Bologna, Italy, Monday 12 February 2024 — Palazzo di Varignana, a luxury Italian resort based in the Bolognese hills, is delighted to announce its triumphant victory in the ‘Best for Weddings, Parties, and Celebrations’ category at the renowned Condé Nast Johansens Awards for Excellence 2024.
This esteemed accolade recognises Palazzo di Varignana as a distinguished venue for hosting exceptional events, grand celebrations, and dream weddings. The prestigious ceremony took place at the Kimpton Fitzroy London Hotel, London and the award is a testament to the resort’s commitment to providing an unparalleled experience for its guests.
Palazzo di Varignana is nestled on a hill with 150 exquisitely designed rooms across seven complexes, is a masterpiece of architectural integration. The resort boasts a 4000sq metres boutique spa facility with seven outdoor pools, wellness courses, bars, restaurants, and 12 meeting rooms accommodating up to 280 people. The luxurious estate also features a collection of six opulent villas, each capable of accommodating 8 to 12 people.
One of the highlights is the ornamental garden which is a proud member of the ‘Grandi Giardini Italiani’ network. Additionally, the Amphitheatre on the Lake us a marvel of natural engineering and can host events for up to 250 people, creating a captivating setting for memorable occasions.
The resort offers an array of high-end dining options, including the Treno Reale Carrozza restaurant, Il Grifone fine dining restaurant, Aurevo pool restaurant, Ginkgo restaurant, Trattoria Le Marzoline, and a Lounge Bar with a panoramic terrace.
Palazzo di Varignana goes beyond traditional hospitality with its extensive wellness and sports facilities which offers bespoke nutrition programmes, through its renowned in-house Scientific Director, Dr. Annamaria Acquaviva, indoor pools, jacuzzi, saunas, exclusive wellness rooms, and a fitness room open 24 hours. In addition to this, guests can expect access to squash, tennis, paddle, basketball courts, a golf practice area, and more.
Guests can also explore the resort’s farm, Agrivar, which produces extra virgin olive oil, wines, and jams, making for unique corporate gifts. The Winery is an ideal space for tastings and events, accommodating up to 30 people, all within the stunning setting of the Bolognese hills.
Palazzo di Varignana is not just a resort; it’s an immersive experience with a variety of offerings, which may include experiences with supercars on a nearby circuit, owing to its location amongst Italy’s motor valley, both indoor and outdoor go-karting, Vintage car and Vespa moped tours, truffle hunting, regatta galas, horse riding immersion and even hot air balloon experiences. In 2023, the resort hosted over 90 events, 10% of those coming from international clients, and 36 weddings, making the venue a perfect hotspot for all occasions.
Vittorio Morelli, General Manager of Palazzo di Varignana, said: “This award recognises the excellence of our resort as a premier destination for international travellers. It reflects our commitment to offering an authentic Italian lifestyle for discerning global customers that has been ingrained in our hospitality philosophy over the years. It’s a vindication of our ability to cater for almost any need and that we are open and ready to turn every occasion into an unforgettable experience.”
For more information, please visit: www.palazzodivarignana.com
About Palazzo di Varignana
Nestled in the enchanting Bolognese hills, Palazzo di Varignana stands as a captivating luxury retreat. The heart of the resort, Palazzo Bentivoglio, is a historic country castle with four traditional towers dating back to 1705, has been meticulously renovated while preserving its captivating history.
Surrounded by a contemporary stone village, the main building harmoniously blends with the natural landscape across 30 hectares. The property features 150 rooms, multiple restaurants, event spaces, and cutting-edge conference facilities. The resort also boasts the acclaimed Varsana SPA spanning over 4,000 m2, sports fields, and outdoor paths.
Beyond the resort, a visionary restoration project has revitalized the surrounding area, converting ancient farmhouses into six luxury villas. The resort’s agricultural company spans 650hectares, producing high-quality, locally sourced products. Notably, the dedication to restoring ancient olive tree varieties across 200 hectares has led to the production of globally recognized extra virgin olive oil.