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Lovely apartment in the historic center of Bologna

Bedrooms 2
Space 1,130 sq. ft.
Property type apartment
Minimum Stay 3 nights


About the property

The apartment "Fondazza 37" is located in one of the oldest and most picturesque streets of the historic center of Bologna, Via Fondazza, in front of the House-Museum of Giorgio Morandi (world-famous artist) and the beautiful Church-Convent of Santa Cristina . Quiet, large, experienced, rich in its own history and its own "flavor", reveals at first glance the deep bond with the owner's personality, known graphic artist, that has enhanced structural features tailored to the needs of life contemporary. Ideal for your vacation or stay to work, represents a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the Italian lifestyle and Bologna. In particular, the kitchen, spacious and livable, as was tradition in Italian homes, equipped with the necessary equipment to experience the most delicious dishes of Bolognese tradition, and the large, comfortable living room will offer you the thrill of a throwback. The apartment has air conditioning and heating, is on the second floor of an old building typical "old Bologna". It has five rooms: living room, 2 bedrooms, located on two levels, kitchen, small study, more bathroom with dressing. In the room on the lower floor there is a double bed, while upstairs the beds can be combined as a single or double. A comfortable sofa bed in the living room allows the acceptance of 6 guests.

Paolo Rippoliti
Member since: 2011
Speaks: english, french, spanish, italian
Response time:
Within a few days
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
October 30, 2017

About Paolo Rippoliti

My name is Paul, I was born in Porretta Terme, a charming mountain town between Emilia and Tuscany, but I have lived in Bologna since I was a child. I attended the Istituto Tecnico Industriale of Bologna and taught technology at the middle school. My biggest interests are photography and graphic design. The apartment that I made available to guests had, in fact, been for years, my study of advertising and graphics design and still tells about that activity. Now I have moved my studio to Porretta Terme in my grandfather's home where I have an art gallery. As a matter of fact the idea of renting this apartment was of my wife Alba, a former teacher of English who really likes dealing with people and meeting new people from all over the world. We like cinema best of all, but also music, art, reading, good cuisine and travelling. We really like to satisfy our guests' wishes, give them suggestions about Bologna way of life, help them to discover some little-known places of the city, nice restaurants, places of interest and so on.

Paolo Rippoliti purchased this apartment in 1986


Nearest Airport
10 Kilometres
10 Kilometers
Nearest Barpub
10 Metres
10 meters
Nearest Golf
10 Kilometres
10 kilometers
Nearest Train
1.8 Kilometres
1,8 Kilometers
Nearest Motorway
1.5 Kilometres
1,5 Kilometers
Nearest Restaurant
10 Metres
10 meters
Nearest Ski
60 Kilometres
60 kilometers
Nearest Beach
60 Kilometres
60 Kilometers
Car: not necessary

In the area of ​​"Fondazza 37" there are all the most important tourist sites of Bologna such as the 'former Convent of Santa Cristina, which contains one of the largest blades of the Carracci, the International Museum of Music, Casa Carducci, the church Baraccano and, not least, the Giardini Margherita, the most beautiful city park. Adjacent streets, a wide choice of restaurants, bars, theaters, cinemas, museums, churches, shops and taverns, as well as open markets for fruits, vegetables, fish and meats. They are also two garages for a fee, two supermarkets and a wonderful patisserie, probably the best known, where to start your day with sweetness. Within walking distance are the two towers, icon of Bologna, and Piazza Maggiore, the true heart of the city. The providential old arcades protect your walks from the blazing sun or weather, while the eyes will be distracted by the many glittering shop windows. Fondazza 37 is connected with each destination with an efficient bus service, although you can make a visit to the city completely on foot.

Useful information:

- Train station: 10 minutes by bus 33

- S. Orsola Hospital: 500 meters, is within easy walking distance

- Fair: decentralized, requires the use of the bus or the taxi. With the 33 bus to the train station is approximately 25 + 20 min.


Museum-House Morandi - Via Fondazza 36 - Bologna

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Bologna Apartment Accommodation and Amenities

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
Building Type:
  • house
  • Guests provide their own meals
Floor Area:
  • 1130 sq. ft.
House Rules:
  • Check-in: 15.00 / Check-out: 10.30
  • Max. occupancy: 6
  • children welcome
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • Downtown
  • Town
  • Budget
  • Family
  • Historic
  • Romantic
  • Tourist Attractions
  • Air Conditioning
  • Fireplace
  • Garage ...
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating
  • Internet ...
  • Iron & Board
  • Linens Provided
  • Living Room ...
  • Parking ...
  • Towels Provided
  • Vacuum Cleaner
  • Washing Machine
  • Wireless Internet
  • Free Wifi
  • Coffee Maker ...
  • Dishes & Utensils
  • Freezer
  • Kettle
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Pantry Items
  • Refrigerator
  • Stove
  • Toaster
  • Child's Highchair
  • Dining ...
  • Dining Area
  • seating for 8 people
  • 2 Bedrooms, Sleeps 6
  • Bedroom 2 - 2 twin/ single , 1 sleep sofa /futon
    Bedroom 1 - 1 queen
  • There is a double room on the floor and a bedroom with two single beds that can be joined to form a double bed upstairs.
  • Books
  • DVD Player
  • Games
  • Music Library
  • Satellite / Cable
  • Stereo
  • Television
  • Toys
  • VCR
  • Video Library ...
  • Bicycles ...
  • 2 bicycles
  • Long-term Renters Welcome
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Chauffeur
  • botanical garden
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • library
  • live theater
  • museums
  • playground
  • recreation center
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • disco club
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • Babysitter
  • fitness center
  • groceries
  • hospital
  • laundromat
  • medical services
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • mountain biking
  • swimming
  • tennis


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Lovely apartment in the historic center of Bologna
average rating of 4.83871 based on 31 reviews

A wonderful relaxing apartment from which to enjoy Bologna

  • 4 of 5

A characterful and quirky apartment with everything you need, from espresso pot to washing machine, music and comfortable settees to curl up on. 10 minute walk in to the main piazza and very easy to explore all that the city has to offer.Paolo was charming on arrival and had left us a bottle of Prosecco and a beautiful chocolate cake.

  • Submitted: Oct 15, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2017
  • Source: Owners Direct, from HomeAway
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True Italian living.

  • 5 of 5

My cousin and I wanted to visit Bologna, the city of our grandparents. We looked for an apartment in the old town of Bologna and this was perfect. Paolo and Alba were extremely helpful and always available for information about the city or assistance with the apartment. The apartment is beautifully situated within walking distance to the center of Bologna. Good restaurants, cafes, shops all along the way wherever you ventured. No need for a vehicle at all. The apartment is on the fourth floor so be prepared to walk up and down steps daily and often. However, it is a very quiet apartment building, safe at all times. We were two women alone and never felt concerned when coming or going daytime or late at night. Plenty of linens and towels and loads of hot water. The beds were comfortable. Many windows gave the apartment lots of light. The washing machine was extremely helpful, kitchen was well stocked with cookware and the gas range was a kick to use.

The one con with all of these pros is that we felt it was very cluttered. Because of that, it was dusty. Thank you Alba and Paolo for helping us have a superb time in Bologna, Italy.

  • Submitted: May 2, 2017
  • Stayed: September 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Dear Barbara, thank you very much for your nice words about our apartment and our hospitality but we have to admit we were very puzzled when we read you wrote that the apartment is located on the 4th floor cause actually our apartment is on the 2nd and last floor of the building. Also, we are very sorry, it's true the apartment is full of libraries and paintings on the walls but we are certain that it was perfectly clean when you arrived as we have a lady tidying it up and dusting it every time a guest leave. Our best regards, Paolo e Alba
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  • 5 of 5

Alba was in constant contact with me from the first day I inquired until the day before I left. On arrival(they were kind enough to meet me earlier than I originally stated), they had a bottle of champagne and cold water waiting. The apartment was very well located.....close to the two towers. I felt completely at home. I was really surprised at how quiet the apartment was, even during the day(I am a light sleeper). I found the apartment to be clean and cozy. It was nice to listen to their jazz and blues music while sipping wine in the quiet apartment. The washing machine worked wonderfully well and was a big help. I found the drying rack for the clothes and was amazed at how fast my clothes air dried.

The temperature inside was also very comfortable. I slept so well in the comfortable bed that I was finding it harder to get up.

I was able to walk to the train station within 25-30 mins. Also, it was close to good restaurants.

As a single female, I felt very safe(I came in late most nights and always felt safe walking in the area).

Overall this is one of the best apartments that I have ever rented. I actually felt as if I were in my own home. I liked that I could walk everywhere from this location. I really appreciated the owners hospitality. I hope to return and stay again soon. .

  • Submitted: Oct 26, 2016
  • Stayed: October 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
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Home Away from Home in Bologna

  • 5 of 5

We stayed here over a long period of time with my family, and we're very happy to have found this place. It is really cosy, nice and clean. The location is very convenient.The hosts are extremely nice people, hospitable and very helpful. My son needed to stay extra 3 days in the appartment and the hosts allowed him to stay there for free. We're very greateful. I recommend this place to anyone looking for a home away from home in Bologna.

  • Submitted: Aug 16, 2016
  • Stayed: June 2016
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thank you very much for your words. You have been very nice and friendly too. I hope you come back to our home some day!
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Lovely, comfortable apartment in a great area

  • 4 of 5

It is a great apartment. Very comfortable. It feels like home. The description is very accurate. It is very clean and well-maintained. Paolo and Alba, the owners, we're very, very welcoming and helpful. We did not have one bad meal during our stay. Actually the food was exceptional. The small restaurant two doors down Osteria via Fondazza was close and friendly, home style food.

  • Submitted: Nov 8, 2015
  • Stayed: October 2015
  • Source: HomeAway
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Comfortable, Close to everything, Welcoming!

  • 5 of 5

My two friends and I stayed here for two weeks while attending a language school. Paolo and Alba met us at the apartment and welcomed us with genuine warmth. Alba had baked a delicious chocolate torte and there was also a bottle of wine. Paolo and Alba patiently went over the apartment details. They were also very helpful in helping us arrange a taxi on our departure. Their apartment is clean, cozy, quiet, and truly makes one feel at home in the beautiful city of Bologna. It is close to shops, restaurants, and tourist attractions, and the neighborhood is very safe. I look forward to returning some day.

  • Submitted: May 27, 2014
  • Stayed: April 2014
  • Source: HomeAway
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Rates & Availability

Taxes and fees are additional

Additional information about rental rates

Pet Fee $58.96
Pulizie $70.75
Refundable damage deposit $235.82
Stay tax $2.36 per night, per person. This amount will be due to the owner upon arrival. Does not apply to children under 14 years.

Tariffe scontate in relazione alla durata, Tariffe in funzione del numero di persone, Caparra richiesta alla prenotazione, Consegna delle chiavi da parte del Proprietario non presente in loco. Tassa di soggiorno di 2 euro a persona per ogni notte trascorsa nell'appartamento.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

  • 50% refund if canceled at least 14 days before arrival date.
  • 100% refund if canceled at least 30 days before arrival date.
  • Service Fee fully refunded on cancellations that qualify for 100% refund.