Figs With A View

A guide to Italy's finest bed-and-breakfasts

Any American traveling to Italy can secure the oft-cited Florentine room with a view, but to find the poolside plate of fresh figs in Siena or the frescoed 16th-century villa in an Apulian hill town, visitors will need Caffèlletto, a guide to the country's finest bed-and-breakfast options. The volume's featured lodgings include everything from a late-Renaissance palace in Orvieto, formerly owned by a Spanish cardinal and currently run by an excellent cook, to an air-conditioned country house in the shade of Mount Etna. Founded in 1998 by Margherita Piccolomini, a dynamic member of one of Siena's oldest noble families, Caffèlletto scouts the peninsula for high-end villas, castles, and the like. Its yearly guide, written in both English and Italian, is available on the Caffèlletto Web site, Guidebook, $30; travel arrangements: $50-$194. 7 Via Procaccini, Milan, Italy 20154. Buon viaggio.