Some of our most characterful hotels are also some of our smallest hotels: historic Tuscan villas with Neo-classical gardens; boutique stays with individually decorated rooms; family hotels that run on Italian hospitality; rural Trulli and Masserie farmhouses; and even a Sassi cave dwelling kitted out with modern minimalist furnishings.
Browse our collection of small and boutique hotels to find a place that really gets you under the skin of Italy. They’re scattered all over the country, so you could wind up bedding down anywhere from sky-high Ravello to the deep south of Sicily.
The 17th-century Villa Don Camillo burrows among the fruit orchards just outside Sorrento. Family run and with just seven bedrooms, it’s got a real home-away-from-home feel to it.
The Hotel La Conca Azzurra is a showcase of local produce. Expect Vietri ceramics and dinners cooked using oil from the in-house olive groves.
San Giorgio Palace carves out a spot on the rocky hillside of Ragusa. A tunnel leads you to reception, rooms come with country views, plus it’s only a few minutes’ walk from Piazza Duomo.
Mediterranean villa Botanico San Lazzaro has nabbed a hard-to-beat spot on the hillside above Maiori. Wide-angle bay views are a given.
The Hotel Villa La Vedetta is a boutique stay with some seriously luxurious extras, including a pool and terrace with views over Florence.
A one-time Benedictine abbey, the Relais Santa Anastasia has all the markers of a Relais & Chateaux hotel – including a gourmet Sicilian restaurant.
The Hotel Le Renaie is a family-run hotel in the Chianti countryside. The nearby village peers out and up to the famous towers of hilltop San Gimignano.
With its historic locale and vaulted dining room, the Hotel Villa Fraulo isn’t shy about showing off its medieval roots.
The Masseria Montelauro is rural living done right. The 19th-century whitewashed farmhouse lays out a swimming pool, garden restaurant and mini spa on the outskirts of Otranto.
Trulli Soave is your chance to stay in a traditional Trulli house. Round rooms, archways and conical roofs are the theme – as well as little extras like al fresco hot tubs and rose gardens with hammocks.
Ancient Greek temples overlook the five-star Villa Athena. In fact, this 17th-century hotel lays out its own private path leading through the ancient olive groves to a UNESCO-listed archaeological park.
Baglio La Porta deftly whisks together the old and the new. Golden stonework and wood-beamed ceilings pair up with a glass-wrapped restaurant with panoramic sea views.
The pilgrimage city of Assisi is practically within grabbing distance of the Country House Tre Esse. Sip a glass of Umbrian red at the bar or check out the country views from the pool.
The terracotta-topped Zampugna Apartments balance between Montepulciano and Pienza, in a sweep of countryside that’s a poster child for rural Tuscan life.
The Sextantio le Grotte della Civita converts ancient Sassi cave dwellings into 18 luxury rooms. Archaic features like wobbly stone floors and hand-woven bedcovers add to the atmosphere.
Fancy staying in a 16th-century Tuscan farmhouse? Il Borgo di Montereggi and Il Casale have been transformed into a collection of holiday apartments with plenty of original features.