“We've had a great stay in Bologna in Raffaele and Barbara's flat. The flat is very comfortable and very close to the historical centre of Bologna - and has a great view of the hills. We enjoyed Bologna as well as taking trips by train to other cities nearby. Raffaele and Barbara were very helpful with ideas for things to see and do in Bologna and surroundings. An exchange in Bologna is highly recommended.”
“We stayed 2 weeks at Rafaele and Barbara appartement in august 2017. Their flat is bright , cosy and very well located. You can find everything you need just 100 meters away : food stores, bars, restaurants, post office, bus stop to the train station. Bologna downtown is 10 mins walking away. We have enjoyed the Bologna summer life style with outdoor cinema, bars with terraces and very good restaurants. Bologna is a beautiful city with a great atmosphere and beautiful monuments. From there we have discovered a very nice area : Modena, Ferrare, Ravenna. We also spent 3 days in Venice. It was our second stay in Italy and we have enjoyed Emilia Romagna, an historical and lively area. Raffaele and Barbara gave us many advices to organize our trip before and during the swap (beach spot, water park and swimming pool for the kids..). They took care of our house and we highly recommend this nice and reliable family.”
“We had the chance to meet the family on the road to Italy. What a friendly family! Kids are adorable. They provided us many useful advices and also bikes to explore the city. Their apartment is comfortable, well equipped, situated in a pleasant and peaceful area. Bologna is convenient to visit other cities: Ravenna, Modena, Venezia, Ferrara... By car or train. We often had contact by e-mail before, during and after the exchange. They took care of our house and our pets. We warmly recommend this family!”
“Nice apartment, nice reception, we felt very comfortable. Thank you for all.”
Where is it?
Bologna is one of the most important cultural and artistic centre in Italy. Its importance in terms of landmarks can be attributed to homogenous mixture of monuments and architectural examples (medieval towers, antique buildings, churches, the layout of its historical centre) as well as works of art which are the result of a first class architectural and artistic history. Over the centuries, Bologna has acquired many nicknames: "the learned one" (la dotta) is a reference to its university; "the fat one" (la grassa) refers to its cuisine. "The red one" (la rossa) originally refers to the colour of the roofs in the historic centre, but this nickname is also connected to the political situation in the city, started after World War II: until the election of a centre-right mayor in 1999, the city was renowned as a bastion of socialism and communism in particular the Italian Communist Party.
The apartment is in the centre of the city, in the neighbourhood of Costa-Saragozza, surrounded by early '900 art-nouveau villas and just 10 minutes walk from Piazza Maggiore: the medieval heart of the city. The house is at walking distance to everything is worth visiting in the the city. In case, we can also provide bicycles, that is the best mode of transport to visit the city. Last but not least, Bologna is easily connected to the most popular tourist destinations in Italy: 30 minutes from Florence, 30 min. from Ferrara (UNESCO "World Heritage"); 1 hour from Milan, 1.30 hrs from Venice, 1.30 hour from Ravenna, 1 hr from the beaches of Rimini and Riviera Romagnola, 2 hrs from Rome. Not to mention many other wonderful cultural and artistic destinations of Emilia Romagna, many of them awarded by UNESCO as "World Heritage".
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