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    Roncolo 1888 - Italy

    Sandwiched between Palma and Modena, Roncolo 1888 sits in the region of Emilia-Romagna, the under-the-radar foodie heartland of Italy, a land of flavoursome balsamic vinegar, succulent Palma ham and the classic parmigiana Reggiano.

    The lowdown

    • How To Get There

      For easy access, fly to Bologna and be ensconced at Roncolo 1888 in an hour and a half.

    • Combine With

      Take a road trip through the foodie towns of Palma and Modena, head to Motor Valley – the home of Ferrari and Lamborghini or wind your way into hills of Tuscany and onto the coastline.

    • Who For

      Ideal for food and wine lovers keen to explore a lesser-visited part of Italy.

    Clasped by the rural beauty of forests, meadows and vineyards, Roncolo 1888 is part of the Venturini Baldini viticultural estate, a sustainable wine-making venture that became the first certified organic vineyard in Emilia-Romagna. The hotel itself is housed within the gorgeously grand 16th-century villa and its historic outbuildings, once the home of Italian Counts and Marquises. The 12 suites follow a revamped interior style that reflects Italy’s design heritage alongside historic features such as wooden beams and original hand-painted frescoes.

      Around the estate, there’s plenty to see and do and with walking trails leading through the vineyards and into the surrounding forests. We would definitely recommend making the most of the food and wine delights right on your doorstep. Take a tour of the vineyards with an expert and enjoy a wine tasting – including a delicious, dry and fizzy Lambrusco, which will banish any misconceptions you may have! You can also sample the estate’s balsamic vinegar with a tasting, aged on-site in wooden barrels and paired sublimely with other delights from the region such as local prosciutto and parmesan cheese.

      As you might imagine, dining at Roncolo 1888 is a memorable affair whether that’s a gourmet picnic in a shady spot or an evening in the lofty greenhouse restaurant La Limonaia, where you will be wowed by the region’s best dishes such as ragu, lasagna and tortellini; with many of the ingredients being local, home grown and organic adding to their exquisite flavour.

      With more than a few days here you can explore Emilia-Romagna’s motor heritage with a visit to the world-famous Ferrari Museum at Enzo Ferrari’s birthplace in Maranello or swing by a unique private Maserati collection in Modena.

      Between fast cars, organic wine, design-led suites and a wealth of delicious culinary options, Roncolo 1888 is the perfect base to discover Emilia-Romagna’s hidden delights.