Mazzini 31 - Italy
Nestled in the quaint, medieval town of Monteleone d’Orvieto, Mazzini 31 is one of the stunning restoration projects of architect Patrizio Fradiani. Renovated with great care and respect for history, this 17th-century noble apartment - now converted into a luxury holiday home - boasts 3 delightfully-designed suites, a majestic terrace overlooking Chiana Valley, an exclusive wine cellar and a private spa with pool and Jacuzzi built on the site of the old stables. The décor is a symphony of eras and styles, with vintage furnishings and glorious ornate frescoes standing side by side with bespoke marble sinks and all sorts of modern and adventurous designer details. The property comes complete with a gourmet kitchen, a charming library and an artsy living room filled with precious antiques.
Domus Civita - Italy
Staying at Domus Civita in the isolated hilltop town of Civita di Bagnoregia is like stepping back in time to a corner of Italy never touched by modernization. Majestically restored by its architect owner Patrizio Fradiani, this 14th-century palazzo boasts three delightful suites as well as a picturesque cluster of ancient caves and grottos now converted into an underground pool, a hot tub, an exclusive wine cellar and an art gallery. The interior design is an inspiring mix of terracotta floors, wood beams, sleek fabrics and colorful, modern touches. The property’s magical gardens offer plenty of relaxation areas from where you can admire the splendid valley below.
Podere Palazzo - Italy
Idyllically located halfway between Rome and Florence, amidst the rolling Umbrian hills, Podere Palazzo is a gem of a country house surrounded by meadows, postcard-perfect vineyards and ancient olive orchards. The majesty of the landscape extends to the villa’s charming interiors, where sleek Italian furnishings gleam beneath the handcrafted chestnut beams. In addition to its 5 chic bedrooms, the villa boasts elegantly decorated living and dining areas, a gourmet kitchen with portico, and an infinity pool with glorious panoramic views.
Belmond Hotel Cipriani - Venice, Italy
A 15th century palazzo on the romantic Venetian island of Giudecca, Belmond Hotel Cipriani has all the elegance of yesteryear coupled with today’s sophisticated luxury. From the secluded location, royal surrounding gardens and magnificent lagoon views to the opulent interiors finished in marble, Murano glass and silk brocade furnishings - everything is grand scale. The lavish property is completed with a heated Olympic-size saltwater swimming-pool, two exquisite Italian restaurants, a tennis court and a modern fitness facility. It also has its own private boat that takes guests to visit the Venetian Lagoon’s beautiful islands.
Villa Sassolini - Tuscany, Italy
An enchanting Tuscan retreat overlooking the rolling hills of Chianti, Villa Sassolini welcomes its guests in an atmosphere of elegance and refinement, where history and period charm meet modern conveniences. Surrounded by romantic, manicured gardens and a glistening swimming pool, the property is ideal for sophisticated and relaxing getaways. Exquisite Tuscan specialties and wines are served in the garden, and luxury accommodation is offered in 10 individually designed suites furnished with classy contemporary furnishings and discreet antiques. Some of the units still retain their original fresco-painted ceilings, while others boast plush four-poster beds and lavish, oversized bathtubs to soak in after a long day of sightseeing.
South Tyrol is unique in more than one way. Squeezed in the northernmost corner of Italy, where The Boot, Austria and Switzerland collide, this bilingual region attracts visitors from all over the world with its fantastic mix of breathtaking landscapes, distinctive culture and endless choice of recreational activities.
Principe Forte dei Marmi - Italy
Refined Italian design meets contemporary minimalism in Principe Forte dei Marmi’s 28 luxurious rooms and suites, featuring classy designer furnishings and ultra-modern amenities. Beautifully located in Versilia, the pearl of the Tuscan Riviera, the hotel welcomes guests with the perfect blend of local glamour and indulgent facilities that will impress even the most discriminating tastes. Highlights include the stylish Dalmazia Beach Club, the 67 Sky Lounge Bar and a cutting-edge spa area complete with indoor swimming pool, fitness room, Finnish Sauna, Turkish Steam Bath and Ice Cascade to say at least.