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Londra Palace Relais and Chateaux, Venice


HOTEL VILLA ABBAZIA is an elegant eighteenth-century mansion and villa in the Venetian countryside town of Follina, which is located along the famed La Strada del Prosecco (Prosecco Road). Situated halfway between Venice and the mountains, the location affords spectacular views of the Dolomites and lives up to its nickname as the “Garden of Venice,” as it is surrounded by abundant greenery, vibrant flowers, and prolific citrus trees. Between the picturesque vineyards, charming small towns, and family owned wineries, the Prosecco Road offers a unique opportunity for immersion in Italy’s wine country, far from the summer crowds of Tuscany or Piedmont. The road, winding and scenic, also offers fantastic road biking options for beginners to advance cyclists, and the villa’s owner and manager, Giovanni Zanon, leads tours for guests who wish to see the area under their own power. A host of other activities are available in the area, including horseback riding, mountain biking, whitewater rafting, paragliding, and golf. The property itself encapsulates Old World elegance and feels like a country getaway for Venetian royalty.

With long draping curtains, vibrant textiles, and enchanting details such as freshly cut flowers, the rooms are their own sanctuaries of luxury, and the terraces and common spaces are equally attractive. The cuisine at Villa Abbazia is widely recognized as some of the best in the region; among other accolades, the La Corte Restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star. This magnificent restaurant showcases traditional flavors with an emphasis on the finest organic ingredients (many harvested from the property’s garden) in a truly spectacular dining experience that appeals to all five senses. Of course, an excellent selection of Prosecco and other local wines are available. The villa is also home to La Cantinetta, an intimate and rustic bistro serving regional dishes. Breakfast features plenty of fresh fruit and house baked breads and pastries. The Tea Room is a lovely place to enjoy homemade pastries and coffee, or perhaps a flute of local Prosecco after a day exploring.

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