A charming B&B in a Tuscan lagoon

Casa Iris in the 16th-century town of Orbetello is an oasis of antiques and curated jazz

The elegant new bed and breakfast Casa Iris inhabits a 16th-century palazzo in the southern Tuscan town of Orbetello
The elegant new bed and breakfast Casa Iris inhabits a 16th-century palazzo in the southern Tuscan town of Orbetello

In the lagoon between the Monte Argentario peninsula and Tuscany’s southernmost coast is the tiny, tear-shaped 16th-century town of Orbetello. It has a sweet piazza, a great weekend brocante market – and now, an exceptionally charming bed and breakfast in a 16th-century palazzo, its interiors replete with mid-20th-century furniture, 18th-century antiques and original affreschi restored by an architect who has overseen similar works at the Villa Borghese. The couple who own Casa Iris (casairisorbetello.com; from €150), an Italian and an American, bring the same considered elegance to the whole experience, from the curated jazz playing in the living spaces to breakfasts sourced entirely from local small farms and producers.

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