Italy is home to some of the most incredible boutique hotels in Europe. From Florence to Venice and beyond; welcome to a magical world of historical elegance and laid-back luxury.
Corte di Gabriela, Venice
Imagine waking up in the historic city of Venice, in a quiet secluded townhouse, smelling the fresh homemade pastries by Gian Luca. Sounds magical, right? Close to attractions, yet secluded and nestled in an alleyway in the central San Marco area is the Corte di Gabriela hotel. With 11 individually designed rooms, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your needs. Choose the Deluxe room for the beautiful Venetian terrazzo floors and paneled ceiling, or splurge and go for the Junior Suite with a breathtaking frescoed ceiling and a balcony overlooking the canals. Make sure you have breakfast at least once, in the wisteria covered courtyard!
Just a short walk from the centre of Florence you’ll find the AdAstra boutique hotel. The beautiful 19th century building is nothing short of a dream with its wraparound terrace overlooking the largest private garden in Europe. All of the 14 rooms are individually decorated, with a fine selection of everything from quirky souvenirs from travels and design furniture from the 50’s, to retro LEGO models and Tin-Tin books. Chandeliers hanging from the frescoed ceilings give you a feeling of stylish aristocracy – which is not all wrong! The building and garden belongs to the Torrigiani’s, an ancient Florentine family of noble decent. All of the rooms have their own personality, but one thing that ties them all together is the freestanding bathtub that’s in all of the rooms.
Fifteen Keys, Rome
This 15 room townhouse in the Monti district of Rome is a perfect quiet refuge in the buzzing city of Rome. The 24 hour reception will help guide you to the perfect Roman holiday. Go for the Master Grey room and you’ll have everything you need for an urban refuge. Beautiful oak floors, bathroom equipped with customized Malin+Goetz toiletries, a sitting area with a velvet sofa and armchair, super kings-size bed and a balcony overlooking the rooftops of Rome. Breakfast is served in a beautiful light filled space with floor to ceiling windows. Sun’s out? Eat your Italian breakfast in the courtyard or go explore the charming old neighborhood of Monti and enjoy an espresso in one of the city’s many piazzas.
1477 Reichhalter, Lana
Located in the small town of Lana in South Tyrol, the 1477 Reichhalter has everything you could expect from a boutique hotel in the mountains. This stylish yet homey hotel is set in an old restored house filled to the brim with history. With 8 individually designed rooms, this hotel has a beautiful attention to detail. The rooms are clean and simple, giving you a feeling serenity. I especially love the wooden headboard in the Helmsdorf room – minimalist and Scandi chic, but still with that Italian warmth! Martina and Andreas are running the café at the hotel with one thing in mind: guests are friends you haven’t met yet, and they do their utmost to make you feel like you’re dining with good friends. This really shows in the home made breakfast pastries and the old fashioned china. Whether you feel like staying in with one of the many international magazines or taking a bike ride to explore the surroundings, Reichhalter has got you covered.
In the charming village of Ragusa in Sicily is the 4 star boutique hotel a.d.1768. Frescoed ceilings, neutral hues and beautiful bold graphic flooring make this boutique hotel a feast for the eyes. I’m especially in love with the Donna Agnese room. With 27 square meters you have more than enough space for a weekend in Sicily in this spacious double room, with beautiful golden accents and a comfy wicker chair. The pale pink walls and green, graphic floor go perfectly together, and with a balcony overlooking the streets of Ragusa, you can’t possibly ask for more.