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The Pig on the Beach
Dorset, England

Eccentric atmosphere,
panoramic views,
superb food

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Ventnor, Isle of Wight

Contemporary design,
stylish bedrooms,
perfect location

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The Gurnard's Head
Cornwall, England

Stunning views,
tranquil location,
delicious food

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The Sun Inn
Dedham, England

Cheerful atmosphere,
quaint location,
homely and authentic

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Stow House
Yorkshire, England

Contemporary/antique fusion,
wonderful rooms,
delicious cocktails

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Oberwolfach, Germany

Warm hosts,
great facilities,
comfortable rooms

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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


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

Il Furtin

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

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


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

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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Apartments Villa Nuba

Via Strada Eugubina 70, 06125 Perugia, +39 075 572 5765
Historic farmhouse on outskirts of Perugia