About This Listing
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.
The listing was accurate and we enjoyed our stay. The room was absolutely lovely. We also took a cooking lesson with Massimo, which not only taught us some tricks, but also resulted in the best pasta and tiramisu we had during our whole trip! The only drawback is that you don't have access to the grounds, so if you are imagining relaxing outside, this may not be the spot for you.
We also let Massimo know that we were interested in renting bikes. He took care of everything for us and the bikes were waiting upon our arrival.
I would highly recommend this spot!
English review at the bottom
Massimo è stato molto gentile e accogliente, rapido nelle comunicazioni e anche disponibile a modificare l'orario di check in per venirci incontro.
Ha preparato una splendida colazione con pane fatto personalmente da lui e ci ha dato ottimi consigli su cosa viaggiare in città.
La casa è perfetta e pulitissima, ogni dettaglio molto curato e piacevole.
Un commento a parte merita la location: Castell'Arienti e la casa sono a 15 minuti di auto dal centro di Bologna in una posizione PARADISIACA, la vista è impareggiabile e molto al di sopra di qualsiasi aspettativa possiate avere.
A perfect guest in a heavenly placed house! Very clean apartment, you'll need a car to get to the city center but you won't regret your choice: I've rarely seen such a panoramic place!
Massimo is very kind and will give you great advice on what to see in Bologna.
Try this place!
My husband and I had a wonderful experience at Massimo's charming, beautiful and comfortable home in the grassy hillside just a short drive from the city center of Bologna.
Out of our entire trip this was one of the most memorable experiences. Massimo is a wonderful host. He makes you feel at ease in his home, he gives you a respectful amount of privacy but is equally engaging and very hospitable. He offered to cook dinner for us the first night (and extra 15 euro and worth every bit of it!) and it was so delicious that we let him cook for us the 2nd night as well. Also, he let us help him prepare dinner the 2nd night and gave us a mini cooking lesson (we made homemade pasta!).
Everything is extremely clean. There is a really cute cat indoors but she doesn't enter the guest room area. I have bad cat allergies and I had no trouble whatsoever!
The bathroom is large and clean and the bed was the most comfortable bed I have ever slept on - really!
All in all, Massimo is the perfect host and if you get the opportunity to visit you should.
*Make sure you ask Massimo to give you directions or take you to the best gelato place in Bologna! Nothing in Italy compares!
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!
About the Host, 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