Sleeping

  • Ad Astra A Florence hideaway fabulous enough for Harper's Bazaar, with claw-foot bathtubs and frescoes.
  • Palazzo Parigi Palatial accommodation in a converted bank in Milan, with centuries-old garden, curated artwork and spa.
  • SoprArno Suites Eleven elegantly appointed rooms and impeccable hospitality in Florence.
  • Castello di Monterone An evocative medieval castle in the hills outside Perugia.
  • Barbialla Nuova A 500-hectare biodynamic farm in San Miniato with on-point style and seasonal truffles.

By Budget

  • Casa Base Cool, budget designer digs and a co-working space in fashionable Milan.
  • Generator Hostel A next-gen, design-literate hostel with a rooftop lounge in Rome.
  • Palazzu Stidda Unique apartments pimped with the owners' artworks and handmade furniture in Catania.

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  • Residenza Maritti Stylish rooms, fully-equipped kitchen and landmark views in Rome.
  • Oltre il Giardino A romantic garden retreat in Venice, once home to Alma Mahler's widow.
  • Maanja Suites Svelte, idiosyncratic chic by an alpine lake in Friuli Venezia Giulia.

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  • Palazzo Parigi Plush, inimitable style fit for Italy's fashion capital, Milan.
  • Antica Corte Pallavicina A 14th-century castle complete with Michelin-starred restaurant in rural Emilia-Romagna.
  • Il Frantoio Sophisticated interiors, olive groves and cult-status lunches at a Puglian farmhouse.

Unusual Settings

  • Prendiparte B&B Snooze, chill and cook up an Emilian feast in a 900-year-old tower in Bologna.
  • Avemaria Boat A barge hotel in Mantua offering four-day or weeklong cultural itineraries exploring the peaceful nooks and crannies of the Po delta.
  • Truddhi Bucolic, self-catering accommodation in trulli, traditional Puglian houses with conical roofs in Locorotondo.
  • Hotel Il Belvedere What was once a cave is now a boutique hotel in Basilicata's World Heritage–listed Matera.
  • Casa Burano A new albergo diffuso on the Venetian island of Murano, where you can stay in fishermen's houses.