Travel into the north of Italy, from the Po Plain to the soft landscapes of the Venetian countryside. This splendid Route du Bonheur winds between vines and the banks of Lake Garda, olive groves, palaces and lagoons fit for a postcard. We come across lute makers, golfers, tenors and oenologists. A real concentration of culture and gastronomy.
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Hotel and restaurant in the country. In the hinterlands of Verona, above Lake Garda, a private drive lined with cypress trees leads to Villa Cordevigo. This 17th-century country mansion and chapel sit in a dreamlike setting amid the majestic trees of the park, vineyards and a characterful Italian garden. Charm, art and history, the splendid legacies of the noble families who have lived here over the centuries, await guests. Today, the Delibori and Cristoforetti families preserve the property's beauty and natural tranquillity while also producing fine wines on the surrounding estate. As for the cuisine, chef Marco Marras' creativity and Mediterranean energy has garnered a Michelin star for Oseleta, the restaurant located in a picturesque building at the entrance of the grounds. ... Learn moreless
When Antonio Santini’s grandparents opened the Pescatore in 1926, it was a small family restaurant. Today it is one of the most renowned restaurants in Italy. Between Cremona and Mantua, in the Parco dell’Oglio nature reserve, family members share the tasks. In the kitchen, Nadia and Giovanni prepare...Read More less
I was lucky enough to be a student in Mantua. Here you can experience both the air of Lombardy and the spirit of Emilia-Romagna. The town has been recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site on account of its exceptional Renaissance heritage, as has the nearby town of Sabbioneta. Explore the Palazzo...Read More less
The power of literature is sometimes so strong that it changes our relationship to a town. The romantic nature of Verona is mainly linked to the romance between Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare’s masterpiece of theatre written in 1597. Lovers still come from the four corners of the world to attach a padlock...Read More less
Cremona is the birthplace of Antonio Giacomo Stradivari, better known as Stradivarius. In his wake, the town has become the capital of luthiers, the birthplace and symbol of the finest violins in the world. Inside their workshops, craftsmen perform the same slow and meticulous movements, upholding a...Read More less
The reputation of this Michelin-starred restaurant has long been established. In Padua, Veneto, Le Calandre is the place where it all began for the Alajmo family. Founded in 1981 by Erminio Alajmo and Rita Chimetto, it was their sons Max and Raf who propelled this restaurant onto the international scene...Read More less
The slopes of Monteforte and Soave are home to some beautiful estates and superb vineyards. In Monteforte, Roberto Anselmi’s story is reminiscent of that of many winemakers from the region. A victim of the economic crisis, Roberto’s grandfather was forced to sell his vineyard. His father was a winemaker...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on a river. The majestic waters of the River Brenta, next to the lagoon of Venice, wind their way between the Palladian villas, once a favourite haunt of the aristocracy. Amongst these, Villa Franceschi, the former residence of the Doge’s jewellers, stands in a bend in the river in all its splendour, within acres of forested parkland. According to tradition, balconies and terraces face the river and this is true of the restaurant which serves delicious Venetian cuisine ‘al fresco’. The guestrooms still boast marble fireplaces and terracotta floor tiles, the ceilings have retained their original wooden beams, and chandeliers and silks handcrafted by artisans in Venice lend a delightful finishing touch. ... Learn moreless
Floating along the Brenta River on a barge and discovering the sumptuous villas of the Venice bourgeoisie will immerse you in the past traditions of the noble Venetian families who paraded along the river at the start of each summer. Certain residences are now open to visitors, such as the Foscari, Foscarini...Read More less
This small Scrovegni family chapel hides Giotto’s greatest masterpiece. Here, between 1303 and 1305, the painter created 39 frescoes depicting episodes from the lives of Joachim, the Virgin Mary and Christ. According to art historians, the expression of the characters and the manner in which perspective...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant on the lagoon. This historic hotel prides itself on having received such artists and celebrities as Tchaikovsky, D’Annunzio, Verne, Brodsky and Borges. Since 1853, they and others have been captivated by Londra Palace and its dream location — Piazza San Marco is a stone’s throw away, as are the vaporetti and gondolas for exploring the canals. One hundred windows look out over the San Marco basin and the lagoon, with the views over the roofs and church towers from the other side of the building being no less beautiful. Inside, fine furniture, tapestries and brocades adorn the elegantly decorated rooms; and the restaurant adds a creative touch to the great classics of Venetian cuisine. ... Learn moreless
Ristorante Quadri enjoys a sublime view over Piazza San Marco. Created in 1831 above a cafe, itself historically renowned, this now Michelin-starred restaurant was taken over in 2010 by the Alajmo family, fine restaurateurs in the Veneto Region for three generations. The dining room, recently renovated...Read More less
A few hidden gems still exist in Venice. Located on the narrow alleyway Calle del Fumo (Cannaregio), Gianni Basso’s small shop is certainly one of them! Known to his neighbors as “Gutenberg”, Gianni uses antique machines to hand print calling cards and bookmarks amongst antiquarian books and vintage...Read More less
It’s a postcard perfect money that you can’t escape during your stay! Regardless of the crowds of tourists and countless boats, you cannot turn your backs on a gondola tour. Simply make your way out of the Grand Canal to find yourself alone in the heart of the most romantic city of the world. Above the...Read More less
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Hotel and restaurant in a village. The subtle charms of this 17th century palazzo and a Liberty-style villa will capture your heart. Romantic and intimate, this charming structure in the Venetian countryside is in a unique location at the crossroads of numerous Unesco treasures. At the juncture of the rose-coloured peaks of the Dolomites and Cortina, their pearl, the villas of Palladio, the Prosecco vineyards and near the fortified city of Treviso, known as the Gardens of Venice, there is plenty to see. Follina is the ideal starting point for visits to the most beautiful towns in Venetia and for active holidays. ... Learn moreless
The date says almost everything about this historical establishment. A former café-tabaconnist that was founded by the Scarello family, it has become a gastronomic restaurant renowned throughout the entire country. The restaurant of Grand Chef Emanuele became a member of the Relais & Châteaux in 2014....Read More less
Owned by the Benetton family since 1995, this very fine golf club has two courses (one 18-hole, par-72 course, and one 9-hole, par-36 course). Its fairways hug the landscape, between hills scattered with woods and the vineyards of Valdobbiadene. A few kilometres away, you will find two more beautiful...Read More less
Recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this villa is one of the masterpieces of the architect Andrea Palladio and of the famous painter of the Venetian School, Paolo Veronese. Built during the 1560s for Venetian nobles, it remains a perfect example of the Italian Renaissance. Today, visitors can...Read More less
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To give you inspiration, Relais & Châteaux presents the Routes du Bonheur: Suggestions for travel itineraries that you can fully personalise according to your wishes and the experiences you would like to discover. Our consultants are available to help customise your route and assist you in making reservations at our properties. It is up to you to reserve any recommended activities on-site or nearby that might interest you.
My grandfather, Antonio Santini, was a fisherman on the pretty Oglio river. For more than four generations, this restaurant has been in our family. Located in the heart of the Parco dell'Oglio Sud nature reserve, our little town of Canneto boasts a history that is filled with music and remarkable wines. We are in the Plain of the Po, between Lombardy and Emilia-Romagna. Not far from Verona and Mantua, this corner of Northern Italy is a natural starting point for a journey towards Veneto…