Skip to Content

Featured Properties

The breakfast room

The red room
Ravenna, Italy

From time to time, we feature properties around the globe that have struck a personal note with us or with our clients. The M Club in Ravenna, Italy is a fashionable and unpretentious bed and breakfast at Ravenna's city gate.

On a spontaneous road trip through Emiglia-Romagna last fall, we arrived at Ravenna's city gate in our rented Fiat. Perfectly situated in an ancient building alongside the gate, the M Club has just six rooms/suites and a parking place or two behind heavy wooden doors (if one is fortunate enough to arrive and find a space free). The historical center of Ravenna is pedestrian only.

Each of M Club's six rooms has a color scheme: red, white, silver, and so on. As we booked at the last minute, the only remaining available room was the Green room, tucked under the eaves at the top of the stairs with a large and comfortable bed, a sitting area, table with chairs and a contemporary bathroom with shower and bidet. M Club's public spaces are compact, with a library/reception area and a bright and welcoming breakfast room. The design is a warm blend of contemporary and traditional.

M Club is owned and managed, with a keen sense of style, by Michael Scapini Mantovani, a young man who is entirely Italian but looks more like a German or Scandinavian. He told us that the property had been in his family, and that he - along with his parents - gut renovated and designed the property as an alternative to the coastal resorts and grander (perhaps stuffier) hotels in Ravenna.

Michael was gracious and generous with suggestions on what to do, what to see and where to get the best food in Ravenna. In fact, we had one of our best meals in Italy at a restaurant just outside the gates. We hadn't planned on staying more than a night in Ravenna, but after arriving at M Club, immediately extended our stay.

If You Go
The M Club, Piazza Baracca 26, Ravenna, Italy. Doubles from €90/night. M Club.

Photos courtesy of the M Club

website design studio x, santa fe a member of santa