3 Charming Hotels around Italy
Relais Montemarino is a handsome residence in Borgomale, in the province of Cuneo in Piedmont. This 19th-century farmhouse has been beautifully restored by the owners, whose interest in the history and traditions of the area has translated into careful preservation of its original features. Sitting amidst the undulating hills of the Langhe, included in the list of World Heitage Sites since 2014, the Relais enjoys the most wonderful scenery; in fact Borgomale stands on top of a hillock and dominates the valley below. The village boasts a majestic construction, the medieval Castle of the Five Towers, which attracts many visitors with its Armoury Hall and the walkway along the walls. The Langhe and the nearby hilly region of Roero offer a myriad of trails leading through the vineyards that grow on the hillsides and into the picturesque medieval towns of Barolo, Serralunga and Grinzane. The historic town of Alba with its many attractions is only about 15 minutes away from Borgomale: a walk through the medieval city centre, along Via Cavour and Piazza Risorgimento, will lead to its famous towers; and continuing along Via Vittorio Emanuele one reaches two charming buildings, Casa Fontana and Palazzo dei Conti Belli.
Relais Montemarino is warm and welcoming; the communal areas include comfortable sitting rooms and attractive reading corners; the rooms are spacious and homely. Some of them look out into the garden and the others have views of the surrounding hills, but they are all graced with large windows, and light streaming through. Against the exposed stone walls stand solid wood furniture and wrought iron beds, which, together with the carefully chosen furnishings, recreate the style and atmosphere of the traditional Piedmontese houses. Every room is provided with every comfort, including free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, safe and en suite bathroom; the Superior rooms also have private access to a little garden, a balcony and a Jacuzzi shower.
Relais Montemarino, from its position amidst the Langhe Hills, beckons anyone who is in search of the perfect stay for a relaxing holiday. Set deep in one of the most tranquil, beautiful areas in Piedmont, it offers absolute peace and quiet; and to guarantee more privacy the old farmhouse has several entrances so that there are few chances of meeting the other guests going in and out of the Relais. A splendid pool, located in a detached building, completes the amenities on offer: large French windows are open during the warm seasons and give easy access to the garden; and when the weather turns cold one can still relax in the heated pool, without losing sight of the lush hills, rolling as far as the eye can see.
Masseria Luco is a fascinating accommodation in Martina Franca, in the province of Taranto, Apulia. Located among the Murgia hills overlooking the Valle D’Itria, the Masseria is a charming place where to spend the holidays in a location evoking the past. Its original and carefully restored structure is easily recognizable because of the trulli, a typical Valle d’Itria dwelling, a chapel, the yard and the stables. In a few minutes you can reach other places full of history and attractions. Throughout the surroundings, near Locorotondo, Cisternino, Ceglie Messapica and other towns in the area, you can admire other trulli. But the most impressive are the trulli of Alberobello, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among these, the Trullo Sovrano is the biggest thanks to its 14 meters of height and the only one with two-floors, now hosting a museum. The whole Valle d’Itria is also characterized by its architecture in Baroque style. An excellent example is the Basilica di San Martino and the Chiesa del Carmine in Martina Franca.
Masseria Luco is the ideal location to discover Apulia and its traditions. Here you can find a hiding place for a quiet and relaxing holiday, or welcome all your friends and relatives to organize your wedding, a birthday or other events to remember. Weddings can be celebrated in the old chapel full of frescoes and the reception can be organized in detail inside or in the accurate English garden around the large swimming pool. Also the hundreds of years old olive trees and the marvelous panorama will be an amazing background. For all travelers, Masseria Luco offers 6 rooms equipped with antique furniture. There are a single room, four double rooms and a prestigious suite. All rooms are equipped with private bathroom with shower, bathrobe and slippers, hairdryer, TV, air conditioning and heating.
Masseria Luco has a stable with beautiful Murgese horses. On request, you can take a horse ride or a carriage ride to enjoy the beautiful nature. In addition, on the lawn are kept vintage carts and carriages. If you love cooking, the farm organizes a typical Apulian cooking school and wine and oil tasting. Massages and a beautician service can be requested on site. A few minutes from the farm you will also find tennis courts, soccer field, a go kart track, go to the cinema and take swimming lessons. Guests can rent bicycles to explore the area.
Sicilia’s Art Hotel & Spa, located on the hills of Acitrezza, in the Eastern Sicily, is an excellent starting point for the exploration of the wonders of Sicily. Within a few kilometers you can discover beautiful works of art, ancient stories, nature trails and typical Sicilian villages. Catania with its wonderful baroque old town is only 12 km away; Etna, the largest active volcano in Europe around 30 km from there; Taormina, with its Roman theatre and stunning sea views, is around 45 km away. Also Syracuse, about 80 km away, will captivate you with its white stone and ancient remains. The structure, elegant and refined, is the ideal place for those who want to treat themselves to moments of well-being in a place of absolute privacy, admiring one of the most beautiful views in the world.
Sicilia’s Art Hotel & Spa, in Acitrezza, Sicily, is the perfect setting for holidays, romantic weekends and business trips. The central part of the structure has been transformed into a real art gallery. The rooms, suites and common areas offer works by well-known artists. Guests can immerse themselves in a unique atmosphere, quiet and culturally stimulating, which will make their stay unforgettable. The rooms are equipped with all comforts, featuring large windows overlooking the terrace or garden, air conditioning, TV, bathroom with complimentary toiletries and hairdryer and, for longer stays, the possibility of using a modern and hyper-accessorized kitchenette.
The guests of Sicilia’s Art Hotel & Spa, in Acitrezza, Sicily, can enjoy a splendid equipped panoramic solarium, with breathtaking views of the Faraglioni, and a Spa, for exclusive use, with Finnish sauna, Jacuzzi with chromotherapy, bucket shower, Kneipp. Take care of yourself and take a break amidst the beauty of one of the most extraordinary views in the world, between the gulf of the Riviera dei Ciclopi and the Etna volcano. Sicilia’s Restaurant – Wine & Drink offers to its guests the possibility to taste food and wine specialties of the region in a unique setting, a large terrace on the seafront with a beautiful winter garden, ideal for aperitifs, social events and anniversaries. Breakfasts will be unforgettable.