Collected by Rachel Kerzer
Piazza di Pellicceria, 2-4, 16123 Genova GE, Italy
While not a 'hotel' per se, the B&B Quartopiano offers luxury accommodations in a bed and breakfast setting in a lovingly restored ancient palace - a wonderful way to get a feel for the 'real' history of ancient Genoa. Located just steps from the...
Via Paraggi a mare, 8, 16038 S. Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
One of two sister properties (coupled with the Eight Hotel Portofino), the Eight Hotel Paraggi is a stunning hotel option in the Portofino area. Just three minutes from 'downtown' Portofino by car, the Paraggi property boasts the only sand beach...
Pedale Metropolitan City of Genoa, Italy
If you are looking for a super off-the-beaten-path option for a hotel in the Genoa area, stay a few nights at the La Cervara Abbey set high on the mountain between Santa Margherita and Portofino. Super posh, and super exclusive (maybe one night is...
Via Milite Ignoto, 30, 16038 Santa Margherita Ligure GE, Italy
If you are coming to Genoa to find a luxurious seaside escape, get out of the urban city and make sure you stay at least one night at the Grand Hotel Miramare in Santa Margherita Ligure (roughly 45 minutes from Genoa by train). With a full service...
Costa S. Giorgio, 2, 50125 Firenze FI, Italy
The Bardini Garden is one of Florence's best kept secrets. It was built in the 12th century as part of a large estate owned by the Mozzi family. During the 20th century it was closed for many years and only reopened in 2005 after significant...
Via di Campestri, 19/22, 50039 Vicchio di Mugello FI, Italy
The olive reigns at Villa Campestri, a Renaissance villa built around a 13th-century fort. Activities include grove tours, oil tastings, seasonal cooking classes, and olive oil massages. The restaurant L’Olivaia serves farm-fresh Tuscan food with...
53017 Radda in Chianti, Province of Siena, Italy
Not sure how La Petraia remains a secret. Set in the hills and surrounded by cypress trees, this property offers all possible Tuscan delights. Everything, from honey to wine, that Chef Susan Grant prepares, from the honey to the wine, is produced...
Via Castruccio Buonamici, 352, 55100 S. Anna,Lucca LU, Italy
My husband and I visited Lucca, Italy, in May. Just when I thought the charming town couldn't get any more beautiful, the sun went down and the lights came on, exposing a whole new beauty. Lucca is not a place to be missed, and make sure to stick...
Località Castelfalfi, 50050 Montaione FI, Italy
Back in the days when the Medici family owned Castelfalfi, servants did the cooking and gardening. But since 2013, when the estate’s former tobacco workshop was turned into a 31-room hotel, guests have helped out in the kitchen, garden, and...
Località San Felice, 53019 Castelnuovo Berardenga SI, Italy
This wonderful wine estate ticks all the right boxes. Set in a timeless landscape of gently rolling hills and vines, olives and cypresses in the southernmost part of the Chianti wine producing area, Borgo San Felice is a stone hamlet that once...
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