Elegant City Villa Apt. with Private Pool, Bikes
Apt. / Condo
Elegant City Villa Apt. with Private Pool, Bikes
Lovely, comfortable and relaxing, this 1,000 sq. ft. apartment (sleeps 5) is part of a two-family midcentury-modern villa on a quiet residential street in the Bolognina (Little Bologna) area close to many of the city’s attractions and transportation. An independent-access hallway and one easy flight of stairs leads you into your home away from home, which features two bedrooms and a full bathroom; a well-equipped kitchen that a serious cook would enjoy; a living room/dining room; parquet floors throughout; and a private balcony facing a quiet street. Bicycles are available on the property to explore the neighborhood and historic center, or ride and park at the Bologna Central rail station, high speed rail exit, just 20 blocks away (you can even be in Florence in as little as 35 minutes)
This home has all the little things that count: abundant wardrobe closets and storage space; good lighting; screened, soundproof, shuttered windows; a library of books; a hair dryer, good soap and adapter plugs; linens (even wash cloths); beach towels for poolside lounging, satellite TV; and WIFI.
The apartment is a walk or short bike ride to the city’s historic center, the central rail station (offering high-speed rail service to Florence, Venice, Rome, Milan and elsewhere), and a seven-minute car/taxi ride to Bologna’s airport. Nearby attractions include the famous museums of the historic center, neighborhood outdoor markets, flea markets, the Hippodrome. Less than 5 minutes away is the newly renovated canal area, near former 19th century ironworks which now host free summer-evening entertainment, and of course the Bologna Trade Fair (Fiera) .
When you aren’t exploring, enjoy the beautiful garden (which offers seasonal fresh herbs and fruit) or relax at the 12’x40’ pool (open from May to mid-Sept.; pool shared with owner) with outdoor shower.
Other services- the homeowner
• can book nearby, reasonably priced indoor/outdoor tennis courts and an indoor pool in advance on behalf of guests and provide tennis rackets.
• arrange food and wine tours
• prepare traditional Bolognese meals upon request (at additional cost)
• offer guidance on off-the-beaten-path museums and shops
Bedroom 1 sleeps two in a US queen-size bed
Bedroom 2 sleeps two in single beds
A comfortable, new, fold-out chairbed can accommodate a fifth guest
Bathroom has bathtub with shower, bidet plus ample storage
Salvarani kitchen features a SMEG oven, Whirlpool-Ignis dishwasher, DeLonghi microwave, food processor, toaster, espresso and Braun drip-coffee pots, tea kettle, pots and pans
Washing machine, ironing board and iron
Central air conditioning (extra fee)
Concept II rowing machine, light weights, exercise balls
Bicycles for up to four people
Free wireless broadband, local calls and satellite TV (with Sky subscription for English-language programming)
24/7 car access, as apartment is outside the “no drive” historic center, and free, on site parking
Sorry, no children under age 21, no pets, no smokers.TripAdvisor property ID 2931189...Read more
Elegant City Villa Apt. with Private Pool, Bikes Bologna, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Additional Location Information
There's plenty written about Bologna as the Italy's food capital and railway hub, the seat one of the world's oldest university and first medical school, its unique urban planning constraints which resulted in over 30 km. of covered archways throughout the city and up to the hills. Tourists have yet to discover its before and after.. the early iron age and Villanovan civilization, the Etruscan and even Celtic ruins just 20 minutes away by car, the early 19th century pre- industrial and modern era where this home comes into play.
The house was built in the aftermath of WWII when Bologna, (after heavy Allied bombing along the 'Gothic Line' ) like the much of Italy began its relentless march to post-war affluence in a paradoxical neighborhood- the 'Bolognina' that grew due to the immigration of manual laborers from the countryside when the railway supplanted canals for trade and commerce. Today this area thrives thanks to small, entrepreneurial companies, several new Bologna Univ. departments and the new City Hall infrastructure which, like the rail station, is just about 15 blocks away. The house is close to the most modern shopping centers, plenty of Italian supermarkets and the very traditional outdoor food markets. It is near the newly, lightly redeveloped old ironworks and the 'Blond's Bridge' that host popular and often free entertainment in the summer. There is the old Navile canal nearby, the 'Farming Culture' museum, the hidden Chiusa di Corticella loch which opened in the 12th century and closed in 1948. The house doesn't pretend to be more than what it really is: well kept, welcoming, clean, comfortable, and practical. Another paradox: it's a 10 minute, old fashioned bike ride on a new bike path crossing 20 blocks to the Eurostar,one of the fastest, most modern trains in Europe. You'll forget you're in the city in the quiet privacy of the house, pool, and lovely garden but it's walking distance to good local restaurants, easy to reach an animated cocktail bar or moving cultural event downtown if you want excitement, or get to a quiet shore near the Reno river and its canals for an unusual change of scenery.
Left on 04/01/2015 for a stay in March 2015 | A FlipKey verified reviewerReviewed Apr 1, 2015Stayed Mar 2015
We had a really nice 7 days stay in Renée's apartment. it is unusually well furnished, the kitchen is new and functional, the beds are firm and nice and overall we were very happy with all the accommodation. Renée is a really nice person and was extremely helpful in so many many ways. Her place gets our full recommendation.
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