Italy’s Hidden Treasures: Where to Stay for a Luxurious Getaway

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Italy, a country celebrated for its rich history, culture, and breathtaking landscapes, is home to numerous well-known cities and landmarks. Yet, it is in the hidden gems where the true essence of Italian beauty can be found. From picturesque coastal towns to serene mountain retreats, these lesser-known destinations offer an authentic and intimate experience of Italy. This article explores some of these enchanting locations, along with the luxurious accommodations that promise to make your stay unforgettable!

Ostuni, Puglia – Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa

Nestled in the heart of Puglia, Ostuni is often referred to as "La Città Bianca" due to its whitewashed architecture that gleams under the southern Italian sun. This charming town offers winding alleyways, ancient olive groves, and panoramic views of the Adriatic Sea. For an unparalleled experience, stay at the Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa. This lovingly restored 18th-century palace boasts a unique blend of historical charm and modern luxury. With its vibrant interiors, Baroque architecture, lush gardens, and an inviting swimming pool, Paragon 700 is an oasis of tranquillity. The hotel’s restaurant is also a culinary haven that celebrates the flavours of Puglia, making your stay in Ostuni even more memorable.

Burano, Venice – CasaBurano

Burano, an island in the Venetian Lagoon, is renowned for its brightly coloured fishermen's houses and intricate lace-making traditions. The kaleidoscopic streets of Burano provide a picturesque backdrop for leisurely strolls and stunning photographs. CasaBurano, a series of elegantly refurbished houses scattered across the island, offers a unique accommodation experience. Each house is tastefully decorated, combining modern comforts with the charm of traditional Burano living. Guests can immerse themselves in the local culture, explore nearby artisan shops, and enjoy fresh seafood from the island’s restaurants. CasaBurano provides a serene escape from the bustle of Venice while allowing you to savour the beauty of the lagoon.

Friuli-Venezia Giulia, Grado Island – Hotel Savoy Grado

Grado Island in Friuli-Venezia Giulia is a hidden gem, known for its serene beaches, thermal baths, and charming historic centre. This tranquil island offers a perfect blend of nature and history, making it an ideal destination for a relaxing getaway. Hotel Savoy Grado, situated near the beach, provides luxurious accommodations with stunning sea views. The hotel features elegant rooms, a sophisticated wellness centre, and an exquisite restaurant serving local delicacies. Guests can enjoy a dip in the hotel’s pools, explore the nearby natural reserves, or wander through the ancient streets of Grado’s old town. Hotel Savoy Grado ensures a rejuvenating and memorable stay on this picturesque island.

Maratea, Basilicata – La Casa di Maratea

Often called the “Pearl of the Tyrrhenian” for its breathtaking landscapes, dramatic cliffs, and pristine beaches, this coastal town is steeped in history. Maratea embodies the essence of an almost island soul, with its surprising flavours and aromas preserved along the wild and protected coasts of Basilicata. For an intimate and authentic Italian experience, stay at La Casa di Maratea. This exquisite property transcends the mere concept of a house; it embodies the very essence of Maison la Minervetta, beckoning guests to embrace life's pleasures amidst breathtaking panoramas of the sea and land. Set in a beautifully restored building, the house features elegantly appointed rooms with panoramic views of the sea and mountains. Guests can relax in the lush gardens, take a dip in the outdoor pool, or explore the picturesque surroundings.

Trebiano, Liguria – OMHOM

Trebiano, a hidden gem in Liguria, is a medieval village perched on a hilltop with stunning views of the surrounding countryside and the Ligurian Sea. This charming village offers a peaceful and idyllic setting, perfect for a relaxing getaway. OMHOM is a charming family affair with host, Luca, happy to cater to your every whim. Featuring a small selection of suites with their own unique panoramic views, be sure to join the Chef in the Convivio each day for a courtyard-side selection of gourmet dinners characterised by ancient Ligurian flavours and small moments of geniality. From views across the majestic Apuan Alps, to the sea and the Val di Magra, OMHOM offers a serene and luxurious retreat, allowing you to experience the beauty and tranquillity of Trebiano.

Cortona, Tuscany – Palazzo Passerini

Cortona, perched on a hilltop in Tuscany, is a town rich in history, art, and stunning vistas. With its cobblestone streets, ancient Etruscan walls, and magnificent Renaissance architecture, Cortona exudes timeless charm. Palazzo Passerini, a historic residence turned luxurious hotel, offers a refined stay in the heart of this enchanting town. The hotel’s interiors boast frescoed ceilings, original featured, hand-made furniture, terracotta floors, bespoke beds, thick stone walls and only the finest traditional Italian craftsmanship – providing a glimpse into the artistic creativity and expression of the time. Exclusively yours for a minimum of three nights, and with space for up to six guests, here you can simply be, relax by the fire, cook up a feast in the kitchen, or explore the surrounding hilltop towns of Tuscany. Whatever you desire, the choice is simply yours.

Please note: Throughout July & August, you can stay 4 nights for the price of 3. Not to mention they are also taking booking for Christmas - 10% off if booked 90 days in advance!

Bracciano, Lazio – Poggio delle Molare

Nestled by the stunning Lake Bracciano in Lazio, Bracciano is a picturesque town renowned for its medieval castle and tranquil surroundings. This charming locale offers a perfect escape from Rome's hustle, with serene lake views and lush countryside. Poggio delle Molare, an adults-only private retreat, perfectly blends relaxation, luxury, and cultural exploration. From breathtaking vistas to impeccable service, this haven invites you to experience Italy's beauty and serenity in style. The hotel's commitment to environmental responsibility is evident, with efforts to minimise its ecological footprint. Guests can enjoy a delicious homemade breakfast, relax in the lush garden, or take a leisurely walk to the lake. Poggio delle Molare provides a peaceful retreat to unwind and savour Bracciano's natural beauty, making it an ideal destination for a tranquil and luxurious escape.

San Candido, Dolomites – Post Hotel Tradition & Lifestyle

San Candido, located in the heart of the Dolomites, is a charming alpine village known for its stunning mountain scenery and outdoor activities. This picturesque destination is perfect for both summer and winter adventures, from hiking and biking to skiing and snowboarding. Post Hotel Tradition & Lifestyle, a stylish and contemporary hotel, offers luxurious accommodations with breathtaking views of the Dolomites. The hotel features spacious rooms, a state-of-the-art wellness centre, and a gourmet restaurant serving delicious local cuisine. Guests can unwind in the spa, take a dip in the indoor pool, or explore the beautiful surroundings. Post Hotel ensures a memorable stay in the enchanting Dolomites.

Sorrento, Campania – Maison La Minervetta

Perched on cliffs overlooking the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a picturesque town known for its lemon groves, vibrant streets, and stunning sea views. This coastal gem offers a perfect blend of natural beauty and cultural richness. Maison La Minervetta, a boutique hotel set on a cliffside, ensures an unforgettable stay with panoramic terraces and stylish interiors. Designed by architect Marco de Luca, the hotel’s rooms are tastefully decorated, featuring bold colours and unique nautical patterns. The marine vibe is so well executed that with the Gulf of Naples below you, you'll feel like you've landed right in the centre of a Mediterranean haven. Enjoy a glass of wine on the sun terrace, take a dip in the pool, and marvel at the spectacular surrounding views – Maison La Minervetta really is an ideal retreat in the heart of Sorrento.

Piglio, Lazio – Al Piglio

Piglio, a quaint village in the Lazio region, is renowned for its vineyards and picturesque landscapes. This charming town is an ideal destination for wine lovers and those seeking a peaceful countryside escape. Al Piglio, a charming hidden gem, offers an unparalleled experience to those seeking a harmonious blend of luxury, tranquillity, and authentic Italian charm. Boasting a handful of thoughtfully designed suites, each accommodation is adorned with unique furnishings that pay homage to the region’s rich cultural heritage. Guests are treated to gastronomic delights at the hotel restaurant, showcasing the region’s culinary prowess. Whether you bask in the warm Italian sun poolside, enjoy wine tasting or explore the local area by bike, Al Piglio provides a delightful rural retreat where you can experience the authentic flavours and hospitality of the Lazio countryside.

recommended HIP Hotels

Explore Maison La Minervetta Sorrento
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Explore OMHOM Trebiano
Explore Post Hotel – Tradition & Lifestyle San Candido
Explore Al Piglio Piglio
Explore Palazzo Passerini Cortona
Explore Poggio Delle Molare Bracciano
Explore La Casa di Maratea Maratea
Explore Paragon 700 Boutique Hotel & Spa Ostuni