Must-see hotels in Italy

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    Seven Historical Suites

    Yes, there are seven suites and they are, indeed, historical, nestled on the beamed attic floor of a grand 1884 commercial building. Still, their lavish…

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    San Pietro

    For such a talked-about hotel, the San Pietro is remarkably discreet. Built into a rocky headland 2km east of Positano, it’s almost entirely below road…

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    Villa Fortezza

    On its hilltop perch above Ascoli's historic centre, and reached by a seemingly never-ending flight of steps, this villa is a delight. Salvatore, your…

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    Palazzo Seneca

    Live like the local nobility at this refined family-run hotel, one of the few still operating in Norcia's historic centre. Its spacious rooms are a…

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    Palazzo Avino

    One of three luxury piles on Ravello’s 'millionaires' row', the erstwhile Palazzo Sasso has been a hotel on and off since 1880, sheltering many 20th…

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    DuParc Contemporary Suites

    A business-friendly location doesn't mean this isn't a great choice for all travellers. Staff are young, clued-up and friendly, and the building's iconic…

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    Hotel Pisa Tower

    For peace, tranquillity and sundown drinks in a romantic walled garden after a busy day navigating the Pisa crowds, this outstanding three-star hotel hits…

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    Palazzo Puccini

    This boutique guesthouse is everything one would expect of an address in the family palazzo where wealthy Pistoian philanthropist and merchant Niccolò…

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    Four Seasons Milano

    One of the best addresses in Milan, the Four Seasons sits within a 15th-century convent wrapped around a delightful colonnaded garden. Original frescoes,…

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    Hotel Bellevue

    Overlooking meadows, this green-shuttered mountain hideaway evokes its 1920s origins with romantic canopied timber 'cabin beds', weighty cowbells strung…

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    Magma Home

    Contemporary artworks, cultural soirées and impeccable hospitality plug you straight into Naples' cultural scene at Magma. Its eight rooms – each designed…

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    Atellani Apartments

    Now you can bed down in the 15th-century palazzo where Leonardo himself lodged while painting The Last Supper. Six boutique apartments run by Portaluppi’s…

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    La Cuccagna

    Everything else seems a world away as you settle into this charming farm stay, high in the hills between Gubbio and Perugia. Surrounded by wooded slopes…

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    Hotel Palazzo Guadagni

    This romantic midrange hotel overlooking Florence's liveliest summertime square is legendary – Zeffirelli shot scenes from Tea with Mussolini here. Housed…

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    ProKite Alby Rondina

    Wake up to an invigorating view of colourful kites dancing above the pretty waters of Lo Stagnone lagoon at this bright and modern three-star hotel run by…

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    Agriturismo il Bastione

    Some 3km from Spello, this medieval farmstead is a delight. Surrounded by silent olive groves on the slopes of Monte Subasio, it commands stirring views…

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    Maison Borella

    With balconies overhanging the Naviglio Grande and striking vintage furniture selected by collector Raimondo Garau, this canalside hotel offers a touch of…

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    Hotel Metropolitan

    One of Bologna's few design hotels, the 45-room Met mixes functionality with handsome modern furnishings. It injects peace and tranquillity into its…

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    Hotel Santa Caterina

    Worth perusing even if you're not staying here, if only to engage in a little Ferrari-spotting in the car park, the Santa Caterina is an Amalfi landmark…

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    Tenuta Santi Giacomo e Filippo

    You can't help but unwind the minute you check into this gorgeous country retreat. Surrounded by vineyards, aromatic gardens and verdant hills, it sits in…