Contemporary hotels, charming dwellings, sophisticated farm holiday centres surrounded by nature, silent retreats and romantic inns: staying overnight in Emilia Romagna is exciting thanks to the region’s many unique accommodation options. These are located along the Via Emilia, between Piacenza and Cattolica, along the Adriatic Coast, and from the Apennines to the hinterland. This is where the journey begins to discover culture, gourmet food and wine, the Motor Valley and the natural beauties of Emilia Romagna.
Rocca d’Olgisio (Olgisio fortress, Piacenza)
Set like a diamond in the watershed between the Tidone and Chiarone streams, Rocca d’Olgisio is one of the oldest and most charming fortresses in the Piacenza area (dating back to 1037). The Rocca’s medieval facilities are surrounded by a nature park overlooking the vineyards in the Tidone Valley. There are five double rooms, each with a bathroom, fridge-bar and kitchenette. A sumptuous traditional breakfast is served by the owners in the castle’s kitchen.
Badia di Torrechiara (Parma)
Total calm and peace envelop visitors in the monastery of S. Maria della Neve in Torrechiara (province of Parma), where daily life transpires in perfect silence according to the Rule of Saint Benedict. Built in 1471, the abbey boasts a “hut-like” façade decorated with pilasters, blind Lombard bands and interlaced arches. There is a rose window above the Sforza-style portal. The guestrooms in the abbey, which has recently been completely renovated, accommodate up to 25 people.
Opera 02 Castelvetro (Modena)
Surrounded by 45 hectares of organic cultivation, this is a calming eco-resort. There are eight thematic rooms with minimalist design, all enveloped in the silence of the hill overlooking the acetaia (customary facility where balsamic vinegar is made), home to Modena’s traditional balsamic vinegar. It’s the perfect way to be embraced by the colours and flavours of the region of Modena.
Met Apartments (Bologna)
Sophisticated flats with an elegant design in the heart of Bologna, just 150 metres from Piazza Maggiore, the Met Apartments are ideal for long or short stays. Rooms are furnished with a king size bed, bathroom with an oversized shower and a kitchenette with a refrigerator, microwave and dishwasher. (http://www.hotelmetropolitan.com/en/apartments.html).
Palazzo di Varignana (Bologna)
Elegantly set in 20 hectares of parkland, Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA overlooks the hills of Varignana from Villa Bentivoglio, a historical residence that is a splendid example of the typical 17th-century Tuscan country residence. The unique site is rich in fascinating history and the rolling Bolognese hills look out onto the ancient city of Bologna. http://www.palazzodivarignana.com/
La Locanda de La Campanara (Pianetto, Forlì)
This charming building from the 1500s boasts eight attractive rooms with plenty of exciting features such as water massage and colour therapy showers to works by famous ceramic artists. A large room with a fireplace is dedicated to convivial gatherings and a swimming pool, Turkish bath and small wellbeing centre complete the offer. The inn also offers hikes in the nearby Foreste Casentinesi National Park located between the regions of Romagna and Tuscany and the adjacent pub with the same name offers traditional local dishes. http://www.osterialacampanara.it/
Grand Hotel – hotel iSuite: the two sides of hospitality (Rimini)
The Grand Hotel exudes the charm of the Riviera Romagnola’s belle époque in the early 1900s and is of course still firmly connected to Fellini’s film, Amarcord. It has 117 rooms, including three Regal and nine Junior Suites furnished with authentic 18th-century French and Venetian pieces. There are also 51 neoclassical rooms – including three Junior Suites – in the Residenza Parco Fellini, the hotel’s dépendance. This offer is completed by a marvellous garden, spa and private beach. www.grandhotelrimini.com
A new star is shining on Rimini’s promenade: the iSuite Hotel, with its I Feel Good spa. This 5-star hotel was created based on a 100% “Apple design”; the supporting elements of its architecture are iron and glass combined with a skilful play of LED lights. It has 54 suites on five floors and a wellbeing centre on the 6th floor overlooks the Rimini promenade. There are two sauna cubicles for guests looking to entirely give themselves up to complete relaxation, as well as a thalassotherapy tub with a large floor-to-ceiling window, a mosaic-decorated Turkish bath, three cubicles with sunbeds for body treatments, a small gym and a panoramic swimming pool with a water massage and waterfalls.
Palazzo Viviani (Montegridolfo, Rimini)
Relais Palazzo Viviani, situated on the boundary between Romagna and Marche regions, lies in the green hills of Valconca valley, which gradually descends towards the Adriatic Sea, only a few kilometres away. Surrounded by a beautiful garden it commands a panoramic view over a countryside dotted with abandoned fortresses towers and ancient churches.
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