The Relais Fontevivo, located in the center of Fontevivo, in the plain 20 km from Parma, is attached to the famous Cistercian abbey, a splendid example of medieval art. Structure able to satisfy the most disparate needs, from meeting point for parties and ceremonies, to a relaxing stay, to an ideal place for unforgettable lunches and dinners in the restaurant "I 12 Monaci".
Relais Fontevivo History
The history of the structure that today houses the Relais Fontevivo originated in Roman times with the foundation of the abbey. Founded in 1142 by the Monastery of Chiaravalle della Colomba under the protection of the family of the Pallavicino family, today it finds its old splendor, offering itself as a suggestive place for hotel accommodation.
The structure has kept intact the basic architectural structure: the 17 rooms, of which 11 singles and 6 doubles, have in fact been derived from the cells of the ancient monastery. In each room there are ceilings with beams and bricks, a sober and measured furniture without giving up any comfort and all the rooms overlook an internal wooden balcony.
The complex, in addition to the Abbey, includes the church dedicated to San Bernardo, which still preserves the original Romanesque appearance and the Villeggiatura of the Collegio dei Nobili, built in 1733, intended to host the noble scions from all over Europe during their stays in Fontevivo. In the halls of the Abbey there is also the new Museum of the Accordion, which collects a valuable collection of nineteenth and twentieth century specimens of worldwide origin.
The Relais Fontevivo, despite being so full of history, is also distinguished by the versatility of its offers: it will be the ideal setting for any type of event or ceremony, both corporate and private: the meeting room obtained from the former chapel of the monastery has in fact everything what you need to support cocktails, events or workshops, while the cloister and the restaurant hall can host up to 200 seats, perfect for setting weddings and receptions in a truly unique setting.
In the former Sala del Refettorio of the ancient abbey there is the "12 Monaci" restaurant, an elegant and evocative setting with a well-prepared and creative cuisine. With its three-aisled stone columns it is an elegant and austere environment at the same time, an incredibly evocative setting to turn a dinner with friends, a business dinner, a wedding banquet or a corporate meeting into a memorable event. The restaurant, under the guidance of Andrea Rizzi, one of the best-known chefs in Parma, offers classic traditional Parmesan cuisine with original reinterpretations.