Through the years we have stayed at countless hotels, holiday flats, rented rooms and B&Bs throughout Italy. Most of them offer fair quality at reasonable prices, but a few really stand out thanks to the location and dedication of the staff and owners.  Here is a handful of exceptional holiday homes that deserve recommendation.


A romantic holiday in Sardinia

For those who want to enjoy summer at the sea in total relaxation, Chia Laguna Resort in Sardinia is the ideal place to spend the holidays.

bed and breakfast genova

Panoramic bed and breakfast Genova

You cannot find a better view than the one offered from Torre Ducale Bed and Breakfast Genova. The place is mesmerizing. And very hard to let go again.
Relais Laticastelli - hotel review Tuscany - Italian Notes

Relais Laticastelli

Unique hotels Tuscany: Relais Laticastelli near Siena is not the average, run-of-the-mill holiday resort. It’s a place with a story and a purpose.
10 replies
  1. Heather Ridgway
    Heather Ridgway says:

    Annunciata in Ferrara has the best breakfast in Italy, fabulous rooms, great service & is in the best spot for the Buskers Festival.

  2. Anne
    Anne says:

    I’m delighted to suggest a place for you to check out!

    We spent an incredible two weeks in this house in Cetona. The house is a beautifully restored 16th c tower, at one end of Cetona in southern Tuscany. The owners are a warm and gracious couple, who personally took us on an orientation tour of the village and introduced us around so that locals would know who we are. The village is small, so it is easy to walk to Piazza Garibaldi on the other side, where there are shops, restaurants and markets. We had a rental car and found Cetona an ideal base from which to explore parts of Tuscany and Umbria. It’s also very close to Chiusi, for easy day trips by train to Florence, Orvieto, etc.

  3. John Sheffiled
    John Sheffiled says:

    I was with my family in Tenuta Sant’Ilario. Place tranqullo and unforgettable panoramic views of the Tuscan hills. I strongly suggest you do an article about them.

  4. anne
    anne says:

    Last year my friend and I stayed in a fabulous family run hotel on Lake Como. It is in Pescate near Lecco. The family are brilliant, friendly and welcoming. It is quite a big hotel but nothing is too much bother for them. The reason we stayed there is that we were on a Formula 1 trip from the UK .We had a whole coach load and every year for the Italian Grandprix the company use this hotel. Of course this or any other place is personal choice and people might want to stay somewhere smaller. The hotel is right on the lake , the restaurant has a small terrace , and the views are fabulous. As for the food ..It is so tasty . My friends are there now , I couldn’t make it this year .. We all

  5. Lauren Pricer (Appunto)
    Lauren Pricer (Appunto) says:

    So here is the thing – we all know that there are numerous gorgeous resorts and hotels with unbelievable amenities. But for me, what makes me remember a place forever is the people. I am not talking about perfectly dressed staff who are exceedingly polite yet sometimes cold; instead, I mean genuinely warm and caring people. My family and I ran right into this in Tuscany when we were staying at the properties of Filippo and Giovanni Naldoni.
    They own both a farmhouse ( in the middle of a vineyard in Sieci (nestled in the hills but only a 10 minute train ride from Florence) and several hip apartments right in the city of Florence ( They are well-kept, have nice views and most of the amenities you might need.
    But what stands out most are Giovanni and Filippo themselves. They are warm, good-hearted, kind and friendly. They respond to all inquiries within minutes. They bend over backward to make sure that your stay with them is comfortable. They truly care about the experience of each and every guest.
    They make you feel like you are home, and long after you leave, you will remember them as friends.

    • Mette Vaabengaard
      Mette Vaabengaard says:

      I agree that the people who run tourist facilities and their enthusiasm and pride in the job can make all the difference. And good, memorable hotel, food and travel experiences are in most cases subjective.


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