Rita and her partner Claudio are architects. They’re both eager to make this place work as a centre for meetings, conferences and happenings, but mostly as a place to stay for people who appreciate their innovative style. You reach the buildings down a narrow country lane and through an electric gate. In all the suites there are unusual features, like a moving partition wall, a bed that disappears into a wall, a moveable kitchen counter, brightly coloured sliding doors: such an abundance of glass means you look out on the green areas and wonder whether others can look in, but clever use of sliding curtains and silent blinds ensure privacy. On the walls of each suite are hung paintings by Philippe Artias – striking, bold, colourful. You are served homemade sweet and savoury cakes for breakfast, a supper of typical Romagna dishes can be taken at the Agriturismo next door. The area is flat though in the distance you can see the hills west of Faenza – explore the international ceramic museum there. The Adriatic coast at Cervia is a day out and Florence is just over an hour by train.