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What We Love

  • The Jetsetter rate includes daily breakfast and a three-hour entry to the VarSana Spa (per person, per stay)
  • The resort is centered on an 18th-century villa
  • Impressive 20-acre grounds dotted with fountains and sculptures

What To Know

  • Parts of the historic villa are used for conferences and weddings
  • Free parking and WiFi
  • Free loaner bikes at reception
  • The huge spa has a Finnish sauna, steam baths and an indoor pool with underwater music


  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Kids Club
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Sprawling country spa retreat a 25-minute drive from Bologna centered on an 18th-century villa

The Lowdown

Set on 20 acres of parkland a 25-minute drive from Bologna, Palazzo di Varignana is a sprawling country retreat centered on an 18th-century villa. Formerly a count’s summer residence, the honey-colored main building is topped by a red tile roof and surrounded by gardens interspersed with fountains, sculptures and pine trees. The property opened in 2013 following a huge restoration project, with the majority of the 89 guestrooms in a series of outbuildings. The mod interiors are done in browns and creams, and all rooms feature either huge picture windows, balconies or terraces overlooking the grounds. Tuck into traditional Italian fare at Il Palazzo or light bites at the poolside restaurant. The resort is home to an impressive spa with a Finnish sauna, steam baths, a pool with underwater music and Jacuzzi tubs. Outside, there’s a large open-air pool, and free bikes are available to explore the extensive grounds.

In the Area

Make the most of the grounds by going for a stroll or a bike ride. Outdoor games and slides are available for kids, and there’s a running path that cuts through the gardens. The hotel overlooks what was once the Roman city of Claterna, and you can explore the ancient remains at nearby Ozzano. Bologna is a 25-minute drive away. Grab a gelato from La Sorbetteria Castiglione and explore the historic streets and palazzos. For an art fix, head to the Gallery of Modern Art of Bologna or the National Picture Gallery.

How to Get There

Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
Via Ca' Masino, 611/A
Castel San Pietro Terme, 40024 Italy


4.5 Very Good 899 Reviews
Gigantic but lacking soul
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a huge conference facility. We were a pretty sizeable crowd but several of the other teams were even bigger.

The rooms are of high standard compared to normal Italian hotels. The breakfast is also better assorted than normal however nothing fancy.

Ordering coffee in the morning is a challenge, the first morning I asked four times for my macchiato but it failed to show up.

In the end of May the weather was very bad, cold and rainy. One morning there was a bit of sunshine so we brought our breakfast to the adjacent patio but were immediately instructed to come back inside.

There were some pools which were deserted either because of the bad weather or because they were closed. The gym is very basic. A couple of strange machines and (very low weight) free weights.

I would not visit this resort privately but as a conference venue it is ok.

Somewhat Strange Luxury Resort
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This very modern resort with multiple low-rise buildings offer luxury accomodations in a college campus like setting. No complaints about the high quality rooms. The public areas are stark and uninviting. Further the only dining place open when we stayed at the resort was the dining room overlloking the pool, for brakfast, lunch and diner. The smae menu is offered at both lunch and dinner with few lunch type options. As the only dining place at dinner the patrons face others dining casully in ppool-wear and many children. Lastly the food prepared by the kitchen was the poorest we experience in two weeks in Italy . Overall NOT Recommended

NIce to return to this wonderful resort hotel spa
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Back for our second visit and already planning our next. Every staff member from warm and friendly Sara at the reception to Bernardo who took our bags and escorted us to our room to Max and Giovanni at the Palazzo restaurant to Giana in housekeeping have once again made our visit memorable and great pleasure. For us it is a delight to vacation where real Italians stay as opposed to a large American chain. We very much enjoyed walking through the lush and manicured gardens and swimming in the crystal clear waters of the many swimming pools. Dinner at the gourmet restaurant was most memorable for fine cuisine and superb local wine.

Nice but...
Reviewed 1 month ago

Huge resort built around a superb palazzio from the 18th century.
Lost in the middle of a beautiful countryside the place is really remote. 40 min from Bologna.
The view is really beautiful.
The rooms are located in modern buildings all around the huge park of the palazzo.
Rooms are modern, clean, large and confortable but not really charming.
Indoors and outdoors swimming pools (you have to pay to go to the indoor swimming pool...)
The breakfast is really average to a hotel of this category.
Staff is nice.

Bit disappointing!
Reviewed 2 months ago

Resort was presented superbly on line and we were really looking forward to our stay. However way too many niggles!

Great Spa facilities
Spacious and elegant rooms
Restaurant service very good.

Ongoing construction/landscaping work everywhere - felt like a work in progress.
Indifferent reception staff
Food in restaurant average - despite high prices
Patchy housekeeping service
Poor bar service - inattentive staff and strict 11:00pm closing.

Overall was not really made to feel welcome - maybe their focus is the conference/events market. I give it 3 because with more attention to the customer the place has great potential.