Courtesy of La Torretta

Built as lookouts during medieval times, these watchtowers have been converted into some of Italy’s most intimate and stylish new inns.

October 07, 2009

Emilia-Romagna

Don’t miss the graffiti scrawled on the walls by war prisoners at the 900-year-old Torre Prendiparte (from $508), in Bologna. Once home to owner Matteo Giovanardi, the single, earth-toned room has a vaulted wood ceiling and is furnished with family heirlooms. Above the suite, there’s a whitewashed kitchen where you can fix your own meals.

Liguria

In the Cinque Terre National Park, the nine-room La Torretta (doubles from $173) combines antique furnishings with kitschy details: light fittings crafted from antlers; bathrooms with starlit ceilings. The best part? Panoramic views of the turquoise Mediterranean from your bedroom window.

Piedmont

Architects Elisabetta Tovo and Filippo Cornero mix the contemporary and the classic at the one-room B&B Rotarius (from $406). Inside the 554-square-foot suite, you’ll find arched doorways, an ebony upright piano, and gilt-framed mirrors hanging on brick walls. A private terrace on the top level overlooks the Old Town’s center.

Umbria

Medieval Modernism sets the scene at Torre di Moravola (doubles from $404), a 10th-century tower 25 minutes from Perugia. The seven suites are outfitted with Moroso armchairs and sunken stone baths; five have floating steel staircases. One caveat: the hotel is hard to find, so bring a map.

Torre Prendiparte

Don’t miss the graffiti scrawled on the walls by war prisoners at the 900-year-old property. Once home to owner Matteo Giovanardi, the single, earth-toned room has a vaulted wood ceiling and is furnished with family heirlooms. Above the suite, there’s a whitewashed kitchen where you can fix your own meals.

La Torretta

In the Cinque Terre National Park, the nine-room inn combines antique furnishings with kitschy details: light fittings crafted from antlers; bathrooms with starlit ceilings. The best part? Panoramic views of the turquoise Mediterranean from your bedroom window.

B&B Rotarius

Architects Elisabetta Tovo and Filippo Cornero mix the contemporary and the classic at the one-room inn. Inside the 554-square-foot suite, you’ll find arched doorways, an ebony upright piano, and gilt-framed mirrors hanging on brick walls. A private terrace on the top level overlooks the Old Town’s center.

Torre di Moravola

This 10th-century tower features seven suites outfitted with Moroso armchairs and sunken stone baths; five have floating steel staircases. One caveat: the hotel is hard to find, so bring a map.

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