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Beautiful Places to Stay in Italy

Italy's New Hit List—composed by Gisela Williams, Meghan McEwen, Gina Hamadey and Megan Krigbaum
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Monastero Santa Rosa, Campania

Bianca Sharma, an American tourist, was sailing down the Amalfi coast when she spotted an abandoned hotel, formerly a 17th-century monastery. Impulsively, she bought it and transformed it into this gorgeous hotel with 20 rooms, terraced gardens and an infinity pool that overlooks the indigo sea. Sharma had no previous hotel experience. But, she says, “I knew what I liked: an amazing bathroom and a good mattress.” And a talented chef, too: Christoph Bob (who trained with Heinz Beck of Rome’s La Pergola) develops modern dishes like risotto with burrata and black olive powder. Bob refers to an old cookbook from the nuns who used to live here to make shell-shaped, ricotta-stuffed breakfast pastries. Doubles from $509; monasterosantarosa.com.—Gisela Williams

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