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10 of the Dreamiest Countryside Hotels in Italy

Want to stay inside a thousand-year-old castle in Italy?

Vast stretches of rural landscapes leading to centuries-old properties will greet you when checking into these idyllic hotels from Piedmont to Puglia. When not dining on the regional fare or learning local traditions, the Italian way of life, dolce far neinte, otherwise known as pleasant idleness, will become your favorite pastime.

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Casa di Langa

WHERE: Piedmont

Head to the heart of Italy’s Piedmont region, where Casa di Langa welcomes you with rolling hills and acres of verdant vineyards. This recently opened hotel is dedicated to offering luxury through sustainability by prioritizing both guests and the environment. Refined in its contemporary-meets-traditional Piedmontese design, no details were spared when GaS Studio and P+F took over the architectural and interior design. The natural hues of the lush landscape are reflected in the décor composed of locally sourced materials, including Pietra di Luserna stone and 100% recyclable terracotta. Every one of the 39 rooms outfitted in cotton, wool, and silk along with original artworks, opens onto a private terrace. When not truffle hunting, taking an art tour, or learning about local cuisine over a cooking class, enjoy regional specialties at the in-house Fàula Ristorante. A region well-reputed for its wine, Sori Cocktail Bar has you covered.

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WHERE: South Tyrol

Secluded in the woods on the Renon plateau in South Tyrol, ADLER Lodge RITTEN offers a plush sanctuary to connect with nature. Opt for a cable car to drop you off directly from the nearby city of Bolzano. This serene retreat is made up of 20 alpine-style chalets, each one equipped with a sauna and fireplace. As envisioned by architect Hugo Demetz, the main lodge includes 20 suites boasting panoramic views of the Dolomites. Interior designer Karin Sanoner combined classic furnishings with tribal decorations to create an eclectic ambiance throughout the rustic space. Gourmet meals take on an Alpine-Mediterranean twist, with chef Hannes Pignater favoring a Tyrolean kitchen of herbs, roots, and vegetables from small local producers. End your day by sinking into the saltwater pool that flows from inside the spa to the pine-scented air or detox in the Finnish sauna.

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Castello di Casole

WHERE: Tuscany

Time appears to stand still when driving through the stately rows of cypress trees leading to Castello di Casole, A Belmond Hotel, Tuscany. Past lives of this 10th-century castle spread across 4,200 acres include an aristocrat’s farmhouse and a Hollywood party palace. Evidence of the estate’s storied past is found in the Etruscan artifacts on display. Each of the 39 contemporary rooms and suites, including five 2-story Limonaia suites, highlight rustic elegance with antiques, customized cabinetry, Carrara marble, and mosaic floors. Treat yourself to Executive Chef Daniele Sera’s signature à la carte menu at refined restaurant Tosca, paired with a glass of their wine. Or catch the golden sunset over more rustic Italian fare and a cocktail at Bar Visconti, named for the former owner. Take a holistic pause with a signature honey-infused massage in the ancient wine cellar, now the Essere Spa. Or find your zen at the heated infinity pool and forget what day it is.

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Borgo Santo Pietro

WHERE: Palazzetto

What began as a nature-meets-luxury hospitality project at the skillful hands of Jeanette and Claus Thottrup in 2001, continues to plant even deeper roots. Once a six-key property, 300-acre Borgo Santo Pietro invites you to stay at one of their 22 rooms and four suites with private pools. This member of Leading Hotels of the World is decked out in traditional and vintage furnishings, including bespoke beds and hand-painted frescoes. Farm-to-plate dining takes precedence at the one Michelin starred restaurant, Meo Modo, La Trattoria sull’Albero, and the new pop-up restaurant, Orto, set in the vegetable garden. As for the wine, over 1,200 labels are on offer. If you’re more interested in holistic health, discover how herbs are transformed into oils at the Herb House, or use these oils for a healing treatment at Seed to Skin spa. And take a long moment to stroll the lush gardens and count the sheep–300 in total. You’ll also find pigs, alpacas, chickens, and rabbits.

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Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco

WHERE: Tuscany

Discover the aged village of Val d’Orcia–a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Montalcino, Tuscany—meticulously restored by Massimo and Chiara Ferragamo and converted into the Rosewood Castiglion del Bosco. This 800-year-old estate is set upon 5,000 acres and includes 11 distinctive 17th and 18th-century villas, each with a heated pool, terrace, pergola, and garden. The 42 softly-hued suites at the hotel are elegantly outfitted in local textiles, antiques, and artisanal accessories, some with views of the valley. While Chef Matteo Temperini masters traditional Tuscan dishes at upscale Ristorante Campo del Drago and trattoria-style Osteria La Canonica, pick organic produce in the garden and concoct your own feast during a cooking class. After choosing between over a dozen treatments options at the spa or going for an energizing run, continue life beneath the Tuscan sun poolside with views as far as the eyes can see.

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Hotel Castello di Reschio

WHERE: Umbria

Head for the hills of Umbria to discover a thousand-year-old castle surrounded by 3,700 acres of rolling hills and flourishing forests. Hotel Castello di Reschio pays homage to local craftsmanship with detailed stucco work, stone-carved fireplaces, and antique artwork omnipresent throughout the 36 rooms and common living spaces. Owner and architect Count Benedikt, designed the newly opened hotel while his artist wife Donna Nencia’s curated it with her unique trompe l’oeil. The estate’s organic kitchen garden, vineyards, and beehives contribute to farm-to-fork dining at refined Ristorante Al Castello and Il Torrino. The latter is set in a converted watchtower overlooking the pool. More laid-back Ristorante Alle Scuderie serves up simple and fresh fare. A former vaulted wine cellar, The Bathhouse spa, complete with salt-water plunge pool, hammam, sauna, and two treatment rooms, takes its cues from Roman baths.

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Castello di Monterone

WHERE: Umbria

A regal stay awaits when you arrive at Castello di Monterone. Just under two miles from Perugia in the region of Umbria sits this 13th-century castle-turned-hotel. Each of the 18 rooms tells a story from Dell’Etrusco named for an Etruscan face set in the wall to Le Segreta, a room discovered during restoration works. Some of the medieval-inspired chambers feature original frescoes and countryside views. Enjoy a relaxing respite at the spa’s sauna and steam room, or head to the outdoor pool to refresh. The enchanting property includes a fragrant rose garden with 20 rose varieties, created as a tribute to the women of the castle. For an authentic taste of Umbrian cuisine, including artisanal pasta and local meats, Gradale Restaurant sets a perfect table upon the covered terrace.

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Filodivino Wine Resort & SPA

WHERE: Marche

Experience an authentic taste of Italy at Filodivino Wine Resort & SPA in the Marche region, nestled between the Apennine Mountains and the Adriatic Sea. The smart design of the three rooms and five suites includes earthenware tiles, natural fibers, and hand-crafted furniture made of recycled materials. Wine is at the heart of Filodivino. After exploring the vineyards, indulge in a tasting in the remarkable underground winery spread across two floors. Continue the journey into regional wines over chef Andrea Alessandrelli’s tasting menu at restaurant Veranda, where he combines flavors from the land and sea. Take an afternoon to detox at the property’s notable wellness space, where a Turkish bath, sauna, Kneipp path, and heated outdoor and indoor whirlpool will invigorate you. Afterward, head back to the vineyard to dip in the infinity pool, accompanied only by nature’s elements.

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Sextantio Albergo Diffuso

WHERE: Abruzzo

Enter another era when you arrive at the fortified medieval village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio set high up in the mountains of Abruzzo–4,000 feet above sea level, to be exact. In an attempt to conserve and reawaken this abandoned village, Sextantio Albergo Diffuso was created. This historical hotel project unites austere luxury with traditional design details to recall past traditions, food, and crafts. Woolen mattresses and bedspreads handmade by local weavers decorate the 30 rooms, while modern amenities are cleverly concealed. At restaurant Locanda sotto gli Archi, original recipes are served on handcrafted plates. Wine tasting occurs underground in The Cantinone, while infusions of local herbs are sipped at the Tisaneria or tearoom. Delve deeper into the region’s history by taking a weaving, soap making, or baking class, or pick up a few artisanal souvenirs at La Bottega dell’Artigianato on your way out.

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Borgo Canonica

WHERE: Puglia

A defining characteristic of the Itria Valley in Puglia is the cone-like limestone dwellings called Trulli. One of the most lavish examples of these former shepherd and farmer homes can be found at Borgo Canonica. Composed of 42 Trulli, the 15 suites recall an ancient rural borgo dating back to the 1800s. A poetic fusion of wood and stone furnishes each of the Trulli, while a fragrance of lavender and fruit trees permeates the 14-acre property. Every detail of the architecture and design adds to the traditional Apulian mood. Dining at the relaxed restaurant and bar offers an introduction to the regional produce, including orecchiette and burrata paired with local Primitivo. The most tranquil moments can be spent poolside surrounded by leafy olive trees. For a change of scenery, hop on a bike and head to the picturesque village of Cisternino.