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Congham Hall
Kings Lynn, England

Impressive country escape

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The Beckford Arms
Tisbury, England

Welcoming countryside haven

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Relais des Chartreuses
Le Boulou, France

Relaxed French charm

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The Talbot Inn
Mells, England

Luxury village inn

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Glenfinnan House Hotel
Glenfinnan, Scotland

Charming family hotel

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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


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


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

Hotel de la Poste

Piazza Roma 14, 32043 , Cortina d'Ampezzo, +39 0436 4271
A Cortina classic

Hotel Helvetia

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

Il Furtin

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

La Sosta di Ottone lll

Localita Chiesanuova, 39, 19015 La Spezia, Chiesanuova, +39 0187 814502
Family friendly, spectacular views

La Villa Hotel

Via Torino, 7, 14046, Mombaruzzo (Fraz Casalotto), +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

Punta Est

Via Aurelia 1, 17024, Finale Ligure, +39 019 600612
Heavenly, the best in the region

Rifugio Ospitale

Via Ospitale 1, 32043, Cortina d'Ampezzo, +39 0436 4585
Honest and unpretentious

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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Hotel Vannucci

Via I. Vanni 1, 06062, Citta della Pieve, +39 (0578) 298063
Refreshingly different