The Directory of Unusual Places to Stay
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Rustic cottages in an oak grove with endless views of Tuscany's Maremma region, each with private soaking tub in private gardens
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Luxury historic resort in the town of Alberolbello offers apartment style accommodation for 2-5 people.
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A unique designer treehouse outside Florence. A romantic place for 2 with use of owner's pool, garden and tennis court.
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Historic cave dwellings have been restored to create a beautiful hotel in Matera.
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Hotel Danieli encompasses 3 palaces and occupies one of the most envied locations in Venice. Enjoy panoramic views of Venice Lagoon.
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Elegantly styled glamping lodges, located in Mirano, in the Venetian countryside. Some tents sleep 7!
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Original art hotel with spa overlooking the sea at Castel Di Tusa in Sicily. Combining a unique design of contemporary art with Sicilian surroundings.
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Hike or take a cable car to reach this remote mountain refuge in the Dolomites
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A luxury ancient "trullo" and "lamia" with rustic charm, near Ostuni, offering self-catering accommodation and a luxury swimming pool
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A farmhouse converted into a luxurious B&B on the Lake Maggiore within the stunning Intragnola Gardens
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This beautiful castle hotel dates back to the 10th century and is set in the hamlet of Spaltenna in northern Italy.
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Majestic hotel in the heart of Milan with an atmosphere and charm reminiscent of a neo-romantic castle, inspired by fairytales.
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Glamping site in the mountains, ideal for families. Choose from tents, cottages, lodges and cabins. Sleeps 2-7 people. 3 night min stay.
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Comfortable glamping tents either in a garden setting or by the pool, near Gallipoli
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B&B in Palermo offering unique rooms with distinctive modern or North-African-style d├ęcor + sweet Italian breakfast
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16th century college building set on the coast in Genoa. Close to Genoa Cathedral, Pallazo Ducale, Genoa aquarium, Teatro Carlo Felice + the airport.
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An organic holiday farm and restaurant in Piedmont, has a hamlet of stone buildings with beautiful views. Good location for hiking + wine tasting.
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Old Abbey with stunning 12th Century architecture in beautiful, peaceful countryside in Umbria. Open from April to October.
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Enjoy complete relaxation at this rural retreat in Parrano. Spa, yoga, meditation, vegetarian restaurant and more.
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This sophisticated historical residence by the sea is set around a stunning courtyard. Enjoy great views + relax at the poolside bar.
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A budget hotel in Rome with recently refurbished colorful decor throughout. Just a 5 minute walk from the Vatican.
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Luxury hotel on the coast of Puglia near Monopoli offers a private beach, wellbeing centre and restaurant.
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Historic property in a fortified village near L'Aquila offers rooms for 2-4 people.
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Boutique cave hotel offering romantic rooms in Matera. Rooms feature stone floors, antique furniture+terrace with great views of Murgia National Park.
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Comfortable suites in traditional stone buildings in the Itria Valley, near charming Locorotondo. On-site pool and restaurant.
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Casa Rovia is a Family Boutique B&B in a beautifully restored 15th-century palace in the heart of the Old Town of Florence.
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The 17th century castle offers 6 rooms + is set in a picturesque rural village in the region of Parma. It also houses a museum.
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Wooden lodge offers studio style accommodation in Racines. Indoor pool, spa facilities and treatments, and on-site restaurant.
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A great value sport hotel in the Dolomites with facilities for skiers and bikers, and a spa to relax in after all that exercise!
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Slick modern combines beautifully with a historic building to create a stunning hotel. Located in central Rome + offering a spa.
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A sport hotel specialising in tennis, alongside Lake Garda. Enjoy breathtaking views of the lake from your room.
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This castle hotel, set in beautiful gardens, is close to Alba and the wine regions of Barolo and Barbaresco
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Comfortable chocolate themed hotel in Perugia with a Chocostore. Offers a welcome chocolate on arrival+chocolate tastings. Near the historic centre.
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Stylish boutique hotel where each suite is uniquely designed with a sports theme. Next to Naviglio Grande Canal in Milan.
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Adult only hotel with individually designed fashion inspired rooms, in the centre of Florence close to the Duomo.
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Historic mansion with stunning gardens, swimming pool, gym and restaurant near Varese. Children and dogs welcome
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B&B in central Florence offers a great location from which to explore this historic city. Children welcome. No pets
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Rural retreat offering geodomes, a yurt and budget stable rooms. Relax in the pool and enjoy al fresco dining under the Italian sun near Pianella.
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Luxury historic hotel with views over Trieste Bay. This 19th century building mixes classic style + contemporary design. Located in the city centre.