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Small hotels & B&Bs in ITALY

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The iHi Italy independent hotel guide lists only privately-run hotels offering a calm and relaxing environment to travellers, for short stays, weekend breaks or longer. The directory gives priority to hotels with character, hotels offering good value for money, in the countryside or in quiet locations in town, away from the noise of busy streets. We welcome suggestions from travellers and hotel owners.
►  Northern Italy ►  Central Italy, Lazio, Abruzzi
►  Tuscany ►  Naples and southern Italy
►  Sicily and Sardinia

1. Northern Italy

Veneto - Italian Alps
  • Lake Garda - Lago di Garda
    Hotel Vella Azzura
    A small friendly hotel right on the shores of Lake Garda. Swimming, hiking, free cycle hire and shuttle bus to Malcesine and the Mount Baldo cable car. Clean, good service, nice restaurant and good value for money.

2. Tuscany

  • Siena
    Borgo Grondaie *** . Three star traditional apartment-hotel located in its own grounds just outside Siena. Pool. Close to the railway station. Easy access by road. Twenty minute walk or a bus-ride to the historic center of Siena. Hotel gets very good reviews from people who have stayed there.
  • Radda, Chianti
    Palazzo Leopoldo *** Beautiful old restored Tuscan manor in the centre of Radda, a charming small hill-town in central Tuscany. With its large and tastefully decorated guestrooms, vaulted ceilings, old fireplaces and columns, this hotel provides a fabulous location from which to explore Tuscany. Pool, restaurant.
  • San Gimignano
    Villa Ducci  Old Tuscan villa set in the countryside a mile from the famous small mediaeval walled town of San Gimignano. The old town can be seen across the countryside from the terrace of the hotel. Simply and tastefully decorated; Large pool, restaurant.
  • Near Florence and Fiesole
    Villa Campestri
    **** , located in the Tuscan countryside in 120 hectares of parkaland and olive groves, not far from Florence, The villa, with its ancient Tuscan brick floors, is furnished with period furniture, and attention to detail. Guests describe it as a "haven of peace" and "a delight". 

3. Central Italy, Lazio and Abruzzi

  • Bracciano, near Rome
     Hotel Villa Clementina is a  country-hotel residence, with only 7 rooms, painted with frescoes, and a luxuriant garden. A rural hotel situated 100 meters from the shores of Lake Bracciano, in the heart of the historic region of Etruria,  north of Rome

4. Southern Italy

  • San Mauro Cilento
    Casale Santa Rosalia
        Bed and breakfast in a traditional farm building in fabulous hillside location overlooking the sea from the Cilento National Park. En-suite rooms with balcony and sea views. A few minutes from the sea - 40 miles of hiking trails accessible from the door.
  • Pisciotta
    Marulivo hotel
      *** Hotel in a former monastery in the little village of Pisciotta, in Cilento national park. The hotel is clean and comfortable, but up steps from the centre of the village, so don't bring heavy luggage. Wonderful sea views from the hotel and breakfast terrace

5. Sicily and Sardinia

  • Corleone, Sicily
    Agriturismo Ridocco ****  This is a farmhouse offering five guest rooms plus  a restaurant, outdoor pool , garden and sun terrace. Guests can also ride horses on the farm..The old farmhouse is located at the highest point of the property, with panoramic views over the orchards, olive groves and fields below 
  • Taormina, Sicily
    Villa Carlotta ****  Exuberant moorish styled villa, overlooking the sea, in the small town of Taormina. 23 rooms. This hotel gets top reviews all round, for the quality of the location, the rooms, the great breakfasts, the rooftop terrace, the friendly staff, and the views

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