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Small and boutique hotels

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.

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Villa Don Camillo, Sorrento

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.

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Hotel La Conca Azzurra, Amalfi Coast

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.

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San Giorgio Palace, Sicily

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.

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Botanico San Lazzaro, Amalfi Coast

Mediterranean villa Botanico San Lazzaro has nabbed a hard-to-beat spot on the hillside above Maiori. Wide-angle bay views are a given.

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Hotel Villa La Vedetta, Florence

The Hotel Villa La Vedetta is a boutique stay with some seriously luxurious extras, including a pool and terrace with views over Florence.

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Relais Santa Anastasia, Sicily

A one-time Benedictine abbey, the Relais Santa Anastasia has all the markers of a Relais & Chateaux hotel – including a gourmet Sicilian restaurant.

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Hotel Le Renaie, Tuscany

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.

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Hotel Villa Fraulo, Ravello

With its historic locale and vaulted dining room, the Hotel Villa Fraulo isn’t shy about showing off its medieval roots.

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Masseria Montelauro, Puglia

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.

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Trulli Soave, Puglia

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.

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Villa Athena, Sicily

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.

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Baglio La Porta di San Gerardo, Sicily

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.

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Country House Tre Esse, Umbria

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.

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Zampugna Apartments, Tuscany

The terracotta-topped Zampugna Apartments balance between Montepulciano and Pienza, in a sweep of countryside that’s a poster child for rural Tuscan life.

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Casa Vacanze Le Cellole, Tuscany
Giuseppe Moschi and his family look after the Casa Vacanze Le Cellole – a lovingly restored Tuscan farmhouse with vineyard views and a pool.
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Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, Matera

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.

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Il Borgo di Montereggi and Il Casale, Tuscany

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.

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