Our home is a 3 storey, 200sqm (2150 sqft) apartment in the historical center of Bologna, newly renovated in a minimal style, with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture.
On the first floor there is the Master Bedroom with a king size bed and a large walk-in closet, the Living Room with plasma TV and satellite, the Studio, the Bathroom with a big shower, and a balcony facing on an internal courtyard.
On the second floor there is a very spacious and sunny Kitchen and Dining-room, another Bathroom with bathtube, the second Bedroom with plasma TV and surround system and another little balcony.
On the third floor there is the laundry, with washer and dryier, and a 60sqm (645 sqft) terrace full of plants and trees, which allows you to be in the centre of the city yet feel like you can escape it whenever you want, and is perfect for having breakfast or a bbq dinner in the hot season (you can find a Weber bbq too!).
We have air conditioning and heating in every room, and you can set temperature individually for each room. In the Living Room there is a 42” Panasonic plasma display and sat tv, in the second Bedroom another 42" Panasonic plasma, satellite and a Tannoy Arena surround system.
There is wi-fi (and cabled) hi-speed internet connection.
The kitchen is fully equipped with oven, stove, dishwasher and a big american fridge.
We have a collection of books and guides of Bologna, with a lot of photos and information which can help you organize a tour of the city or simply learn more about its history.
We have two bycicles you can use to visit the city.
The house is no-smoking.
Bologna is a medieval city in the north of Italy, with a lot of monuments, historical buildings, churches, museums and an ancient university.
The University of Bologna was founded in 1088, is the oldest existing university in Europe, and was an important centre of European intellectual life during the Middle Ages.
To this day, Bologna is still very much a university town, and the city's population swells from 400,000 to over 500,000 whenever classes are in session. This community includes a great number of Erasmus, Socrates, and overseas students.
Bologna is the most important railway and road junction in Italy and there is an international airport, Guglielmo Marconi Airport renovated in 2004 by extending the runway to accommodate larger aircraft.
For these reasons it's an ideal base to tour North and Middle Italy.
Bologna is just 30 mins to Florence, 1 hour and a half to Venice, 1 hour to Milan 1 hour to the Rimini and Riccione (the famous "Riviera Romagnola"), 2 hours to Rome (all times with High Speed Trains).
Bologna has a rich cultural life, theatres and cinemas presents national and international shows.
There are a number of clubs of differing styles and modes to cater for all music tastes. These venues have been known to stay open late into the night with many energized partygoers not arriving at the venue in question until 1 O'clock to start their night fuelled with drinking and dancing.
Bologna is renowned for its culinary tradition and some regard it as the food capital of Italy. It has given its name to Bolognese sauce, a meat based pasta sauce called in Italy ragù alla bolognese but in the city itself just ragù as in Tagliatelle al ragù.
Tagliatelle al ragù, lasagne, tortellini served in broth and mortadella, the original Bologna sausage, are among the local specialties.
Our neighborhood, S. Vitale, is in the heart of the city, ten minutes walking from the Two Towers and Piazza Maggiore, but also near to the train station.
The house is in the middle of the 'University' area with a lot of pubs, italian and ethnic restaurants, wine-bars and shops. Theatres and cinemas are close at our home too.Within a range of a two minutes walk you will find all kinds of well-assorted supermarkets and foodstores
Near Bologna, at less than 80 kms, there are many historical and artistic cities, such as Ferrara, Parma, Modena, Ravenna, Mantova. Each of them is a real jewel and you can visit them day by day whether by car or by train, as you prefer.
The cityscape is further enriched by elegant and extensive arcades (or porticos), for which the city is famous. In total, there are some 38 kilometres of arcades in the city's historical center (over 45 km in the city proper), which make it possible to walk for long distances sheltered from rain, snow, or hot summer sun. The Portico of San Luca, the longest in the world (3.5 km, 666 arcades) connects the Porta Saragozza (one of the twelve gates of the ancient walls built in the middle ages, which circled a 7.5 km part of the city) with the San Luca Sanctuary, on Colle della Guardia, over the city (289 m/o.l.s.).