Vacation rentals in Italy (villas, farms, estates, agriturismo, apartments)
Review 5575: Owner, Olympia Apartment (#168536)
1bed/2bath apartment in Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
June 2013, 1 week
The apartment is on via Castiglione, about a 5-10 minute walk from Piazza Maggiore. It's a lovely residential street of historic buildings, close to shops and restaurants.
There is a small COOP market around the corner on via Farini, a few tiny convenience stores scattered around, plenty of cafes and restaurants. It's a five minute walk to the market area, and another five minutes to the covered market.
The building is quite old, and has been renovated nicely into condos and a few offices. You enter through an ancient door into a small courtyard, then go through a locked gate, up to the second floor (there is a tiny elevator), then through another locked gate to the hallway where the apartment is. There are a few apartments on the floor, and we only occasionally heard or saw the other residents.
You enter the apartment at the back of the living/dining room. On the other side of the room is the galley kitchen, with a half bath beyond that. There are comfortable stairs up to the loft bedroom and the full bath.
You can view the property directly: Olympia Apartment.
No outside area.
All furniture was in excellent shape, and the place was clean and ready for us. Two sofas and table in the living area; table with four chairs in the dining area. We did find the lighting a bit dim for reading at night downstairs. Nicely decorated, and skylights let in a good amount of light -- though as we were there during a heat wave, we mostly kept the skylight shades down to keep out the sun and heat during the day. The air conditioning struggled a bit downstairs (weather was very hot, upper 90's during our week), but worked well in the bedroom area and kept the apartment comfortable. The photos on the website are accurate and represent the apartment well.
I found the bed very comfortable, though my husband thought the mattress was on the hard side. The bedroom, as it is in a loft, is partially open to the living space below. The bathrooms were all pleasant and functioned well. There is no closet space upstairs, but plenty at the back of the living room. We didn't have any problem with this arrangement. Very quiet bedroom, all we heard was the cooing of pigeons in the morning.
The kitchen worked well for us for preparing breakfasts and simple meals on nights we wanted to eat in. Full-size fridge, gas stove (you need to light it manually, not a problem), plenty of pots and utensils.
Agency and Representatives (and price)
Paola was great to work with, very responsive to questions. Her keyholder is an American ex-pat who will briefly go through the mechanics of keys and stove with you.
Do you recommend this vacation rental to others?
I'd certainly stay here again, and unconditionally recommend the apartment.
Things to do in this area
We shopped in the market areas; and got other things from the COOP. We highly recommend the nearby restaurant Sette Tavoli on a side street off via Castiglione which features a different Italian region each month, and has truly fine cooking. Also down the street is the gelateria La Sorbetteria Castiglione.
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