Relais del Maro
Known as an albergo diffuso or ‘scattered hotel’ — a cross between apartments and a B&B — Relais del Maro’s accommodation is split between three buildings in the hamlet of Borgomaro, about 60 miles southwest of Genoa. Guests have access to a communal garden and pool. Doubles from £69, B&B.
La Sosta di Ottone III
A restaurant with six rooms and magical Mediterranean views, open from April to October, La Sosta is a modern locanda (inn) perched inland from the Cinque Terre National Park. Rooms are bright and colourful, while the restaurant menu is focused on local produce. Doubles from £204, B&B.
Agriturismo Il Filo di Paglia
An organic farm in the hills behind Sestri Levante where the Azaghi family produce their own meat, cheese and veg, serve biodynamic wine, and offer reiki and tui na massage. And the farmhouse was hand-built using straw bales, local soil and vegetable soap. Doubles from £55, B&B.
There are B&Bs and then there’s this pad on the top floor of a 16th-century palazzo just off Genoa’s main Renaissance drag. Three rooms, each with their own bathroom, pair period features with memory-foam mattresses, handmade soaps and an organic breakfast spread. Doubles from £93, B&B.
Published in the December 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)