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Perhaps the iconic draws of the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre are calling. Maybe the priceless Renaissance artworks of Florence have piqued your interest. Or it could be that it's finally time to check off the wonders of Milan, of Barcelona, of Naples. The only question left is how to do it in style. Instead of opting for a classic hotel, why not go for something a little more spacious and refined? That's where the residence comes in. Part managed property, part hotel, it's sure to give you the freedom, the room and the luxury you've been looking for.

One of the big bonuses of opting for residence stays is that they'll have you living like a real local of the destination you're in. Take residences in Paris, which pepper the central arrondissements close to major sights like dome-topped Montmartre and the meandering Seine River. They come with oodles more square metres to spread out in than classic hotels. Lounge spaces and big master bedrooms are common. Balconies with stunning views are the norm. These are more like your own flat back at home – a real pad for getting comfy, in between sessions of wine tasting and epicurean cuisine in the French bistros along the boulevards.

Leaving behind spots like the elegant Citadines Montmartre of Paris behind, there are other grand residences in Milan to discover. True to the fashionista edge of Italy's coolest city, these spots are often whirlwinds of Bauhaus and Rococo, of contemporary interiors and modern art touches – certainly a pick for the style-conscious traveller.

Moving further down the Boot, you can discover other sorts of residences in Florence. They are prime examples of how this type of accommodation can channel the culture and history of a destination and fuse it with modern conveniences. Take the beautiful Palazzo Alfieri. You only need to fling open the windows from your sumptuous lounge spaces there to be looking out over the sculpted bridges that arch across the River Arno. Or, just laze on your bed and stare up at the mural-covered ceilings that hearken back to the artistic flurries of centuries gone by.

You can now bag these stylish stays in cities and towns right across the globe – great news for travellers in search of more room, more edge and a taste of authentic local life.