Unconventional stay: 14 unusual hotels in Italy

Have you ever slept into an igloo or at the top of a lighthouse surrounded by mountains or sea? And what about spending a night inside a mill or on the top of a tree? Such places do actually exist in Italy. Hard to believe? From Trulli in Puglia to a new age monastery in Umbria passing by an ancient and rich in history castles, here are 14 unusual yet unique hotels for a unconventional and unforgettable Italian holiday.


Be in top of the world in a 900 year-old tower

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Located in the heart of Bologna Torre Prendiparte is a 900 year-old tower which during the day it opens as a museum to public offering a breathtaking panoramic view of the city, while at night it turns into private hotel for two. Just for you to know: unfortunately there is no elevator and you must climb twelve floors before going to sleep!



Find yourself in a lighthouse surrounded by nature

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Built in 1856 by the Italian Navy, Capo Spartivento Lighthouse rises on the homonymous promontory: a wonderful wild and unpolluted area in Sardinia only surrounded by white sandy beaches. Here you can experience a unique and highly luxurious lighthouse experience amidst nature and amazing sea views.



Be king of the 1000 year old castle 

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Looking for a timeless experience and being immersed into a medieval atmosphere? Petroia Castle in Umbria is where you can enjoy a back-in-time stay, thanks to its rooms entirely decorated with antique furniture and wonderful frescoes ceiling.



A stone retreat

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Located in the heart of Puglia just a few steps from the charming city of Lecce, Corte dei Granai is an hotel made of stone where each rooms has stone-made furniture which naturally harmonize with the surrounding landscape.



Sweet dreams in a fairy tale cave

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Immersed in the unique city of Matera, The Sextantio Le Grotte della Civita, is set in ancient caves and its rooms are cut directly into the typical bare tufa rock. They also have a traditional Italian restaurant set on the grounds of an ancient church.



A smoking hot stay in a (former) tobacco factory

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Once a tobacco factory, today La Tabaccaia is a hôtel de charme located in the heart of Tuscany. The former factory which once dried tobacco for Tuscan cigars has been completely restored paying attention to maintain the traditional materials, colors and style typical of the Tuscany.



Childhood’s dream: sleeping on a tree

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Have you ever slept on a tree? If not, why don’t you try to spend a night in one of Irma Hotel’s tree house suites at Merano, in Trentino Alto Adige? The suites are located on 5 to 10 meters height and are surrounded by pine trees, the perfect place to relax and be immersed in nature. This is not the only tree you can sleep on: there is also La Piantata ‘s tree house in Lazio, an absolutely unmissable experience.



Sleeping in an ancient mill

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Locanda Rosa Rosae is an ancient mill dating back to 1570 where you’ll be welcomed in relaxing and familiar atmosphere. The restoration has maintained its original personality and all the materials used are recycled. The interiors are very austere and minimal making guests feel in a peaceful and timeless place.



A night under the stars

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Located in the province of Brescia, Lombardy, L’Albereta boasts a roofless room, called cabriolet suite where you can sleep in your bed with only the blue sky and the stars looking at you.



A night in a typical Apulian trullo

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If you want to taste the experience of sleeping in a real trullo, the typical ancient house of Alberobello in Puglia go to Masseria Fumarola. Here you can sleep into a typical trullo made in tuff, enjoying a timeless and ancient atmosphere.



Sorround yourself with Tiepolo’s frescoes

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At Aman Canal Grande Venice you can sleep in the same room where none other than George Clooney and Amal spent their wedding night: a wonderful suite boasting frescos by Italian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.


Sleeping like a hermit

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Looking for a place to escape the city’s chaos and relax like a hermit? Traveling to Umbria you’ll find Eremito a quiet and timeless former monastery, place where you can sleep in one of its Celluzze, cells used by monks for meditation and prayer. Here you can also enjoy Yoga and meditation courses, icon painting lessons and Gregorian chant work-shops.


Play artist amongst the Tuscan hills

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Villa Lena is a beautiful neo-renaissance style villa in the heart of Tuscany which dates back to the late 1800’s. Conceived as both an artist residency and a hotel it hosts artists in residency as well as the offices of an art foundation. Here you can enjoy their workshops, lectures and cultural events suggested by the artists in residence.



Sleep like inuit does

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Have you ever slept into an igloo? If you are not too sensitive to the cold, spend a night at Rifugio bellavista on the top of a glacier just in the heart of Alto Adige region. Here you can sleep in a real igloo, enjoying the unique experience of living like Inuit do.



Source: Swide, by: Claudia Baroncelli