Quietly nestled between scenic landscapes and vineyards and central Bologna lies this re-stored
and re-styled 14th century Palladian style monastery. It's the ideal location for nature while
remarkably close to the city center (5 km).
Enjoy a view of vineyards, hills and over 120 km of bicycle paths at this B&B with private bath
equipped with all the amenities you will need for your comfort and enjoyment. Bologna offers
everything from fine Italian cuisine and shopping to nature and ancient historical sites including one of the worlds largest churches, Basilica of San Petronio.
It would be my pleasure to begin your stay with a personalized pick-up at the Bologna aiport or rail station upon request. Please advise in advance.
Bologna is renowned for its culinary traditions, including its well-known Bolognese sauce, balsamic vinegar, pasta filled raviolis, prosciutto, cheeses and of course fine wines. Massimo's love of cooking and baking will enhance your visit with freshly prepared breads, pastas and other culinary delights, and upon request, will happily provide guests with lessons.
If nature is what you seek, the surroundings include over 120 km of bicycle trails divided into five radial routes departing and arriving from the centre of the suburbs, making this an ideal excursion on two wheels. Aside from his love of cooking, Massimo also has a passion for painting in watercolours and would be delighted if you wish to join.
Note: Bikes are available for rental in central Bologna
Bologna is ideally located within a 1-2 hour drive from some of the most beautiful cities in Italy
including Tuscany, Florence, Pisa, Arezzo, Siena, Modena, Parma, Ferrara, Ravenna, Rimini, Venice and many more.
NOTE: the price is comprehensive of the accomodation tax!
Interaction with Guests
I love to be present when guests are in the flat, to satisfy all their needs
Other Things to Note
At your disposal, a professional tour guide (excellent English) available for you!
Prior to your arrival, please inform me of any food and beverage preferences including any food or dietary restrictions and allergies and I will try to accommodate.
Smoking is strictly forbidden in the house. Smoking indoors will incur a cost for the necessary cleaning to eliminte the smoke and odor.
Please avoid all unnecessary noise during your stay. If you are travelling with children under the
age of 12, please be mindful of the crystals and antique items. It is the parents responsibility for
any property damage.
Parking is available in designated areas.
Bologna guide books are also available to help you in organizing your trip. Maps of the city and
surrounding areas are also available for your use in five languages.
We had a lovely two-nights stay at Massimo's. We really enjoyed his food and care for his guests. If you need something, you just have to tell him and he will help. I have to say that the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept in. The facilities are just great.
Massimo was a very welcoming and attentive host. He cooked supper at late notice and showed us the way into Bologna the following day. The building is beautiful. We would recommend staying with Massimo.
Though like many places in Italy it was a little hard to find. I may have missed the fact that the house was high on the hills.
When you stay at any place the important thing is a good bed, hot shower and good location. Massimo's place was excellent in all three categories. When you add his fantastic cooking and friendly and helpful knowledge of the area and local wines, this place becomes something very special.
Bologna is a stunning city and Castell'Arienti is only 10 minutes to the city. Massimo had a E5.50 pass for parking in blue lined areas which was exceptional value. Highly recommended.
Take the time to explore Emilia Romagna as it has amazingly beautiful scenery.
Massimo's beautiful apartment is located in a quiet area, away from noise and traffic and yet a few minutes' drive from Bologna's centertown. Massimo is very helpful and his home-made food delicious!
My wife and I stayed with Massimo for two nights and he was an incredible host. His condo was lovely and the building was magnificent. It is in a palazzo built in the 1400’s which went to ruin and then was completely rebuilt in 2007 with about 20 units. It is about 11 km from Bologna up a winding road, very secluded, but convenient. Our bedroom was beautifully decorated (as was the entire condo). Our first night, Massimo cooked us dinner (for a minimal charge) and it was wonderful. Each course out did the next and the accompanying wine and liquors were perfect. Our only day of seeing Bologna, Massimo went out of his way to act as our tour guide for the morning. He proudly showed off the architecture and many sites of interest and with his knowledge of Bologna brought to life so much of what we saw. He joined us for lunch at a pizzeria of his selection and we were not disappointed. We dined in an indoor garden room and the food was delicious. We met up again for dinner and he took us to a “typical” Bolognese trattoria which offered up courses of wonderful food and wine. Breakfast both days was accompanied by homemade apricot preserves, freshly baked bread and good Italian coffee. We were able to have many in depth conversations with Massimo during our short stay and learned so much about Italy and Bologna. He was an outstanding host and we would highly recommend Localita Castell’Arienti .
We booked this apartment right 6 hours before check-in. I got answer after 10 minutes! The communication was very quick. The house originally was designed by Palladio then was reconstructed about 10 years ago. Now villa has more than 20 appartments. To find the villa you have to go on the top of the hill when meet parking on the left. Owner met us very welcome. He cooked dinner for us and designed touristic path for sightseeing. To get to historical center of Bologna you will have to drive down the hill about 10 minutes. I recomend this place for those who want stay in natural environment and spend free time in Bologna center. The owner doesn't have twin beds. The rooms were clean and had all needed for stay. If I want visit Bologna I will choose Massimo house again indeed.
Staying at Massimo's apartment was like staying with a friend! He made my husband and I feel right at home with a delicious home-cooked dinner. The location is wonderful - overlooking a peaceful, quiet valley. Our room was very comfortable and well appointed. Should we find ourselves in the area again, we will definitely stay with Massimo.
I am a self-taught chef, as well as artist and lover of nature.
I love good music, invent and experiment new dishes in my kitchen.
I make my home available to my guests and I try to share with them his silence and the fresh air.
Sono un cuoco autodidatta, nonchè artista e amante della natura.
Amo la bella musica come inventare e sperimentare nuovi piatti in cucina.
Metto la mia casa a disposizione dei miei ospiti e cerco di condividere con loro il suo silenzio e l'aria buona