Relax and rejuvenate on this stunning spa retreat at an 18th-century villa in the Italian countryside with beautiful gardens

Feel your stresses melt away as you step across the threshold of Palazzo di Varignana, an exceptional 18th-century palace and spa hotel located in 30 hectares of beautiful grounds.

Beauty expert Liz Earle will spend some time with you at this indulgent resort. There will be a special gala dinner and cocktail reception with Liz, as well as an enlightening wellness workshop, during which Liz will share advice and tips from decades of experience in the fields of beauty, nutrition and wellbeing.

The acclaimed spa, to which access is included during your stay, blends 21st century treatments with ancient rituals. Facilities include a Turkish bath, Finnish sauna, a bio-sauna, sensory showers, ice waterfall, sound pool and a hammam. You can also relax and recharge outside in beautiful nature - admire the surrounding hills of the Bolognese countryside and take a stroll around the gorgeous water features, gardens and parks on your doorstep.

The hotel has three superb restaurants which offer a combination of fine dining and dishes typical of the local area. Resident health practitioner, Dr Anna Maria Acquviva, oversees all the meals included in your retreat to make sure they are healthy and nutritious. Dr Acquaviva will host a mindful lunch which will focus on the visceral experience of a delicious meal - examining the sensations, emotions and thoughts that arise; prepare yourself for a multi-sensory experience and a refreshed appreciation of the food on your plate.

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Liz Earle MBE
Writer, beauty expert

Liz Earle MBE is the Editor-in-Chief of Liz Earle Wellbeing and one of the UK's most trusted voices on wellbeing wisdom. As a leading British ethical entrepreneur, charity founder, TV presenter and bestselling author, Liz has plenty of valuable advice to share and interesting stories to tell.

Price includes

  • Three nights' accommodation on bed and breakfast
  • Cocktail reception and gala dinner with Liz Earle
  • Workshop with Liz Earle
  • Mindful Lunch with Dr Anna Maria Acquaviva
  • Daily Access to the spa
  • 10% discount for any spa treatments booked seven days in advance
  • Group yoga class
  • Guided tour of the Ornamental gardens, part of the Grandi Giardini Italian network
  • Two dinners and one lunch
  • Return transfers
  • Flights (optional) at an additional cost from London Gatwick to Bologna
  • Book extra nights before or after the retreat at special rates, please call to enquire


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  1. Day
    Arrival, cocktails with Liz Earle
    Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy

    You'll arrive at Palazzo Varignana today and have time to unpack and relax. Head to the spa to begin exploring the extensive facilities or kick back at one of the five swimming pools at the resort.

    This evening you'll meet Liz Earle for a welcome cocktail reception, with organic wines from the Varignana vineyards, before dinner.

    Meals - Dinner
  2. Day
    Yoga, workshop and gala dinner with Liz Earle
    Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy

    This morning you can join a group yoga class before breakfast to begin your day feeling calm and balanced.

    After breakfast spend the rest of the morning at leisure, perhaps indulging in a spa treatment, using the spa facilities, strolling in the vineyards, or relaxing at one of the pools.

    In the afternoon you'll join a workshop with Liz Earle, where you'll pick up tips from one of the UK's leading voices on wellbeing wisdom. Following the workshop, Liz will join you for a special gala dinner.

    Meals - Breakfast, Dinner
  3. Day
    Yoga, garden tour, Mindful Lunch
    Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy

    There's another chance to join a restorative group yoga class before breakfast today.

    After breakfast you'll enjoy a guided tour of the pretty ornamental gardens, part of the Grandi Giardini Italian network. Covering three hectares, the gardens were designed by the landscape architect Antonio Perazzi, with elegant terraces, stairs, fountains, and a majestic swimming pool.

    Lunch today will be a very special Mindful Lunch with the resort's own dietitian, nutritionist and health coach, Dr. Annamaria Acquaviva, where you'll learn about a philosophy called Ars Vivendi, the art of living well.

    You'll have the rest of the day at leisure, to make use of the spa facilities, enjoy a pre-booked treatment, and dine in one of the hotel's three excellent restaurants.

    Meals - Breakfast, Lunch
  4. Day
    Castel San Pietro Terme, Italy

    After breakfast at the resort, it's time to check out and make your way to the airport as your wellness retreat draws to an end.

    Meals - Breakfast


Palazzo di Varignana

Bologna, Italy

Palazzo Di Varignana is set in the sun kissed hills of the Bolognese countryside, offering a haven of serenity far away from hectic daily life. The hotel is a restored 18th century villa and has beautiful gardens - part of the network of 'Great Italian Gardens', delicious, healthy food and an award-winning spa. There are three restaurants here, which serve carefully-considered dishes, often made with produce grown in the hotel’s own garden and garnished with the hotel’s extra-virgin olive oil. You’ll find five outdoor swimming pools here, from which you can enjoy brilliant views of the surrounding Northern Italian hills.

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