A splendid 17th-century home run by Anna, warm, vivacious and multi-lingual, and Jacques, French and charming. This is a family affair and long-term friendships may be formed. It’s a rather grand name for a house that is one of a terrace, but once inside you realise why we have included it. Anna’s interiors are immaculate, with oak beams, ancient brick floors, family antiques and floral fabrics; not a speck of dust! Guests have their own sitting room with a frescoed ceiling, the bedrooms are delightful and original frescoes were discovered in the sala da pranzo during the restoration. Another exceptional thing about San Pietro is its large garden and terrace. There is also a pretty ground-floor loggia for meals: Anna’s dinners are regional and, we are told, delicious. Clearly they pour their hearts into the operation and their enthusiasm is contagious. You are in a peaceful street near the town centre, off the beaten path yet perfectly sited for forays into Brescia, Verona and Venice. Lake Garda is only ten kilometres away. Rustically special.