Historic is hip

Things that improve with age: Tuscan reds, Victorian four-posters and your faking-it-French-accent. We'd also put hotels with rich past and loads of style in that column. Good thing we have the definitive collection of classic European stays for history buffs, from a moated medieval castle to an opulent pasha's palace. If only these tapestry-draped walls could talk (over aged wine and with an accent, of course)...

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