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The Most Relaxing Place in Italy: Castrum Sagliani

by Penny Sadler

view from the castello Castrum Sagliani @PennySadler 2013

In a recent article, Travel Writers On Their Best and Worst Travel Moments, I wrote about visiting Lago di Orta as my best travel experience of 2013. To be honest, it was one of many, but I couldn’t list them all in that article! I’ve been wanting write about Castrum Sagliani for some time now, as it definitely stands out as one of my best travel moments from last year.

A former castello and church, Castrum Sagliani is located near the town of Cesena in the province of Emilia Romagna, Italy. It has all the rustic charm of many such places I’ve seen in Italy, but what makes it unique is the owner – who is living his dream of owning a castle and turning it into an agriturismo.

Castrum Sagliani, Cesena, Italy. @PennySadler 2013-2014

Maybe it was the fact that I was there on the last day of my October press trip, in which I’d made new friends and met so many lovely people and I was feeling a bit sentimental? But I think the pictures tell the story – how could I not like this place?

exterior Castrum Sagliani, Cesensa, @PennySadler 2013-2014

interior Castrum Sagliani Cesena, @PennySadler 2013-14

interior of the old church


It was easy to see from his body language and expressions and the way he thoughtfully answered any questions that he was truly a happy man, and wanted to share his dream with everyone.

castrum Sagliani, Cesena, Italy @PennySadler 2013-2014

After a brief tour and history of the church and grounds, we sat down to gorgeous views and a delicious meal of local meats, cheeses, bread, olives, fruit, and of course wine, all prepared by the lady of the castle. The food was arranged on long table so tastefully, it was like a work of art itself.

regional food of emilia romagna @Pennysadler 2013-14

pomegranates! @PennySadler 2013-14

beautiful countryside Emilia romagna @PennySadler 2013-14

The rooms were not quite complete at the time we were there, but by spring this year they should be. If you like nature, good food, and nice people then you will love Castrum Sagliani.

Sitting in the dining area looking out over this tranquil landscape of rolling hills and vineyards, I really didn’t want to leave. I was so sad that this was the last day of my trip to Emilia Romagna and that I couldn’t stay on a few days and just relax into the hospitality and serenity of the location and the owners. If you go, please say hello for me.

To visit Agriturismo Castrum Sagliani you will need to call as they don’t yet have a website. The owner does speak English. Tel. 0547/326381 Cell. 346/6026728

the road to Castrum Sagliani Cesena, @PennySadler 2013 - 2104

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pretty ceramic pitcher, @PennySadler 2013

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18 comments

RICHARD SAGLIANI March 21, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Is Castrum Sagliani related to the Sagliani,s Hugo And Luigi in Buffalo New York and son Richard living in North Hills California..Would,my that be great..Looking into my genealogy and sharing with my son Rico Giuseppi Sagliani living in Englewood ,Colorado

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Penny Sadler March 22, 2016 at 10:51 pm

Hi Richard,I have no idea. Good luck investigating. Sounds like fun.

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Lesley Peterson January 27, 2014 at 8:39 am

Agriturismo is the way to go in Italy–this one looks gorgeous!

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Margie Miklas January 27, 2014 at 4:53 am

Hi Penny
I enjoyed reading this and especially seeing your photos. Your descriptions make me want to go here too. Sounds like a place a writer could enjoy for several days! t

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Penny Sadler January 27, 2014 at 9:02 am

Would be a great place for writing.

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Mary @ Green Global Travel January 26, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Spending time surrounded by rolling hills and vineyards sounds like a great way to enjoy some rest and relaxation. Castrum Sagliani looks like a wonderful place.

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Charles @ The Barefoot Nomad January 23, 2014 at 2:02 pm

I love the stonework of the place. The only thing that beats old world charm is old world charm that invites you in and asks you to stay for a while.

The place definitely looks like a labor of love and the green rolling hills make for a gorgeous backdrop. That being said, it’s always the people that make a place memorable so the fact you loved the place says a lot about its owners.

It’s now added to our list! 🙂

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Penny Sadler January 23, 2014 at 2:32 pm

Hey thanks for the nice reply and stopping by. I hope you do make it!

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Cat of Sunshine and Siestas January 22, 2014 at 3:50 am

Dolce Vita, indeed! Looks beautiful!

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Terry at Overnight New York January 21, 2014 at 2:42 pm

What a gorgeous place! I can see why this was one of the highlights of last year’s travels.

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Penny Sadler January 23, 2014 at 2:33 pm

Terry it was the last day of the trip. I couldn’t believe the timing!

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wanderingeducators January 21, 2014 at 12:10 pm

OMG a bowl of pomegranates, I’m in. Lovely photos – I’d cherish a visit there!

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Penny Sadler January 21, 2014 at 1:57 pm

You’d love it!

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Susan Nelson January 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

Penny, you captured the essence of this castle wonderfully! I’m ready to go! I love your photos, esp the chapel and the vineyards…food table was luscious. Thank you for a wonderful article.

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Penny Sadler January 12, 2014 at 11:58 am

Hi Susan, Thank you so much for the compliment! If you want to go then I feel I’ve done what I hoped to do. Yeah! If you do decide to go, please let me know.

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Susan Nelson February 20, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I just looked at these photos again. It reminds me some of the area around Padua in the Euganean Hills. It is so beautiful…hope to visit in 2015!

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Cathy Sweeney January 11, 2014 at 1:38 am

So glad that you posted this Penny. It was a special place for me, too. When we toured the guest rooms, I felt like I really want to stay there sometime. But we did have that lovely lunch on a beautiful day and in such good company. Nice memories.

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Penny Sadler January 11, 2014 at 9:50 am

It was a lovely day with very nice memories. Once I discovered there were rooms there – well, perhaps we’ll go back one day?

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