A tower, an ancient house, an albergo diffuso: magical locations where you can spend a slow and romantic holiday, where you can fully experience all the charm of Italian villages, which represent the most authentic soul of the country. Often immersed in nature, the villages are an incredible heritage in which to rediscover Italian history and the many local traditions, where to meet the inhabitants who live there and listen to their stories, where you can savor ancient recipes never forgotten, where you always feel at home and live slowly, when every moment can become an indelible memory.
We have selected 15 ecohotels and bed&breakfasts where you can live a dream vacation, suggestive accommodations that allow you to discover and experience all the beauty of the villages in which they are located.
A village in the green of Umbria
A few kilometers from Todi there is an ancient medieval village that rises on the ruins of a Roman site, built in local limestone, and that has kept intact the atmosphere of other times.
In Borgo San Sisto the morning starts with a smile, with a rich buffet of homemade cakes and jams, genuine yogurt and a organic corner. The whole accommodation is surrounded by the Tiber River Park, a protected naturalistic area, and from your room, cared to the smallest detail and built in wood, stone and terracotta, you can enjoy the wonderful view of the green hills and the river.
The unique emotion of sleeping in a real castle
We remain in Umbria where Torre della Botonta, a 15th century fortress transformed into an albergo diffuso, awaits us. Between the beauty of the ancient buildings on which it develops and the magic of the rooms, each dedicated to a natural fiber, it will seem to you to go back in time. You will feel like an inhabitant of the village of Castel S. Giovanni della Botonta, coming into contact with history and discovering another lifestyle.
In the heart of a medieval village of Basilicata
Brienza is a small jewel of Lucania, a village wrapped in a timeless atmosphere. Here is the B&B La Voce del Fiume, housed in a beautiful historic home, which offers beautiful rooms that still show off the original stone walls. The property is located at the entrance of the Apennine National Park Lucano Val D’Agri Lagonegrese, to explore along the paths and tracks by foot or by bicycle.
A vacation among the seas and mountains of Liguria
Torri Superiore is a medieval village full of charm that has become an ecovillage. A community of 20 people who decided to live a life with low environmental impact provides travelers from all over the world with simple and functional rooms, courses of various kinds and the chance to discover the marvel of Western Liguria with new eyes.
A tower house nestled between the hills and vineyards of Val Vezzano
Torre del Borgo is a charming building dating back to the fifteenth century, surrounded by greenery, transformed into a welcoming bed & breakfast. The rooms retain the ancient atmosphere of the place and are furnished with attention and attention to detail. Those on the ground floor overlook the green hills, while those on the first floor open onto the panoramic terrace, from which you can enjoy breathtaking views and enjoy the colors of the sunset.
Discovering the precious oil and wine of Loreto Aprutino
Castello Chiola, on the top of the medieval village of Loreto Aprutino in Abruzzo, offers ecological, refined and romantic hospitality. You will experience the magic and splendor of over a thousand years of history, staying in precious suites and rooms, spending time relaxing in the courtyard of the castle or enjoying the outdoor pool, overlooking a natural setting that leaves you breathless.
It is the perfect place to discover the beauties of the village: the church of Santa Maria in Piano, the historic center with its narrow streets and the numerous churches.
A vacation in one of the most fascinating areas of Abruzzo
San Pio is a village of other times, completely in stone and immersed in the greenery of the Sirente Velino Natural Park (25 km from L’Aquila). Among small stone houses connected by arches, cobbled streets and the precious tranquility of a village far from the hubbub of mass tourism, there is a eco-sustainable albergo diffuso, which arises from the recovery of 4 historic houses, including a typical stone lookout tower.
A luxury farmhouse in Tuscany
On the hills of Tuscany near Calenzano, there’s the Relais Poggio alla Pieve. A farmhouse created in a completely renovated medieval village dating back to the 13th century, where,
surrounded by greenery and olive trees, there are different kind of accommodation: two luxurious residences are located in the medieval tower, a suite in the old barn and 4 apartments in the farmhouse. The property is immersed in the most extraordinary Tuscan landscape, a few minutes from the most important cities of art, such as Florence.
Among the villages of Lazio and Abruzzo
Here we are on the border between Lazio and Abruzzo where we find Picinisco, an ancient medieval village in Val Comino. Here the Sotto Le Stelle albergo diffuso offers the typical atmosphere of the villages together with the comforts of a contemporary hotel. You will feel like a true inhabitant of this magnificent medieval town clinging to the southern slope of the Abruzzo, Molise and Lazio National Park, discovering the local restaurants, artisans and all the typical produces.
An ancient house in a village in Sardinia
In the heart of the historic center of Bosa, you can find a 15th century tower, transformed into an eco-friendly bed & breakfast, with rooms decorated in local style and, upon request, breakfast based on organic and local products. On the ground floor a mechanical workshop for bicycles with safe storage, mechanic and MTB guide available for information and short hikes.
A window on the sea and the green of Liguria
Let’s go back to Liguria, this time to discover Lecchiore, a picturesque early medieval village in the hinterland of the Western Liguria. The B&B Ududemà is housed in a beautiful old stone house; you will fall in love you with its vaulted ceilings, antique terracotta floors, black slate staircase and original fixtures, the arches of the loggia, the thick stone walls, so in tune with the surrounding landscape.
A unique experience at over 1250 meters above sea level
In an ancient fortified medieval village of Abruzzo, within the Gran Sasso National Park there’s Sextantio, an albergo diffuso that is truly special and magical. The original stone and wood houses have been restored to become hotel rooms, the basement of the village are now bridal suites; the accommodation offers various activities: home cooking lesson, bread-making lesson, traditional pastry, weaving or soap courses to discover the timeless life of these places.You will also find a restaurant, a wine cellar where you can taste the best Abruzzo wines and a herbal tea shop. The scenery around is incredible, all to discover through itineraries on foot, by bicycle or on horseback.
Among the houses of Pascelupo
In the heart of the Umbria-Marche Apennines, there is the medieval village of Pascelupo, a town where time seems to stand still and which offers a spectacular view of the Mount Cucco. If you want to immerse yourself in this evocative reality, the best solution is to sleep in the comfortable rooms of this simple and eco-friendly B&B. The place offers many possibilities for hiking and mountain biking completely immersed in pristine nature.
A few kilometers from Marmore Falls
An apartment between the houses of the inhabitants, which will thus become your neighbors, a holiday to forget the frenzy of the city and discover all the poetry of the villages: this is the offer of Antica Torre del Nera, an albergo diffuso of Scheggino, medieval village of the green Valnerina, a few kilometers away from the city of Spoleto and from the renowned gastronomic town of Norcia.
Among the Tuscan woods
Raggiolo is among the most beautiful villages in Italy and you will understand why upon your arrival. Its ancient fortifications, narrow and paved streets, small dwellings with tiny patches of land supported by dry stone walls: everything looks poetic and magic. The hotel Borgo dei Corsi is the best way to experience this place entirely in stone and immersed in the woods of Tuscany.