Off the beaten track

If you’ve had it up to your ears with the herds of holidaymakers filling the galleries, museums, markets and piazzas in Italy’s world-famous art cities; if you can’t bear the thought of bustling for bum-space on a beach bursting with billions of selfie-snapping sunbathers and, instead, want to enjoy a unique and authentically Italian experience far from the crowds, there’s only one thing to do: leave the well-trodden tourist routes behind you and head to one of these amazing hideaways which, once you’ve found them, you’ll never want to leave…




If it’s a bed off the beaten track you’re after, then you’re going to love the seriously secluded eco-resort Eremito: a spectacular spiritual retreat immersed in the densely wooded hills of Parrano in the heart of Umbria.
Built by master craftsmen to resemble one of the region’s medieval monasteries, Eremito accommodates its peace-seeking guests in just 13 simple single rooms which, were it not for the under floor heating, hand-embroidered sheets and duvet covers, and 21st century bathroom facilities, might easily be mistaken for 13th century monks cells. In fact, there’s no television, no telephone, no air conditioning, no mini bar and absolutely no internet connectivity.

In other words, this place is pure pre-digital, FB-free, Twitter-less bliss – where the only “posts” are the stakes of wood sunk into the earth to mark the hotel’s boundaries and the only “tweets” are those made by the birds chirping outside your window.

Oh, and Eremito’s energy is produced by photovoltaic technology meaning that, when the sun has set, the only light is that produced by the moon, stars and candles


Torre Camigliati

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Think Calabria, and you’ll probably start having visions of beautiful beaches – this sun-soaked Southern Italian region has a whopping 800kms of coastline after all! But there’s more to the sun-tanned toe of boot-shaped Italy than sea and sand: you only need to head a few kms inland to discover some of the most fascinating towns and villages and some of the most magnificent mountains in the world… like those in the National Park of Sila where Torre Camigliati is located.
Once the luxurious country home of Baron Barracco, Torre Camigliati provides guest accommodation in 12 bedrooms and suites and 7 self-catering apartments.
Art lover? Not only is Torre Camigliati the home of the Old Calabria Park‘s visitors center, it houses a permanent exhibition by the photographer Mimmo Jodice too.



Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

A miniscule medieval village in the Abruzzo Apennines, the almost derelict Santo Stefano di Sessanio was destined to slowly crumble and tumble down the mountainside, until, that is, the Sextantio company decided to purchase the entire hamlet and transform it into an “albergo diffuso”.

Book a vacation in this unique scattered hotel and you can expect to sleep peacefully between meter-wide, medieval walls, in essentially furnished rooms complete with working fireplaces, antique wardrobes and old fashioned washbasins.

Ready for some rustic romance? Bathe by candlelight, in the fabulous free standing tub in your bedroom….


Santomaro Country Loft


If you like the idea of staying in a chocolate box cute cottage – you can stop reading now. There’s nothing quaint, cute or chocolate boxy about Santomaro Country Loft!
Surrounded by the rolling green landscapes of Morrovalle, in Marche, a region which, for some inexplicable (and, dare I say, fortuitous) reason, has escaped the attention of mass tourism, the seriously stylish Santomaro is as cool as it is country.
An open space living-dining room, flooded with the light pouring in through massive floor-to-ceiling windows; a super-accessorized visible kitchen; a stunning steel staircase which spirals up to the mezzanine floor where the bedrooms are located; a designer patio with pool, and the entire gamut of hi-tech gadgets – from a state-of-the-art home theater system to Wi-Fi: Santomaro Country Lodge is the kind of place which makes rural… rock!


Slow Life Umbria

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The name of this exclusive 4 star hotel in the peaceful countryside of Passignano sul Trasimeno…. says it all.
The perfect hideaway if you’re eager to escape the hustle and bustle of city life but not so eager to escape your usual urban comforts, Slow Life Umbria sports eye-catching Italian designer interiors, impressive in-room and outdoor amenities, a paradisiacal pool and an organic restaurant serving deliciously light and healthy versions of Umbria’s traditional cuisine.

And if you get tired of relaxing? Take a stroll through the funghi-filled woods and flower festooned meadows surrounding the hotel; rent a boat and sail around the nearby Lake Trasimeno; or head into the Monti Sibillini Park – on horseback!


Hotel Su Gologone


In the olive and juniper tree strewn countryside at the foot of Sardinia’s Sopramonte mountain, Hotel Su Gologone provides a beautiful base from where to explore the wild and wonderful region of Barbagia.
Individually decorated in traditional Sardinian style, Hotel Su Gologone’s bright and sunny bedrooms feature fabulous four poster beds, exquisitely embroidered bed and bath linen and balconies from where to enjoy breathtaking views out over the hotel’s fragrant gardens and hills home to any number of amazing archaeological sites, pre-historic caves and hidden underground tunnels.


Oasi di Galbusera Bianca


Located on the first WWF-affiliated, biodynamic farm in Italy, in the heart of the Regional Park of Montevecchia, Oasi di Galbusera Bianca is no ordinary farm stay.
Beds and chairs made from bales of hay in the pistachio-painted “Stanza del Fieno”; an artist’s easel and brushes in the pink and purple “Stanza della Pittrice di Peonie”; an antique traveler’s trunk, colonial hats and African art in the dusty orange “Stanza del Viaggiatore”: each room in the farm stay’s Locanda Bio has its own unique theme (and color scheme).

And the food? The fantastically fresh dishes served in the Osteria Bio are produced with the organic ingredients grown on the farm: fruit, vegetables, medicinal herbs and… edible flowers!




Off the beaten track – but not too far off, the ancient town of Itri sits amidst the foothills of Lazio’s Arunci mountains, within easy reach of Rome and Naples and just a few minutes away from the beaches of Sperlonga, Gaeta, San Felice al Circeo and Sabaudia.
Located in upper Itri, Boutique B&B Akasamia has just 4, individually-appointed rooms, decorated with a careful selection of antique furnishings and family heirlooms and fitted with a full range of modern amenities – free Wi-Fi included.


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