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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 1097 Reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Perfect place for SPA vacation as well business conference. No problem to manage 140+ conference guests. Surrounded by fantastic 360 degree panorama view over a beautiful landscape. Top modern and excellent service functions, hotel rooms, restaurants and SPA facilities. 20 minutes drive from old downtown Bologna.

Two times a charm...
Reviewed 1 month ago

Second time here. The venue is off the beaten track but 40 minutes car drive from Bologna airport. The rooms are big and well furnished and hence much better than normal Italian hotels.

It is however not really a hotel, rather a strange mix of conference center and resort. Suit dressed men are awkwardly shrubbing shoulders with bathrob dressed sun seekers.

They have pools but the cold and rainy weather (in late May) made them impossible to use, just like last year we were here.

The food is not up to par given the region and the excellent agri turismos and other places available in Emilia Romagna.

Luxurious, friendly, but pool terrace restaurant could be better
Reviewed 2 months ago

So much to like about the rooms, atmosphere, staff and ethos. The main restaurant near reception didn't change its limited menu all week. Breakfast buffet was great. Lunch and dinner a bit limited. On the night the wood fired pizza oven was open, it was a tasty relief!
On a different theme, the whole estate smelled beautiful, and this was before the gardens burst into life.
A very interesting resort that is heavily investing to be more fabulous.

Relaxing, beautiful but....
Reviewed 2 months ago

I found this hotel on my AMEX travel site. I was excited to go as it looked like a beautiful Italian countryside space. In fact, it’s a very large resort with a few hundred rooms. First the positives, the gardens are spectacular, the breakfast was good and the views amazing. Also, the pools are beautiful. Overall the resort was nice but has some issues if you are looking for more luxury quiet experience. We came Easter weekend and were full of families. The spa is definitely not a luxury experience rather more like a public pool area so full of people And kids and it’s not relaxing. While the property is lovely, the architecture is a bit odd as they made it look like an office park. I get the need to show modern and old but feels a bit forced. The room was small but new. We had a deluxe prestige room in a new wing at almost €300 a night. My biggest issue with the room was the bathroom lighting. It’s only on a sensor and you cannot turn off. When you get up in the middle of the night all the lights blast on. No need for this. They clearly want to save electricity but this is not relaxing or necessary. Also, we did not have hot water for the 2 days. Was only warm. Not sure why couldn’t be fixed. It’s definitely a place worth visiting but be aware of a lack of details. Was a nice weekend. Despite any issue we had.

Reviewed 2 months ago

This little gem of a hotel is hidden on the outskirts of Bologna .
Absolutely 5 star all the way , from its service , beautiful and very scenic location , in-house chocolates and teas , spa facilities , cleanliness , breakfast and the list goes on . Everything you could want from a hotel , when on a tiring long 3 day business trip or a Romantic getaway .
Only around 20-30 minutes from the convention centre and the centre it is very convenient as it has free parking facilities
This is one hotel I would definitely recommend and will be coming here every time I need to visit Bologna.