Paracelso B1/3710

Palazzo Banchi B1 - Bologna city centre - Bologna

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This elegant apartment (140 sq.mt) is on the 1st floor, with elevator (it is necessary to climb a flight of stairs without elevator), in Palazzo Banchi. Located in the very heart of Bologna city centre, on the eastern side of Piazza Maggiore, it is placed right beside San Petronio Basilica and is named after the Medieval bank shops. The building dates back to 1412, whist the façade and the ‘portico’ were finished in 1568; in 2010 Palazzo Banchi was fully renovated, and it has been newly furnished in August 2014.

The property showcases a precious fresco of neoclassical fashion, that seems to melt blending walls and ceiling. The main character is Minerva, presiding over a complex scene symbolizing the personal development acquired through knowledge. The original flooring (Venetian terrazzo, ‘seminato’) has been kept and polished, whilst in the bedrooms there is oak parquet. The many windows, preserving the XIX-century façade, offer breathtaking views of Piazza Maggiore.

The apartment has high-end finishes, such as air conditioning, independent heating, and sound-proofed, insulated windows and doors. The furniture is completed by some refined pieces of modern art and lithographs of famous Italian artists, that bestow an elegant, refined atmosphere to the ambience.
Immediately after the hall way there is the corridor, stretching to the decorated living room. In the corridor there is the single bedroom, furnished with a functional wardrobe, and a fully equipped laundry.

The day area is furnished with a crystal dining table for up to 7 people, two single sofa beds and a flat screen TV. The open-plan kitchen, fully equipped and with both electric oven and dishwasher, is located beside the pillar separating it from the living room.
The night area is composed of two bedrooms and two bathrooms. The master bedroom, with parquet flooring, is complete with an ensuite bathroom and overlooks the inner courtyard; it is furnished with a big closet, a comfortable double bed (made of two single beds) and a nightstand. The bathroom, with marble tiles, is fitted with two basins, a shower stall (with stool) and a tub.
The guest bedroom is very spacious and bright, as it overlooks Piazza Maggiore: it is furnished with double bed (composed by two single beds), a spacious wardrobe and a desk. The second bathroom is also equipped with tub.

Area
The building is located right in Bologna city centre: Piazza Maggiore is the city’s main square and is surrounded by some of its most precious buildings. The oldest one is Palazzo Podestà, dating back to 1200 and dominated by the Arengo Tower; Palazzo Re Enzo, famous for its cross vaults, is right at the back.
Opposite Palazzo dei Banchi you find Palazzo d'Accursio, a monumental architectonical complex dating back to the XIV century home to Bologna town hall. On the fourth side of the square there is San Petronio Basilica, a brilliant example of Italian gothic, started at the end of the XIV century and never completed. Palazzo Banchi is connected to the most important ‘portico’ in Italy – known as Pavaglione– developing from Piazza Maggiore to Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, that first hosted Bologna university.
Nowadays the university is located at approx. 5 minutes on foot from the building, in via Zamboni; in the vicinity you also find the Teatro Comunale, largely renowned for the opera season.

The most important historic sights of Bologna are just minutes away, such as Piazza Santo Stefano (with seven churches built one into the other and the Corte Isolani) and the Two Towers (Torre degli Asinelli and Torre della Garisenda). The ‘portico’ of Palazzo dei Banchi is one of the fourth sides of the ‘Quadrilatero’: a complex of pedestrian streets filled with mouthwatering shops offering the best products of the area (hand-made pasta, sausages, wine) and fresh groceries.
And if you miss shopping, enjoy a spree around via Indipendenza, the boutiques of Galleria Cavour and the refined shops of via Farini and via d'Azeglio.

Public transports
The closet bus stop is located in via Rizzoli and allows to quickly reach the railway station (take here the shuttle bus to the airport), to Bologna fair and the main hospitals. All the major sights in Bologna are within walking distance.

Parking
The apartment is located in a Limited Traffic Area (ZTL). On Saturdays and Sundays the city centre is a pedestrian area.
You can park in the nearby Piazza Galvani, accessed from via Farini, or you can leave your car in Piazza VIII Agosto, at 5 minutes on foot from Piazza Maggiore.

The closest garages are located in Via Carbonara (Garage San Pietro) and in Via Valdonica (Autorimessa Piemonte).
You can opt for a monthly ticket respectively at 300€/month and 200€/month. Both garages are open 24h a day and provide the guests with remote control.

Driving in Bologna city centre:
For stays longer than 3 months: you can ask for the permit to enter the city centre.
For short-term stays: you are allowed to enter the city centre by car (only for 3 days per month).
The access is granted by a ticket (5,00€) that can be bought at the ATC points located in: Via Marconi 4 (at the corner of via Lame); Via IV Novembre, 16/a; Via Rizzoli 1/d.

Otherwise you can leave your car in the nearby parking of Piazza 8 Agosto (20,00€/day; or 200,00€/month).

Important: guests are required to pay a city tax, not included in the price. The fee varies from 1.50 € to 5.00 € per person per night depending on the value of the booking. The city tax applies only to the first 5 nights.

Booking conditions

  • Inclusions Final cleaning
    Initial cleaning
    Utilities (electricity, water, gas)
    Internet
  • Available methods of payment: Credit Card
    PayPal
    Wire transfer
  • Check-in time: 15:00 - 19:00
  • Check-out time: 09:00 - 12:00
  • Cancellation Policy The full down-payment will be retained.

Reviews

  • 4.9/5 Bellissimo Week-end a Bologna!! Posizione perfetta con vista su Piazza Maggiore. Situato nel Quadrilatero, dove si trovano i migliori negozi e ristoranti tipici. Appartamento spazioso, ben arredato e ben insonorizzato, veramente confortevole. Ci é stato offerto il Late check-out gratuito. Il personale é stato molto gentile e disponibile.
  • 5.0/5 Buongiorno Claudia,
    What a wonderful experience we had in Bella Bologna, everything was just perfect.
    The apartment was spacious, clean, comfortable and beautiful and more importantly location was just right.
    Many thanks for all your help in pointing us in the right direction, we loved every minute of our holiday and when returning we would definitely use your apartment again.
    Ciao

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