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We are often asked for hotel recommendations for Italy; below are some hotels that received great reports and are options one might want to consider for their own Italian getaway.

LAZIO

ROMA
Hotel De Petris
***

Via Rasella, 142 (near Trevi Fountain)
00187 Roma
Tel: 011.39.064.819626
Fax: 011.39.064.820733
Email: info@hoteldepetris.com
www.hoteldepetris.com
Elegant and warm atmosphere; modern and traditional rooms. Great option for a "not-so-expensive" restaurant in Roma, located in the hotel.


LOMBARDIA

FRANCIACORTA AREA
L'Alberta Locanda in Franciacorta

*****
Via V. Emanuele II, 23
25030 Erbusco (Brescia)
Tel: 011.39.030.7760550
Fax: 011.39.030.7760573
Website: www.albereta.it
Email: booking@albereta.it
Part of the Relais & Chateaux group, this luxury hotel is owned by the Moretti family (owners of Bellavista and Contadi Castaldi wineries), boasting a luxurious spa, Espace Vitalite. The Hotel is also known for the great Gualtiero Marchesi restaurant.


PIEMONTE

ASTI
La Villa Hotel

****
Via Torino, 7
14046 Mombaruzzo (Asti)
Tel: 011.39.0141.793.890
Fax: 011.39.0141.739.991
Website: www.lavillahotel.net
Email: info@lavillahotel.net
What looks like an old country estate, is a beautiful and luxurious hotel, amidst the rolling hills of Monferrato. With breathtaking views in every direction, the hotel sits in a great location that makes exploring the region very easy. La Villa was once a 17th century palazzo and has a perfect mix of exotic Moroccan and French furnishings. A perfectly landscaped garden, a superb swimming pool and impeccable personal service make this hotel a very relaxing, andindulgent accommodation. 14 rooms and suites are all furnished with antique furniture, made locally. The hotel's restaurant, Le Vie (which opened in spring 2007), is closed for the winter, but serves light local fare. This rustic Italian resort is a wonderful, well-priced, luxe getaway, perfect for exploring Piedmont and its surrounding areas. It lies one hour from Milan, Turin and Genoa airports, and 30 minutes from Alba, in the Monferrato countryside.

CUNEO
Casa Pavesi

****
Via IV Novembre, 4
12060 Grinzane Cavour (Cuneo)
Website: www.hotelcasapavesi.it
Email: info@hotelcasapavesi.it
Tele: 011.39.0173.231149
Fax: 011.39.0173230983
Casa Pavesi is an ancient home elegantly restored, and where ancient and modern are well mixed to create a cozy and refined atmosphere. The Hotel has 12 rooms with a personalized touch and furnished with every comfort: bathroom, telephone, air conditioning, satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer and safe. There are also spacious suites with whirlpool baths and beautiful views of Langhe's hills.

Corte Gondina Hotel

***
Via Roma, 100
12064 La Morra (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0173.509781
Fax: 011.39.0173.509782
Website: www.cortegondina.it
Email: info@cortegondina.it
Although it is technically a three-star hotel, it is deserving of much more. The hotel has a very subtle and refined style, as it is filled with beautiful antiques. The owner's exquisite taste and attention to detail is apparent throughout the hotel. Located right outside the town of La Morra, this hotel is a gem; the restaurant is even better, having been awarded Michelin Star status.


Hotel Palazzo Lovera

****
Via Roma, 37
12100 Cuneo (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0171.690420
Fax: 011.39.0171.603435
Website: www.palazzolovera.com
Email: info@palazzolovera.com
King Francis not only stayed here but gave his armor as a show of approval. This hotel is a gem in the town of Cuneo, with a rich history dating back to the 17th century when it was built for the powerful members of the Lovera Family. The internationally renowned restaurant has over 800 bottles of Italian wine to offer its guests. The hotel has 46 elegantly furnished rooms, all of which have charming views of the Baroque Church of Santa Chiara. A family owned hotel for generations, it is a warm and relaxing place to go home to after touring Piedmont and its unforgettable vineyards.

Hotel Villa Beccaris

*****
Via Bava Beccaris, 1
12065 Monforte d'Alba (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0173.78158
Fax: 011.39.0173.78190
Website: www.villabeccaris.it
Email: villa@villabeccaris.it
Located in Monforte d'Alba, in the heart of Langhe, this is the largest of the boutique hotels that we suggest for the area. It offers 23 rooms, all very uniquely decorated, attentive staff and a great reputation (Sergio often stays here). It is the old house of an 18th century general, Fiorenzo Bava Beccaris, now a very luxurious and capable five-star hotel, which is delightfully surrounded by vineyards. This hotel can arrange anything from golf, trekking and horseback riding to wine tours and cooking classes. Additional suites are available at Dimora Manichei, just a ten minute walk away.

La Locanda del Pilone

*****
Località Madonna di Como, 34
12051 Alba (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0173.366616
Fax: 011.39.0173.366609
Website: www.locandadelpilone.com
Email: info@locandadelpilone.com
This is a lovely, quaint, small boutique hotel that has been transformed from an old Piemontese farm. It features rooms decorated with the original farmhouse furnishings. The hotel and the town, Alba, offer some of the best views of the Langhe region. The restaurant, with original brick vaulted ceilings, has a wide range of regional and Italian wines and serves traditional Langhe cuisine. Very rustic, yet elegant.

Le Case Della Saracca

Via Cavour, 5
12065 Monforte d'Alba (Cuneo)
Tele: 011.39.0173.789222
Fax: 011.39.0173.789798
Website: www.saracca.com
Email: info@saracca.com
Le Case Della Saracca, The Saracca Houses, are situated on top of a hill in the historical center of the village of Monforte d’Alba at its highest and most picturesque part. Here, history will come alive for you. The buildings have been carefully restored to preserve their medieval atmosphere while also being equipped with the latest technology to ensure the ultimate in comfort for an unforgettable holiday. Almost all of the six, completely individual rooms have their own open log fireplace. Their exquisite charm lies in the contrast between old and new – a touch of the entirely original to render your stay here as romantic as possible.

Relais San Maurizio - Hotel del Monastero

*****
Località San Maurizio, 39
12058 Santo Stefano Belbo (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0141.841900
Fax: 011.39.0141.843833
Website: www.relaissanmaurizio.it
Email: info@relaissanmaurizio.it
This luxury hotel is located in a former 17th century monastery. Its 31 rooms are the former monks’ cells; 11 of which are suites, each having fireplaces. There are two pools, one with an unbelievable view overlooking the Langhe and another inside the super luxurious spa, Vinotherapie. The hotel is a Relais & Chateaux partner and is known for the great Giudo da Costigliole restaurant also known as Da Guido.

Vecchio Tre Stelle
*****
Strada Tre Stelle, 21/23
12050 Barbaresco (Cuneo)
Tel: 011.39.0173.638192
Fax: 011.39.0173.638282
Website: www.vecchiotrestelle.it
Email: albergo@vecchiotrestelle.it
Located right in the center of town, next to the Gaja Estate, this small hotel is known for its Michelin Star restaurant. Completely renovated in '06, the hotel is situated in an unbelievable position amidst the rolling vineyards of Barbaresco. The hotel has nine elegant rooms, each simply decorated in sophisticated and beautiful antique furniture. Even if a hotel stay is not on the horizon, the restaurant, and their famous fois gras, is a must.

GAVI
L'Ostelliere
****
Monterotondo Resort
Frazione Monterotondo, 56
15066 Gavi (AL)
Tel: 011.39.0143.607.801
Fax: 011.39.0143.607.811
Website: www.ostelliere.it
Email: info@ostelliere.it
Once a home to the farmers that worked in the fields, Villa Sparina is a beautiful and peaceful country estate, perfect for a relaxing getaway. There are 28 rooms, 11 of which are suites and named after the 11 communes of the Gavi DOCG area. The antique furniture is exquisite and relays the true serene feeling of being in an old country estate, but with all the modern amenities. There is an enormous outlet center close by, and most of the vineyards are about 45 minutes away. Several activities are offered, such as horseback riding, cycling, golf and hiking.

TORINO
Golden Palace

*****
Via dell’Arcivescovado, 18
10121 Torino
Tel: 011.39.0115.512.111
Fax: 011.39.0115.512.8000
Website: www.goldenpalace.thi.it
Email: goldenpalace@thi.it
Located in the historic center of Torino, the Golden Palace is a cornerstone of luxury thanks to its warm décor. The 195 rooms offer a contemporary setting for all clientele. This was also one of the hotels that opened for the Winter Olympic Games. In addition, the Golden Palace hosts The Winner restaurant, which features light and contemporary cuisine by expert chef, Gabriele Enrico.

VERBANIA
Villa Aminta

*****
Via Sempione Nord, 123
28838 Stresa (Verbania)
Tel: 011.39.0323.933818
Fax: 011.39.0323.933955
Website: www.villa-aminta.it
Email: booking@villa-aminta.it
Verbania is located between the towns of Stresa and Baveno, overlooking Lake Maggiore, in the district of Verbania. 56 rooms, five suites and five junior suites make-up the hotel. Once an elegant private residence, this villa has been beautifully transformed into an ultra-luxurious hotel overlooking Lake Maggiore. Truly a beautiful property, this estate offers the best of everything from their extravagant attention to detail in the furnishings, to their ability to make their guests feel at home. The state-of-the-art spa is one of the best in the region, offering four-handed massages and a Zen meditation room. A member of the Leading Small Hotels of the World, it also offers tennis courts, outdoor swimming pools and a fabulous private beach. The hotel also has two wonderful world-class restaurants. Le Isole provides a dream-like atmosphere, hand-painted frescos and a gourmet version of typical regional food. I Mori has an in-house Sommelier and boasts one of the most talented chefs in Italy. This hotel is very luxurious and is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway.


TOSCANA

AREZZO AREA
Hotel Il Falconiere
****
Località S. Martino, 370
52044 Cortona (Arezzo)
Tel: 011.39.0575.612679
Fax: 011.39.0575.612927
Website: www.ilfalconiere.it
Email: info@ilfalconiere.it
The panoramic views from this hotel are absolutely breathtaking. The hotel was originally built as a noble house in the 1600s. The décor is elegant and the Tuscan countryside offers complete tranquility and relaxation. The Relias restaurant has indoor and outdoor seating, with a landscape of Cypress trees. The pasta is homemade, as is the olive oil, made from the olive trees on the property. All in all, a traditional hotel with fine cuisine in an outstanding location.

FIRENZE
Arti & Hotel
***
Via Servi, 38/A
50122 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2608768
Fax: 011.39.055.290140
Website: www.artiehotel.it
Email: info@artiehotel.it
This small and charming hotel, just a few steps away from the Academy of Fine Arts, has created a family type atmosphere that allows its guests to do nothing but sit back and relax, as if they were at home. It has nine rooms, each different in color and equipped with modern furnishings. There is a beautiful breakfast room on the top floor where one can enjoy the fabulous pastries of Florence, while overlooking the city's rooftops. A simple, yet romantic little hotel that is truly a pleasure to stay in.

B&B in Piazza della Signoria

Via dei Magazzini, 2
50122 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2399546
Fax: 011.39.055.2676616
Website: www.inpiazzadellasignoria.com
Email: info@inpiazzadellasignoria.com
A couple has turned their home into a beautiful Bed and Breakfast, ideal for travelers who love Florentine art and elegance. It has ten rooms, each beautifully decorated with antiques and unbelievable views of the Florentine skyline and the cathedral. A small, intimate and elegant bed and breakfast, with great prices; located steps away from the Piazza della Sangria, Palazzo Vecchio, Santa Croce churches and luxurious shopping. This B&B will top off the Florence experience.

Hotel Beacci Tornabuoni

***
Via de' Tornabuoni, 3
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.212645
Fax: 011.39.055.283594
Website: www.tornabuonihotels.com
Email: info@tornabuonihotels.com
Exclusive location, charming rooms and fabulous views are only a few characteristics of this hotel that make it worthwhile. The hotel dates back to the Renaissance, and its antique Florentine style has been well preserved, as there are breathtaking frescoes dating back to the 1700s, and beautiful carpets and antiques from the 1600s-1800s. One of the treasures of the hotel is the rooftop garden, which is extremely well kept and filled with beautiful seasonal flowers; it is also where guests can have breakfast and early evening drinks. Truly a perfect place to escape from the hectic city life.

Hotel Continentale

****
Vicolo dell'Oro, 6r
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.27262
Fax: 011.39.055.283139
Website: www.lungarnohotels.com
Email: continentale@lungarnohotels.com
This hotel was refurbished in 2003; it is fresh, contemporary and very chic, and it is also one of the coveted Ferragamo Hotels. Located in the center of the right bank of the Arno, next to the Ponte Vecchio, Hotel Continentale is a perfect, modern spot for relaxation. The Sky Lounge is a great place to watch the sunset and start the evening with a drink.

Hotel Gallery Art

****
Vicolo dell'Oro, 5
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.27263
Fax: 011.39.055.268557
Website: www.lungarnohotels.com
Email: gallery@lungarnohotels.com
Super modern avant-garde, pared down and hip, this hotel is one of the prestigious Ferragamo hotels. Located one block from the Arno River, right beside the Ponte Vecchio, the hotel has the atmosphere of a contemporary art exhibit that is constantly changing. The couches are meant for snuggling and getting comfortable, while you enjoy the array of books available in the 400 volume library. The lounge bar is equally as comfortable but also very chic, as it is a member of the Design Hotels International.

Hotel Helvetia and Bristol

*****
Via dei Pescioni, 2
50123 Firenze
Tel: +39.055.26651
Fax: +39.055.288353
Website: http://helvetiabristol.warwickhotels.com
Email: reservation.hbf@royaldemeure.com
This historic hotel is located in the center of Florence and has been restored to its original splendor thanks to the great attention paid to the period's materials and furnishings. The hotel also has its own restaurant, the Bristol, and a great cocktail bar, Giardino d'Inverno. This is a great hotel that evokes refined elegance with a hint of Florentine history.

Hotel J and J

****
Via Di Mezzo, 20
50121 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.26312
Fax: 011.39.055.240282
Website: www.jandj.hotelinfirenze.com
This convent turned hotel has great views from the rooms which overlook the courtyard and the Florentine rooftops. Each room is different from the next, but all are filled with antiques and hand woven fabrics. The hotel is filled with the original frescos and plasterwork to allow their guests to comfortably feel like they have stepped into the past.

Hotel La Vedetta

*****
Viale Michelangiolo, 78
50125 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.681631
Fax: 011.39.055.6582544
Website: www.villalavedettahotel.com
Email: info@villalavedettahotel.com
A very exclusive hotel, with only 18 rooms and a magnificent view of Florence. The hotel is surrounded by gardens that slope down to the Arno River and boasts rooms with modern luxuries, style and color. Each bathroom has its own Jacuzzi tub surrounded by fine Italian marble and mosaics, while the restaurant on premises offers unconventional regional cuisine, mixed with oriental flavors and spices. This hotel has truly succeeded in creating a relaxing and cozy environment with modern and luxurious comforts, perfect for enjoying Florence.

Hotel Lungarno

****
Borgo San Jacopo, 14
50125 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.27261
Fax: 011.39.055.268437
Website: www.lungarnohotels.com
Email: lungarnohotels@lungarnohotels.com
This Ferragamo hotel has a great bar with huge windows overlooking the Arno and is located right in the city center, making the view over the city and the Arno River, one of a kind. Unique paintings and antiques fill the exquisite rooms, which boast an atmosphere of true elegance. Hotel Lungarno is a great place to relax while taking in the beauty of Florence.

Hotel Mona Lisa

****
Borgo Pinti, 27
50121 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2476751
Fax: 011.39.055.2479755
Website: www.monnalisa.it
Email: info@monnalisa.it
Located in the center of Florence, two blocks from the Duomo Cathedral, this unusual hotel is similar to a Renaissance Palace. It is filled with antiques and old oil paintings. The rooms have historical décor which will make you feel as though you are living in the Renaissance period.

Hotel Regency

*****
Piazza M. D'Azeglio, 3
50121 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.245247
Fax: 011.39.055.2346735
Website: www.regency-hotel.com
Email: info@regency-hotel.com
Located ten minutes from Duomo and close to the residential area of the city center, The Regency has a warm and quaint atmosphere, much like the Florentine villa it used to be. There are tapestries and elegant draperies in each of the rooms. The restaurant Relais Le Jardin, is in a veranda overlooking the oasis like property garden and specializes in traditional Tuscan cuisine and rare wines.

Hotel Santa Maria Novella
****
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 1
50100 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.271840
Fax: 011.39.055.27184199
Website: www.hotelsantamarianovella.com
Email: info@hotelsantamarianovella.it
Business men and artists alike have used this hotel, located a few meters from the central train station right in the beautiful Piazza di Santa Maria Novella, in central Florence. Since the 1800s, the hotel has changed its name only once, but the class, warmth and style has remained the same over the centuries. The rooms of the hotel are one of a kind, as they are decorated with exquisite taste. All throughout the hotel, a mix of modern and antique furniture is found, as well as the use of warm colors and lights, making staying here a very comfortable experience. It is an ideal location for easy access to any part of the city. The hotel's objective is to instill a sense of harmony in their guests that remains, even after their departure. A truly relaxing and unique experience.

Hotel Savoy

*****
Piazza Della Repubblica, 7
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.27351
Fax: 011.39.055.2735888
Website: www.hotelsavoy.it
Email: reservations@hotelsavoy.it
Located in the heart of Florence, right in Piazza Della Repubblica, this newly refurbished palazzo is in the busiest area of Florence. Great restaurants, shopping of every kind, fashion houses, galleries and museums are just a few steps away. The hotel has an elegant décor with a modern flair. The lobby bar is a great place to relax and have a drink as you watch the people stroll throughout the Piazza.

Hotel Torre di Bellosguardo

****
Via Roti Michelozzi, 2
50124 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2298145
Fax: 011.39.055.229008
Website: www.torrebellosguardo.com
Email: info@torrebellosguardo.com
This romantic hotel, about 1km form the center of Florence, was once a building used to entertain the European aristocratic elite in the 1400's. The rooms, of which no two are alike, have warm wooden beams on the ceilings and 4 poster beds. While the villa does not boast any TVs, it is equipped with a fabulous view and an exquisite garden lined with Tuscan cypress trees.

Hotel Westin Excelsior

*****
Piazza Ognissanti, 3
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.27151
Fax: 011.39.055.210278
Website: www.westin.com/excelsiorflorence
Email: excelsiorflorence@westin.com
Across from the similar Grand Hotel, this aristocratic Patrician palace overlooks the Arno River, and has combined luxurious modern accommodations with seven centuries of Florentine history. Bathrooms filled with Portuguese marble, state of art business center, and impeccable service are just a few qualities this hotel boasts.

JK Place
****
Piazza Santa Maria Novella, 7
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2645181
Fax: 011.39.055.2658387
Website: www.jkplace.com
Email: info@jkplace.com
This ultra chic hotel is Florence's first boutique hotel. The style ranges from liquid crystal televisions to Luis XV fireplaces and original paintings. The rooms give off an atmosphere of calmness while the staff displays their exquisite service. This is a modern hotel that is stylish and luxurious; located next to the beautiful church, Santa Maria Novella, JK Place embodies new-world mixed with old-world.

Le Residenze Johanna & Johlea

***
Via San Gallo, 76 & 80
50129 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.4633292
Fax: 011.39.055.4634552
Website: www.johanna.it
Email: johlea@johanna.it
This residence has succeeded in creating an elegant environment that feels just like home. Furnished with Tuscan upholstery, beautiful antique furniture, and Carrara hand-made marble tiles, these are only a few of the wonderful touches that the owners added to make this environment truly special. Located in the center, but removed just enough to be able to escape and relax in a comfortable setting.

Loggiato dei Serviti

***
Piazza SS. Annuziata, 3
50100 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.289592
Fax: 011.39.055.289595
Website: www.loggiatodeiservitihotel.it
Email: info@loggiatodeiservitihotel.it
This building was built between 1517 and 1527 by the religious order Servi di Maria and has been completely restored to preserve the original 15th and 17th century style. It is an absolutely beautiful little hotel furnished with fabulous antiques and art. Only steps away from the Duomo, the ideal location of this hotel has made it easy for its guests to reach all the critical points in Florence within minutes and still be able to escape to the beautifully elegant retreat.

Maringnolle Relais & Charme

****
Via di San Quirichino, 16
50124 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2286910
Fax: 011.39.055.2047396
Website: www.marignolle.com
Email: info@marignolle.com
For those who are wishing for a relaxing holiday in an exclusive environment, this is the place. It is in an ideal position, one where it is possible to reach the most important parts of Florence, such as the center, museums, and art galleries, in minutes. It has a refined atmosphere, seen in the 19th century prints, antique furniture and tapestries. The hotel is surrounded by the typical Florentine hills, which, from the terrace, look infinite. A long driveway, lined with towering cypress trees is only the beginning to a wonderful and enchanting Tuscan experience.

Palazzo Magnani Feroni

*****
Borgo San Frediano, 5
50124 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2399544
Fax: 011.39.055.2608908
Website: www.palazzomagnaniferoni.com
Email: info@palazzomagnaniferoni.com
Located in the city center of Florence, between Via Tornabuoni and the Ponte Vecchio, this palace hotel dates back to the 1500s and offers very personalized luxuries, similar to those services granted to the historical aristocratic families of the 14th century. It is a small hotel, thus the staff is very in-tune to your needs.

Palazzo Niccolini al Duomo

****
Via Dei Servi, 2
50122 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.282412
Fax: 011.39.055.290979
Website: www.niccolinidomepalace.com
Email: info@niccolinidomepalace.com
This luxurious hotel was recently renovated and boasts freshly painted ceilings, frescoes on the walls and elegant furnishings; the rooms are large with high ceilings and marble bathrooms. The hotel also has a large Drawing Room where guests can relax with a book or strike up a conversation in this historical setting that was once Donatello's workshop. Located in the center of Florence about 30 meters from the Duomo Cathedral.

Palazzo Ruspoli

***
Via de' Martelli, 5
50129 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.2670563
Fax: 011.39.055.2670525
Website: www.palazzo-ruspoli.it
Email: info@palazzo-ruspoli.it
Located in one of Florence's oldest palaces and within walking distance to all major museums, shops and the Duomo Cathedral; this hotel has carefully created a small and intimate environment that allows it's guests to feel at home. High ceilings, spacious rooms, elegant corridors and a breathtaking view of the cathedral are just a few of its unique characteristics. The rooms are filled with beautiful Tuscan fabrics with bright colors, and the breakfast room is a wonderful place to start off your day. This hotel is a perfect place to relax while enjoying a great location and a fabulous hotel.

The Grand

*****
Piazza Ognissanti, 1
50123 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.8290123
Fax: 011.39.055.8290358
Website: www.starwoodhotels.com/grandflorence
Email: grandflorence@luxurycollection.com
Near the Arno and only a 10 minute walk from the train station Santa Maria Novella, this famous and historic hotel offers attentive service and care. Each of the spacious rooms is decorated in Grand Florentine style, many with frescoes and marble inlays. They also boast a newly updated restaurant. The Grand has always been great with our wedding couples, and the various requests surrounding such an event.

The Residenza dei Pucci

***
Via Dei Pucci, 9
50122 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.281886
Fax: 011.39.055.264314
Website: www.residenzadeipucci.com
Email: residenzadeipucci@residenzadeipucci.com
This Bed and Breakfast is a great deal for the price, location and amenities, most of which are not usually found in most Florentine hotels. The only downside to the tranquility of this B&B is that it can be a little loud in the front rooms, but the soundproof windows usually take care of that. Residenza dei Pucci is situated in an ideal location meaning that with one step out of the door the heart of Florence opens. The spacious rooms, all different from one another, are filled with French tapestries, four-poster beds and marble bathrooms. This 19th century building is a small and elegant retreat that can only enhance one's experience of one of the most beautiful and historically rich cities Italy has to offer.

Villa La Massa

*****
Via Della Massa, 24
50012 Candeli (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055062611
Fax: 011.39.055.633102
Website: www.villalamassa.com
Email: info@villalamassa.com
The hotel offers its guests fabulous rooms decorated with the typical Florentine style, which ranges from a very detailed collection of antiques, to handmade precious fabrics and bathrooms filled with Carrara marble. The villa is extremely well organized, with its staff is at your disposal, ready and willing to do anything within their power to make your stay exceptional. Located 15 minutes from the center of Florence, this is the perfect place to relax in a beautiful Tuscan environment, and still be able to enjoy one of the most fascinating cities Tuscany has to offer.

Villa Le Piazzole Montartino

****
Via Suor Maria Celeste, 28
Via Gherardo Silvani, 149/A
50125 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.223520
Fax: 011.39.055.223495
Website: www.montartino.com
Email: info@montartino.com
This is a 16th century villa that has combined the privacy and peacefulness of a home and the standards of a luxurious hotel. Very close to the city center, but far enough away to enjoy and understand the fascination with the Florentine hillside, the hotel is completely immersed in nature and resides among vineyards and olive trees. The hotel has beautiful rooms decorated with fine antiques, and also distributes their own olive oil and wine made from the property.

Villa Poggio San Felice

***
Via San Matteo in Arcetri, 24
50125 Firenze
Tel: 011.39.055.220016
Fax: 011.39.055.2335388
Website: www.villapoggiosanfelice.com
Email: info@villapoggiosanfelice.com
This is a family owned villa that dates back to the Renaissance period. It has five intimate rooms, each beautifully furnished with extreme attention to detail. This villa is a true work of art, as it has the charm and elegance of typical Tuscan villas; it overlooks Florence and is a perfect oasis for those seeking to spend a holiday relaxing in a simple and beautiful environment. Located minutes from the center of Florence and Piazzale Michelangelo.

Villa San Michele

*****
Via Doccia, 4
50014 Fiesole (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055.5678200
Fax: 011.39.055.5678250
Website: www.villasanmichele.com
Email: reservations@villasanmichele.net
Close to the center of Florence, in a "hip" hill top town, lies Villa San Michele. This villa was used in the 1500s as a magnificent monastery, and although it has been transformed into a hotel, it has been able to keep its subtle and enchanting style; the façade of the old monastery building allegedly was designed by Michelangelo. Almost all of the rooms look upon the Arno Valley and the city of Florence. Surrounded by magnificent gardens, breathtaking views and a touch of history, Villa San Michele is the ideal place to sit back, relax and enjoy.


FIRENZE AREA
Fattoria La Loggia
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Via Collina, 40
50026 San Casciano in Val di Pesa – Loc. Montefiridolfi (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055.8244288
Fax: 011.39.055.824283
Website: www.fattorialaloggia.com
Email: info@fattorialaloggia.com
This compound is made up of a village of antique farmhouses that date back to 1427. It has been successful in creating a rustic, yet modern getaway, by combining the atmosphere of the past with modern Tuscan traditions. The rooms are decorated with style and luxury; some rooms have a fireplace, whereas all the rooms have wooden beams in the ceiling, creating a very warm atmosphere. The Fattoria is located on the top of a hill where one feels completely immersed in the Chianti countryside, while only being minutes from the city of Florence. Boasts well kept grounds, a beautiful swimming pool and unbeatable countryside views.

Salvadonica

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Via Grevigiana, 82
50020 Mercatale Val di Pesa (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055.8218039
Fax: 011.39.055.8218043
Website: www.salvadonica.com
Email: info@salvadonica.com
This hotel is on one of the most beautiful hillsides of the Chianti region, halfway between Florence and Siena. The original building dates back to the 14th century, and its characteristics have been carefully preserved in recent restorations. This is a very quiet and peaceful environment, where relaxing becomes pleasurable and easy. Each room has its own unique atmosphere; looking out the villa's windows, one can enjoy the uninterrupted view of the Chianti hillside.

Villa Mangiacane

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Via Faltignano, 4
50026 San Casciano VP (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055.8290123
Fax: 011.39.055.8290358
Website: www.mangiacane.it
Email: info@mangiacane.it
A 16th Century mansion that was inspired my Michelangelo; complete with views from the open galleries, of the Duomo and Bell Tower. The Tuscan villa is also surrounded by vineyards and offers a true traditional Tuscan atmosphere; from the walls being covered with frescoes, to the beautiful sculpture garden and the history of the Machiavelli family, who lived in the mansion for over two centuries. There is plenty of room at this villa; if the main house fills to occupancy, the farmhouse offers more luxurious suites.

Villa Vignamaggio
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Via Petriolo, 5
50022 Greve in Chianti (Firenze)
Tel: 011.39.055.854661
Fax: 011.39.055.8544468
Website: www.vignamaggio.it
Email: agriturismo@vignamaggio.com
Experience agriturismo, a way of travelling by enjoying the traditional Italian country life, at this Villa in the Chianti countryside. Vignamaggio is a wine estate known for its beautiful Renaissance Villa, its delicious wines, and for being the birthplace of the Mona Lisa, painted by Leonardo DaVinci.|


MONTALCINO
Castello di Velona

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Località Velona
53024 Montalcino (Siena)
Tel: 011.39.0577.800101
Fax: 011.39.0577.835661
Website: www.castellodivelona.com
Email: info@castellodivelona.it
This hotel is near the Orcia River and overlooks Val d'Orcia and Tuscany's highest mountain peak, Mt. Amiata. The hotel is located amongst olive and cypress trees on a secluded Tuscan hilltop. It is an 11th century fortress turned into a luxury boutique hotel with the rooms varying by color from blue and green to deep reds. The restaurant Le Colonne, conveniently in the hotel, offers typical regional Italian cuisine, beside a roaring fireplace. This is the ideal place for those who enjoy luxury, the art of Tuscan cuisine and wine, and relaxing in a breathtaking and beautiful environment.

SIENA
Hotel Certosa di Maggiano
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Strada di Certosa, 82
53100 Siena
Tel: 011.39.0577.288180
Fax: 011.39.0577.288189
Website: www.certosadimaggiano.it
Email: info@certosadimaggiano.it
This compound was built in 1314 and was designed for meditation and prayer for a group of Carthusian monks. There are 17 rooms corresponding to the monastic cells and they have all kept the beautiful style and grace of that period, but, at the same time, it has been transformed into a luxurious hotel. The rooms are absolutely beautiful; each one is different from the other, but they all share the same simple and refined elegance. The restaurant, conveniently located in the hotel, grows its own produce and olive oil, from which the menu is based. For the past several years, the hotel and restaurant has been a member of the Relais and Chateaux Association. Excellent local cuisine, carefully selected fine wines and a magnificent Tuscan landscape are a few qualities of this hotel that help enrich one's Tuscan experience.

SIENA AREA
Hotel La Collegiata
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Località Strada N. 27
53037 San Gimignano (Siena)
Tel: 011.39.0577.943201
Fax: 011.39.0577.940566
Website: www.lacollegiata.it
Email: lacollegiata@relaischateaux.com
This compound was a Franciscan monastery, built in 1587; now it has become a beautiful example of the Tuscan Renaissance, which is brought to life by the 20 rooms that overlook the Chianti countryside. The restaurant, which is located where the church once lay, is exquisite due the fact that many of the ingredients are grown in the hotel garden to ensure a rich Tuscan taste. Near the breathtaking pool there is a Wellness Center, and from manicure to Shiatsu massages, anything is possible; but most famously they are known for their treatment called the "Floating Chamber," which ensures relaxation equal to 6 to 8 hours of sleep. This hotel has a lot to offer its guests, most importantly, relaxation in the lap of luxury.

Locanda Amorosa
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Località L'Amorosa
53048 Sinalunga (Siena)
Tel: 011.39.0577.677211
Fax: 011.39.0577.632001
Website: www.amorosa.it
Email: locanda@amorosa.it
The hotel's motto: "easy to arrive and difficult to part," says it all. This villa once occupied the White Castle of the valley, of which the stables have now become a rustic, yet elegant, restaurant. This truly is a work of art that, over the past 700 years, has been transformed into a Tuscan paradise. There are 25 rooms, and each room in the villa has its own character and design; they are filled with antique furniture, paintings and prints. The villa is surrounded by its own olive orchards, vineyards, sunflower fields, and farmland. There is also an Olympic-size pool that overlooks the breathtaking Sienese countryside. Extremely well-kept, this oasis is the perfect place to get away, relax and enjoy the Tuscan countryside.

Villa Montecastelli
Strada di Pieve a Castello, 10
Monteriggioni (Siena)
Tele: 011.39.0577.300.011
Website: www.montecastelli.it
Email: villa@montecastelli.com
Villa Montecastelli is the tangible realization of the vision of Jens and Ruth Schmidt (who also specialize in importing small-production artisanal wines). The couple restored this thousand-year-old castle with a view to revive the art of hospitality in this little hamlet situated between Siena and San Gimignano. Villa Montecastelli offers a lovely, serene retreat in the idyllic Tuscan countryside. This picturesque and majestic castle retains elements of its past, evoking both its initial role as a medieval fortress and subsequent service as monastery. Both Firenze and Siena are less than an hour's drive away, and the charming medieval town of San Gimignano is within sight of the estate. The Villa sits among the groves of the Montecastelli farm, where the Schmidts produce organic oil from their olive trees and grow fragrant herbs.


UMBRIA

ORVIETO
Grand Hotel Italia

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Via di Piazza del Popolo, 13
05018 Orvieto (Terni)
Tel: 011.39.0763.342065/6
Fax: 011.39.02.30132865
Website: www.grandhotelitalia.it
Email: hotelita@libero.it
Located in the historic centre of Orvieto. Nearby is the suggestive “Palazzo del capitano del Popolo”, the Cathedral and the most important monuments of the medieval city.

Hotel Palazzo Piccolomini

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Piazza Ranieri, 36
05018 Orvieto (Terni)
Tel: 011.39.0763.341743
Fax: 011.39.0763.391046
Website: www.hotelpiccolomini.it
Email: info@hotelpiccolomini.it
Built over preexisting medieval buildings, the 16th century Palazzo was created for the pontifical family Piccolomini. Close to Piazza della Repubblica, Orvieto’s main shopping area, and the Cathedral. A modern system of elevators and escalators is nearby which, from the parking lot at Campo Boario located at the foot of the plateau, take you straight up to Ranieri, in the heart of the old City. This Palazzo is known for its beautiful Renaissance, Medieval and Etruscan structures whose restoration has preserved its artistic and historical riches.


PERUGIA
Hotel Brufani Palace
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Piazza Italia, 12
06100 Perugia
Tel: 011.39.075.5732541
Fax: 011.39.075.5720210
Website: www.brufanipalace.com
Email: reservationsbru@sinahotels.it
Situated in a unique location, on a hilltop, within the historical center of Perugia, at very close walking distance from the main historical sites, the 5 star deluxe Hotel Brufani Palace offers an enchanting view of the Umbrian valley.

Hotel Gio
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Via Ruggero D'Andreotto, 19
06100 Perugia
Tel/Fax: 011.39.075.5731100
Website: www.hotelgio.it
Email: reception@hotelgio.it
Located near the historic center of Perugia, this unique hotels offers great wines, live Jazz music from young, local and national musicians along with a unique dedication to chocolate. If you would ask them what their passion is they would simply answer “Wine, Jazz and chocolate!”

PERUGIA AREA
Todi Castle
Voc. Pianesante
Fr. Morre, 05020 Baschi (TR)
US Toll Free Tele: 800.579.3311, code 00
Website: www.todicastle.com
Email: muriel@todicastle.com
Restored and presided over by the Santoro family, the Castle is encircled by vineyards, olive groves, and the rugged countryside extending between the historic towns of Todi and Orvieto. Removed from the mayhem of modernity and the pressures of urban life, this region offers sanctuary from real time. Running off-the-clock and outside the mainstream, the past makes its presence known throughout the castle's grounds and interior spaces. This realm offers the wine enthusiast a full expanse of epicurean pursuits to undertake. Guests may engage in winery tours, peruse specialty food shops and outdoor markets, and dine in destination restaurants.


VENETO

VERONA
Byblos Art Hotel

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Via Cedrare 78
37020 Corrubbio di Negarine (Verona)
Tel: 011.39.045.6855555
Fax: 011.39.045.6855500
Website: www.byblosarthotel.com
Email: info@byblosarthotel.com
Situated in Corrubio, in the heart of Valpolicella and only 7 km from the city center of Verona
Byblos Art Hotel is perceived as a live-in, permanent art exhibition. Villa Amista is the perfect destination for aficionados of contemporary art and design. With the impeccably restored palace, the works of internationally renowned talents such as Cindy Sherman, Anish Kapoor, Beatriz Miller and Frank Loyd Wright live harmoniously under one roof. It is a neo-barouque luxury resort; each and every room is unique. The Henri & Dominique Chenot health spa is wonderful. Wine tastings can be arranged to sample stellar crus from the hotel's impressive cave, while regional dishes are available in any of the exceptionally designed dining areas.

VITTORIO VENETO
Alice Relais nelle Vigne

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Via Giardino, 94
Località Carpesica
31029 Vittorio Veneto (TV)
Tel: 011.39.0438.561173
Website: www.alice-relais.com
Email: info@alice-relais.com
About 60 km from Venice, in between the town of Vittorio Veneto and Carpesica, lies an old 19th century farmhouse that provides a beautiful and tranquil environment making a perfect getaway to Prosecco country. A very warm and intimate environment that surrounds its guests with beautiful, traditional furniture and relaxing color pattern. Most of the materials and food in the hotel are organic. The view is spectacular as the hotel sits atop a hill in Carpesica, overlooking the vineyards of Veneto.