A Venetian Hideaway – Locanda Rosa Rosae

 After taking a small hiatus from Inviato, I anticipated that my first post of 2011 would be a review of Jalousie Plantation in St. Lucia (a new and welcome addition to the Viceroy Hotel Group), a resort that I had booked for our family’s winter school break. Unfortunately, we were one of the many travelers stuck in New York during the crazy holiday blizzard and our vacation was not to be. Our friends were fortunate to have taken an earlier flight and returned with wonderful things to say about the setting, food, service and accommodations. We are so grateful to Jalousie  for allowing us to reschedule our stay this spring – stay tuned for a full review in March!

So,  I’ve decided to start off my first post of 2011 with a new Italian discovery. As I glance over at the still yet unopened box of Rosetta Stone Italiano ( a holiday gift that I’ve been asking for since the few words I learned in  my Italian language class a year ago are a distant memory), I remember that my very  first posts on this blog in the summer of 2009 were of wonderful places I stayed in Italy. It seems only fitting for this italian-named blog to start off the new year with an Italian hideaway.

I stumbled upon this wonderful inn, Locanda Rosa Rosae,while flipping the pages of in an international interior design magazine (my source for inspiration on anything!).  This wonderful locanda, which only accomodates 4 guest rooms with private baths,  is located in the countryside  – only a 45-minute drive outside of Venice and neighboring the beautiful, medieval town of Treviso. If you didn’t already know, Treviso (pictured below)  is also home to the Benetton family and headquarters. There was a time when Benetton was about all I wore in college…I know that’s dating me.

Rosarosae (named in homage to the rose that grows all over the property) is an ancient mill dating back to 1570 that was converted to an inn by a couple, Silvio and Betty Stefani, who instantly fell in love with the place when they first laid their eyes upon it. They painstakingly restored it – using recycled materials, retaining the brick walls and ancient beams – and decorated it simply with antique finds from their travels to France and Morocco.  Drinking a glass of Cabernet Franc produced from the inn’s own vineyard, one would be content to just relax and take in the scenery. But  if you want to wander about, there are many interesting medieval towns nearby such as Asolo, Bassano as well as the larger villages of Verona and Bologna all less than an hours drive away.

There is also a beautiful on-site restaurant open on the weekends where dinner is served by all candle-light.

I could easily transport myself there right now, looking at their website. There is something so refreshing about the rustic elegance and simplicity of this place. Luxury doesn’t always have to equate to ipod stations, high thread-count sheets and private butlers that  are “de rigueur”  in 5-star hotels these days. It also can simply take the form of beautiful surroundings, delicious home-grown meals and hand-crafted materials — and this place seems to fit the bill.

If you are searching for a quick romantic break in your Italian holiday plans, this is a hideaway that is certainly worth a detour. Rooms are 120€ and up per night including breakfast.

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