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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 .
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.
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.
Clean lines and sharply dressed rooms make the Villa Fiorella Art Hotel a modern pick. And the views speak for themselves – pull up a lounge chair on the bar terrace for views over the Sorrento coast.
The Hotel Toro is more of a guesthouse than a hotel, thanks to the warm welcome that’s been extended to guests ever since the Schiavo family rolled out the red carpet in the 19th century.
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.