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Converted Convent in Centro Storico

Private room

2 guests

1 bedroom

2 beds
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Ages 2 - 12
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2 guests maximum. Infants don’t count toward the number of guests.
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The neighbourhood is the most prestigious of Bologna - the quiet street and elegant palazzo reflects that.
Safe for solo woman travellers, children walking home alone, etc.
Private room/ private bath, Breakfast included.

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

"She couldn't improve! Elizabeth was an amazing host and her home was simply devine."
Liz, Perth Australia

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, 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 Language and Cooking Schools
Train station pick up/drop off
Bike rentals
Walking tours
Child Care

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!

Other things to note

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

The space
Accommodates: 2
Bathrooms: 1 (Private bathroom)
Bedrooms: 1
Beds: 2
Check In: Anytime after 3PM
Check Out: 11AM
Room type: Private room
Self check-in: Host greets you

Wheelchair accessible
Buzzer/wireless intercom

Extra people $16 / night after the first guest
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Sleeping arrangements
Bedroom 1
2 single beds

House Rules
No smoking
Not suitable for pets
No parties or events
Check in is anytime after 3PM

We consider our guests as "friends-of-friends" that were sent to us.
That is; we want you to feel comfortable and at home, but we will not make too much of a fuss. We are hosting throughout our normal daily routines.

Smoking only on terrace.
No laundry service.
Use of kitchen after breakfast time by special request only.
Lost key fee 20 euro
Please respect check in 3pm-11pm
check out 11am
Check in after 11pm by special request only


2 nights minimum stay

187 Reviews

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Padmaja User Profile
June 2017
Elizabeth's place is at possibly the best location in all of Bologna. It is safe, and comfortable. I had a great time at her place and I will recommend it to anyone travelling to Bologna and looking to stay in the center of the city.

Edward User Profile
May 2017
Great hospitality, great location.

Elizabeth was a wonderful host during my time in Bologna. She was extremely welcoming and her home was warm and friendly. The apartment is located centrally to the central plaza (Plaza Maggiore), and it was very easy to access all of the major sites in Bologna from that location. Elizabeth was very thoughtful and set out breakfast and coffee every morning; she gave great recommendations on specific places to go and things to see, and she even invited me to have dinner with herself and her son during my stay. Elizabeth likes to say, "We consider our Airbnb guests as 'friends of friends', and we encourage them to come and go as they please, and to share common space with us." By the end of the trip, it felt more like staying with an old friend rather than an Airbnb host. I look forward to my next visit to Bologna, and to spending more time with Elizabeth and her family.

Emily User Profile
April 2017
Elizabeth's apartment is a hidden treasure in the middle of Bologna's historic center, just around the corner from Piazza Maggiore. Everything from check-in to check-out was a smooth and pleasant process. Elizabeth was a warm and caring host.. I just wish I had spent more time there. Thanks again for making me feel so welcomed and comfortable during my my stay.

Brenda User Profile
March 2017
Elizabeth's location is perfect and her accommodations are spotless. She is located in the historic part of town where there are plenty of sites, restaurants and interesting cultural events. Bologna is lovely and my stay was pleasant in every way. My thanks to her for her patience and hospitality.

Victoria User Profile
October 2016
My stay with Elizabeth and her boys was very pleasant. She made me feel welcome. Upon arrival, very tired, she made me a nice cup of tea. It was just what I needed I would have enjoyed getting to know her better. She's a lovely lady, but I wasn't there very long so the time was limited. I throughly enjoyed Bologna and only scratched the surface, so I will likely be back. And if Elizabeth is still opening her home I would stay again. If she'd have me of course ;)

Lee User Profile
March 2016
What can I say that hasn't already been said?!? Elizabeth is a fantastic host and her apartment is in an ideal location within the old city. Sights, shops, food are all a very easy walk from her front door. Elizabeth is warm, friendly and went out of her way to make me feel at home. The bed she provides is very comfortable and the shower is hot with great pressure! The patio is a tranquil and relaxing place to enjoy breakfast and plan your day - and Elizabeth is more than happy to give tips and suggestions on how to go about it. This is a great BnB if you want to live like a local and take in all that the city center has to offer. A great stay, with a great host! Thank you Elizabeth:)

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Bologna, ItalyJoined in May 2011
Elizabeth User ProfileElizabeth is a superhost.

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

Languages: English, Italiano
Response rate: 100%
Response time: within an hour

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