Italy is the kind of place that practically begs you to stay in stylish surroundings, and who better to talk about the country’s most beautiful apartments than our friends at The City Apartment Book – a small independent company who hand-pick the finest apartments in the most gorgeous cities. From the former home of Ventian noble family to an apartment located on the shores of Lake Como, here are eight extraordinary apartments available to rent in Italy…
La Residenza, Giudecca Island, Venice
La Residenza was once the home of several Ventian noble families until the 20th century when it was reclaimed as an elite pensione that appealed to a diverse selection of artists, actors and painters. This feeling of bohemian creativity still exists today. Two years ago the 16th century apartments were renovated, keeping the original features but dividing the space into several light and roomy apartments.
Its location on Giudecca Island ensures a tranquil and serene environment, but San Marco is a mere 4 minute boat trip away so you won’t feel isolated. As well as the stunning views of Piazza San Marco across the shimmery waters, La Residenza is also surrounded by an exceptional three acre secluded garden and an outdoor meditation pool. Inside there are cosy working fireplaces in the reading room and wine bar, original Italian frescoes and terrazzo floors and a winter garden lobby which offers stunning views of the expansive gardens and city beyond.
Each apartment is well-equipped with all mod cons and everything you could possible need for a relaxing or adventurous getaway.
Via Degli Strozzi, Florence
Conveniently situated in central hub of Florence, these apartments are the ideal base for exploring this beautiful city. The 16th century building was originally owned by the wealthy Vecchietti family who commissioned the stunning statues and impressive façade. Paintings, sculptures and fireplaces feature in many of the rooms, as well as more modern features such as well-equipped kitchens and bathrooms, and comfortable beds and sofas in rich earthy hues. Each room is uniquely decorated, and this personal style makes each apartment feel more like a private home than accommodation.
The regal Sala Vespucci has an impressive marble fireplace, large windows and a majestic oval dining table. It can be hired out for private lunches, business meetings or receptions. You can choose to enjoy breakfast there or in the privacy of your own apartment.
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Vittorio Emanuele, Milan
This impressive cluster of apartments is ideally located at the heart of Milan. Just a stone’s throw from the Duomo Cathedral, Via della Spiga and La Scala Theatre. They’re also conveniently located close to the fashion district, stock exchange and financial district. Housed on the second floor of a beautiful 18th century building, they offer a beautiful view of the city through exceptionally high windows.
Fitting in perfectly with the surroundings, the furnishings have a touch of the classical about them, with hand-decorated walls, custom built furniture and tasteful works of art adorning the walls. There are three apartments altogether which can be hired separately or as a group, meaning you can house up to six people if necessary. Light and spacious but definitely grand enough to impress.
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Via Fillungo, Lucca
Lucca is a city and comune in Tuscany. It’s a charming place situated on the river which is known for its winding narrow streets and well-preserved 16th century city wall. Via Fillungo is idyllically situated in the medieval part of town overlooking the beautiful Guinigi Tower. Cafés, restaurants and shops are all close enough to walk to.
It is located within a complex known as Il Mezzanino which is a freshly restored period building. The interiors are tasteful and cosy, the space is well-equipped and the owners are on site meaning there are always on hand to assist you.
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Casa Linda, Bellagio
Hidden in the small quiet hamlet of Aureggio this apartment benefits from superb views of Lake Como. Bellagio is a ten minute walk away with its shops, restaurants, tennis courts, swimming pool and departure points for boats. There are also secluded beaches and walking tours on offer. The apartment offers two levels and a balcony which opens out onto a stunning lake view. There is a small front garden and the apartment is tastefully furnished. If you fancy a break from cooking you can arrange for a chef to come to your apartment, or, to learn the craft of the local cuisine you can even book some cookery lessons for yourself.
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Palazzo Santa Croce, Positano
With its sheer cliffs, blue sea and impossibly pretty towns the Amalfi Coast is one of the most beautiful travel destinations in the world, and Positano is one of the beautiful towns in the region. Built into the side of the rocky cliff, it’s an extraordinary place with amazing views, excellent shops and restaurants. This enchanting Palazzo offers a truly luxurious setting for your Positano holiday with its lacquered doors, painted ceilings and stunning period architecture. The property spans five levels and includes an enchanting garden with figs and citrus trees, panelled opulent master bedrooms with draped silk and vast paintings and columns, large secluded terrace areas with a hydro-massage tub, a luxurious spa with Turkish baths, saunas and massage rooms and a decorative consecrated Catholic chapel.
As well as the usual amenities you can also hire butlers, childminders, private chefs and musicians. Breakfast involves freshly squeezed juice from the citrus trees on site and homemade marmalade. This is a truly exquisite apartment for those with a taste for luxury and elegance at its finest.
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Villa Sorrento, Sorrento
Only 50km from Naples and also located in the Amalfi Coast region is larger town of Sorrento. Known for its lemon and olive groves it makes an attractive base in which to explore the rest of the area. This gorgeous villa is situated in the heart of Sorrento and is surrounded by stunningly lush gardens complete with olive and lemon trees and tall spindly maritime pines. It is the ideal setting to relax in or to enjoy an al fresco supper.
The apartment is furnished exclusively with antiques and ceramic tiles run through out. There is even a working fireplace and an outdoor pizza oven – perfect for alfresco entertaining.
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Via Condotti, Rome
Emperor Napoleon III lived here in 1830 and even today this beautiful luxury apartment feels fit for royalty. The impressive marble staircase is fringed with antique marble busts of Roman emperors and the feeling of grandiosity is strong. The impressive features include antique furniture, 16th century tapestries, enormous oil paintings, hand-stencilled walls, canopied beds draped in heavy silk, marble bathrooms and rooftop gardens.
Via Condotti is renowned for being one of Rome’s finest shopping streets, meaning that this stylish and sophisticated apartment is in the ideal location for those who love the bustling city life. This exquisitely elegant apartment is also just a short walk from the famous Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps. Although every detail is steeped in finery, care has been taken to ensure the furnishings are tactile and comfortable, making for a divinely luxurious place to stay.
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