Trulli are unique architectural structures with conical roofs found only in southern Italy. Most of the trulli are found in the Puglia region near Alberobello and some of them have been modernized and turned into hotels or vacation apartments. In the photo is a trulli hotel where I spent a night. Although rooms are small, they have private bath and offer a hotel experience truly unique to southern Italy. The trulli zone of Alberbello is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Sassi zone of Matera, in southern Italy, is a fascinating city of cave-houses and churches dug out of soft tufa that's now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sassi hotels are in caves that have been renovated and modernized and have private baths, internet, air conditioning, and heating. Matera is in the Basilicata region and is a unique Italian city and was the locale used for filming the Passion of the Christ.
If you've ever dreamed of living like a king or queen, why not stay in a castle hotel or vacation apartment? Castle hotels are often romantic or luxurious and have great views over the surrounding countryside. Most castle hotels are in central or northern Italy. Our selection includes castles in Tuscany, Umbria, Lazio, Piedmont, and Emilia Romagna.
A masseria is a fortified farm house on a country estate found in the region of Puglia. Masseria lodging ranges from rustic to luxurious and most are set in working farms producing olive oil, wine, or produce. Some offer bed and breakfast while others are self-catering.
The Etruscan Chocohotel bills itself as the first hotel in the world dedicated to chocolate. Chocolate features include a restaurant with a Choco-Menu, a choco store, and three floors of chocolate themed rooms (the Milk Chocolate Floor, the Gianduja Floor and the Dark Chocolate Floor). There's also an Etruscan theme with Etruscan inspired frescoes decorating the rooms. Another hotel feature is a panoramic terrace with swimming pool (not filled with chocolate). Etruscan Chocohotel is found in Perugia, a lively walled hill town with Etruscan roots in Umbria.