Castello Di Monterone

Top choice hotel in Perugia

This fairy-tale castle comes with all the turreted, ivy-clad, vaulted trappings you would imagine. Its 18 individually designed rooms have been finished to great effect, with low timber-beamed ceilings, exposed stone, custom wood furniture, handmade wrought-iron beds, antiques and the odd Etruscan and medieval artefact. Superior rooms come with views over the rolling countryside to Perugia's centre, 3km away.

A panoramic pool, sauna, Turkish bath and modern restaurant add to the appeal.

See the website for directions.