Author(s): Florence Fortnam
Here are hundreds of irresistible excuses for going to Italy. Be welcomed and utterly seduced by the vitality and sheer authenticity of Italy and its people. This collection of some 400 places provides ready-made friends and contacts, with beautiful and interesting houses to spend time in. Stay in a B&B at the foot of Mount Etna, a 16th-century monastery on the Italian Lakes, a medieval hamlet in Le Marche - there's even an entire village in Tuscany. Find plenty to do and learn too; there are yoga retreats and art & drama workshops, we have one farm that runs pottery and textile holidays another where you can go truffle hunting or honey collecting. Plus our Ethical Collection, marked on entry pages, highlights owners' commitment to the environment, the community or to serving local or organic food. * Over 16 years of experience have gone into Sawday's most exciting collection of special places to stay in Italy, with over 350 properties listed * Coverage is country-wide, including Sicily and Sardinia and emerging tourist regions like the Aeolian islands and Campania.
You'll find self-catering places of all sizes - for two or for an entire wedding party * Places are chosen only after inspection, to suit all budgets and occasions and more than 100 have rooms for EURO100 or less. Good value for money is important at whatever price * Clear symbols, excellent maps, over 750 colour photos, and honest and lively write-ups take the hard work out of finding the perfect place for your special stay
"Alastair Sawday's has traveled the length and breadth of Italy to bring you a guidebook packed with the very best hospitality that it has to offer."- "Italia!""" "This is much more than a standard accommodation guide, the highly personal and intimate writing in each review creates a strong sense of place."- "The Sunday Telegraph""" "Alastair Sawday's guide to Italy has lots of off-the-beaten track, eco-friendly recommendations.""- The Guardian""" "A charming guide to a delightful selection of townhouses, B&Bs villas and so on..."- "Mail on Sunday"
Alastair has built a team of talented editors who are as committed as he is to the search for authenticity and personality in places to stay. They are also 'driving' the world's first carbon 'neutral' publishing company; the search for a reduced ecological footprint is a serious one. The company has won The Queen's Award for Enterprise in the Sustainable Development category, an award from Business Commitment to the Environment and a Green Apple Award and moved to its own eco-offices in January 2006.