Palazzo di Varignana Resort & SPA
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
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
- Room Service
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
We stayed at this resort as part of a corporate event. Our room and our food were paid for by our sponsor so we cannot comment on that cost. We will say that we had a beautiful room with balcony and a fabulous view of the pond. We were able to sit outside by the pool as a few evenings it was still quite warm (the outdoor pools were still closed but lounge chairs were available for use). The food and service was good. The drinks were somewhat pricey compared to Canada. This resort is located in the country and once you are checked in there are no places that you could walk to to buy anything. The village of Varignana is a residential area. The views are spectacular. Our transfer taxi from the resort to the airport was $72 Euro for 4 people
If you are looking for respite from the touring and busy city centers of Italy's great cities, a stop off at Palazzo di Varignanais just want you need. Perched atop rolling hills, away from it all, the resort beckons you to relax and take life slow while enjoying some amazing panoramic views. The property offers a wide array of modern designed room, which are segmented into various buildings, and offer accommodation options to meet the needs of families, couples and goups alike, many with terraces and patios to allow you take in those breathtaking views. There is even a private villa that can be booked out as two, independent, luxury apartments,or joined to create a spacious villa. I personally love the well manicured grounds and lush gardens. Be sure to explore the labyrinth! But the gem of the resort is the definitely the spa facility and infinity pools. The Crystal pool with its' retractable roof is a must experience. I enjoyed both restaurants on site, especially La Marzonline. The food was delicious the only drawback is that the restaurant is located at the front of the resort so there is a short walk along a dimly lit path to reach it. As it is a wellness retreat, the resort is peaceful and quiet and perfect for disconnecting from the day-to-day hustle. Love that you can go in your robe from your room via the underground tunnels directly to the Spa...aahhhhhh! Last but surely not least, is the outstanding and attentive staff, Ilaria & Claudia not only arranged an excursion to Dossa but went out of their way to ensure our stay was an experience to remember but more importantly one that beckons a soon return.
Nice resort on the top of the hill from which you have amazing views of surrounding , which you are able to watch for hours .
Rooms are modern , nice and well equipped .
But my favorite part is a SPA to which you are able to come from all rooms via underground tunels . For first time it could looks as maze but you will adapt very fast .
And food in restautant in "Palazzo" in the middle is tasty also , but about this i will write in different review .
Every time when i am around i choose this hotel .
nice and large spa/resort place located on a hill, a bit remote and isolated from civilization or normal needs (a restaurant, a shop, etc.).
the accommodation rate includes access to the spa, which is good.
the spa is nice, sometime a bit crowdy and the outdoor pool is not so warm. sauna and thermal bath rooms are a bit small and often noisy as guests talk loudly.
it is VERY annoying that at the check-in they ask "have you been here already" which goes against the privacy...they must have a database of guests and they could check without asking...
Lots of works and constructions in the hill, although the view and position is great for relaxing.
rooms are nice and quite large, even the standard ones, but sometimes domotics is annoying.
there are two restaurants inside the structure, both very expensive but the quality of the food is ok.
the breakfast was not at the level of the structure and given stars.
not much atmosphere. modern buildings, quite cold. all the dining rooms lack atmosphere and so does the bar. amazing position , but too big and soulless .
the spa is by far the best feature, really amazing