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Recommended accommodations in the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany


Assisi
Hotel Subasio, Via Frate Elia 2, 06082
Though some suggest Hotel Subasio may have seen brighter days -- the property has hosted Charlie Chaplin,
Marlene Dietrich and others -- the location, the views, the gardens, and terraces at this former monastery can't be beat.
Phone:  0758.122.06
Fax:  0758.166.91
Email:  info@hotelsubasio.com
Web:   www.umbria.org/hotel/subasio/eng/
Doubles From:   181EUR

Hotel Umbra, Via degli Archi 6, Piazza del Comune, 06081
Just off the Piazza del Comune, this hotel set in a 16th-century townhouse has a lot going for it. The rooms, some of which have small balconies overlooking the countryside, are furnished with antiques. And the terrace dining room is very popular.
Phone:  0758.122.40
Fax:  0758.136.53
Email:  info@hotelumbra.it
Web:   www.hotelumbra.it/
Doubles From:   98EUR

Il Palazzo, Via San Francesco 8, 06081
Dating from the 15th century and owned by the same family since then, Il Palazzo is nicely located between the Basilica and Piazza del Comune. The rooms are beautifully furnished with antiques and offer glorious views. The superior rooms are worth the extra money.
Phone:  0758.168.41
Fax:  0758.123.70
Email:  info@hotelilpalazzo.it
Web:   www.hotelilpalazzo.it
Doubles From:   100EUR

La Fortezza, Piazza del Comune, 06081
The fabulous food is reason enough to stay at this charming little inn on the Piazza del Comune. The hosts are very welcoming, rooms are nicely decorated, and overall this is a terrific value.
Phone:  0758.124.18
Fax:  0758.198.035
Email:  lafortezza@lafortezzahotel.com
Web:   www.lafortezzahotel.com/
Doubles From:   52EUR

Santa Maria degli Ancillotti, Sterpeto 42, 06086
Set amid vineyards and olive groves in the hills outside Assisi, this recently restored farmhouse is a good choice for those who appreciate peace and quiet. There's a swimming pool and a number of sports available.
Phone:  0758.039.764
Fax:  same
Email:  santamariadegliancillotti@assisionline.com
Web:   www.santamariadegliancillotti.com/
Doubles From:   160EUR

Lucca
Locanda l'Elisa, Strada Statale del Brennaro 1952, Mass Pisana, 55050
When money's not an issue, this is the place to stay in Lucca. In the 19th century, the villa was the home of Napoleon's sister's consort. The furnishings are first-rate and the grounds are lovely. There's also a swimming pool.
Phone:  0583.379.737
Fax:  0583.379.019
Email:  elisa@relaischateaux.com
Web:   www.locandalelisa.com
Doubles From:   180EUR

Piccolo Hotel Puccini, Via di Poggio 9, 55100
Occupying a 15th-century palace across from Puccini's birthplace, this charming little hotel is right of the Piazza San Michele. It's very well run and a great value.
Phone:  0583.55.421
Fax:  0583.53.487
Email:  Info@hotelpuccini.com
Web:   www.hotelpuccini.com/index1.html
Doubles From:   85EUR

Villa La Principessa, Strada Statale del Brennaro 1616, MassPisana, 55050
This lovely villa, built in the 14th-century for the Duke of Lucca, is right across the highway from Locanda l'Elisa. Napoleon's sister lived here in the 19th century. It's almost as nice and less expensive. There's a swimming pool and solarium as well as a pretty patio for dining.
Phone:  0583.370.037
Fax:  0583.379.136
Email:  info@hotelprincipessa.com
Web:   www.hotelprincipessa.com/ita/villa.asp
Doubles From:   190EUR

Orvieto
Hotel Filippeschi, Via Filippeschi 19, 05018
This is a very affordable small hotel right in the center of town. The hotel is located in an older mansion and rooms have some unexpected extras, including mini-bars.
Phone:  0763.34.32.75
Fax:  same
Web:   www.argoweb.it/hotel_filippeschi/filippeschi.uk.html
Doubles From:   82EUR

Hotel Maitani, Via Maitani 5, 05018
Occupying a 600-year-old palazzo, this hotel provides stylish accommodations near the Duomo.
Phone:  0763.34.20.11
Fax:  same
Web:   www.argoweb.it/hotel_maitani/maitani.uk.html
Doubles From:   124EUR

La Badia, Via La Badia 8, Orvieto Scala, (TR), 05019
Ten minutes outside Orvieto, La Badia occupies a medieval abbey dating from the 14th-century. Beautifully restored, the hotel has many amenities including tennis and a swimming pool. There are lovely views from many of the rooms and the restaurant is very good.
Phone:  0763.30.19.59
Fax:  0763.30.53.96
Email:  labadia.hotel@tin.it
Web:   www.labadiahotel.it/
Doubles From:   172EUR

Villa Ciconia, Via dei Tigli, 05019
Surrounded by an 8-acre park on the outskirts of town, this 16th-century villa is loaded with old world charm. Its rustic beams and terra cotta tiles add to the ambience. Guests can use the facilities at the local health club.
Phone:  0763.30.55.82
Fax:  0763.30.20.77
Web:   www.argoweb.it/hotel_villaciconia/villaciconia.uk.html
Doubles From:   130EUR

San Gimignano
La Cisterna, Piazza dell Cisterna 24, 53037
Located right on the main square, La Cisterna retains a medieval air. The dining room is charming and very popular among locals and tourists alike.
Phone:  0577.940.328
Fax:  0577.942.080
Email:  lacisterna@iol.it
Web:   www.hotelcisterna.it
Doubles From:   90EUR

La Collegiata, Localita Strada 27, 53037
A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux chain, La Collegiata was built as a convent outside the town in 1587. Today, it's a very inviting ? albeit expensive ? place to stay, with glorious formal grounds, a heated pool, and a Jacuzzi tub in each of the 20 rooms.
Phone:  0577.943.201
Fax:  0577.940.566
Email:  collegia@tin.it
Web:   www.lacollegiata.it
Doubles From:   210EUR

L'Antico Pozzo, Via San Matteo 87, 53037
This enchanting, family-run hotel occupies a 15th-century townhouse right in the heart of town. Restored in 1990 with superb taste, it is an exceptional value.
Phone:  0577.942.014
Fax:  0577.942.117
Email:  info@anticopozzo.com
Web:   www.anticopozzo.com
Doubles From:   110EUR

Relais Santa Chiara, Via Matteotti 15, 53037
For about half what you'd pay at La Collegiata, you can enjoy a similar experience at Relais Santa Chiara, a ten-minute walk from town. The rooms are beautifully decorated and there's an inviting pool on the beautifully landscaped grounds. There is no restaurant, but breakfast is served.
Phone:  0577.940.701
Fax:  0577.942.096
Email:  rsc@rsc.it
Web:   www.rsc.it
Doubles From:   150EUR

Siena
Albergo Chiusarelli, Viale Curtatone 15, 53100
In a building that dates from 1870 near the Piazza San Domenico, the Chiusarelli is a good choice for those on a budget. The rooms are comfortable and well-equipped, though nothing to write home about.
Phone:  0577.2800.562
Fax:  0577.271.177
Email:  info@chiusarelli.com
Web:   www.ristorantechiusarelli.com/
Doubles From:   95EUR

Certosa di Maggiano, Strada di Certosa 82, 53100
A member of the prestigious Relais & Chateaux group, this deluxe property set in a 13th-century monastery has ambience galore. With just 17 rooms, it's intimate and the location less than a mile from the center of Siena is terrific.
Phone:  0577.288.180
Fax:  0577.288.189
Email:  certosa@relaischateaux.com
Web:   www.relaischateaux.com/certosa
Doubles From:   400EUR

Hotel Antica Torre, Via di Fiera Vecchia 7, 53100
Located inside the city walls near the Porta Romana, the Antica Torre is set in a 16th-century tower. This tiny property has just two rooms per floor and because it offers excellent value for money you'll need to reserve as far in advance as possible.
Phone:  0577.222.255
Fax:  same
Doubles From:   90EUR

Park Hotel Siena, Via di Maricano 18, 53100
This 16th-century villa is the best choice for those who prefer American-style service and amenities, or those who wish to golf. There's a swimming pool, tennis, and a six-hole golf course on the property.
Phone:  0577.2902.90
Fax:  0577.49.020
Email:  reservation.phs@royaldemeure.com
Web:   www.parkhotelsiena.it
Doubles From:   256EUR

Piccolo Hotel Etruria, Via Donzelle 3, 53100
There's simply not a better value in Siena. This small, family run place offers travelers affordable, attractive accommodations close to the Piazza del Campo.
Phone:  0577.288.088
Fax:  0577.288.461
Email:  info@hoteletruria.com
Web:   www.hoteletruria.com
Doubles From:   80EUR

Villa Scacciapensieri, Via di Scacciapensieri 10, 53100
Set in the hills outside Siena in a 19th-century villa, the Scacciapensieri has a swimming pool, tennis courts, and quiet, old world ambience.
Phone:  0577.41.441
Fax:  0577.270.854
Email:  villasca@tin.it
Web:   www.villascacciapensieri.it
Doubles From:   185EUR

Spoleto
Hotel Charleston, Piazza Collicola 10, 06049
Located in a 17th-century building near the center of town, this pleasant hotel offers good value in Spoleto. The wood beams, tile floors, and fireplaces add character, and in-room mini-bar and video players make for an enjoyable stay.
Phone:  0743.220.052
Fax:  0743.221.244
Email:  info@hotelcharleston.it
Web:   www.hotelcharleston.it/homeIng.html
Doubles From:   86EUR

Hotel dei Duchi, Viale Giacomo Matteotti 4, 06049
Nicely located within walking distance of everything, this modern hotel lacks a little in charm but offers very professional service and beautiful views from most rooms.
Phone:  0743.44.541
Fax:  0743.44.543
Web:   www.venere.it/it/perugia/hoteldeiduchi
Doubles From:   100EUR

Hotel Gattapone, Via del Ponte 6, 06049
This four-star property vies with the San Luca for the best in town title. Perched above the town with wonderful views of the Ponte delle Torri and the castle, it occupies two 17th-century stone houses. But the overall feel is modern, with lots of glass and black leather.
Phone:  0743.223.447
Fax:  0743.223.448
Email:  info@hotelgattapone.it
Web:   www.hotelgattapone.it
Doubles From:   140EUR

Hotel San Luca, Via Interna delle Mura 21, 06049
For style, old world elegance, and casual sophistication, you can't beat the Hotel San Luca. Occupying a 19th-century tannery, this wonderful property exceeds expectations with up-to-date conveniences like Internet access and anti-fog mirrors.
Phone:  0743.223.399
Fax:  0743.223.800
Email:  sanluca@hotelsanluca.com
Web:   www.hotelsanluca.com
Doubles From:   110EUR