This island of serenity and elegance lies in the heart of the Roman tourist beast, only a few short metres from the Spanish Steps. In fact, the view from the terrace of Rome's Il Palazzetto hotel onto the 18th-century landmark is absurdly perfect. The private spaces are quiet and airy, lulling the world away. King-size beds are swathed in voluptuous, yet unisex fabrics.
The Wine Academy at Il Palazzetto runs wine courses and private wine tastings, as well as guided tours to Italian vineyards. All must be booked in advance.