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Gardens - SHG Bologna Hotel


...every garden is, first of all, the learning of time, of time which is like rain, wind and sun and of time that passes, the cycle of the seasons ...
Erik Orsenna

Discover the most beautiful gardens in Italy with SHG, an authentic, unique and unforgettable experience through some of the most famous places in our area.

Starting from each of the hotels in the SHG group, you can visit these beautiful gardens, book your visit in advance or ask our concierge how to reach them. You will spend an unforgettable day.


Villa delle Rose


Villa delle Rose

Villa delle Rose

The villa, an ancient holiday residence indicated in the eighteenth-century land registers as Casino Cella, named after the first owners, was built in the second half of the eighteenth century in place of a pre-existing country house that belonged to the Spannocchi family (family of Siena).

The staircase, which from via Saragozza climbs up to the small portico that precedes the villa, gives the origin to the name of Villa la Scala. In 1800 the property passed to the Pepoli family and subsequently to other families up to the Armandi Avogli, who in 1907 entrusted the architect Dante Trebbi with the restoration of the villa and the garden.

A beautiful staircase with several flights and a sinuous avenue of plane trees not far away are the accesses that, from via Saragozza, go up the short slope towards the villa, adorned with an elegant loggia (it was built in the 1700s as a holiday home of the Cella family) .

In the square in front of the building stands a superb specimen of beech; all around are various sculptural works dating back to the late 1800s and early decades of the 1900s. The park, which extends for just under two hectares on the first slopes of the Guardia hill, is characterized by the presence of an ornamental garden of especially exotic evergreens (Spanish firs, yews, cypresses, cedars, magnolias, pines, an araucaria ), hedges of trifoliate and yew Poncirus, a scenic avenue of horse chestnuts.

By donation of the last owner, Nerina Armandi de 'Piccoli, in 1916 the Municipality of Bologna acquired the property and used it as the seat of the Modern Art Gallery towards the end of the 1920s.

During the Second World War the villa was used as a hospital, the museum institution declined until 1961, and in 1975 it moved to its new location in the Fiera District.

After a long closure followed by the restoration, the villa was recovered and destined to the exhibition annex of the Modern Art Gallery. For the abundance of flowers the villa took the name of Villa delle Rose.

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Villa Spada


Villa Spada


Villa Spada

The garden of Villa Spada

The garden of Villa Spada is located inside Villa Spada, the prestigious building designed by Giovanni Battista Martinetti, towards the last decade of the eighteenth century, at the request of Giacomo Zambeccari who has inside large exhibition spaces, warehouses , conference room, library, offices and the restoration laboratory.

The garden of Villa Spada extends for about 6 hectares at the end of the narrow ridge between the Rio Meloncello and the Ravone. Patches of trees and meadows alternate along the slope that descends from the Casaglia hill to via Saragozza.

From the highest points (120 m) you can enjoy beautiful views of the historic center, framed by the foliage of the many Mediterranean evergreens (holm oaks, cypresses, laurels, domestic and maritime pines, strawberry trees). In the portion immediately to the right of the main entrance grows a semi-natural grove with species typical of the hill (ash, hornbeam, field maple, wild service tree, hawthorn). G. B. Martinetti, also designed the small terraced Italian garden adorned with vases and originally decorated with statues, of which only the gigantic Hercules in stone by Giacomo De Maria remains.

The finding of the material stored inside is due to Vittorio Zironi, upholsterer by profession and careful connoisseur of textile products, who, starting immediately after the war, with the help of colleagues and collectors, in a few years constituted a collection of extreme value for variety and quality of the finds, which initially had the specificity of mainly including fabrics, accessories and processing tools used over the centuries in the field of upholstery.

Over time the collection has included finished artifacts such as clothing, embroidered objects, drawings, archival materials and a highly specialized library.

The collection of the most ancient fragments is that of Coptic fabrics, while Western (including local) and Near and Middle Eastern productions cover a period of several centuries, from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. Among these are the Ottoman caftans of the 18th-19th century. Ample space is dedicated to oriental and Italian embroidered artifacts.

A particularly significant nucleus, which has been enriched over the years, includes vestments and liturgical kits (also embroidered and often with gold and silver threads), for the making of which the finest silks and trimmings were used.

Other donations have made it possible to collect clothes made by some famous city tailors, through which it is possible to retrace a brief history of 20th century fashion.

Great prestige to the collection is also given by the presence of equipment used in the various stages of fabric production, starting with large looms. In particular, the eighteenth-century one, to which the Jacquart punch card system was applied at the beginning of the nineteenth century, an extraordinary witness of technological evolution in the era of the industrial revolution.

An entire room is instead dedicated to the tools used for the preparation of the materials needed by the upholsterers and the tools used in the different phases of the work.

In recent years the museum has distinguished itself both in the conservation area, thanks to the activity of the renowned restoration laboratory inside it, and in teaching, in some cases carried out by directly using some ancient tools or experimenting with weaving in small modern frames.

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