Ristorante Locanda Il Cardello – Casola Valsenio

The Story


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The “Cardello Locanda” came into being on an estate belonging to the Casa Oriani Fund, following thorough careful renovation of the old farmhouse. It is situated at the entrance to the Cardello, the house-museum of writer and poet Alfredo Oriani, in the hills at the boundary with Tuscany, on the ancient Via Casolana which runs from Via Emilia to Florence.

The area is of great natural and cultural interest and is an ideal base for visits to towns such as Faenza, famous for the art of pottery, Ravenna, with its great mosaics and basilicas (in 1996 declared UNESCO World Heritage), Bologna, a city of culture and home to the Alma Mater Studiorum, Forlì and Cesena, with their wealth of mediaeval villages and close to the Casentinesi Forests, and on the coast Rimini, for all kinds of fun from beach life to the greatest amusement and theme parks such as Aquafan, Italy in Miniature and Mirabilandia, not to mention the nightlife…

Casola Valsenio is well known as the land of forgotten fruits and herbs, so it is a must to visit the important Medicinal Herb Garden where you will find more than 400 types of plants, including some rare species.


Moreover you can go all the way up to Monte Battaglia, a great tower dating to the middle ages which was a stronghold on the Gothic Line during the second world war, and admire the ancient Abbey of San Giovanni Battista where wall structures dating to the early and late middle ages have been found.

The building stands in the Regional Park of the Romagna Chalk Vein and is surrounded by a summer garden in a splendid panorama where you can have lunch or dinner and where there is also a children’s recreational zone dedicated to speleology: “Grotterellando”.

Over and above serving food based on local flavours, the inn also has 4 double bedrooms, spacious and all with en suite bathrooms.

In the former threshing yard an atmosphere remains that recalls our peasant culture: in fact the little stable belonging to the family that lived here is still intact and you can make out the spaces for the animals and a wood-burning oven.

The restaurant is linked to the poet Alfredo Oriani’s house by a pathway through an evocative vineyard.

As well as being the central part of the Museum, the Cardello includes a nearby building called “Sala Pifferi”, also set in magnificent centuries-old grounds, where events and meetings can be organised for around 160 guests.