Written by DLX contributor, Nancy Barkley, founder of Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways

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The historic Italian village of Varignana is home to Palazzo di Varignana Resort and Spa.  Sitting atop the Bolognese hills, this eighteenth-century villa is located in an exclusive position offering breathtaking views of Northern Italy. It is ideal for discerning travelers looking for a luxury and wellness resort along with natural beautiful surroundings to relax your mind.

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There are so many splendid options you can choose from while staying here.  Starting with their VarSana Spa, an expansive wellness center concealed underneath this resort.  I really enjoyed my afternoon at the spa, which offers a water circuit of soaking tubs, sensory, showers, bio-sauna, Finnish sauna,  and an ice waterfall , all led by an onsite sauna expert.  After completing my circuit I experienced my first massage on a hot water bed table, which was quite the experience.

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In warmer weather you can take advantage of the four outdoor swimming pools, as well as tennis and squash courts.  Also offered are complimentary bicycles, which I used to explore the absolute beauty of the Bolognese hills.

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Bike riding can lead to quite the appetite, so spend the afternoon taking individual cooking lessons and discover the special secrets of cooking from the Emilia Romagna area.

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Stroll through the exquisite landscaped gardens that leads the way to the recently introduced Villa Amagioia, a 4,000 square foot private retreat.  This luxurious 5 bedroom villa is surrounded by botanical gardens which are part of the prestigious network “Grandi Giardini Italani.”

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If you are not staying in Villa Amagioai, you can select from one of their 90 elegant rooms set in different buildings connected by underground corridors creating a private resort-village.

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For dinner, you can savor Italian delicacies at either of the hotel’s two restaurants.   The Pool Lounge Bar and Restaurant which is surrounded by a green park complete with lush vegetation offers wonderful ambience and light cuisine.  Il Palazzo, their gourmet restaurant, adds a touch of sophistication to any meal and serves classic Italian dishes with the use of local ingredients.

Perfect for honeymoons, weddings and romantic escapes. Palazzo di Varignana Resort comes complete with an underground spa and a maze of secret passages.

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The staff go out of their way to make you feel at home and are happy to suggest and arrange excursions outside their resort.  Play a round of golf, wine tasting at a local winery, or visit the medieval town center of Bologna.    Car aficionados might want to visit the Ferrari or Lamborghini Museums.

For more information please contact Nancy Barkley at Honeymoons and Get-A-Ways.  215-793-4808

 

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