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Fattoria di Vibio
Montecastello, Italy

Stylish decor,
beautiful gardens,
fantastic food

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Santa Maria
Rome, Italy

Great location, friendly staff, perfect city escape

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Palazzo Belmonte
Salerno, Italy

stunning ocean views,
peaceful setting

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Cornwall, UK

Elegant decor,
great sea views,
charming seaside town

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Hotel Palazzo Ravizza
Siena, Italy

Calm atmosphere,
quirky furnishings,
beautiful setting

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La Bastide Rose
Le Thor, France

Stunning gardens,
comfortable suites,
diverse menu

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

Our places to stay in North-East Italy are spread across the administrative regions of Trentino-Alto-Adige, Friuli-Venezia Giulia and the northern part of Veneto. Venice is, of course, in North-East Italy, but our recommendations in that remarkable city and its environs are in a separate section, Venice and Veneto – click and you'll go straight to these listings.

Friuli, in the far north-east, is an out of the way area, not much visited. Mountainous Trentino-Alto-Adige, also known as South Tyrol or Sud Tyrol, contains the spiky Dolomite mountains, and is popular with skiers, walkers and hikers. It is distinctly Austrian in character – it used to be part of Austria and gets many German speaking visitors. Apart from this, perhaps the most important place for visitors in the northern part of Veneto is the eastern shore of Lake Garda.

Northern Italy’s mountains, including the spectacular Dolomites,  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 at Cortina, the queen of the Dolomite resorts, is up there with best for beginners and intermediates. It’s a terrific base in summer too, with mountain bikes, walkers, rafting and other activities well looked after in the UNESCO Dolomites World Heritage Site.  

As elsewhere, our selection of places to stay in North-East 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. 

We have recently taken Charme Hotel Uridl off the site and can no longer recommend it. If you would like to know why, please email our web editor on charmingsmall.hotels@zen.co.uk.

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Albergo Accademia

Vicolo Colico, 4/6, , I-38122 Trento, +39 0461 233.600
Simple, charming, great location

Bad Dreikirchen

Dreikirchen 12, 39040 Barbiano (Bolzano), South Tyrol, Italy, +39 (0)471 650 055
Idyllically situated mountain hotel

Bad Ratzes

Bagnidi Razzes, 39040 , Siusi allo Sciliar, +39 0471 706131
Child-friendly mountain hideaway with good skiing

Berghotel Sexten

Via Mt. Elmo 10, 39030 Sesto (BZ), Italy, +39 0474 710 386
Welcoming chalet in classic alpine spot

Boutique Hotel Zenana

Via Peter Paul Rainer 17, 39038 San Candido, Bozen, South Tyrol, +39 335 16 24 165
Unique hotel in San Candido's town centre

Castel Fragsburg Relais & Chateaux Hotel

Via Fragsburg 3, 39012 Merano, Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy, +39 0473 244071
A long-time favourite

Castel Pergine

38057, Pergine, Trento, +39 0461 531158
This really is different

Cavallino d'Oro

Piazza Kraus, 39040 Castelrotto, Bolzano, Italy, +39 0471 706 337
Characterful ex-coaching inn with great bar

Gasthof Kohlern

Kohlern 11, 39100 Bolzano, South Tyrol, Italy +39 0471 329978
Elegant mountain hotel

Gasthof Krone

Piazza Principale 3, 39040 Aldino (BZ), Italy, +39 0471 886 825
Friendly village guesthouse

Grand Hotel Duchi d'Aosta

Piazza Unita d'Italia 2, 34121 Trieste, +39 040 7600011
Elegant palazzo, great location

Hotel de la Poste

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


Via Majon 110, 32043, Cortina d'Ampezzo, +39 0436 2400
Traditional, warm atmosphere

Rifugio Ospitale

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

Schloss Hotel Korb

Via Castel d’Appiano 5, 39057 Missiano/Appiano (BZ), Italy, +39 0471 636 000
Stunning converted castle hotel

Villa Tivoli

Via Verdi 72, 39012 Merano, South Tyrol, Italy, +39 0473 446282
Chic, spacious edge-of-town hotel
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Relais Marignolle

Via di San Quirichino 16, 50124, Florence, +39 (0)55 2286910
In the hills just outside Florence