Following is a quick list of hotels (and, coming soon, restaurants, shops, and services) in Italy that I personally recommend. I will link to longer information posts where applicable.
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Agriturismo Casolare di Nonno Mario. Near Parco Majella and mountains. Owners sent us away with jams and wine!
Hotel Cristallo. Right across from the beach in Giulianova. Basic and clean. Nice stabilimento and lively beach bar.
Villa Diomede. Pompeii. Very basic accommodations steps from the ruins. I went in the off-season, so I have no idea how loud and busy it can get.
Hotel Paradiso. Castellabate. Great spot for a beach vacation in Campania near Salerno and Paestum. Fabulous food.
Belvedere Monte Leano. Near Terracina. Not the easiest to find location. But I had one of the best meals I’ve eaten in Italy in its restaurant.
Colline degli Ulivi B&B. Itri, near Sperlonga. Gorgeous pool and grounds have a belvedere over the surrounding countryside as it dips into the sea.
Experience Milano Fashion. Milan. Hate the name of this place but it is a very chic and comfortable apartment. Great location.
Torricini Skyline. Urbino. Gorgeously furnished. Great kitchen. Would recommend for two families traveling together to book the whole space.
Hotel Tenuta San Francesco. Near Barletta. Spacious and clean. Beautiful pool. Big breakfast.
Al Mercato B&B. Siena. Friendly and very close to center.
Borgo Magliano Resort. Magliano in Toscana (near Maremma, southern coast). Full-service resort. Incredible pool. Sits on hill opposite the lovely little town of Magliano and is a short drive away from olive groves and the beach.