With a massive yoga studio and comfy rooms, this old forest farm house is a perfect place to retreat and recharge with a group of up to 20 people. The haystack we turned into a big yoga studio.
Vidovina was renovated specifically for yoga retreats. The yoga studio is where the haystack used to be. It measures 100m2 and fits 20 people easily. Its smooth concrete floor is covered by a beautiful terracotta roof, and it is open on two sides to let the light and the breeze from the garden come in. There is plenty of yoga-gear (mats, blocks, cushions, straps) available.
Vidovina was renovated using local vintage material wherever we could. All soaps and detergents we provide are ecological to support our biological sewage system. And of course we separate trash.
Welcome to Vidovina, your farmhouse retreat in the Apennine hills between Florence, Bologna and Ravenna.
Built as a luxury farmhouse ('podere') in the 40's and renovated in 2015, Vidovina looks and feels like it did when we first saw it: spacious, functional, sober and authentic. Expect no exquisite decorations or marble bathrooms here, it's a farmhouse. Its luxury lies in its secluded location in the forest, the abundance of privacy, big spaces and a night sky you rarely see.
The place tends to bring out the primitive side in guests. Many come in full of plans to see cultural highlights in the region, but soon they find themselves gather some wood, build a fire, sigh in relief and stare at the world in the distance. This off-the-grid aspect, without the noise of smartphones, busy jobs or stress, allows you to (re)connect with nature, yourself and others. Deeply relaxing. Before you know it, you’ll start to get up when the sun rises, have siestas and forget about time altogether.
We specifically renovated the place with the purpose of yoga retreats in mind. We put a new floor in the 100m2 haystack, we made 5 bathrooms so everyone can have a shower after class without long waits and we made sure the 6 bedrooms would comfortably sleep up to 20 people. Plus we have a complete set of yoga gear available for each guest: a mat, a cushion, a block, strap and a blanket.
Healthy food is plentiful in this well known culinary region. Great organic veggies from farmer Giorgio, fruit from the orchards nearby, wine from the many vineyards, it's all yours.
Vidovina has 6 bedrooms: 2 quadruples, 2 triples and 2 doubles. In addition there are 2 full beds that can be placed anywhere. Beds are all made with clean white linens.
Vidovina has 5 batrooms, ranging from a luxury bathroom with shower and bathtub to a more simple shower/toilet. All bathrooms have modern showers and toilets.
We work with a team of cleaners who normally come between groups, but we can arrange cleaning during retreats upon request.
Per guest we provide clean white bed linens and 2 towels. For the colder months we can provide extra blankets.
We have two catering options: a private cook and a caterer. Both make great local dishes - for breakfast, lunch and dinner - on demand. The caterer is the well-known restaurant Locanda Cardello.
Kitchen and Dining room
The kitchen offers plenty of granite countertop, a 6-pit stove with full size gastronorm oven, a dishwasher and plenty of dishes. Please use all the fresh herbs (i.e. thyme, rosemary) you can find.
Big terrace, huge lawn, fireplace, swing/hammocks, plenty of games, water tubs and outdoor shower. The house is located in the middle of the forest, meaning you'll have loads of space around you.
Vidovina is located in the Apennine hills between Bologna, Florence and Ravenna. Lots of forest, vineyards and hills with interesting cultural sites nearby. Cars are useful to get around.
Vidovina, Via Piramide, Casola Valsenio, Province of Ravenna, Italy
Nearest Airport is Bologna, some 65 kilometers from the house. Major airliners such as Rayanair, Easyjet and BA fly on Bologna regularly and cheaply from all over Europe.
Casola-Valsenio is 1.5 kilomteres away and has all the basic facilities you need: a supermarket, bakeries/bars/pizzerias and a lively square full of friendly people.
Nearest train station is Castel Bolognese, some 25 kilometers from the house. From there, the train to Bologna takes 40 minutes.
Vidovina can be booked for 4+ days. Yoga gear sets (mat, block, cushion, strap) can be rented for EUR20/week per set. Catering and transportation is optional and priced based on demand. We work with a non-refundable 50% advance to make reservations final and the remainder is due before the arrival date. Rates all-in and negotiable.