July was a great month.
One of my friends I made whilst travelling through Prague got married.
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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.
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.
There’s no breakfast like an #italian one! And my #homestay host makes a kickass coffee #amazing #breaktime @homestaycom A photo posted by Mia (@uktravelroom) on
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.
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.
- Spacious room
- Breakfast included
- Free espresso
- Gorgeous garden
- Built in wardrobe
- 15 min bus ride from the train station
- Host lives there with children