My husband and I stayed one night at the Villa on our way between stops in Emilia-Romagna. The hotel is a restored villa, on the edge of a small town in an agricultural area of the valley. It has quite a few business meetings, weddings, and also some individual tourists/travelers. It makes for quite an impressive sight when you look at the side of the road and see this beautiful gravel drive leading up to a very attractive villa.
The public rooms downstairs are furnished traditionally and fairly luxuriously, lots of places to sit and read and have drinks. We had a superior room upstairs, facing the gravel drive and entry to the hotel. It was a very large room, with sofas and coffee table as well as everything else. Very nicely furnished, tasteful with an old world style. the bathrooms were totally renovated, not terribly large, but perfectly fine. There was no English TV channel working; CNN was advertised but didn't come in well -- that didn't bother us, but it might bother others.
Dinner was excellent and extremely reasonably priced. Only two groups were there for dinner, but we had the full service treatment by an exceptionally friendly young woman who spoke excellent English. She explained that they had a 4 course fixed dinner, but also said that if there was anything we didn't like, they would happily make a change. No need for that - we had a first course of parmigiano cheese flan with balsamic vinegar, followed by a pasta course of crepes stuffed with sausage and tomato, then a beef pot roast type dish, and tiramisu. They had a huge wine list as well, local and from across Italy.
The only flaw in our stay is that when we returned upstairs to our room, we realized that the air conditioning system wasn't working very well. Cool air was coming out of the unit, but there was nothing sucking old air out of the room....or the room was too large...or something, because it was not cool, but very stuffy. I woke up at 2 am because of the heat and opened the windows, only to find that without screens, we were attacked by mosquitos. So we closed the windows and suffered on till morning.
The villa is a unique and comfortable place for the evening. I suppose it could be used as a base for exploring the area, but there are no other restaurants around so it could be a little tedious to stay too many nights. We did walk around the little downtown, but there's really nothing there except a market (with a very friendly manager, a good place to get drinks or snacks). It was a good experience, except for the a/c. If we had realized it sooner, something might have been done -- otherwise we enjoyed our night very much.
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