Ca’ delle Erbe

Luxury design suites in surely the finest square of what Aldous Huxley called the most romantic city in the world. Mantua is that city, a sleeping beauty that's barely changed since the Middle Ages. The handsomest of its four exquisite squares is Piazza delle Erbe, the marketplace fringed with colonnades and dominated by the Clock Tower. And Residenza Ca' delle Erbe ...

Florence | Milu Hotel

Brand new in Florence is Milu Hotel. An utterly contemporary design establishment packed with serious modern artworks, and yet light-hearted and thoroughly engaging. Interior-wise, that is. What you see from the outside is a stately historic palazzo and the Florentine branches of international houses of haute couture - whichever come to mind, they're all there or thereabouts for Milu is on Via de' ...

Modena | Il Fonticolo

With unique rooms on one of Modena's loveliest squares - and that's saying something - Il Fonticolo is quite a find. To begin with, though it modestly refers to itself as a room-and-breakfast establishment it's actually much more than that. Each of the three rooms is more like a small apartment, including a living-sitting area and a kitchen equipped with ...

Palermo | BB22

Anyone for Sicily? If so, this could be just the accommodation you need in feisty Palermo. And that's not quite as pretentious as it sounds, since BB22 means a choice of boutique hotel, sumptuous self-catering apartments or any (or indeed all) of the rooms in a plush residence, all in the central Castellammare district of town. Let's start with BB 22 Palace the commodious apartment ...

Montegiorgio | Casa San Ruffino

When summer's sultry dog days set in, don't you just feel like taking a break from metropolitan bustle in favour of somewhere peaceful and bucolic? Try this for size: back-to-basics boutique accommodation in an imposing farmhouse atop its own hill, with sweeping views over the arcadian countryside of Le Marche and distant mountains. Otherwise known as Casa San Ruffino. The setting really ...

Ostuni | La Sommità

Anyone looking for boutique hospitality in the whitewashed hill towns of Apulia is likely already spoilt for choice, but here's another outstanding candidate for top of the list. La Sommità indulges all the senses in its 15 design-furnished rooms, luxury spa and Michelin-starred restaurant. It nestles inside a historic complex in the oldest and highest part of dazzling Ostuni, with spectacular views over endless ...

Milan | Antica Locanda dei Mercanti

Fancy something a little different in the way of accommodation for your next Milan trip, something other than the prefabricated feel of even some of the luxury chain hotels (where no natural light or unconditioned air shall penetrate...)? Antica Locanda dei Mercanti takes a little finding, tucked away as it is on the upper floors of a townhouse in a quiet side street with ...

Venice | Charming House

Plenty of hotels to choose from in Venice, so anything worth writing home about has to be a little special, right? The Charming House cluster focuses on boutique intimacy and luxury living, and raises the bar with some serious contemporary art as well as design décor. The first two of its three addresses are in Dorsoduro, the sestiere of the Accademia ...

Col Gallina | Starlight Room

Let's suppose, for the sake of argument, that you're the adventurous kind, on the lookout for unique locations, spectacular views, hospitality with a difference. And maybe that tree-house accommodation is already so last year in the panoply of your experience. May we suggest a glasshouse at the top of a mountain? Don't, for goodness sake, think of the Glass House, or ...

Gergei | Domu Antiga

If your real Sardinia is its rugged interior still rife with ancient rural customs, a unique language and Bronze Age remains, as opposed to a spectacular, celebrity-studded coastline, then we have the B&B for you. An early-19th-century farmhouse in the village of Gergei, at the extreme southern tip of the Gennargentu mountains, Domu Antiga has been restored to period perfection along with all ...

Noto | Seven Rooms Villadorata

Almost as far south as you can get on Italian soil, discounting a tiny island or two, is the little town of Noto in Sicily's bottom right-hand corner. It's one of those jewels of Sicilian baroque, immortalised in the UNESCO World Heritage List as one of the Late Baroque Towns of the Val di Noto. Well, what we have here ...

Turin | Terres d’Aventure

Palazzo Capris di Cigliè, in the very heart of Turin, is one stylish address. Book one of the rooms or suites at Terres d'Aventure and it can be yours, for a few days at least, and affordably. A design B&B with suites, a cut above the rest, Terres d'Aventure offers hospitality according to Gianfabio Naldi, architect and designer, citizen of this town. The ...
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