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In the countryside with style: country chic

Do you love the idyllic beauty of the countryside and do you like to experience it in style? Country resorts are your ideal destination: relais surrounded by greenery, with spa and wellness areas, with excellent restaurants and elegant surroundings.

Country Chich in the plain

To the south of Bergamo, where the view opens up over Bergamo’s plain, we suggest three charming agritourisms that really deserve a visit.

Cascina Canova

At Cascina Canova in Cologno al Serio, a few kilometres from Bergamo, you will feel like real stars: there is even a heli-pad!

The farmhouse dates back to the 1500s, and is surrounded by 3,500 square metres of garden, with a 500m2 pool on two levels. It has 14 rooms, including three suites with Jacuzzis. The oriental furnishings, coming from China, Malaysia, Thailand, Singapore, India and Sri Lanka, will make you feel like the protagonists from One Thousand and One Nights and will create the perfect atmosphere to relax. The pool becomes the ideal place for a rendezvous, where you can sip a cocktail or drink some champagne; at sunset, an aperitif with a plentiful buffet awaits you by the pool.

Il Pioppeto

In Antegnate you’ll find Il Pioppeto, a resort that was born from the owner’s passion for horses and still today wonderful competition horses are bred there.

Here you can indulge in long horse rides, and then refresh yourself with farm products such as cured meats and cheeses made by hand according to tradition. And at the end of the day, what could be better than a spectacular swimming pool to dive in to?

L’Antico Benessere

L’Antico Benessere is located in the Adda Natural Park, in Brignano Gera d’Adda. A refined restaurant, an impressive wine cellar, a beauty farm and a swimming pool await you. A classy country hotel that offers healthy and zero-km cuisine, thanks to the farm’s products. It also produces an Italic Riesling and a dessert Moscato, the wine list favours the Lombard labels, such as Franciacorta, Oltrepò Pavese, Valcalepio and Valtellina. There are 14 Provencal style rooms, with antique wood furnishings and exposed ceiling beams.

For a burst of well-being, visit the Beauty Farm! Only natural products are used prepared with raw materials cultivated on the farm: the active ingredients are extracted and mixed with skill and experience.

Country chic at the lake
Agribio Relais Colletto

On the hills surrounding Lake Iseo stands the Agribio Relais Colletto: a farm with 10 hectares of woods, vineyards and olive groves.

The products are obtained exclusively using organic methods and at the restaurant you can taste all the genuineness of their food.

 The “made in Colletto” wines are of high quality: vintage blanc de blanc, vintage blanc de blanc fiore, vintage rosé, vintage fiore rosé, red and red barrique.

If you want to stay here, there are 6 cosy rooms where you can enjoy a breathtaking view.

Podere Castel Merlo

Nestled in the vineyards of the Calepio Valley and Franciacorta is Podere Casterl Merlo Relais: in the fourteenth century it was a defensive fortress, now it’s a beautiful and refined Agri Wine Relais that conserves traces of its past. 

The stone base, the old well and the underground cellar are still there to be admired, with their age-old charm. If you love privacy, here you can be sure that you’ll have plenty of it!

The Relais’ 7 elegant suites are complemented by a spa, a swimming pool with waterfall and a restaurant that offers dishes created by the best chefs in collaboration with Davide Oldani.

Podere’s 18 hectares of vineyards cultivates various grape varieties including Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. There are also rows of Moscato di Scanzo DOCG, which give a red Moscato Passito wine which pairs perfectly with Bergamasco cheeses. A real jewel stands out among the bottles they produce: l’Etoile, in gold and silver versions, is a precious chardonnay enriched with specks of pure gold. The perfect combination of luxury and good flavours.

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