Borgo Santo Pietro: luxurious atmospheric villa hotel in Tuscany

Borgo Santo Pietro is a historic mansion acquired by a Danish couple, Jeanette and Claus Throttrup, who restored it and created a luxurious hotel, one of the most atmospheric places to stay in Tuscany. The Renaissance villa, set in 13 acres with formal gardens near Siena, is all about indulgence: the exquisite yet verging-on-baroque décor […]

Il Salviatino: 15th century palazzo luxury hotel outside Florence, Italy

If you are going to Florence and want truly sumptuous and memorable place to stay, consider Il Salviatino, a luxury hotel located in a restored 15th century villa on the hillside of Fiesole, with views of Florence and the rolling Tuscan landscape. Staying in Fiesole offers calm and tranquility as Florence can be noisy and […]

Castel Monastero: enchanting 11th century luxury hotel retreat in Tuscany

Monastero is part of Eleganzia Hotels & Spas, a new exclusive Italian brand of luxury hotels, which transformed the fortified 11th century medieval hamlet of Monastero d’Ombrone in Tuscany, into an enchanting retreat. It encompasses rooms, suites and villas, gourmet restaurants, swimming pools and a spa. Located just 23 km from Siena and 90 km from Florence, this well preserved […]

Torre di Moravola: peaceful boutique hotel retreat in Umbria, Italy

If you looking to get away from it all, check out the Torre di Moravola, located in Umbria on a forested ridge between Montone and Gubbio. This seven-suite boutique hotel was converted from a 12th-century medieval watchtower by architect Christopher Chong (who has worked for James Stirling and Norman Foster) and his wife, Seonaid Mackenzie […]

Le Prieuré: five star hotel in medieval Avignon

If you want to stay in a historic luxury hotel in Avignon, Le Prieuré, which underwent extensive renovation in 2007, may be the perfect place for you. The hotel, a member of Relais & Chateaux, is a former convent located in the heart of the medieval town of Villeneuve-lès-Avignon, outside the walls of Avignon. The […]

Auberge de Noves: deluxe charming hotel in Avignon

If you are looking for a boutique hotel in the Avignon area but don’t want to stay inside the city (where parking is difficult and expensive), check out the Auberge de Noves located just 10 minutes from Avignon. The hotel has 23 rooms, each of which is uniquely decorated in Provencal style with antique furniture. The rooms […]

Villa Carlotta: contemporary luxury hotel in Ragusa, Sicily

Villa Carlotta is located in the heart of the former estate of the Marchioness Carlotta Schininà, just outside Ragusa, a hill town that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. Designed by Sicilian studio Architrend Architecture, this boutique hotel has been transformed  into a contemporary hotel from a late 1800s manor house.  The hotel offers […]