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Southern Italy: Rescuing Hill Towns

Daniele Kihlgren is a collector: he buys dying hill towns in southern Italy. "I look for wasted lands—treasures that Italy hasn't taken care of," he says. He now owns 10 towns and has worked with historians to revive two of them, adding fascinating small hotels. At Sextantio in Abruzzo, rooms have soot-stained walls and tubs by Philippe Starck. In Basilicata, the 18 rooms at Sassi di Matera Albergo Diffuso are built right into tufa-stone caves.

Photo courtesy of Design Hotels ™

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