We love Bologna and it’s not just because you can find some of the best food in all of Italy. As a city that is known to embody three monikers, there’s something for everyone here. La Dotta (the learned one) is a salute to the oldest university in the world founded in 1088 where they first experimented with human dissection- you can still visit the amphitheatre which is perfectly suspended in time. La Rossa (the red one) alludes to the city’s long-standing affiliation with left winged politics that you can see manifest in the earthy red rooftops and terracotta shutters. La Grassa (the fat one) applauds the city’s rich food heritage- tortellini and ragù were all founded here.
Palazzo di Varignana is just a few minutes’ drive from the city and is nestled among the quiet hills of Emilia-Romagna. We seriously love this hotel; you can nip into the city for a wonder around the buzzing streets and lively food markets and to return to the peaceful countryside.
Palazzo di Varignana is just a few minutes’ drive from Bologna and is nestled among the quiet hills of Emilia-Romagna.
The heart of the resort is Palazzo Bargellini-Bentivoglio, a recently restored 18th century castle with 140 bedrooms (some have their own jacuzzi and sauna), an indoor swimming pool, seven outdoor pools, courts to play tennis, squash and paddle tennis and an immaculate garden which has joined the prestigious network of ‘Grandi Giardini Italiani’ (Great Italian Gardens).
The hotel rests on 30 hectares of land and next year will have its own driving range for golf. The hotel has two restaurants Aurevo with a panoramic view overlooking Bologna, Le Marzoline, a traditional trattoria and from 2022 a gourmet restaurant inside the historical Palazzo. A further 25 rooms will be available by September 2022.
With all this said, the hotel is primarily known throughout Italy as a champion in wellness and holistic health and recently won the best Resort Spa in Italy for their innovation. You can find a traditional Japanese tea ceremony and wellness retreats designed by the hotel’s personal health coach. Their wellness centre is now at the complete disposal for every guest to enjoy and we recommend taking advantage of their highly knowledgeable and fantastic wellness team. The hotel also produces their food products include an award winning olive oil which they make using sustainable methods.