Best place to stay in Bologna on a weekend trip

July was a great month. One of my friends I made whilst travelling through Prague got married. In Italy. 2 years ago these lovely people became my friends. Saturday...
Homestay In Bologna Review

July was a great month.

One of my friends I made whilst travelling through Prague got married.

In Italy.

 

Nothing short of awesomness and excitement. Can you imagine and Italian-Aussie wedding in Bologna where half of the guests were from Sidney and the other half from Sicily? Well, I’ll tell you something, it was certainly not a quiet one.

There was still a problem

I had to find a place to stay in Bologna that was affordable but still comfortable enough to host my hangover the next day. Now, I am not a fan of hotels at all. I hate the impersonality of it all and being a former traveller got used to hostels so much I just can’t deal with hotels unless I go on a business trip. Hostels would be great you say, but on some level I think I am too old for hostels and hostels in Bologna are not exactly abounding.

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…..Homestay.com

Sorry for the superhero intro but I am a sucker for superhero/superpowers movies. And homestay was like the superhero of all accommodations. I just love the concept of Homestay.com. Having the possibility to stay with a local and get to know the city through their eyes, is just brilliant. The listing I found on the site though did not prepare me for what I got. You can see the listing here. So I simply expected a room in someone’s house and it would’ve been perfectly fine. But my, oh my, was I pleasantly surprised!

Let’s be honest, the superhero was really the host, Elisabetta.

She didn’t speak English so my rusty Italian was definitely put to a challenge but that didn’t prevent us from connecting by sharing a cup of espresso on the couch in her living room.

Where to stay in Bologna - Chilling with Elisabetta - Homestay host in Bologna

Chilling with Elisabetta – Homestay host in Bologna

The house was maaaaahoooouuusive and she admitted they were lucky to find it. Imagine a mini version of Bruce Wayne’s mansion and you get the picture.

Homestay in Bologna

The entrance to the homestay :O

And have to say it was one of the best breakfast meals I have ever had away from home.

Where is this magical place in Bologna?

Well, let me tell you….

It may seem a bit far away from the city centre but it truly isn’t.

From the train station go left, cross the street (McDonald’s is on the corner) then walk left till you find the bus stop for 27A on via Independenza.


Now be careful because the bus 27A goes from both sides of via Indepenza. Whatever you do don’t cross the street and go towards left.

Once you reached via Indepenza and the bus stop 27A, the bus should go towards right.

You get bus tickets on the bus (1.50 euros for 75min). Do buy your ticket as they have quite regular checks.

Ask the driver to let you know where stop via Firenze is. And keep your eyes peeled for a big yellow sign on the left saying Firenze shopping.

When you get off cross the road to via Portazza and take the right to Bassano del Grappa. At the end of Bassano del Grappa you will find massive iron gates, yes exactly like in the movies, and call number 23 with the names: Cocchi, Zanichelli, Baviera, Santeramo.

I make it sound more complicated than it is.

Around the estate there are a few shops and café bars, a pharmacy and a grocery shop. You don’t really need much more.

The Room – AMAZING!

So clean, and spacious, and nice. Had a built in wardrobe, super shower and bathroom.

Bed was so comfy felt like sleeping in heaven.

Room led to a little area in the garden just for me with a mini hammock and tables for either evening siesta’s or morning coffees.

They say a picture is worth a thousand words so will let the pics speak for me.

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - bathroom

Homestay Bologna – bathroom

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - breakfast in the garden

Homestay Bologna – breakfast in the garden

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - cheslong

Homestay Bologna – Chillax in the ches long

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - Garden

Homestay Bologna – Garden and ches long at night

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - kitchen

Homestay Bologna – the kitchen

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - living room 2

Homestay Bologna – the living room was perfect

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - living room

The living room

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - outside the room

Just as you walk outside the room you have a small table and chairs to enjoy a morning espresso

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - room 2

The bedroom was huge and bed extremely comfy

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - room

Homestay Bologna – bed

Where to stay in Bologna Homestay Bologna - back garden

Homestay Bologna – huge back garden

Elisabetta - the homestay host in Bologna

Elisabetta – the homestay host in Bologna

Disclaimer

My stay in Bologna with Elisabetta was sponsored by Homestay.com and in all honesty I absolutely loved the place.

In no way shape or form has the sponsorship affected my view of this absolutely gorgeous estate I was at.

The pictures speak for themselves.

Rodica M Lazar
I have a great job, great friends, travel the world and enjoy my lifestyle (and still have time to organise local networking events). I believe it's all worthwhile and you can do it too. If you want to see how I juggle a career and still explore the world, follow my adventures on The UK Travel Room
Homestay in Bologna
9
Homestay in Bologna
The Good
  • Spacious room
  • Clean
  • Breakfast included
  • Free espresso
  • Gorgeous garden
  • Built in wardrobe
The Bad
  • 15 min bus ride from the train station
  • Host lives there with children
  • Cleanliness
    10
  • Safety
    9
  • Location
    8
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