• AdAstra Vintage-chic Florence hideaway with claw-foot bathtubs, frescoes and romantic garden view.
  • Argentina Residenza Style Hotel Elegant boutique hotel in a former monastery in Rome's historic centre.
  • Hotel Bellevue Luxurious mountain hideaway spa in the Aosta Valley.
  • Castello di Monterone An evocative medieval castle in the hills outside Perugia.
  • Barbialla Nuova On-point style and seasonal truffles on a 500-hectare biodynamic farm in northwestern Tuscany.

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Gritti Palace

  • RomeHello New-gen hostel in the Italian capital plastered in fantastic street art.
  • Magma Home B&B mixing Italian design with rooftop terraces with views of Naples and Mt Vesuvius.
  • Casa Burano Canal-side, candy-coloured cottage in Venice's Burano 'hood.

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  • Residenza Maritti Stylish rooms, with fully-equipped kitchen and landmark views of Rome.
  • Seven Historical Suites Lavish rooms with 19th-century trimmings, contemporary design and Sicilian collectables in Trieste.
  • Chalet Fogajard Mountain retreat with stupefyingly beautiful, Brenta Dolomites views and locally sourced meals.

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  • Casa Maria Luigia Emilian countryside villa-B&B for dedicated epicureans by top chef Massimo Bottura from Osteria Francescana.
  • Gritti Palace Landmark doge’s palace in Venice with opulent Grand Canal rooms.
  • Il Frantoio Sophisticated interiors, olive groves and cult-status lunches at a Puglian farmhouse.

Unusual Settings

  • Prendiparte B&B Snooze, chill and cook up a feast in a 900-year-old tower in Bologna.
  • Avemaria Boat Mantua barge hotel offering cultural itineraries on the Po delta.
  • Truddhi Bucolic, self-catering accommodation in trulli (traditional conical-roofed houses) in Locorotondo.
  • Hotel Il Belvedere What was once a cave is now a boutique hotel in Basilicata's World Heritage–listed Matera.
  • Casa Burano Albergo diffuso on the Venetian island of Murano, at home in former fishermen's cottages.
  • La Casa del Limonata Sleep in an enchanting sunken garden of lemon trees at this budget island paradise.