To discover the story of Boutique Hotel Calzavecchio, a 4-star hotel in Bologna, we must take a journey back in time, to the time when the first tavern in Casalecchio di Reno was born, called Osteria dei Calza, named after the family that ran the farm. About 400 years ago, the current Calzavecchio Restaurant was a tavern with stabling, providing a place to rest for those who traveled between the mountains and Bologna. The tavern, known as Calza Vecchio, remained unchanged for centuries until the Family of the Marquis Sampieri, owners of the land, decided to build a new tavern called Calza Nuovo, given the good influx of customers.
Hence the name Ristorante Calzavecchio, which also gave the street its name. The inn soon became famous for its cuisine and for its wines.
In particular, the Tagliatelle al Pasticcio were highly renowned and attracted the people of Bologna who travelled every Sunday along the Brigual trail, (a historic path connecting Casalecchio to the Sanctuary of the Madonna of San Luca) as well as students from all over Europe who attended the University of Bologna, known as "Mater Studiorum."
One particular, as well as prestigious, episode dates back to June 12, 1888, when the tavern hosted more than 800 students coming from the oldest European universities on the occasion of the eighth centenary of the University of Bologna. After the last war, the Calzavecchio was rebuilt and kept intact until the most recent renovation, commissioned by the Trombetti Family, which managed to retain the ancient spirit and history of this building while adding modern and comfortable elements.