Castles, farms, forts and towers overlooking the sea. Strategic-defensive buildings converted into luxurious hotel facilities with unparalleled scenic effect.
A selection of the MICHELIN guide from Sicily to South Tyrol to spend fairy-tale nights immersed in atmospheres suspended in time between fortified walls dating back to the Middle Ages, Renaissance and Baroque; architectural style that finds sublime expression in Noto, Ragusa and Syracuse.
The proximity to these gems is one of the many reasons to stay at Donna Coraly: five refined suites furnished with the best of the local artisan tradition in the historic estate of San Michele. Magical address in the countryside of Syracuse dating back to 1300 with intoxicating Mediterranean scents in the garden where moat and watchtower rewind the ribbons of time towards the armistice with the allies that was signed here in 1943.
Leaving Sicily and going up the boot from the Apulian heel, the stay not to be missed is at the Masseria Torre Coccaro;
Fascinating five-star hotel in Savelletri di Fasano "that respects the ancient spirit of the fortress preserving the sixteenth-century tower" underline the MICHELIN inspectors. To the authenticity there is an organic vegetable garden, a beautiful swimming pool, a quiet environment and a private beach club on the Salento coast.
Moving to central Italy, an illustrious example of elegance and hospitality built on the remains of a 13th century fortress near Perugia is Borgo dei Conti Resort; Neo-Gothic style residential complex with chateau, baroque chapel, farmhouse and flowered courtyards surrounded by a garden of ancient trees. From Umbria to Tuscany the journey is very short with Val d'Orcia and Chianti to offer extraordinary variations on the theme such as Castello Banfi - majestic structure with state-of-the-art rooms and precious viticulture’s of Brunello di Montalcino around - and the Spaltenna Castle on the top of the beautiful village.
Flanked by towers and converted from a monastery with an adjoining church from the year one thousand, the hotel enchants guests with romantic rooms and a wonderful court where you can try the cuisine of a Michelin star of Il Pievano restaurant designed by chef Vincenzo Guarino. Finally, another suggestion, head for the majestic Castel Fragsburg: a noble 17th century hunting lodge set on Dolomite slopes (with views of the Merano valley).