Concierge.com's insider take:
In the high part of Spoleto, not far from the town's photogenic Duomo, this palazzo perches above the town walls, with fine views across the valley (as long as you ignore the SS3 highway). The property, which was built in stages between the 13th and 18th centuries, is stately: Just on the other side of the entry gate is a gorgeous formal garden of manicured shrubs, flowering plants, and palm trees. Inside, the decor in the 12 guest rooms is elegantly neoclassical: lots of chandeliers, Persian rugs, decorative bedsteads, rich silk curtains, and prettily stenciled wardrobes. On the other side of the garden a separate duplex suite provides a romantic escape. We like the details: the starched white-linen tablecloths and proper china breakfast service, the bath products by French parfumeur Annick Goutal, and the illustrated books and guides in the common living room (which are meant for reading, not just for decoration). The only downside is the fact that the bathrooms are all rather small (be sure to ask if you want a bathtub rather than a shower; only four rooms have them).