This unique place - a 14thC palazzo - was restored, no expense spared, some years ago by a wealthy Italian industrialist. When he died, two imaginative entrepreneurs turned it into a mixture of cultural centre, art gallery, restaurant and hotel. It only has 7 rooms and suites situated on the top floors off a frescoed hall. Original architechtural features - ornate wood panelled ceilings and frescoes dating back to the Renaissance - blend excellently with huge, dripping chandeliers and the minimalist, modern furniture.
   Downstairs there's a bar and restaurant, both decorated in warm terracotta and dark wood, and you can take dinner out on the courtyard. The age of the place makes it a little gloomy and imposing for some, but we think it's wonderfully atmospheric.