To explore the culinary rgion of Emilia Romagna I made my base camp in the town of Albinea, situated just a few kilometres south of the city of Reggio Emilia. I chose the Hotel Garden Viganó, ([--]), because of its location in the gastronomic heart of the region and also due to its peaceful parkland setting.
The hotel is a converted 17th century stable building nestled in the greenery of Parco Fola. A few steps from its front door is Villa Enrichetta, a now unoccupied stately home with its own chapel that overlooks the hotel’s entrance and parking area.
The only sounds you will hear during your stay here are those of distant church bells and the calls of various birds, including the very distinctive cuckoo.
Double rooms are a bargain at approximately Dhs 470, a price that includes a self-service, all you can eat, continental breakfast that, during spring and summer, is served on a sun dappled terrace overlooking the park.
Owner is a well-travelled Italian gentleman who speaks English and is very aimable - he showed us the routes to local attractions and when we appeared unsure he jumped in his car and asked us to follow him there - then introduced us to the owner of either the local winery, cheese making factory or whatever.
I have fond memories of my stay here and some priceless photographs...
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Garden Vigano is an historical building dating back to the 1700's that is immersed in the greenery of the secular Fola Park, in Albinea near Reggio Emilia. The Hotel's parkland setting guarantees a peaceful and relaxing stay to all guests. All its air conditioned rooms are beautifully appointed and many offer views across the nearby hills. Each room has an en-suite, telephone, minifridge plus television and all are beautifully decorated in a classic country style. ... more less