Quirky Boutique Hotels in Italy

Trulli Soave in Puglia

Individual trulli provide an authentic Puglian experience.Located in the popular town of Alberobello, known for its famous trulli houses.

One of Italy’s most well-known UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Alberobello has been drawing visitors for years thanks to its unique collection of over 1,500 trulli. These ancient dwellings make for an impressive scene, with a sea of white-washed walls and cone-shaped roofs, many of which have been turned into shops, wine bars and cafés. Trulli Soave boasts five trullo, each right in the centre of Alberobello and beautifully furnished to offer guests an authentic experience. They have a spacious feel inside and are equipped with modern conveniences including a small kitchenette and free wifi. Please note breakfast is served in the Sala Piazza del Popolo and is around a 5-10 minute walk depending on which Trulli you are staying in.


Villa Don Camillo Near Sorrento

Set among 10 acres of gardens and orchards just outside Sorrento, Villa Don Camillo is an ideal boutique hotel retreat. Villa Don Camillo is located near Sorrento, in a quiet side street in the town of Sant’Agnello surrounded by greenery. It is 10 minutes from the Sant’Agnello Circumvesuviana train station and a stroll into the centre of Sorrento takes around 45 minutes, although there’s also a complimentary shuttle bus.

The villa is family run and features just seven bedrooms, so it’s got the feel of staying with friends or family – you can ask the chef for a cooking lesson in the kitchen or get the owners to show you how to make limoncello with lemons from the garden.

Housed inside a 17th-century aristocratic villa, each room at the Villa Don Camillo is individually styled, with boutique-style furnishings and a few extra touches from us.

Outside, the orchards wrap around a decked swimming pool, while shaded sofas are the perfect places to curl up with book and a glass of local wine. There’s also an al fresco dining area for supper, which can be decorated for birthdays, special occasions or wedding receptions.

In terms of the location, you’re in Sant’Agnello, a quiet suburb of Sorrento that offers a more authentic Italian experience – neighbourhood trattorias are filled with Sorrentine families and food markets bustle with locals picking up fresh ingredients for dinner.

Grand Hotel Convento Di Amalfi  Near Amalfi

Poised on the cliffside overlooking the picturesque Amalfi Coast, the luxurious Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is the perfect choice for a sophisticated break. Housed in a 12th century monastery with a 13th century Norman-Arab cloister, this beautiful hotel has been completely refurbished to seamlessly blend modern comforts with its historic past.
Set somewhere between blue skies and the Mediterranean waters lies this hidden gem which is dramatically carved into the cliffside. Soak up the old-world charm and natural beauty as you take a stroll through the picturesque cloister, private chapel, fragrant lemon gardens and Walk of Monks – a path offering breathtaking views over the coast. Spend long, lazy days by the inviting infinity pool and gaze at the horizon that merges with the pool’s sparkling waters. For a change of scenery, head into Amalfi’s historic centre which is just a short stroll away.
Each guest room has magnificent sea views and has been carefully furnished to create a light, modern and comfortable space. Relax around the infinity swimming pool (open June – October) and enjoy the stunning views over the glistening ocean or head to the beach where sunbeds and umbrellas are provided free of charge and a restaurant and bar serve light dishes and refreshing drinks. The hotel also has a wellness centre where you can sample a wide range of beauty treatments or use the Turkish bath.

The Kyushu Restaurant continues the theme of spellbinding views from its prime position on the fifth floor. You can choose to dine indoors or al fresco and enjoy a unique blend of  traditional Japanese cuisine infused with Mediterranean flavours. Head to the spectacular terrace of the Cuppuccini Bar for a glass of Prosecco, cocktail or cold limoncello.

The beautifully restored and stylishly intimate rooms each offer sea views and a serene ambience created from white soothing colour schemes, elegant marble bathrooms and terracotta floors.

Once the convent of the Capuchin monks and a source of inspiration for travelers from all over the world, the NH Collection Grand Hotel Convento di Amalfi is one of the symbolic places of the Amalfi Coast.

Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita in Sassi di Matera

Located in the oldest part of the UNESCO World heritage site of Sassi di Matera, the Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita offers 18 cave dwellings, carefully restored to offer unique experience to guests wishing to stay in this unusual setting.

Breakfast is served in an 8th century cave church which can also be booked for a romantic candlelit dinner. Le Grotte della Civita is placed in the oldest part of the Sassi, the CIVITA, facing the spectacular Murgia park and its rock-hewn churches. It comprises 18 rooms and an ancient church, the “Cripta della Civita”, now used as a common area, all renovated to retain their original features.

Situated in the little-known southern region of Basilicata, Matera remains relatively unknown to Italy’s visitors. This unique city is one of the oldest in the country, an ‘old town’, but unlike any other you’ll come across. This sprawl of stone houses and caves is pre-historic, believed to have been the homes of Italy’s first settlers (around 9,000 years ago). Today, the sassi districts have a village-like feel with a mix of homes, cafes, hotels and even art galleries hiding inside the caves.

Matera’s newer development has its own charm and history, with a mix of smart piazzas, Benedictine churches and museums .Basilicata is distinctive for its ravines and hills, which in Matera are cut with old rock churches, mostly in the Byzantine style and all incredibly atmospheric. The earliest inhabitants date back to the stone and bronze age, in the middle ages it boasted several monastic communities and later became a vibrant farming centre.

Matera is 45 miles from Bari airport.


Relais Santa Anastasia in Sicily

Once a medieval abbey, Relais Santa Anastasia is a unique property full of historic character and charm set in the tranquil Sicilian countryside. The stone hotel was once inhabited by the Normans after being founded in 1100 and is located in the heart of the Madonie Natural Park, perched on the hillside, surrounded by vineyards and boasting fantastic views towards the sea and Aeolian islands in the distance. Its prime location on the island allows guests to drive to the medieval town of Castelbuono in roughly 15 minutes and Sicily’s capital city, Palermo, in an hour.

This hotel creates a truly peaceful atmosphere, its outdoor pool providing the perfect spot to relax in the sun during the warm summer days and the neighbouring natural park and gardens are full of gentle walking trails for those who wish to stay active. The hotel’s two restaurants are on hand to serve traditional meals, which can be paired with a bottle of wine produced at the hotel’s own winery. Guests can also choose to enjoy a wine tasting experience and take a tour of the winery (payable locally).

The comfortable guest rooms here are named after different grape varieties originating in the region. They are decorated in a Madonita style with rich colours and elegant furnishings. For complete relaxation the Grandes Suites have their own private Jacuzzi and views of the countryside and gardens.

You’ll find the miniature medieval town of Castelbuono squirreled away in the mountains of the Parco delle Madonie. Its cobbled streets and frescoed churches wind up a hillside to a grand 14th-century castle, once the home of one of Sicily’s most powerful noble families and now the location of the Civic Museum.Charming restaurants and cafes dot the town, turning out traditional Sicilian dishes and fruity granita (sorbet). Keep an eye out for ice-cream and cakes laced with manna – a naturally sweet tree sap found only in the area around Castelbuono.The town is the perfect jumping-off point for exploring the Madonie Mountains, with walking trails leading up into the forest-cloaked hills and winding mountain roads leading to historic villages. It’s in easy reach of the coast, too, with Cefalu’s golden sandy beaches just 45 minutes’ drive away.

Car hire is recommended for hotel. Transfer time approx. 1 hour 30 minutes from Palermo airport


Capofaro Malvasia & Resort    Salina Island Sicily 

Sophisticated, romantic resort with panoramic sea views

Capofaro is a spectacular estate on the island of Salina and is surrounded by vines producing the typical local wine, Malvasia.  So your remaining meals of the day are likely to be accompanied by the delightful aromas and tastes of this most delicious grape, perfectly complementing the vibrant flavours of Sicilian cuisine.

In the main hall you will find a buffet with hand sliced cold cuts from Nebrodi, juice extracts using local fruits, and Sicilian black bee honey, and the kitchen offers eggs prepared exactly as you wish.

There are just twenty-one individual rooms, each with a private beach view terrace and in four types; double, double superior, deluxe suites and exclusive suites. This sense of individuality and exclusivity creates the perfect getaway for those seeking a feeling of ultimate well-being, and the fresh water pool, surrounded by vineyards becomes the very centre of this experience.  From this spot, guests can enjoy massage, relaxation, sports, yoga, tennis and many other activities and wellness facilities.

There is Wi-Fi connection in the rooms, in the restaurant and in the Club House but elsewhere, you can enjoy uninterrupted peace and quiet and choose, if you wish, to forget about the outside world.

At Capofaro, guests can fully experience working on the vineyard, from pruning to the harvest, as an observer or participating in person. But whether you choose to participate or not, you will marvel on your journey through the taste sensations in the restaurant and guests can even learn how to create and prepare caponata, fresh pasta, chocolate from Modica, ice cream and much more, both at lunch and at dinner, where local produce is king, much of it picked from the garden just a few metres from the restaurant itself.

Produces the local Malasia wine

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