Sleeping Around

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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Generator Venice café

Venice | Generator Hostel

Italy's on the Generator map, and the hippest hostel in the boot is in Venice. The radical urban accomodation group, now comprising 8 concept hostels in 7 of Europe's hottest city destinations, has opened a predicatably super-stylish super-hostel in what was once a ... More

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Bright and fresh

Naples | The Cherry on Top

Let's start with the drawback: it takes a heck of a lot of finding. La Ciliegina, charming little hotel smack bang in the middle of Naples, is cunningly concealed in the upper floors of an obscure building accessed through a secret ... More

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Pineta ECOHotel

Monsano | Pineta ECOHotel

Not your usual, garden variety of hotel, this one near Ancona, low-slung and wide-spread in an out-of-town location. A motel concept has parking space for each room right outside its door, but Pineta Hotel offers weary travellers lavishly ample spaces, state-of-the-art technology, ... More

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Palazzo Lomellino

Genoa | @Home in the Rolli

Jogging alongside the locals on Corso Italia (the spectacular beachfront promenade lined with with Art Nouveau architecture), downtown aperitifs with the girls, dinner with Davide and the guys at Dindi in the cosy bay of Boccadasse; I was even caught eating fügassa with my ... More

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The Tower at Castello Sonnino

Montespertoli | Living in the Tower

Castello Sonnino is more like a real castle than most: it even has a tower with proper battlements. On the other hand, it's also very much a château, an estate producing award-winning wines exclusively from the grapes grown in its own 40 ... More

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Giovì Relais

Polignano a Mare | Giovì Relais

With 6 quietly charming rooms plus subterranean spa in a 19th-century townhouse, Giovì Relais is a quite a gem in the place Apulians call the pearl of the Adriatic (bearing in mind that every Adriatic region - and indeed every other ... More

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Dusk over the Resort

Labico | Some Resort

Impassioned chef Antonello Colonna is no newcomer to the Italian hospitality scene and his museum piece in Rome is already a classic. Now, almost 35 years after embarking on a vulcanic career when he took over the family tavern in ... More

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External chromotherapy: calming blues...

Lecce | All Mod Cons

The somewhat oddly-named 8piùhotel is: just outside the town centre (though in Lecce terms that's only minutes away) but convenient for access roads; utterly modern (with an impressive list of partners which reads like a Who's Who of Italian design ... More

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