Welcome to browse through Johanna's hand-picked selection of places to stay in Italy. Each space, cared for by gracious, knowledgeable hosts, is unique, beyond stars and categories. While experiencing days of relaxation and discoveries, you may even find a copy of Caffè Italia to enjoy.
Nestled at the base of Mount Portofino, a protected regional park that stretches out into the open sea, Villa Rosmarino offers enticing proximity to rock, vegetation and the cozy neighboring fishing village, Camogli. The villa, a small, traditional Liguarian palace, was built over a pre-existing structure in 1907. While a large magnolia tree and camellias emanate their perfumes on the Mount side, climbing roses, gardenias, pomegranate trees and geraniums lead the way to an open-air pool. Inside the estate, you'll find a collection of hotel-owner Mario’s contemporary artwork adorning the walls, a welcoming, communal table and a well-stocked library.
Le Tre Contrade’s stunning hill-top position on the east coast of Sicily boasts uninterrupted panoramic views: to the one side, you glimpse the fertile flanks of Mount Etna, Europe’s largest active volcano, and to the other, the vast Mediterranean sea. Built around 1850, Le Tre Contrade was once a summer residence and wine farm but was abandoned in the 1960’s. Following a careful reconstruction and refurbishment by its current owners, the villa has come back to life, staying true to its historical origins while offering the modern comforts of a home away from home.
Le Tre Contrade can be rented out on a weekly basis and if you like, fully staffed, including an in-house cook. In addition to the 25 meter long, south-facing infinity pool, you are welcome to experience the twelve spacious bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, a professionally-equipped kitchen, gym, steam room and well-stocked wine cellar.
Located in Bagno Vignoni, an ancient village well known for its thermal waters in the heart of Val D’Orcia, Tuscany, Posta Marcucci was developed by the Marcucci family. From the 1850’s and onwards, the family ran the tavern turned post office in the village and, a century later, built the main structure of the hotel. Posta Marcucci boasts an open-air thermal bath, whose unfiltered waters are rich in chalk, iron and zinc--perfect for treating arthritis and rheumatism. The Costa family has recently taken over the hotel and pays homage to the Marcucci legacy by celebrating and preserving the hotel’s unique history.
Gently placed on a lush and fertile hill near Ostuni in Puglia, La Masseria Cervarolo is a welcoming family-owned pearl. A perfect spot for discovering Valle D’Itria with its charming small towns, like Cisternino and Ceglie Messapica, and the Adriatic sea. The Masseria was built in the 16th Century, and has been carefully restored keeping the original architecture with trulli, traditional Apulian dry stone huts notable for their conical roofs.
The Grand Hotel in Milan offers an experience of exquisite attention to detail and a century and a half of Milanese history. Frequented by the likes of Giuseppe Verdi in the late 1800’s, Tamara de Lampicka in the 1920’s and singer Maria Callas in the 1950’s, the Grand Hotel has been a preferred accommodation for artists and creatives visiting Milan. Just next door to Piazza della Scala, the Grand Hotel offers the best of both worlds: a bustling, international capital just outside its historic doors and a serene, welcoming retreat within.