Converted Convent in Centro Storico

Apartment - Private room · Via Dè Griffoni, Bologna, Emilia-Romagna 40123, Italy

Private room/ private bath, Breakfast included.

Fantastic location in elegant palazzo in historical Bologna.

Your host, Elizabeth
96 Reviews
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Private room/ private bath, Breakfast included.

Fantastic location in elegant palazzo in historical Bologna.

The Space


" The room and the bathroom make you feel as though you're staying in a 5 star hotel! By far the best place we stayed on our trip through Italy and also the cheapest!"
Salar, Australia

"a cute breakfast in the morning... and even little night lights to find the bathroom [private bathroom!!] in the house. These details are typical for Elizabeth; she is always one step ahead of you to make your stay as comfortable as possible. She even offered to use a bicycle -There I was cycling through beautiful medieval Bologna, as if I was Julia Roberts in the 'Eat pray love' movie! "
Esther, Amsterdam, Holland

"The room itself was simple, clean and elegantly decorated, as was the rest of the house - reflecting Elizabeth's personality in many ways."
Thulasy, Malaysia

"I would give this place A MILLION STAR RATING if I could!!!
We had the time of our life! "
Katy, Portland, Oregan

Located behind Bologna's main piazza - PIAZZA MAGGIORE - on a quiet, safe side street overlooking a tree filled courtyard.
Maybe its the fact that it was once a convent, or maybe its sincere gratefulness for my wonderful life, but everyone agrees my home has a great peaceful energy and its a pleasure for us to share it.
My young sons are bi lingual and appreciate meeting people from all parts of the world.

The guestroom is uncluttered and perfect for a single guest;
the bed is a trundle bed, meaning another bed pulls out underneath for a second guest, if needed.
Guests have internet access, an Italian cell phone to use, their own private bathroom, drawers and closet to put away their things.
Bedroom window overlooks a private courtyard with no thru-traffic.
I am a professional fine art photographer and besides a perfect cappucino every day at 11am -aesthetically pleasing living is essential to me!
Ideal for people stopping a few days in Bologna for business, trade fairs or holiday.
Check out blog from Dartmouth Professor who stayed here last summer - full of great info on Bologna!
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Italian Cell phone with private number available on loan to guests
Italian Language and Cooking Schools
Train station pick up/drop off
Bike rentals
Walking tours
Child Care
Underground private parking (10 euro x day)

Please contact me regarding the days you are looking to book; I block out some days for personal reasons, but I can sometimes make exceptions.

July and August the entire house is available/sleeps 6
click on "my other listings" for details

Check out my neighbourhood guide!

Guest Access

Private room
Private courtyard
Private barhroom

Interaction with Guests

We consider our guests like casual friends that have come round for a visit. We give you all the privacy you would like, at the same time, the kids and I are always available to give you tips on Bologna, translate things for you, or just have a coffee and a chat!

The Neighborhood

Safest, most central, quietest street in Bologna- Bolognese call via Griffoni " la strada magica" !

Getting around

Close to city buses, aerobus & free shuttle to Fiera

Other Things to Note

We leave you fresh lines and towels/ slippers/ bathrobe and bath products. There is free wireless internet, breakfast included.

Room type: Private room
Accommodates: 2
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 2
Beds: 2
Extra people: $21 / night after the first guest
Minimum Stay: 2 nights
Check In: 3:00 PM
Check Out: 11:00 AM
Cancellation: Moderate
Overall Guest Satisfaction
Check In
  • Absolutely excellent. I wish I could have stayed longer. Stylish, clean, safe, fun, relaxing, well-located. Huge bathroom. Bedroom is perfect for resting and studying. I loved eating out on the gorgeous sunny terrace, surrounded by plants. Elizabeth is lovely. This is a good home base for exploring the region--I took a day trip to Ravenna and could have done the same for Florence. High quality place, great for travelers who want to stay somewhere as clean and put-together as a hotel, but more authentic. Strong wifi. Quiet at night. Thanks so much, Elizabeth--you're a wonderful host.

    June 2014
  • We stayed 3 nights with Elizabeth and had a wonderful experience in Bologna. The apartment is beautiful, perfectly located and although the room is technically listed for one guest, we found it worked very well for 2 women traveling together. Elizabeth is friendly and offered fantastic suggestions for restaurants and bars. (We really enjoyed all 3 recommendations). Brando, Elizabeth's oldest son, was very helpful showing us around the apartment, providing a map and giving directions when we checked in. Both boys are very polite, and friendly and it was pleasure to stay with such a nice family. Thanks Elizabeth!

    June 2014
  • Elizabeth was nice and accommodating. She was the one who recommended the Italian Food Days tour (which is a must if you're touring Italy). Place is kept clean and neat. Location is also good. We normally had to take less than 5 minutes to get to the main square. By walking, it's takes about 30 minutes to Bologna Centrale. Overall, a good experience. Grazie!! :)

    May 2014
  • Grazie mille ,Elizabet. Siamo molto contente che abbiamo prenotate Converted Convert in centro storico, molto bello e comodo.

    May 2014
  • Elizabeth is a wonderful host! I had such a lovely time at her beautiful apartment located in the heart of Bologna. Thank you so much, Elizabeth!

    April 2014
  • Elizabeth's place is wonderful for a perfect stay in Bologna. It is beautifully decorated and you really can't beat the location as it is close to everything. Elizabeth was an amazing host and she seems more than willing to do all she can to make the stay in her home inviting and comfortable. I really admire how she has found the balance of raising two boys while opening her home to other people from all over the world. It shows in her boys as they are extremely charming and intelligent. What a great place for any visitor!!!

    April 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay at Elizabeth's - the apartment is in an amazing location in the centre of Bologna, the room is perfect too.. I really loved her son Cesare so much:) Thank you for everything Elizabeth:)

    March 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay with Elizabeth and her family. They are friendly and welcoming, the apartment is beautiful and centrally located, and the room offered a lovely sense of privacy and thoughtfulness.

    March 2014
  • L'appartement st magnifique et Elizabeth est une fantastique hote :)

    March 2014
  • I had a wonderful stay at Elizabeth's - the apartment is in an amazing location in the centre of Bologna, the room is perfect and has everything you could need (including a little drawer of toiletries!) and the private bathroom was very clean with a fantastic shower! Elizabeth and her son Brando were so kind and helpful - thanks to you both! Highly recommended!

    March 2014
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Freelance Photographer, mother of 2 boys, original New York City girl; have lived in Bologna over 15 years
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