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Unusual Accommodations in Italy

Where to Stay in Unique Hotels, Lodging, and Vacation Apartments in Italy


Italy has various unusual accommodations for those who want unique hotels or lodging on their Italy vacation. Stay in a cave or trulli hotel, live it up in an Italian castle, or enjoy the quiet life in a monastery. Check out these options for unusual accommodations and lodging in Italy.

Trulli Hotels

alberobello pictures, trulli hotel picture, alberobello trulli hotel
Trulli Hotel © by Martha Bakerjian, licensed to about.com

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.

More: Alberbello Trulli Pictures | Pulgia Map

Cave or Sassi Hotels

View of the Sassi © by James Martin, Europe Travel

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.

More: Matera Pictures on Europe Travel | Basilicata Map

Castle Hotels

Castello di Valenzano Bedroom ©2012 Betsy Malloy Photography. Used by Permission

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.

More: Castles to Visit in Italy | Romantic Italy

Masseria Lodging

masseria torre coccaro, masseria photo
© 2010 by Martha Bakerjian

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.

More: What is a Masseria? | Puglia Map

Ultimate Luxury Hotel

Although Italian hotels are rated on a star system of one to five stars, Milan's luxurious Town House Galleria classifies itself as a 7-star hotel. In addition to many high-end services and amenities, each room comes with a personal butler who speaks several languages. The hotel is inside Milan's historic and elegant Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, built in 1876 to link Piazza Duomo with La Scala Opera House.

Etruscan Chocohotel

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.

More: Perugia Pictures | Perugia Map

Albergo Diffuso

An albergo diffuso is a hotel that's spread out in a historic center of a village or town. There's one central check-in place and the usual hotel services but rooms are in restored buildings in the historic center rather than being all in one place like a usual hotel.

Monastery Stays

Many monasteries and convents have rooms for rent for travelers. These rooms are often economical and some may offer shared baths or kitchens and have curfew hours. If you're looking for a unique cultural experience with safe and quiet accommodations, consider this option. Monasteries and convents with rooms are found throughout Italy, in cites and in the countryside. The link goes to Monastery Stays, a booking service for lodging in Italian monasteries and convent guest houses.

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