There are at least as many different ways to experience Italy as there are historic regions — in some ways it’s still twenty different countries, and the traditional pictures of Tuscan hillsides or Roman villas are worlds apart from the inland plains of Emiliana Romagna. Out here, in the countryside just north of Modena, is where you’ll find the Le Vigne della Duchessa Country Resort.
The scale is intimate, just eight rooms, and it feels more like a residential compound than a full-scale resort. The centerpiece is an old barn, sensitively renovated, with bright and airy modern villas surrounding the courtyard (and the pool). Environmental sensitivity is the order of the day — they’ve preserved as much as they could of the local landscape, and the accommodations, though low-impact, are high-tech and efficient.
Golf is high on the list of diversions here; there’s a three-hole pitch & putt course, a high-tech driving range, and an instructor on site for lessons, and a nine-hole course is in the works. When it comes time to explore, the miles and miles of flat road surrounding Le Vigne are ideal for cycling, and they’re perhaps even more ideal for motoring — it’s no accident that this region is home to several of Italy’s high-performance auto makers, and it’s not uncommon to see someone speed-testing a Ferrari on Modena’s country roads. Might as well join them.
How to get there:
Le Vigne della Duchessa is located approximately one hour to the northwest of Bologna.