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Argriturismo Castello di Vezio
Varenna, Italy

Comfortable rooms, beautiful views, friendly staff

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Lime Tree Hotel
London, England

Relaxed atmosphere, personal feel, great value

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Villa La Tartana
Positano, Italy

Stunning views, modern feel, charming beach hotel

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Castello di Gargonza
Arezzo, Italy

Spacious rooms, incredible service, traditional 13th-century style

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Hambleton Hall
Oakham, England

Sumptuous interior, stunning lawns, luxurious country house

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Chateau de l'Abbaye
Moreilles, France

Cosy, romantic, child friendly

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Covering captivating small hotels, pensioni, auberges, inns and guest houses

Our places to stay in North-West Italy are spread across the region of Piemonte (English name: Piedmont); the coastal region of Liguria; and in the far north-west, bordering France and Switzerland, the mountainous area of Valle d'Aosta.

There are some famous old cities in this region, notably Turin and the great sea port of Genoa. The region is also home to one of the great lakes of northern Italy, Maggiore, on the shores of which is one of our most popular hotels ever, Cannero.

Northern Italy’s mountains have been overlooked by travellers from Northern Europe in recent years. The latter are the losers. The experience of travelling here is less sanitised than Austria and Switzerland. The food is more distinctive. Prices are better value. Hospitality is more sincere. The skiing in the north-west, at Cervinia (with its long winter season) and in the valleys of the Monte Rosa domain has continually improved. It’s a terrific in summer too, with mountain bikes, walkers, rafting and other activities expertly looked after.

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in North-West Italy offers an exceptionally interesting range to choose from: pensioni, alberghi, restaurants-with-rooms and small hotels. Whichever, they all have the special qualities of hand-picked character and charm we seek out. Some of the best new recommendations in this section come from our valued northern Italy reporter, Francesca Blench. Her hotel marketing organization, Luxury Lakes and Mountains, offers many further ideas for places worth seeking out - see www.llmcollection.com. They are not all charming small places to stay, but it’s still a useful source. 

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Agriturismo La Traversina

Cascina La Traversina 109, 15060, Stazzano, +39 0143 61377
Delightful old farmhouse

Auberge de la Maison

Entreves, 11013 Courmayeur (Aosta), Italy, +39 0165 869 811
Modernised traditional mountainside chalet-hotel


Lungo Lago 2, 28821, +39 0323 788046/788113
Much loved by readers, a perennial favourite

Casa Isabella

Via la Pietra, 5, 732201, Vaglio Serra (AT), +39 0141 732201
Beautiful setting, charming house, welcoming hosts

Chalet Val Ferret

Località Arnouva 1 Val Ferret, 11013 Courmayeur Mont Blanc, Italy
Mountainside chalet


Breuil-Cervinia, 11021, Aosta, +39 0166 948998
An aristocrat among mountain hotels

Hotel du Grand Paradis and Spa La Baita

Via Dottor Grappein 45, 11012 Cogne, Aosta Valley, Italy, +39 0165 740 70
19thC hotel and spa

Hotel Helvetia

Via Cappuccini 43, 16039, Sestri Levante, Italy, +39 0185 43048/41175
Excellent, sophisticated hotel

Il Furtin

Via Rocca 28, 10060, Cantalupa, +39 0121 354584
Great location, very good value

La Maison de Dolphe

Loc. Les Cretes, 11022 Brusson, Aosta Valley, Italy, +39 347 720 9608
17thC lakeside chalet

La Sosta di Ottone lll

Localita Chiesanuova 39, 19015 Levanto (La Spezia), Italy, +39 0187 814 502
Family friendly, spectacular views

La Villa Hotel

Via Torino 7, Mombaruzzo (Fraz. Casalotto), 14046 Asti, Piedmont, Italy, +39 0141 793 890
A haven for foodies and comfort-seekers

Les Neiges d'Antan

Frazione Cret-Perreres, 11021, Breuil-Cervinia, +39 0166 948775
Traditional chalet with boutique style and features

Locanda Martelletti

Piazza Statuto 10, 14023, Cocconato, +39 0141 907 686
Friendly, hands-on, unpretentious


Strada Provinciale 20, 11028 Valtournenche, Aosta Valley, Italy, +39 335 5853524
Romantic suites in 18thC mansion

Punta Est

Via Aurelia 1, Finale Ligure, 17024 Savona, Liguria, Italy, +39 019 600 611
Heavenly, the best in the region

Relais del Maro

Via Guglieri 1, 18021 Borgomaro, Italy, +39 0183 543 50
Family-run bed and breakfast

Stadel Soussun

Fraz. Soussun, 11020, Champoluc (AO), +39 348 65 27 222
A truly hidden mountain hamlet

Villa Crespi

Via Fava, 18 , 28016, Orta San Giulio, Novara, Italy, +39 0322 911902
An Arabian palace in the heart of Italy
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Bastide Rose

99 Chemin des Croupieres, 84250 Le Thor, France, +33 4 90 02 14 33
Country guesthouse in a former paper mill