Six remote hotel escapes in rural Italy

Six remote hotel escapes in rural Italy

1. Sextantio Santo Stefano di Sessanio, Abruzzo

This is one of Italy’s more remote ‘scattered hotels’ (a concept that sees guest rooms spread across buildings throughout town) — and one of the cushiest. It occupies a hamlet in Abruzzo, with plush digs in old cottages. Doubles from €130 (£117), B&B.

2. Su Gologone, Sardinia

This mountainside hotel offers an immersion into Sardinian culture, from the meat smouldering on a spit to the farming equipment strung up on the walls. The whitewashed rooms feature colourful accessories, and there are daybeds outside. Doubles from €197 (£177), B&B.

3. Villa Paola, Calabria

Located close to the pretty coastal village of Tropea, this candy-coloured villa was originally a convent. The views are the main draw here — in an Executive room, you’ll be woken by the sun glinting on the Med. Doubles from €212 (£191), B&B.

4. Castello di Ugento, Puglia

On the far-western tip of Italy’s heel is this honey-stoned 17th-century castle, whose nine rooms and suites are filled with designer Italian fittings. There’s also an excellent restaurant and cookery school on site. Doubles from €430 (£387), B&B, minimum stay of two nights.

5. Forestis, South Tyrol

This hideway offers a plum view of the Dolomites — including from the suites, all of which face the peaks with floor-to-ceiling windows. Leisure options include yoga and skiing, but you’ll also…

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