Italy has to be one of our favourite places to get away to, as it’s a great year-round destination offering a truly wonderful combination of beauty, culture, cuisine and delightful experiences. Each region and city also has something new and exciting to offer visitors, with the way of life reflecting the local culture, meaning you can’t visit this wonderful country only once.
Recently we’ve had a great time exploring Italy and unearthing a collection of high-quality boutique hotels that we think our users will love. From the luscious countryside and vineyards of Umbria to the hills of Veneto, our newest finds are tucked away in some of the best spots in Italy.
A majestic 12th century fortress hidden away in a hamlet just 10 minutes from the charming Umbrian city of Perugia, Borgo dei Conti is a truly spectacular boutique hotel overlooking the Nestore valley. It’s located in a magnificent setting; surrounded by more than 50 acres of parkland, Borgo dei Conti features its own olive grove, spa, restaurant, tennis court, gym and two outdoor swimming pools. With so much on offer here, you may find it hard to leave, though within an hour’s drive you’ll not only find Perugia but a number of other Umbrian and Tuscan towns including Orvieto, Gubbio and Siena.
Surrounded by peaceful countryside near the historic city of Verona, Byblos Art Hotel Villa Amista is a boutique hotel where the building and its features combining more than 500 years of history. Michele Sanmicheli first designed what is now the central part of the villa in traditional Venetian style in the 15th century, though most of the main villa, designed by Ignazio Pellegrini, dates back to the 18th century. The building’s classical backdrop has since been reworked by designer Alessandro Mendini, however, creating a living museum of art and design with the addition of contemporary furniture and artworks. Not only is it a visual treat, but it offers complete relaxation and rejuvenation with its onsite spa, gym, relaxation area and swimming pool.
Built by one of the most influential Venetian families, the Marcello family, in the 16th century, Ca’ Marcello is a grand villa steeped in history. While the villa is still home to Count Marcello and his family, the left wing of the villa, the Barchessa Apartment, has now been opened and sleeps up to eight guests. As well as having the privilege of staying in one of Veneto’s most prestigious villas, guests will also be able to enjoy their own pool, outdoor dining area and garden, decorated with pretty roses and hydrangeas. Surrounding the property are 18 acres of private parkland, while mountain bikes and a football field are also free to use during your stay. Venice, with its world-famous canals, is just 35 minutes away, while a number of other charming towns can also be found nearby, including Treviso, Bassano and Asolo. Although we can’t get enough of our boutique hotels in Venice, quiet hideaways such as this one in the surrounding Veneto region make for the perfect peaceful alternative.