What's Your Perfect Italian Escape?


Whether it’s exploring the medieval towns of Tuscany, tasting some delicious Umbrian wine or indulging in the wondrous views of the Amalfi Coast, why not find your perfect Italian escape here?

Villa Carlotta - Taormina

Situated in northeast Sicily, nestled on the edge of the enchanting Taormina lies the magnificent Villa Carlotta. Overlooking the Ionian Sea and Mount Etna, this 17th century villa is filled with heritage and picturesque views. Be greeted by a flourishing botanical garden, indulge in the bijou pool terraced above rose-coloured tiles of an ancient chapel and immerse in the history of the cliffs of Taormina.

Formed of exuberant rooms and suites, individually styled apartments and villas, almost all the rooms have balconies or terraces where you can take in the panoramic sea views. Designed by the famous interior designer Studio Area Firenze, be surrounded by carefully selected colours and materials with “modern classic” pieces, indulge in some of the best Italian designs and feel at one with comfort in these chic rooms and suites .

Perfect for every need, taste the fresh local produce prepared by Chef David Costa in the traditional Sicilian dishes at the hotels in-house "Il Miraggio" restaurant. With a panoramic terrace and restaurant resembling a Sicilian citrus grove, be surrounded by a warm Mediterranean atmosphere and tantalise your tastebuds with the excellent selection of Etna wines.

Amongst palm trees, jasmine and cascading bougainvillea, relax by the luxurious pool, breathe in the fresh Mediterranean air and discover your perfect Italian escape at Villa Carlotta.

Villa Gilda - Tuscany

Welcome to the storybook haven of Villa Gilda. With 8,000 square metres of land decorated with magnificent olive groves, colourful citrus trees and mesmerising views of the Apuanian Alps, this is your perfect Italian Escape. Nestled in Montignoso, a town between the famed beaches of Forte dei Marmi and the lush green hills of Tuscany, this former private family villa has opened its doors to the public and offers spectacular traditional Italian hospitality.

Surrounded by glorious greenery, Tuscany’s art towns, Gulf to Poets and hiking experiences, Villa Gilda perfectly places you center-stage in its rich history, nature, art and culture. Formed of seven different deluxe rooms and suites, indulge in the Italianate styles, marble bathrooms and enchanting sea views - this boutique hotel is a real natural paradise living on the Versilia coast.

After a long day of boat trips, boutique shopping and a plethora of wine tasting opportunities, tantalise your tastebuds at the wonderful Gilda Restaurant. From fresh seafood dishes to traditional Versilian specialities, enjoy only the freshest seasonal ingredients whilst you indulge in the lush Mediterranean greenery and wondrous views.

Why not make your way down to the Gilda Beach Club? Known as one of the most refined and stylish beach clubs in Versilia, sample a real taste of paradise whilst you take in the Tyrrhenian Sea and take advantage of the highly exclusive and high-quality beaches of Forte dei Marmi. From secluded glorious green to luxury beach clubs, Villa Gilda is the perfect Italian escape.

casaFantini/lake time - Lake Orta

casaFantini is a place where to live an emotional experience in Lake Time spirit at a slow pace and surrounded by the mystic aura and silence inspired by the lake.” - Daniela Fantini

Situated in the quaint, charming little town of Pella in the serene Lake Orta, experience the magical seclusion of casaFantini/lake time. This intimate place of harmony is definitely a home away from home. Created by Daniela Fantini, this enchanting hotel is formed of two lakefront buildings, harmoniously integrated into the surrounding countryside by the architectural design.

Formed of nine rooms and two suites, each one has a balcony or terrace overlooking the panoramic views of the lake. Designed with warm materials, modern touches and sophisticated furnishings, indulge in the magical glass walls, take in the tranquil surroundings and feel at one with the peaceful, mystic aura that resonates from Lake Orta.

Experience a homely atmosphere in Casa Fantini’s lounge, the perfect place to unwind after a long day of exploring. Enjoy an aperitif in the evening, take a dip in the lakefront pool and watch the world go by from the magnificent terrace. casaFantini/lake time really is the perfect Italian escape if you’re looking for somewhere magical to relax.

Torre Palombara - Umbria

Surrounded by blossoming Umbrian countryside, discover the enchanting Torre Palombara. Return to nature in this dreamy family-run bed and breakfast and experience all the comforts of Southern Umbria at your own leisure. This perfect Italian hideaway overlooks the medieval town of Narni, which C.S. Lewis’ Narnia was named after, and boasts gorgeously panoramic hillside views.

Originally built in the 15th century as a former Dove Tower, the magnificent details in this restored building is just the beginning. Feel at one in this truly relaxing stay, Torre Palombara’s idyllic surroundings and natural beauty will leave you feeling rejuvenated and completely calm. Formed of seven beautifully decorated suites, each of them are named after their unique characters and views over the lush gardens, filled with traditional Umbrian touches throughout. Indulge in the intricate architecture, dine on the panoramic terrace and take a dip in the hotel’s tranquil swimming pool.

Transport your mind and soul to complete relaxation at this romantic hideaway. Whether it’s exploring the ancient town of Narni, wandering through the luscious green countryside or relaxing by the pool, Torre Palombara will be sure to give you Umbria’s warmest hospitality.

Casale San Pietro - Lazio

Nestled in Italy’s enchanting wild corner of Lazio lies a beautifully renovated 300-year old farmhouse. Emanating tranquility and peace throughout, Casale San Pietro looks over an 8-acre olive grove valley and is the perfect home away from home. Referred to as a ‘hometel’, this discrete retreat was designed by passionate hoteliers Joe and Alana, who capture the peace and harmony that the landscape's olive groves purvey.

Formed of six individually-designed rooms, expect to be surrounded by stone walls, wooden ceiling beams, contemporary and antique furnishings and original markings of the former farmhouse. At Casale San Pietro you are spoilt for choice; from Italian classes and cookery masterclasses, to rejuvenating spa treatments and free bike rides around the area, you couldn’t ask for much more than this!

Tantalise your tastebuds every morning in Casale’s Long Room. Lit up with Murano glass chandeliers and a magnificent fireplace, keep your belly content with continental and buffet breakfast options as you explore the Italian countryside. Dive into the peaceful swimming pool and unwind on one of the luxurious sunbeds whilst you take in the magnificent views. The dream of Casale San Pietro truly is a magical Italian Escape.

Donna Coraly Resort - Syracuse

For a touch of Sicilian magic, look no further than Donna Coraly Resort, a private villa set in a 600 year old fortified estate. This country boutique hotel once belonged to the aristocratic Grande family for centuries, and now radiates a timeless style. Among orange and olive groves, Donna Coraly is just a stone throws away from the hidden treasures of Sicily. Discover the islands’ beautiful white sand beaches, the magnificent baroque towns such as Noto and Ortigia, and truly get under Sicily’s charming skin.

Formed of one room and five individually designed suites, each tell the captivating stories of five incredible Sicilian women of history and literature; Carmela, Costanza, Rosalia, Angelia and Maruzza. Be surrounded by a mixture between 18th-century furniture and dazzling contemporary art, with beautifully tiled floors and elegant French doors leading onto your own private garden.

Wander through the spectacular botanical gardens with many tropical specimens and aromatic herbs, discover the hidden Mediterranean garden where the restaurant’s kitchen grow their organic ingredients, then take a dip in the hotels’ ‘biolaghetto’ pool. Feel rejuvenated whilst the rich salt minerals surround you in a state of complete relaxation. An escape to this peaceful haven immersed in nature, Donna Coraly Resort, is truly magical.

La Bandita Townhouse - Tuscany

Nestled in the humble village of Pienza, La Bandita Townhouse is where beautiful Tuscan landscapes meet medieval passages. Set against a beautiful Tuscan hillside backdrop, this former convent is richly designed with the history and heritage of Pienza in mind; combining crisp colours, old and new fusion, wood-beamed ceilings and beautiful exposed stone walls.

Formed of twelve enchanting guestrooms, this stylish country house is your perfect Italian escape. Be mesmerised by the villages’ medieval architecture, wander through wonderful vineyards and olive groves, chat with locals about the stories of the town, try some of their artisan cheeses and discover some of Pienza’s many trattorias. As one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites, La Bandita Townhouse couldn’t be more ideally situated.

Tantalise your tastebuds at The Townhouse Caffe, the delightfully intimate in-house restaurant with dishes made from only the freshest local ingredients. Enjoy the delicious traditional Italian cuisine and treat yourself to a glass or two of Tuscan wine to complement your dish.

Casa Angelina - Amalfi Coast

Leave all your worries behind and escape to the most exclusive luxury boutique hotel in the heart of the Amalfi Coast, Casa Angelina. Perched on the cliffs in the picturesque town of Praiano, a former fishing village, this enchanting hotel is a real gem with breathtaking views over the coast. Indulge in modern minimalist surroundings, elegant simplicity and an eclectic collection of hand-picked pieces of art.

Casa Angelina is a true representation of timeless elegance. Formed of gorgeously styled rooms and suites, the white walls and all white furnishings highlight the deep blue waters surrounding the hotel. Visit the ‘Un Piano Nel Cielo’ - A Floor in the Sky - Angelina's gourmet top-floor restaurant with magnificent panoramic views from the terrace of the Amalfi Coast. Experience the traditional dishes of Campania, and let Chef Leopoldo Elefante take you on a gastronomic journey whilst you indulge in paradise.

Watch the sunset from the hotels Seascape Bar, be seduced with the wide range of cocktails and aperitifs, and taste a bit of ‘La Dolce Vita’ at the brilliant boutique hotel of Casa Angelina.

Carducci 76 - Emilia Romagna

Escape to the modern Italian oasis of Carducci 76, a victorian seaside mansion reinvented as a glorious whitewashed plantation house with an ethnic edge. Situated on the beach in Cattolica, the lesser known seaside town of the North East Coast of Italy, avoid the masses in the summer, leave your everyday worries behind and feel at one in this cool contemporary dream hotel on the sea.

With strategically-placed Asian details such as tribal sculptures, old black-and-white photos of Indochine and Siam, Indian cushions and Japanese artefacts, the mixture of ethno-objects and minimalism is just the start of what makes this hotel so enchanting. Formed of 39 individually designed rooms and suites, indulge in surroundings filled with light and dark contrasts, wenge wood, white walls and natural textures - can you tell that the fashion influence Alberta Ferretti had something to do with this?

Taste the delicious flavours at Carducci’s in-house restaurant. Designed to tempt you with rich, traditional Italian dishes prepared by chef Loredana Buttiglione, the unique dishes and alluring atmosphere creates a true paradise in the heart of Emilia Romagna. Relax by the seafront pool, a place of peace and calm, be surrounded by lush green and take in the breathtaking views of the Adriatic sea.

Locanda Al Colle - Tuscany

Nestled in Tuscany’s beautiful hills of Camaiore lies the charming converted farmhouse of Locanda Al Colle. Set in the Tuscan seaside province of Versilia, this boutique hotel is just minutes away from the coastline renowned for its unspoiled beaches and the Apuanian Alps, for a true breath of fresh air. Owned by Riccardo Barsottelli, this Tuscan farmhouse is filled with his artwork and has become a haven for design enthusiasts and architecture cognoscenti.

With a blend of twelve individually designed rooms and suites, feel immersed in the country-house style whilst you indulge a mixture of 1920’s vintage designs to late 50s and 70s art deco styles. Filled with king-size Simmons World Class beds, alluring rain showers and serene terraces, be surrounded by the quiet and tranquil atmosphere that surrounds Locanda Al Colle.

Be sure to take advantage of the complimentary gazebo at the Beach Club Il Cavallone, just ten minutes drive from the hotel! Wake up to the smell of fresh homemade bread and pastries and soak up the magnificent views that Tuscany has to offer. Explore the nearby medieval villages and vineyards, lose yourself amongst the enchanting scents of olive trees, lavender, rosemary and sage, then join Riccardo and his friends at their informal dinner parties in the hotel restaurant. Escape to this magnificent farmhouse and take in the beauty of Locanda Al Colle - can you already smell the enchanting scent?

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