La Congiura dei Baroni

Hotel in Parco Nazionale del Cilento, Vallo di Diano e Alburni

Starting with the name – 'The Conspiracy of Barons' – this is an intriguing hotel in an equally intriguing setting (Teggiano), where it sits perched high above the castle, overlooking the Cilento mountains. Inside, comfortable accommodation has a reassuring spare-room feel, with private terraces, while welcoming owner Anna Maria cooks up homemade ravioli and other treats in the downstairs restaurant.

All in all, it's the epitome of small-town, off-the-beaten-track Italy loaded with charm and impervious to the tourist overload of Capri or Pompeii. Learn some italiano and join in.