Unusual hotels of Italy
Undoubtedly, in Italy there are a huge number of upscale hotels that meet the needs of travelers. But what to do for those who are already fed up with relaxing in comfortable rooms with all amenities? Italy can offer such tourists unique hotels, a vacation spent in them will be truly unforgettable. Whether you want to spend the night in a real Italian castle, stay in a hotel – a cave or Trulli, live in a small romantic hotel – a boutique, or stay in the peaceful atmosphere of a monastery – all this can be found in Italy for lovers of the unusual.
Trulli – unique architectural structures with a conical roof. Such buildings are found only in southern Italy and most of them are located in the Apulia region near Alberobello. Moreover, the trulli of this region are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Many of these buildings have been upgraded to holiday apartments and hotels. The house is two-story, the room is under a conical roof. Although the hotel rooms are trulli small, they always have a private bathroom. A feature of relaxing in trulli is a comfortable indoor temperature – because of the thick walls in the hot season, coolness is provided, and in the cold, isolation from the cold occurs.
The most popular hotels – trulli:
Grand Hotel La Chiusa di Chietri (172 dei Trulli km 29.800, 70011 Alberobello) – a huge hotel with green areas, a swimming pool and a village of trulli;
Fontana Vecchia B&B (Strada Provinciale Canale Di Pirro Km 1.1, 70013 Castellana Grotte) – a hotel consisting of trulli houses with a swimming pool, garden and excellent views of the surrounding olive groves and fruit trees;
Casa Relax Isabelle (Contrada Terranova 89, 70043 Santa Lucia) is a family-run hotel with a trulli building. The rooms have an LCD TV and free Wi-Fi.
Sassi Cave Hotels
Sassi is a charming cave town that is the historical center of Matera in southern Italy. Sassi is listed as a living “cultural landscape” in the UNESCO World Heritage Book. On the territory of Sassi there are many cave houses, churches, grottoes, underground catacombs, palaces, ponds – all this is cut down in a rock or built of stone. There are also hotels that have been modernized and renovated. Now Sassi hotels have internet, heating, air conditioning. In the hotel town of Sassi di Matera there are 18 hotels of various levels of comfort.
Some hotels in Sassi Caves:
Locanda Di San Martino (Via Fiorentini 71, 75100 Matera) – the hotel is located in the former church, each of the 28 rooms is unique. A wellness center and indoor pool are on site;
Le Grotte Della Civita (Via Civita 28, 75100 Matera) – the rooms have stone floors, antique furniture, and bed linen is made of antique fabric;
Basiliani Hotel (Rione Casalnuovo 115 (Piazza San Pietro Caveoso), 75100 Matera) – The hotel’s rooms are decorated in a modern style, have a private bathroom and satellite TV. Free parking is available near the hotel.
Hotels – Castles
Probably many in childhood dreamed of becoming a king or queen, now this dream can be realized by at least staying in one of the Italian hotels – castles. Relaxing in a medieval castle, you can make a trip to the history of Italy, in the silence of the gardens and under the arches of the imperial chambers, the secrets of palace intrigues and the secrets of the Great Doges will be revealed to you. However, the interior of the castle hotels is modernized and offers its visitors comfortable rooms equipped with the latest technology. The main part of Italian castles and hotels is concentrated in the northern and central parts of the country: in Tuscany, Lazio, Umbria, Emilia Romagna and Piedmont. In addition, the cost of living in castles and hotels in Italy is quite moderate.
Several castle hotels in Italy:
Castello della Castelluccia (Via Carlo Cavina, 34, 00123 Rome) – this castle has preserved the atmosphere of the aristocracy, which can be traced in the amazing interiors and frescoes of the 15-17th centuries. The hotel has a chapel in which weddings are held;
Villa Crespi (Via G.Fava 8/10, Orta San Giulio – Orta Lake) – This small hotel on the shores of Lake Orta offers rooms with antique furniture and marble bathrooms. The richest people in Europe often stop here;
Relais San Clemente (Via Passo Dell Acqua 34, Bosco, Italy) – This hotel is housed in a former 13th-century Benedictine monastery. However, the hotel has all the benefits of civilization.