Herbert Ypma’s beautifully simple guidebooks are the ultimate for anyone who likes to make a stylish getaway
"You can have the universe, if I can have Italy," said
Giuseppe Verdi. This sounds generous, but Verdi knew
that Italy is a universe — diverse, beautiful and filled with
the relics of two millennia of civilization.
For this volume of Hip Hotels, Herbert Ypma
has ventured far beyond the rolling hills of Tuscany,
the postcard-perfect Amalfi Coast and the Grand Tour
destinations of Venice, Florence and Rome to introduce
discoveries in underexplored regions like Puglia,
Basilicata and Le Marche.
You might be inspired to visit the utterly refined Hotel
Raya on the Aeolian island of Panarea, from whose all-
white terraces you can watch the volcano of Stromboli
spurt fiery lava into the night skies. At the opposite end
of the country, in the ultra-stylish ski town of Cortina
d'Ampezzo, is Hotel de la Poste, run today by the same
family as when Hemingway used to drive up from Venice
in the early 19305. Or if you prefer the beach and night
life of the Adriatic coast, then fashion designer Alberta
Ferretti's Carducci 76 makes an appealing base.
Many hotels are a complete surprise: ancient cave-
dwellings in the eroded rocky landscape of Basilicata, or
the trulli of Puglia, centuries-old igloo-like constructions
with conical slate roofs. And whether cave, abbey, olive
mill, fishing hut or beachside palazzo, every one of these
unique hotels is true to its locale in architecture, design
With 516 illustrations, 355 in color
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