Name: Relais Villa Roncuzzi
Emilia-Romagna is a beautiful region in northern Italy, extending from the Apennine mountains to the Po river and its capital, Bologna, is a vibrant university town with arched porticos lining the streets and wonderful medieval squares to explore. This area is known for its rich and varied gastronomy and refined cities like Ravenna, near the Adriatic coast, which is famed for its brightly coloured Byzantine mosaics and the perfect little Italian hideaway from which to discover it all is the 4-Star Relais Villa Roncuzzi in San Pancrazio, a hotel full of history, magic and charm. The hotel is set in lush green countryside surrounded by orchards and vineyards and close to Ravenna and as well as other tourist delights like Faenza, the Po delta and the famous beaches of the Riviera Romagnola. Travel to the area is easy with direct flights into Bologna Guglielmo Marconi International Airport from all London and most major UK city airports (starting from just £35) and flight time is a little over 2 hours.
Villa Roncuzzi itself is a beautiful old Italian Townhouse that dates back to early last century. It has been lovingly renovated by owner, Patrizia Poggi, who has retained all the original architecture, character and charm of the property whilst adding her own flare for beautiful antiques, artwork, sculptures and modern touches that perfectly intertwine. You are assured a restful night’s sleep at the hotel and will wake to the scents of the countryside and your delicious freshly cooked breakfast and in the afternoons, after a hard days sight-seeing, you can relax in the glorious Italian sunshine with a cocktail or glass of fine Italian wine beside the pool – perfection.
The hotel comprises of Deluxe rooms, Junior Suites and Suites which are all immaculately clean and beautifully decorated each with their own style and character. There are eleven 22sq.m. cosy Deluxe Rooms on the ground floor of the hotel which blend tradition with the likes of parquet floors, antique carpets and Murano chandeliers with modern touches like the very comfortable “Venus” mattresses, perfect for a good night’s sleep. Some feature windows shaded by old Muscat and jasmine vines that overlook the garden and pool, while others overlook the garden to the north populated by oak and magnolia trees and ancient mulberry and rose bushes. The rooms feature either a double or twin beds, 28” LCD satellite TV with Sky, individual control air conditioning and heating, minibar, internet connection wi-fi, safe, bathroom with shower, robes, slippers and all of this is complemented with the beautiful scent of a bouquets of flowers fresh from the garden.
There are four Junior Suites each named after a different bird which feature fine wooden beams across the ceilings, works of art on the walls and wardrobes made from the reclaimed doors of the old building which add to the charm. These rooms are approximately 30sq.m.and feature enchanting natural wooden beds with canopies and high quality upholstery as well as antique chandeliers from Murano and art deco lamps. These rooms are spread over the ground and first floors and overlook the courtyard with fountain Liberty and private gardens and as well as having the amenities of the Deluxe Rooms these rooms benefit from writing tables with vintage chairs, 38” LCD satellite TV with Sky and coffee and tea making facilities. Finally, you have the choice of six very spacious (40+sq.m.) and comfortable Suites which feature high ceilings with fine wooden beams, stone walls and touches of Art Nouveau and contemporary design as well as 40” LCD satellite TV with Sky, writing table with chairs, coffee table and vintage sofa. Warm oak wood floors, four-poster beds, chandeliers, vintage lamps, sumptuous soft furnishings and incredible artworks create an intimate and romantic setting for an idyllic Italian escape. Room Tip: The Snow Owl Suite has a whirlpool bath and a balcony overlooking the inner courtyard with its Liberty fountain which is rather special.
The hotel has its own restaurant: “Le Agavi” which serves delicious dishes made from the freshest locally sourced ingredients, and the hotel’s own wine cellar offers a wide selection of Italian wines to complement any meal. Dining tip: If you want to dine away from the hotel a local restaurant called ‘La Cucoma’ is well worth a visit.
The hotel benefits from a lovely pool surrounded by a covered veranda under which you can enjoy some alfresco dining if you fancy a change from the main dining room. There is also indoor and outdoor parking which is most essential as most sights are a short drive away.
Nearby towns like Russi and Cotignola are great to visit for an afternoon with plenty of good restaurants and shops to while away the hours in and the hotel is also a great place from which to visit the fantastic mosaics of nearby Ravenna, the ceramic museum in Faenza and Brisighella, a beautiful hill-top town that’s famous for its olive oil and wines. The exemplary and friendly service you will enjoy at Villa Roncuzzi really makes a difference to your stay. Patrizia is so welcoming and more than happy to tell you about the history of the hotel and recommend sights to see. So if you’re looking for a tranquil Italian escape in the country that offers a slower pace of life and added charm and character then Villa Roncuzzi should be on your list.
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