How to Find Italian Boutique Hotels

Inncasa Orvieto

The main building at Inncasa

What could be more charming than an old villa converted to a small Italian hotel? It is what we search for when traveling in Italy. Viewing all the photos online transports me to the Italian countryside. The anticipation of the wonderful places in Italy (and the food….and the people….and the sights) is sometimes half the fun.

One of the stops was in Umbria for three days and nights outside Orvieto. The InnCasa is a fabulous small hotel overlooking Orvieto. The night photos of the view are amazing and the real thing is even better. It has a spa, part of which is an indoor pool dug into the tufo rock. We reserved use of the pool for the four of us and totally relaxed. My friend Carole and I booked massages as well. By the way, they don’t seem to pander to American modesty!

How do you find places like InnCasa? I use several resources like the usual TripAdvisor. However, that can be time consuming because there is no way to establish a filter for boutique hotels. The website I like is Splendia. There is a search parameter for boutique hotels as well as luxury hotels. Use it as your starting point and then compare prices on the Web. Splendia has the most beautiful and unique hotels listed for all over the world. The site is tantalizing and great for vicarious traveling. You will find places you simply wouldn’t know exist.

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