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Southern Italy 
Updated 24/03/2016

VENICE (Lido & San Marco): 

LOCANDA LA CORTE (***L): This boutique hotel is also located in the heart of the old city of Venice: in a quiet residential area, a stone's throw from Campo SS. Giovanni e Paolo, St. Mark's Square and the Rialto Bridge. From here you can locanda la cortereach some of the oldest parts of the city: such as the island of San Pietro di Castello -with its church that was the cathedral of Venice up to 1807-, and the entire Castello quarter, -the area that is most populated by Venetians-. Last but not least, the hotel has got a private landing place for water taxi: making individual transportation quick and easy, anytime of the day. 

The dreamed place to experience the original Venitian way of life, the Locanda La Corte is a smart, elegant family run boutique hotel, located in a remarkable 16th Century palazzo overlooking a typical navigation canal (from some rooms, guests can actually see the gondolas passing by!). 

The large, well-lit, elegantly decorated rooms, accessible from a picturesque outdoor staircase in the courtyard, display precious original 16th century Venetian floors, and wood beamed ceilings. You will see there the curious and rare remain of an ancient well curb, where the inhabitants once drew their drinking water. Modern amenities, like sat TV, air-conditioning, minibar, IDD telephone and full bathroom with shower and/or bathtub are part of the standard equipment of this so charming three star superior hotel. 

Lovely reception area with very professional staff, ready to organize excursions to the many Venetian islands, or pleasant walking tours with private guide. 

In the morning during the summer, the happy guests will be served an abundant breakfast in the typical interior courtyard, which is included in the price of the room. 

One of the best, most affordable addresses in venice for romance and honeymoon. 

LOCANDA LA CORTE: Castello 6317, 30122 Venice 
PHONE: +39 041 2411300 FACSIMILE : +39 041 2415982 

HOTEL TORINO (***L): This romantic and top comfortable hotel has been settled in three lovely typical Venetian palaces. The main building dates back to the 16th century: extremely well preserved due to its historical importance, this landmark displays a warm, intimate hotel torino veniceand authentic Venetian atmosphere. Its 19 personalized Standard Rooms are in Venetian Style. Only 30 meters away is the Ca' Pedrocchi annex, which recently underwent a complete refurbishment. This second palace is facing the Via XXII March. Some of the 13 Standard Rooms have a view on this fashionable shopping street. Though new, the furniture still maintains a classy Venetian style. Last but not least, the third palace, Ca' Minotto, as been also recently refurbished in the immediate premise of the main hotel: its 5 Deluxe Rooms, furnished with the most elegant and delicate baroque Venetian Style, will please travellers looking for sophistication and upgraded comfort. All rooms are fully equipped with private bathroom (shower/WC, hairdryer), air conditioning, safe box, minibar, IDD telephone, and sat TV.  

Difficult, indeed, to find a better location: the three palaces are just one minute walk from St. Mark's Square and the historical centre, in the very heart of the city. Main shopping, and particularly Italian top fashion designers' boutiques, are located along the Via XXII March. There is a boat stop very close to the hotel. 

The very pleasant and helpful English speaking front desk staff likes to assist guests with personalized tips. 

Depending on low, medium or high season, published rate for a double Standard Room goes from EUR 120 until 150. A double Deluxe Room stands in the EUR 150 - 230 bracket. Attractive money saving special offers available. 

A splendid address. 

HOTEL TORINO: Calle delle Ostreghe, 2356 - San Marco - 30124 VENICE 
PHONE: +39 041  520 5222   FACSIMILE: +39 041 522 8227 

VILLA ALBERTINA (**): This family run aristocratic, 100 years old building, is located on the Lido: Venicesuper chic resort area. A 2 minutes walk  from the Congress Palace, the Casino and the wonderful sunny beach allowing its guests to enjoy both the cultural and leisure villa albertina venice lidoaspects of this unique city. St. Mark's Square is only 15 minutes by public boat line (Vaporetto), running every 5 minutes, 24 hours a day. Completely and tastefully refurbished, the 10  rooms are comfortable and cozy, with a personal touch. They all feature private bathroom and IDD telephone. Some have balcony.  

Families, honeymooners and people looking for more space, will like the Casanova Suite, indeed! Deserving, just like the rest of the villa, much more than two stars, it displays 2 separate rooms, a large sun terrace as well as a luxurious marble bathroom with both shower and bath-tub!  

The sunny breakfast room, as well as the intimate bar lounge, are ideal places to socialize with other hotel guests coming from worldwide, or to catch tips from the Amadeo and Nicole, the young couple making their Villa Albertina the opposite of an unpersonal hotel. Those looking for complete relaxation, so far away from the crowd invading Venice in peak season, will like the greenery of the villa's peaceful garden.  

Rates for a double room/single use go from EUR 40 to 90. Double use is about EUR  65 - 105. The fine Casanova Suite goes for EUR 80 - 130 on a double occupancy basis; for the same room, four people will pay approximately EUR 100 - 160. Very interesting rates and special packages are available upon request. Delicious breakfast, safe parking in the villa's garden, and VAT are included in the price. 

VILLA ALBERTINA: Via Vallaresso 1a, Lido di Venezia, 30126 VENICE 
PHONE: +39 041 526 0879     FACSIMILE: +39 041 526 0883 



ALBERGO AL SOLE (****):  A quiet, refreshing retreat located only 66 kilometers from Venice and Marco Polo International  Airport, Asolo is known as "The Pearl of province of Treviso", and also as "The City of a Hundred Horizons" for its mountain settings. One of the favorite tourist destinations in the Veneto region, it displays a truly magical atmosphere in a spectacular natural setting. This small city, reminiscent of the legendary, authentic Italy, is famous for its lovely villas.  

The Albergo al Sole settled in one of them a couple of decades ago, after a careful restoration which brought back its essence and former glory to this historic landmark, strategically located right on the square of Asolo. Harmony, refinement and a high notion of hospitality make the "albergo" a fascinating hotel with excellent references in Tripadvisor  and many travel medias in Italy and around the world. This is a place where comfort and luxury are balancing with moderation: involved by a faultless notion of good taste, and the preservation of the building in its original look.  

A boutique hotel, with only 22 rooms and one "Mansard Suite", the Albergo al Sole offers stacks of atmosphere. An oasis of tranquillity and comfort, each bedroom is different from the other: lovingly designed with fine furniture and beautiful fabrics,  featuring exclusive personalized bathroom with a jacuzzi shower, all the rooms are equipped with Sat TV and complimentary high-speed Internet connection (WiFi is available in  the common areas).  

One of the hotel highlight is the generous breakfast served on the terrace, overlooking the animated Piazza Garibaldi and the relaxing greenery of the Treviso plain. The place is so romantic for a sunset dinner! The multi-awarded restaurant "La Terrazza", managed by Chef Cristian Mometti, promotes only fresh, seasonal products on periodically updated menus. Well balanced prices (one plate is EUR 10 – EUR 24 maximum; a three course menu costs EUR 35) for a light interpretation of a  tasty regional cuisine, make it one of the most popular tables in the whole Veneto: attracting gourmets who like to come here again and again, just to enjoy the mouth watering "Duck Breast with Black Figs & Bitter Chocolate Sauce", or the "Wild Canadian Lobster Spaghetti with Sherry Tomatoes"... Note that the restaurant is open at lunch from March till October. Closed on Wednesday. Open at dinner only from November till February. Closed on Sunday. Private suppers can be served on special request in The Cave of Bacco: the hotel  16th  century frescoed grotto. Cooking lessons are regularly organized by the chef. 

Many facilities and services make the Albergo al Sole a very enjoyable hotel:  "Technogym" fitness room, massages, excursions and a great 27-hole Golf Club nearby are available. As far as plenty of cultural resources, designer shops, enotecas,  cafes and restaurants in the village and its surroundings. Asolo is an ideal base for exploring nearby towns such as Treviso, Bassano di Grappa, Cisan de Valmarino, or hiking the footpaths up Montegrappa.  

Room rates start from EUR 110 for a single room in the low season, up to EUR 280 for a suite in the high season. Including buffet breakfast, private parking, WiFi, vat (10%) and service. Attractive last minute offers are available. 

Warmly recommended for a romantic escape in Italy. 

ALBERGO AL SOLE: Via Collegio, 33 - 31011 Asolo (TV)  
PHONE: +39 0423 951332   FACSIMILE: +39 0423 951007 


MARCELLA ROYAL (***L): In the heart of Rome, strategically located next to Via Veneto, the spanish steps, the Trevi fountain and all the main historical monuments of the city, this deluxe boutique hotel offers 85 elegant and welcoming rooms and suites: all equipped with the best in comfort, from air conditioning to sat TV with free movies, minibar and private safe. Rate remains good value for money, not to say quite low compared with the Rome standards: about EUR 150 - 220, depending of the season. 

We actually like to warmly recommend this fine property for its 500 sq.m roof garden: blooming just like an oasis of beauty and tranquility, offering a breathtaking view of the Eternal City, with its unforgetable skyline. This is where a most generous breakfast, courtesy of the house, welcomes the clientele every morning: either in the Panorama room or, during the good season, right on the terrace... surrounded by thousands of flowers!!! So romantic!!! This is also where, every evening, guests can have a light dinner, listening the enchanting melodies of the piano. 

The Marcella Royal is centrally  located, so that you can easily walk to reach the most important monuments and points of interest: such as the famous Via Veneto, just a few minutes away. The hotel is anyway located next to the main transportation services of the city : 8 minutes walk from Termini railway station, to the subway and right next to the bus stop to reach every side of the city. 

All the front desk personnel has been especially trained to please the guests. Anticipating like in a five star deluxe hotel. 

One of the best boutique hotels in Rome.  

MARCELLA ROYAL: Via Flavia, 106 - 00187 Roma 
TELEPHONE: +39 064 201 4591    FACSIMILE: +39 064 815 832 


BAILEY'S (***L): This hotel enjoys a superb location in the historical centre of Rome. After a  few minutes walk, guests can reach the Via Veneto Trinta’ dei Monti, and the Spanish Steps where you will find a magnificent arcade of elegant shops.  

The 29 stylish, spotless rooms of this elegant and exclusive 19th Century palazzo, recently converted into a first class boutique hotel, feature all modern comforts (satellite television, minibar, IDD telephone...). All are lavishly furnished and decently sized: we particularly liked the deluxe rooms, larger, and with a view a the quiet street. 

Note that a rich buffet breakfast is included in the room rate. Many money saving promotions available. 
Excellent desk service, by the helpful and friendly staff.  

BAILEY'S: Via Flavia, 39 - 00187 Roma 
PHONE: +39 064 202 0486        FACSIMILE: +39 064 202 0170  




GRAND HOTEL PALACE-SCHLOSS MAUR (****L): It takes few words to describe this legendary hotel: magnificent and enchanting! The Palace peaceful and luxurious atmosphere leads you all along ritzy lounges, long corridors, vast rooms and a lush park. Franz Kafka favourite hotel in Südtirol, it remains more than ever enveloped by an elegant and aristocratic late XIX Century ambiance which suddenly erases the monotony of everyday life.  

Much attention is paid to the guests: should they be young honeymooners or “people” reviewed in the “Who’s Who”, they all princely receive same innumerable attentions. Which is one of the first qualities of the hotel. The 125 rooms and 12 suites, richly appointed with much taste, equipped as one might expect in a four star deluxe hotel (IDD telephone, Sat TV, safe, air –conditioning), all show particularly elegant bathrooms. Choose those with a view over the large, blue-lagoon swimming pool: they are particularly relaxing and quiet. 

The hotel last but not least quality is its superb relax center, transforming the Palace into one of the most attractive beauty-farms in Italy. This space of absolute well-being, with a soothing and regenerating atmosphere, makes the guest rediscover the pleasure of feeling well: both in mind and body. It takes only few days to recover all your vital energy, thanks to a personalised and exclusive programme of treatments.  

Rate stands in the EURO 90 – 175 bracket.  

GRAND HOTEL PALACE – SCHLOSS MAUR:    Via Cavour 2,  39012 Meran (Südtirol) 
PHONE:  +39 047 327 1000  FACSIMILE:   +39 047 327 1100 

VILLA EDEN (****L): This family run top luxurious property has guest’s individual requests and needs at heart. Striving to be the best in the wellness business in South Tyrol, motivated by the residents’ well-being, the scientific advisory council of the Villa Eden is always looking for new methods and possibilities, in order to prepare an incomparable wellness vacation. 

The happy few (like Diego Armando Maradona, Luciano Pavarotti, Giuliana Benetton, Ornella Muti…) wander around the spectacular landscape park with a panoramic view of lovely Alto Adige: merely interrupted in their meditation by concerts of the numerous birds. They swim either in spacious indoor or outdoor pools. They relax in elegant and large rooms reflecting the impressive nature of the estate and its long ago Art Nouveau style.  

This beauty and health resort blossoms as a source of regeneration and contentment. Just a few minutes' walk from downtown Meran.  In an absolutely serene village quarter: far from any hustle and bustle. 

The Villa Eden provides personalized diets and specialized treatments aimed at three areas: weight-loss, anti-stress and beauty. Supplementing these programs are a variety of treatments calibrated to suit the needs of each individual, determined by an extensive check-up. The method used combines several diverse therapies: osteopathy, hydrotherapy, dietary control, and stimulation of the chakra (points of concentrated energy according to an oriental theory).  

Although 10 days a required to be fully restored, it is possible to undergo only a week of treatment. 

Last but not least, the hotel rates –depending on the selected treatment, season and length of stay- can match all budgets. Lots of package and special offer available and updated on a regular basis on the resort homepage. 

VILLA EDEN: Winkelweg, 68    39012 Meran (Südtirol) 
PHONE: +39  047 323 6583      FACSIMILE : +39 047 323 4790 

MIGNON HOTEL & PENSION (***L): Rifiano, a jewel in the crown of the Alto Adige, lies in the heart of South Tyrol, on the sunny side of Meran. Favourite holiday destination of Emperor Franz Josef and his legendary wife Sissi, it nestles among vine-covered slopes and hotel mignon south tyrol meranorchards. Towered over by the peaks of the splendid Texel Groüp Nature Reserve. A sub-Mediterranean climate and breath-taking contrasts between Alpine and southern landscapes form the framework for an enjoyable vacation for all kinds of guests, ramblers and families: those wanting an active or restful holiday. With a range in altitude from 300 to 3000 metres, Rifiano offers endless new challenges. All ways lead back to nature: whether on the paths along the irrigation channels or the higher panoramic routes, the whole-day tours for hobby ramblers or the stony trails in the mountains. 

The Mignon stands in this Garden of Eden: amidst immaculate snow on Winter, and blooming orchards on Spring and Summer. With a splendid panorama from all balconies and windows on Schenna Palace, Meran and the Alps. More than a pension, this looks like a small resort tailored made for relaxation. There is a covered heated swimming-pool, a sauna, and a solarium. The large balconies and lawn are tailored made for those wishing to relax and breath the invigorating oxygen of the mountains.  

The large, brand new rooms and appartments are very comfortable. All equipped with bathroom, IDD telephone and TV Sat.  

Like in most of the hotels in South Tyrol, half board is possible. Even recommended… as the pension small Bierstube serves succulent Italian and Tyrolean specialities... Some guests come back, just for the excellent table! 

The Mignon is quiet, indeed; though by no mean dull. Franz, the friendly manager, entertains his guests with a smile. Many excursions (wine testing, visit to the nearby Villa Tappeiner or the Reinhold Messner Castle) and trekking can be organized from the pension, in one of the most attractive and picturesque regions of Italy. 

Indicative rate, per person/night, including a generous buffet breakfast, is EURO 29 / 38 (low / high season) in a double room, and EURO 45 till 66 in an appartment (depending on the size – a large “type A” appartment can host up to 5 persons-  and season). 

This very attractive place is opened all year long. 

MIGNON HOTEL & PENSION: Via Hohlgasse 38, 39010 Rifiano presso Merano, Alto Adige (Südtirol) 
PHONE: +39 047 324 11 10  FACSIMILE: +39 0473 24 14 47  

CENTRAL ITALY (Tuscany, Umbria, Isola d'Elba) 


VILLA LE BARONE (****L): Since the 16th Century, this old manor house has been the property of the Della Robbia family: famous for its highly successful artistic activities, and humanistic interests. Lovingly renovated, this is now one of the best top class historic hotels in villa le barone first class luxury hotels in tuscany italyItaly. The warm, inviting and somehow precious atmosphere of the private family house remains unspoiled. Five centuries later, enjoying the comfort of the perky bedrooms, patrician lounges and sitting-rooms decorated with large fresh bouquets , antiques, paintings, precious books and objects, or wandering in the park, one feels like being the privileged guest of a longtime friend issued from the Tuscan aristocracy.  On cooler autumn days, during the grape harvest, guests can sit by one of the three fireplaces. The swimming pool, tennis court, fitness trail, fitness room, complimentary high speed Internet, TV satellite connection, mini-bar in the rooms, not to mention the anticipating service, are the only similarities with a four star luxury hotel.

The main villa and its renovated cottages and barns display 28 distinctively decorated air-conditioned  rooms, with period furniture, rich fabrics, old prints on the walls, and Tuscan terracotta floors. You might love at first sight the rooms with beamed ceilings, or with their own terrace with a view over the picturesque Tuscan landscape. Aesthetes should straightly book -in advance!- into  Maria Bianca Viviani Della Robbia’s room, which has kept its original furniture, or in a second prestigious bedroom decorated with 16th century tapestries and strategically located in the tower, overlooking the  rose gardens, olive groves and the Chianti vineyards.

The prestigious regional wine can be tasted and enjoyed in the old winery, with the palatable traditional Tuscan dishes served in this rustic and romantic restaurant. Gastronomy is very important at Villa Le Barone, and most of the products are eco-labelled, issued from the local farms. We like very much the half-board offer, including breakfast and dinner in the room rate. Another bonus, distinguishing the villa from its competitors, are the well attended cooking classes by chef Fernanda. Ready to share her culinary secrets, she will make you able to prepare authentic anti pasti, pasta, tiramisu, or more sophisticated specialities like “Peposo”: a Tuscan beef stew from Brunelleschi‘s Renaissance time. Participants  receive a folder with the recipes of all dishes prepared  during the cooking course, so that they could reproduce them easily back home.

Hiking, walking, cycling, golfing (at the 18-hole Ugolino golf course, just 20 minutes away), or just swimming or relaxing by the pool are part of the many activities available in and around the Villa Le Barone. The fantastic city of Florence, with its museum, magnificent old city and shops, is located 29 kilometres away. Siena and its breathtaking cathedral (Duomo) stands half an hour by car from the villa; Pisa and its legendary leaning tower only 1h30 along the picturesque Tuscan roads.

The room rate for 2 persons starts from approximately EUR 195 in the low season, up to EUR 365 during the high season. For Half Board, add EUR 32 per person. Special offers and packages are quite advantageous.

Recommended by many international travel books and medias, ranked on the top of Tripadvisor, affiliated to The Historic Hotels of Europe  and Abitare La Storia historic accommodation, the Villa Le Barone operates all year round (room and breakfast only from November to Easter).

VILLA LE BARONE: Panzano in Chianti, 50022 Greve in Chianti, Firenze
PHONE: +39 055 85 26 21     FACSIMILE. +39 055 85 22 77

RELAIS LA SARACINA (****L): The dreamed place a traditional Tuscan experience, in an idyllic setting made of fragrant flowered gardens, where the smell of lavender and roses lingers, surrounded by undulating Tuscan hills: this truly elegant 100 year- -old country home is so “boutique” and exclusive, with only 6 rooms and a dedicated level of service by the two sisters, Simonetta and la saracina best luxury first class hotels in Tuscany ItalyGabriella, who own and lovingly cater this amazing relais.

Hidden in a magical scenery, this well maintained country home boosts all the bliss of Tuscany. It has a dazzling position on a hill, at the top of a spectacular avenue of cypresses. Not far from Florence, it is a perfect base to visit the Val d’Orcia, its old villages full of charm, and ancient towns rich in art. Pienza, pure jewel of the Renaissance, Montepulciano and Montalcino, world famous for their wine and exclusive olive oil, are so close. Rome and Fiumicino airport can be reached by a short two hours drive.

The well maintained 2 rooms and 4 suites, named after local vineyards, come with a rustic touch (tiled floors, open beams, and vaulted ceilings), and are finished in great details with handcrafted fabrics and antiques. They open on the Mediterranean garden of lavender and rosemary: which is fantastic and so relaxing, with the distant tinkle of the sheep bells in the neighbouring fields. Some guests prefer the suites: converted from the old stables, they are actually spacious, equipped with a plush bathroom with a Jacuzzi. Warm rugs bring a special touch to the romantic living area displaying an open fireplace.

Romantism extends to the picturesque Winter Garden and its pastoral setting, with its fireplace and its nostalgic collection of days gone farmers' tools. The regional buffet breakfast, served in this beautiful glass room  with a view on the magnificent Tuscan gardens,  is a treat encompassing quality local fare.

A real four star farmstead-inn, La Saracina is equipped with a pristine swimming pool,  
idyllically located beside shady pergolas covered with roses and wisteria, with a 360-degree view of the olive groves and vineyards. The sheltered tennis court has a wonderful view all over the inviting valley where exciting excursions by foot, bicycle or horse can be organized by your hosts. This would be the ideal opportunity to discover the resources of the antique villages nearby, and experience some secret local inns serving authentic Tuscan homey specialities.

You can experience this little bit of Heaven all year long, as the four seasons are equally exciting in Tuscany. Rate,  including breakfast, services and Internet Wi-Fi, starts from about EUR 180 for the Canaiolo Standard during the low season, until EUR 320 for a suite during the high season. Special offers are also available.

RELAIS LA SARACINA:   S.S. 146 Km 29,7 - 53026 - Pienza (Si)
TELEPHONE: +39 0578 748022       FACSIMILE: +39 0578 748018

VILLA IL POGGIALE (****L): This “antica dimore” represents the cream of the crop of the Tuscan hospitaly. Not a hotel but a house, owned by the same family since many generations, "Il Poggiale" is one of the oldest and most beautiful villas in San Casciano (less than 30 il poggiale antica dimore best luxury villas and boutique hotels in Tuscany and Italyminutes from Florence and Siena). Ambiance, antique furnishing and decoration, outstanding food and cocooning wellness centre make the stay unforgettable.

Designed with the enlightened vision of the Renaissance highest period, it is quite simply an authentic representation of the era that freed art, literature and architecture.

Carefully restored in 2001 by the current owners, turned into one of the most atmospheric hotels in Tuscany, “Il Poggiale” gained in comfort without losing its soul. More than ever the quintessence of a Renaissance villa, this is one of the few confidential addresses, in a more and more touristic region, which we like to recommend to those who prefer to feel like a guest; not a client.

With its pristine swimming pool, surrounded by olive trees and white roses, the domain is an oasis of peace where, in Summer time, you can enjoy an outdoor massage, completed by a small wellness centre, proposing tailor made SPA treatments designed to work simply and efficiently to perfect your Tuscan holiday, bestowing utmost benefit through the use of grapes, citrus fruits, olives, honey and essential oils. There is no need to neglect  personal fitness: the domain  features both a beautiful nature track that winds through the olive groves and vineyards, as well as an indoor space with training equipment. Gastronomy is a peak of pleasure: after an aperitif at the round-the-clock open bar, inviting guests to help themselves from water to coffee, all shades of alcoholic and soft drinks, selections of teas and infusions, the degustation of chef Lisa's specialities sounds -and smells!-  like the supremely exciting time of the day. A tavola! “Il Poggiale”, is one of the best rated “table d'hôtes” in the region. F
rom April until October, the restaurant serves palatable Tuscan delicacies made from seasonal products only. Vegetables have been grown in the organic garden, and splendid wines come from secret vineyards, including also prestigious Tuscan etiquettes for special occasions in this special place. Like weddings or celebrating events. Cooking classes are available on request.

Space and a liberal selection of cosy corners make the exploration of the villa a complete delight. Comfort can be found everywhere: with easy armchairs and inviting sofas present in each unique room. Canopies and curtains display fabrics from small Tuscan artisan workshops and the salons and ground floor rooms are lushly festooned with Oriental silks.
The 24 spacious, uniquely designed rooms and suites are decorated with antiques and linens from an experimented artisan textile factory, featuring as smooth as a cloud beds, a bathroom with painted ceilings, handmade pastel tiles and marble fixtures, they have got it all to make you feel like a “signore”. WiFi is complimentary throughout the whole property; the thick walls of some rooms might sometime bare the signal, inviting you to connect to modernity in a “salotto”, under the vigilance of the owner ancestors' portraits decorating the room.

The domain stands in the heart of the fantastic Chianti area, with many little art towns all around:
such as San Gimignano, Monteriggioni, Greve, Certaldo, Volterra...  Florence museums and exhibitions are of course a must-be-seen. Shopping for antiques and food, wine tasting and much more constitute exciting activities… The rest is  generously offered by the wonderful Tuscan  nature.

Rate starts from EUR 130 for a Double Room during the low-season,  up to EUR 360 for an Apartment suite during the high-season. Attractive packages are available.

VILLA IL POGGIALE: Via Empolese, 69 – 50026 San Casciano Val di Pesa – Firenze
PHONE: +39 055 82831        FACSIMILE: +39 055 8294296

VILLA PIENZA (****): In the heart of the picturesque and lovely Val D'Orcia, a highly prized conservation area and one of the richest part of Tuscany, enriched with a multitude of landmarks (castles, monasteries and other Renaissance cultural treasures), surrounded by spas and villa pienza tuscanyvineyards, the villa is accessible from a cypress lined country road.  

Restored in its original splendor, using only antique stones, tiles and beams, this 19th Century farmhouse is really an upscale product, tailored made for spoiled travellers looking for off the beaten tracks holiday. Not a hotel nor a guest house, the whole house is ideally leased to  families or groups of friends. Large, with 6 double bedrooms skillfully decorated with antiques, and 6 bathrooms, it sleeps 12 people at ease.  Divided into three, it displays a common living room  that has a large fireplace with very comfortable couches (featuring satellite TV and stereo), and three smart kitchens  fully equipped with washing machine, dishwasher, stove, and a large fridge with freezer. Some rooms on the first floor, oriented to the South,  have a terrace and/or panoramic view overlooking the Monte Amiata, and the magic scenery of the Val d’Orcia 

The elegantly furnished living areas open out to the yard, surrounded by small climbing roses and vines, extending to stunning views over the valley and the gently rolling hills around Pienza. "The Winter Garden", with plants, a pool table, and three windows, offers a great panorama also. The villa is air-conditioned, well heated in winter (guests can even use the fireplaces, which is so romantic and relaxing!), and equipped with a high-speed WiFi Internet connection. 

One bedroom is equipped with a 180x180 Jacuzzi. Shiatsu or ayurveda massages can be ordered upon reservation, and enjoyed  in the room or in the garden. 

Outdoors is a long and thin shaped pool (open from 01/05 until 15/10 to the 15th). The adjoining banks are prettily planted with agapanthus, lavender and white roses. 

Sport, cultural and gastronomic activities can be enjoyed with the kind and efficient assistance of the staff of the Locanda Del Logiatto, managing the villa.  

Rate is calculated on individual request, depending on the season and length of the stay. It always includes  maid service twice per week, and pool cleanings thrice per week. A cook and extra staff can be hired via the Locanda Del  Loggiatto. 

A paradise for honeymooners, aesthetes and gastronomes alike. 

VILLA PIENZA: Via Provinciale, 53026 Pienza 
PHONE:  +39 577 888 925   CELLULAR:  +39 335 430 427 

LOCANDA DEL LOGGIATO (***L): Located in the picturesque mediaeval hamlet of Bagno Vignoni, close to Siena and Florence (60 kms / less than 1 hour by car), this 14th Century locanda, overlooking a lovely square, bustles with all the charm and hospitality characterizing the deep Tuscany.  

locanda del loggiato tuscanyThis secular property develops much atmosphere, with its original, characteristic wooden beam ceiling and antique floor in terra-cotta trampled by generations of Tuscan farmers. Their coat of arms can still be seen in the house, now well run by the young owners (two girls and two boys). This enthusiastic, devoted and dynamic team makes the locanda much more than a business; a passion! This is certainly why it comes with this special touch distinguishing a «casa di ospiti» from a hotel. 

The Locanda del Loggiato is actually cozy and intimate, with only six double rooms: each one with its own character. One room has a tester bed; another displays a splendid view over the mysterious and mystic water-filled square of Bagno Vignoni. Though you might feel like travelling back through time, the locanda is equipped with some discreet concept of the modern comfort: featuring air conditioning and private bathrooms.  

The stylish living room lounge is the place for conviviality. Ideal to read a book, have a chat with the other guests, or simply relax by the fireplace, enjoying high tea -or a glass of regional wine- with homemade sweets. There is even a grand-piano, for the virtuosos: don't forget that Tuscany is also the birthplace of so many musicians..  

Though the hamlet has got only 30 inhabitants, visitors won't get bored in Bagno Vignoni and its close surroundings. The place is reputed for its thermal baths, beneficial to bones and skin. There are a number of spas in the vicinity: each noted for a different curative property. Bagni San Filippo and San Casciano dei Bagni are both within half an hour's drive. The locanda can advise -or even fully organize- excursions throughout the Montalcino and Montepulciano vineyards, providing fine Tuscan wines based on the Sangiovese grape. Oil and dairy farms (producing the delicious “pecorino”) are also well worth the visit; though you don't need to leave the Locanda del Loggiato to enjoy wine and oil tasting, or to attend cooking classes taught upon request by your guests and their staff. Typical Tuscan products can be enjoyed each morning at breakfast, and all day long at the bar. 

Note that the region is ideal for trekking and golfing. 

Rates for a double room, including breakfast, go from EUR 130 to 180 (high season); the low season is also particularly lovely in Tuscany, and the price is actually very attractive (EUR 90 to 120, only from January 15 to March 11, and from June 21 to August 5). Packages and promotions available. 


LOCANDA DEL LOGGIATO: Piazza del Moretto, 30, Bagno Vignoni - Siena 
PHONE: +39 577 888925   CELLULAR:  +39 335 430 427 



RELAIS IL CANALICCHIO (****): Divinely nested in the heart of the verdant Umbrian countryside, eyrie atop a hill, this relais provides silence and relaxation to the adventurous traveler who discovered it by chance, on his way to Perugia or Assisi: the closest cities. Life goes peacefully, luxuriously and Epicuriously: far away from the hustles and troubles of the rest of the world.  

Historical and rural reminders are apparent outside and inside the castle. Former “Castello di Poggio”, it still displays strongly structured typical Umbrian stonework walls, extending right into the reception area. Another impressive reminder of its medieval glory is the enormous milling grindstone and press. A lush garden surrounds the castle, with an elegant cool water swimming pool equipped with hydro massage. There is a gym and a sauna. Among the multiple sports you can practice on request to escape the premise of the relais, we can mention mountain-bike, horse riding, archery, and fishing. 

This deluxe hotel and resort, specially adapted to the particular tastes of the happy few, individual travellers looking for individual facilities, service and style, has 35 stunning doubles rooms (including 3 suites) in the Mother House. All feature air-conditioning, minibar, satellite TV, IDD telephone and a private safe.  

Atop the hill, the 14 Country Suites (around their own pool) display a private terrace with a dramatic panorama on the green Puglia Valley and the picturesque village of Collazzone. They are connected to the hamlet of Canalicchio by a path and by a cut wooden pedestrian bridge, which is part of the picturesque pedestrian trail. The most luxurious and largest suite (“Tower Suite”) has got not less than eight windows with a breathtaking panorama. 

No need to leave the castle to enjoy the best of the traditional Umbrian cuisine: the restaurant “Il Pavone”, in perfect harmony with the hotel, elegant and intimate, with large panoramic windows making dinners feel in total communion with the natural environment, is one of the most reputed in the region. It has his Piano Bar, and is linked to the “Congress Centre Le Oche”: a fully equipped convention hall with sitting 100 participants. 

Excellent level of service. The staff speaks many languages (English, French, German, Spanish…). 

The Relais Il Canalicchio opens to many natural and historic excursions. It is very close to from Perugia (30 km) and Assisi (40 km).  

You are expected to pay EUR 149 / 179 (low/high season) for a Double Room, and EUR 209 / 253 for a Suite. Breakfast and taxes included. 

RELAIS IL CANALICCHIO: via della Piazza 4, 06050 Canalicchio (PG), Umbria 
PHONE : +39 075 870 7325   FACSIMILE: +39 075 870 7296 

VILLA LEMURA (*** L): Former summer residence of the noble Perugian family, this late 17th century farm was converted in the 1800's to a beautiful villa amazingly unaffected by changes of the last century. Graceful columns in the entrance welcome the distinguished villa lemura perugiaguests. A “pietra serena” staircase entices to the quiet 7 rooms and suites with incentive names (like “Camera degli Amanti”!). All have frescoed ceilings, parquets or tiled floors, stuccoed walls, and display precious antiques: often dating back from the origins of the villa. They all have a private bathroom: one of the rare concessions of the 21st century in a property still visited by the soul of the Count and Countess Donnini-Mancini.  

Being hosted in the villa means being taken on a journey through time: which is certainly the greatest charm –not to say magic- of this jewel of the Tuscan hospitality. Relaxing in one’s room, reading a novel in the Gran Sala (a pure marvel: decorated with splendid frescoes and Murano chandeliers) or in the Count's Library, admiring the Italian garden or strolling through the park (planted in 1890 and dedicated to Santa Bibbiana), is like flirting with History.  

There is a lovely 6x12m pool, where you can swim enjoying a spectacular view of Panicale, the olive groves, vineyards, sunflowers, or the incredible sunsets over the Tuscan hills. 

The “Lamborghini Golf Club” (9 holes) stands nearby the hotel. Easy and exciting excursions can be made, on foot, to Panicale (medieval village with shops, bars and trattoria) and Paciano. In the heart of Umbria, the Villa Lemura is close to Perugia 35 kilometers): which is one of the most remarkable cities in Italy, with a lot of artistic resources. 

Rate starts from 50 euro per person (breakfast included): based on 2 people sharing a room. Suite for family available. Its is possible, for large families, groups of friends or companies,  to hire the whole villa. 

Open all year round. 

VILLA LEMURA: 06064 Panicale (PG), Umbria 
PHONE & FACSIMILE : +39  075  837 134 

Isola d'Elba: 

HOTEL CERNIA ISOLA BOTANICA (*** L): Making you feel at your ease is the strong desire of the family owning this small, intimate boutique hotel. At ease… and at home. Cristiano and Francesca welcome their guests with much warmth, kindness, and professionalism. Informal though anticipating, they make you feel part of the family within a few days.  

The location is a pure paradise. The 10.000 square meters Botanical Garden, 200 meters from the seashore, hosts citruses, palms, bananas, among a wide variety of protected plants mixing their fragrance with the iodine of the Mediterranean Sea. Hedgehogs, green lizards, cuckoos and nightingales made this Eden their home. There is a tree-house, a pond, rocks and, last but not least, a large, beautifully shaped swimming pool… making those natural resources particularly picturesque and enjoyable for both adults and children. Immediate access to a small public sandy beach. Private garden on the granite cliffs of S. Andrea. Far away from the crowds of tourists, the hotel has been tailored made for individual travellers looking for the best of everything. 

The interior design of the hotel is cozy, with wood, ironwork and plants all around. The 27 rooms are homey and comfortable. 

Rate goes approximately EUR 37 - 54 (depending on the season), for B & B. Half board is good value for money, at about EUR 47 - 92. Larger "Osmunda" double bedrooms cost 20% more. 

Epicureans will love, indeed, the hotel Cernia Isola Botanica: where the nature meets the pleasure of the palate.  The restaurant gets a solid reputation in the island. The delicious Mediterranean cuisine, accentuated by the herbs and vegetables cultivated with organic methods in the garden, comes with remarkable wines selected by the owner. 

Opened April 2 – October 17. 

HOTEL CERNIA ISOLA BOTANICA: Capo S.Andrea - 57030 Marciana - Isola D'Elba 
PHONE : +39 0565 908 210     FACSIMILE :  +39 0565 908 253 

SOUTHERN ITALY (Bay of Naples) 

HOTEL CORALLO (****L): Located atop picturesque cliffs above the Marina of Sant’Agnello, overlooking the Bay of Naples, this dreamed resort occupies one of the most charming positions on the Amalfi Coast. It displays multi-level terraces, right on the sea, with a to-kill-for view on the magic Bay of Naples and the whole Sorrentine Peninsula. Built on the remains of the rests of a Roman nymphaeum, situated next to the historical residence of the Capuchin monks, this elegant patrician house became a hotel by the end of the 1920s. Home away from home for intellectual and artists, it used to be one of Luigi Pirandello’s favourite holiday residences. 

The private beach under the cliff on which the hotel stands is indeed attractive with its typical, warm, dark volcanic sands. There is also a solarium, right on the sea. The nearest town is 1 km away from the hotel, and it is possible to go on daily excursions to the ruins of Villa Pollio,  Positano, Amalfi, Ravello, Vesuvius, “Regina Giovanna”, Pompeii, Capo Miseno, Ischia, and of course Naples & Capri. 

There are 60 rooms. All with private services, air conditioning, sat TV, IDD telephone, and minibar. Most of them have a terrace -or balcony- where the guest can spend a large part of their stay, admiring the flowers and Mediterranean vegetation, or gazing out the sea with the sensation to be on a cruise: only disturbed by the sounds of the seagulls.  

The hotel Corallo is also much reputed for the traditional Neapolitan specialities of Chef Antonio. His light and aromatic Epicurean cuisine is served on the garden terraces, and comes with Mr. Angelo's prestigious wine list, which changes seasonally. 

There is a private car park and a conference room for up to 150 people.  
HOTEL CORALLO: Rione Cappuccini, 12 - Sant'Agnello 
PHONE: +39 081 807 3355    FACSIMILE: +39 081 807 44.07 


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