Stunning Italian holiday hideaways

Art and culture lovers can take in the frescoes of Tiepolo at Villa Sola Cabiati, or contemporary design in Casa Flora

The dining room in Villa Sola Cabiati on Lake Como has ceilings frescoed by the workshop of Tiepolo
The dining room in Villa Sola Cabiati on Lake Como has ceilings frescoed by the workshop of Tiepolo

There are hotels, and there’s private accommodation – and then, in northern Italy, there are the clever hotels offering stunning private accommodation where exclusivity and comprehensive service dovetail perfectly. In Venice, the Romanelli family, owner of insider favourites Hotel Flora (hotelflora.it; from £190) and Novecento (novecento.biz; from £180), has collaborated with local collective Design-Apart to bring the work of more than 20 Italian designers and firms into the bespoke interiors of Casa Flora (casafloravenezia.com; from £550), a three-bedroom flat in San Marco where every gorgeous piece you see is quietly for sale.

A room in the three-bedroomed flat Casa Flora, in San Marco, where every piece is quietly available for sale
A room in the three-bedroomed flat Casa Flora, in San Marco, where every piece is quietly available for sale

Up on Lake Como, meanwhile, there’s an immaculately preserved monument to the baroque newly (and exclusively) available from the unassailable Grand Hotel Tremezzo (grandhoteltremezzo.com; from £390): the six‑bedroom Villa Sola Cabiati (from £30,000), built as the home of the noble Serbelloni family, has ceilings frescoed by the workshop of Tiepolo, extensive private gardens and even a collection of rare Stradivarius violins. 

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