Via Fondazza. This is the street where you will be staying. You are in the historic center of town, near everything but away from the noisy streets
Quiet, bright and central apartment for 2-3 people. Safe and friendly neighborhood in the ancient centre of town. Great views! Near to everything. Walk to Piazza Maggiore & Due Torri. Food and drink recommendations. 10 min. taxi from station
Charming, 75 m2 (800 ft2) apartment, with an open feel to it, tastefully renovated and decorated with a light touch of vintage. It is well equipped and uncluttered. Located on the top floor of an ancient building in the historical center of Bologna,which was rebuilt in the 1920's, it still conserves the charming old art nouveau railings, wooden windows and doors, and stucco decorations around its high ceilings.
The apartment is bright and sunny, even the decor is light, with contemporary handcrafted sand-white cement floors all through the house. Great views! Very quiet and private, it overlooks neighboring gardens with large trees and chirping birds, and has no windows on noisy streets or traffic. Top (3rd floor) with wide views of Bologna's old rooftops and ancient towers from the large windows opening off the living room and bedroom (no neighbor's windows facing the bedroom or living room, so it is very private). There is no elevator, but the stairs are easy.
The apartments sleeps a maximum of 3 people (1 double bed + sofa bed). There is one bedroom with a comfortable queen bed. There is a sofa bed in the living room. If you are looking at long stays the apartment will accommodate two people.
THE LAYOUT is very open, at the same time allowing privacy in the different areas of the apartment: as you walk in, the welcoming little entrance has 3 steps that lead to the kitchen / dining area. Passed the bookshelf you are in the living room. The bedroom is right next to the bathroom (not large but with shower and bath) There is a small walk-in closet for clothes, suitcases and linen. The washing machine and cleaning equipment are discretely hidden in the kitchen cabinet.
You are welcome to access the condo shared roof terrace (1 floor above the apartment) with a wide view of the historic centre of Bologna.
My apartment is simply lovely and peaceful. My guests and friends say it has such a special energy. You will love it!
YOU WILL HAVE the entire apartment to yourselves with:
- A contemporary, fully equipped eat-in kitchen, fridge/freezer, cooker/oven/exhaust fan,
4 person dishwasher, toaster, electric kettle.
- Clean bed linen and set of towels per person (all linens are sanitized).
- Washing machine, ironing board and iron (no dryer). Roof terrace to dry clothes in summer
- Vacuum cleaner and basic cleaning items
- Central heating and unlimited amount of hot water
- AC unit in the living room
- Unlimited wi-fi broadband internet, instantly connect your laptop, smartphone and pad
- Telephone (Free calls to national land lines, free call the host on her mobile)
- Map of Bologna
- Yoga mat on request
- Walk-in closet with hangers, shelves, shoe storage and above suitcase storage
- Food & drinks recommendations (also see my guidemap)
- House manual in English and host help if needed.
- Weekly house cleaning can be arranged on request (priced per hour). Please let us know in advance.
The whole apartment will be cleaned and made comfortable especially for your arrival.
At arrival I will greet you and go over the house and keys together. I live 10 minutes from the apartment and am available during your stay should you need help with anything. You can call my mobile anytime, also form the house phone.
WHAT THE NEIGHBORHOOD OFFERS: Nearby streets offer mostly everything: a wide choice of cafes, wine bars, restaurants and famous trattorie. Also great for food shopping at nearby fresh food markets (piazza Aldrovandi and the historic food market in via Pescherie Vecchie) and gourmet boutiques, as well as small supermarkets and grocery stores. There is also a renowned organic food and fresh grocery shop / restaurant-cafè a block away. All basic services are on the block (dry cleaners, travel-agency, banks, ATM, post office, pharmacy…). You can walk to the trendiest and most fashionable shopping destinations and to the Teatro Comunale, Salaborsa (the library) and Museums. Giardini margherita park is a block away. Check out my guidebook for a few tips and maps.
MY STREET: Via Fondazza is a street located in a residential, quiet, green and very safe neighborhood in the medieval center of Bologna, a 10 minute scenic walk to the Due Torri (Two Towers) and Piazza Maggiore (the main square), and a block away from the beautiful Giardini Margherita Park, the town's main park, where you can relax, go jogging, enjoy the pond cafè, also great if you are with kids, because they have a trampoline and other fun games. Grocery stores and all basic services on the block.
VIA FONDAZZA YESTERDAY AND TODAY
Historically a street of humble origins, mostly artisan's workshops, in the 20's via Fondazza was the home of world famous painter Giorgio Morandi who was inspired to paint the people and streets of the neighborhood. Casa Morandi is now open to the public and there is also a Morandi museum in town. Bestselling writer John Grisham lived in via Fondazza while writing "The Broker" and loving the local worker's bar on the corner with Piazzetta Morandi!
In 2013 via Fondazza forms the first "social street" in Italy, as residents formed a social network group to encourage and develop a community spirit among neighbors :-) This initiative has become a trend all over Italy and other countries!
Bologna is a very pleasant town with a breathtaking "centro storico" (by centro storico we mean the ancient historical town, inside the walls of what was once the medieval town). Home to the first university in the western world, of great historic and artistic importance, today it is a multicultural trendy center with a modern and laid back lifestyle. It is truly one of the most beautiful cities in the world for its art and architecture. Rainy or snowy, sunny or windy days: with its almost 40 kilometres of porticos Bologna is a unique city in the world! The food and the people will make you feel at home.
If you are visiting you will not need a car. The center is not large and everything is in walking distance. You can hire a "bicicletta", but you will love to walk and discover Bologna's tucked away alleys and secrets. Two nearby bus stops cover all main city lines. Taxi service is on call 24/7. Via Fondazza is about a 10 min drive to Bologna Centrale train and bus stations and approximately 20 min to Guglielmo Marconi airport. 15 minutes to the Fiera di Bologna (Trade Fair District).
IF YOU HAVE A CAR
you may park in Via Dante (near Via Fondazza) and pay by the day/hour using the red parking meters along the street (free on Sundays and holidays) . There is also a nearby covered parking in Via San Petronio Vecchio, see my guidemap for address (cost is about €25/day). You are welcome to contact me for further info about driving in Bologna, traffic limitations and parking.
DAY TRIPS FROM BOLOGNA
Bologna train station is central to all main train destinations in Italy, easy for day trips to Florence (30 min), Venice (45 min), Milano (1 hour), Rome (2 hours), Ravenna (1 hour 30 min) and many other must see places. The Riviera Romagnola is a short train ride too, great for a day at the beach.
PLEASE NOTE: due to occasional Airbnb technical problems my location on the Airbnb map may not be accurate! This apartment is in an ancient neighborhood of the historical center. If the map is showing a different location, you can check exact location is Via FONDAZZA 73, Bologna, Italy. If necessary, please search my address on other maps. Thank you for your patience, Airbnb are trying to solve this inconvenient.
TOURISM: Bologna offers many city and outer-city tours to discover history, art and food. Also, it offers very good cooking and Italian language schools. To get an idea of what Bologna has to offer, you may like to check out the Bologna Welcome website while you plan your stay
HOUSE SAFETY: The central heating/hot water burner unit is new and regularly serviced; has passed the yearly safety tests and certifications. It has an inbuilt safety CO2 device. The apartment has all safety certifications but it is not specifically child-safe for babies (plugs, windows, drawers, breakables...).
CHILDREN: I very happily accept well behaved children and babies and there have never been any problems. If you are traveling with a small child and have any concerns please feel free to contact me.
Hosting on air bnb has so far been a great and positive experience for me, I have met lovely people from all over the world who have loved staying at my house and have taken care of it as though it were their own home.
The following rules are to help guests and myself have a better understanding of each other and to make their stay safe and pleasent.
CHECK IN: please contact me a few days in advance on the Airbnb message board to arrange check-in time; I will meet you at the apartment and show you through the house. To calculate check in time please refer to the info in my Directions box. CHECK IN is usually after 2pm and CHECK OUT is by 10 am. They can be scheduled at a different time if I have no other guests checking in/out that same day, so please ask me beforehand.
One day before departure please contact me with the time you will be checking out to arrange collecting keys and saying goodbye.
If you are not Italian citizens, please provide a photocopy of valid ID at check in. All foreighn tourists must be registered (like in hotels!) and I will take care of this.
I expect guests to treat my house well, be respectful of its contents, of neighbors and shared spaces. Please:
-Read the house manual when you arrive
-Please take off shoes inside the house, I supply slippers :-)
-Never leave the apartment or keys with unregistered guests
-Inform me prior to booking if you are traveling with children. This apartment has no child safe devices.
-No underage kids left alone in the apartment (18 yrs)
-In the event of any technical or other problem/difficulty contact me for help, do not try to solve problem yourself.
-On departure leave kitchen items and freezer clean
-Avoid being loud late evening or at night. My condo is a very quiet and peaceful place, I discourage noisy dinners and parties ;-)
-This apartment is not suitable for events or parties.
-Please save energy by not wasting heating, hot water and air conditioning. While the air conditioning and heating are operating never leave windows open.
- Energy costs in Italy are quite high, so power bills over €50 per week get taken off your security deposit (this will ONLY occur if you use the AC or heating in a very wasteful way)
When you go out please always close all windows and lock the front door.
The airbnb cleaning fee applies once at the end of your stay, we clean the apartment after your departure. During your stay I trust you to keep the apartment clean, to take care of not staining floors and kitchen counter, and to take out the trash daily. House help is available at an extra cost if needed.
For long stays we will agree on periodic house cleaning and mainainance visits to the apartment.
When booking for stays longer that 1 month in the very cold or very hot season we may discuss the possibility of a lower monthly rental fee with electricity/gas (heating) costs excluded from this price and payed separately. In this case you will pay exactly what you use.
In case I need to contact you during your stay, please make it easy for me to reach you by airbnb, phone or email. I will post any messages on our Airbnb conversation board. Please contact me prior to departure to set a check out time. I will meet you to collect keys and say goodbye.
Subletting or lending the apartment to unregistered guest is not allowed.
For stays up to 1 week the house can sleep a maximum of 3 people. For stays longer than 1 week and for long term rentals the apartment will accomodate a maximum of 2 people.
I am licensed to operate as a "holiday home", so IN ORDER TO MAKE A RESERVATION YOU MUST BE VISITING FOR TOURIST PURPOSES and for maximum of 5 months.
Due to Italian law and tax regulations the following rules apply to all reservations longer than 30 days. Please read carefully and contact me for questions/help if needed:
1) ONLY FOR HOLIDAY STAYS LONGER THAN 1 MONTH we will have to sign a very basic and simple holiday home rent contract (the contract will be for the exact duration of your stay and will include our agreements on Airbnb). Please feel free to ask me to forward you a copy of the contract. I will gladly help with any information or questions you may have.
2) For stays longer that 5 months please ask me, I will forward you the relevant contract information depending on length and purpose of your of stay.
TAXES: The amount you will pay me through Airbnb is tax inclusive, so there is no extra charge. At the end of your stay I can provide a receipt.
Thank you! If there is anything I can help you with I am available, also for info about Bologna.
Eli "s apartment is beautiful ! And we love the proximity to the best gelato cremeria in Bologna ! Stephano creameria ! Eli is very helpful and gave us such details re the surrounding neighborhood. Will definitely stay there again if we come back to Bologna !
Tks eli !
Eli was very gracious and helpful and her apartment is nicely located within a walk of many interesting places in Bologna. The apartment has lovely views of the rooftops and is spacious. Kitchen is well equipped and our favorite meal was when we purchased delicious food from a market and ate in!
Eli’s apartment is beautiful, bright and very spacious. It is very well located in Bologna’s historical centre and it is very quiet. Its big windows offer a gorgeous view of the city’s rooftops and overlook some beautiful internal gardens. Eli is a great host: very nice, friendly, helpful and accommodating. She promptly replied to all our queries. Many thanks, Eli. Highly recommended!
The apartment is as good as described, quite spacious (bigger than i thought looking at the photos) and decorated with a lot of taste. It is a very nice short walk to the main square, passing by the best ice cream boutique ever. It was a pity to leave Bologna... Thank you, Eli!
Eli's Apartment is as beautiful as described. Decorated and set up with a lot of love and an eye for detail. You don't miss out on anything you possible could think of for a short or longer stay in Bologna. Location is in a nice and safe neighborhood - i know what i'm talking about, because i rented the apartment for my parents who came over to pay me a visit while my erasmus stay in Bologna - and if you come by car there are cheap parking situations close by!
Eli was really helpful and open about the arrival time.
If you want something special in the middle of Bologna, go there!
There is not much one can add to the many fabulous previous reviews without repeating what has been said. Within minutes you feel yourself at home, the apartment very well equipped and organzied, tastefully decorated. Situated in a quiet, resedential area of the "centro storico" with all food necessities - shops and good restaurants - nearby. For my stay of four days everything was thought of! Recommended without hesitation!
We did'nt meet Eli however her friend Elizabeth met us at the apartment and showed us around . The apartment met all our needs and was well fit out tastefully,within walking distance to many sights,coffee bars and shops. For anyone with a problem with stairs it would not be suitable as there is'nt a elevator. We had a lovely time in bologna.
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I am a freelance designer and media professional. I recently moved house and I am offering my former home for rent to people visiting Bologna for short or long stays.