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LaFavia Four Rooms

Milan | LaFavia Four Rooms

Now here's one of those secret addresses that really will make the difference, particularly if you're weary of the great and glossy chain hotels. This one's in Milan, nice and central in Zona Garibaldi: a sublimely appointed B&B on the first floor ... More

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Maison La Minervetta

Sorrento | La Minervetta

It's a cliffhanger. La Minervetta clings to the sheer slope above Marina Grande harbour, and the suspense of getting there, on the stunning road carved out of the hillside that winds dramatically almost to the point of the Sorrento Peninsula, elicits several ... More

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The Corner Townhouse

Rome | The Corner

What news from Rome? The Corner Townhouse, that's what. Not just a hotel with food, or even a restaurant doing B&B, but a contemporary hospitality setup that has just about everything. To wit, 11 very smart rooms, a bistrot and ... More

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Suite 70

Reggio Calabria | Suite 70

Probably the coolest B&B in Reggio Calabria, if not in the whole region, is Suite 70. And it's handily situated right on the city's main drag, one block from the seafront promenade and beach and two blocks from the Museum ... More

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La Scuola

Lusiana | La Scuola

In the shadow of the Eastern Alps and overlooking the Vicenza plain is the village of Lusiana. With barely 3000 souls, clean air and breath-taking scenery in every direction, it's the perfect place for a mountain sojourn. And it happens to ... More

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ACI room keys

Ragusa | Antico Convento Ibla

Placid setting notwithstanding, there's an awful lot on the boil in the lovely Antico Convento dei Cappuccini in Ragusa. The sixteenth-century ex-monastery, later enclosed in Mediterranean gardens, is now fully restored and remodelled, first and foremost as a superior school of ... More

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The alcove in Arco

Mantua | Palazzo Castiglioni

After 20 hours on my feet, including two planes, six meetings in Milan and an infernal two-hour rail journey on a treno regionale, I finally got to destination: Mantua. Exhausted and half-asleep, I took a cab from the station to my ... More

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Evergreen seating at Retrome

Rome | Retrome

Retrome promises a good night's sleep and a dream-like vintage experience! Sandwiched between some of the most iconic monuments of ancient Rome and so within easy reach of just about anything you might want to see or do in this eternal ... More

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Under the eaves at Torre Palombara

Narni | Torre Palombara

Lordly luxury in historic country-house style: that more or less defines Torre Palombara, a gorgeous manor dated to the 15th and 16th centuries in arcadian Umbria, now a boutique hotel. Owned and managed, incredibly, by the same family since its first ... More

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Sporting memorabilia

Milan | The Yard

Smart small hotel near Porta Ticinese in the city centre, The Yard is entirely designed around an original theme: sport. But don't run away with the idea that this is some cheap gimmick or - perish the thought - anything ... More

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Art by Claudia

Catania | Maison Decò

Artist Claudia Corona runs a little B&B establishment in Catania, not 5 minutes' walk from the main drag Corso Italia. In a sizeable apartment she inherited from a famous grandfather (Sicilian tragic actor Giovanni Grasso), with the high decorated ceilings ... More

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70s modernist Turin

Turin | IN Residence

Trawling for an alternative place to stay in Turin recently, Du Parc Suites beckoned. A stone's throw from the city's favourite public park - Parco del Valentino - on the west bank of the River Po, just about everything about this ... More

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