The focal point of the apartment are the marvellous Neo-classical frescoes where some pagan elements are reinterpreted in a hermetic fashion: Jupiter lies with an eagle on his side -one of his symbols- whilst Hebe pours him the ambrosia and Minerva crowns him. The original flooring (Venetian terrazzo, ‘seminato’) has been kept and polished; the many windows, preserving the XIX-century façade, offer breathtaking views of Piazza Maggiore. The apartment has high-end finishes, such as air conditioning, independent heating, and sound-proofed, insulated windows and doors. The furniture is completed by some refined pieces of modern art and lithographs of famous Italian artists, that bestow an elegant, refined atmosphere to the ambience.
The apartment has two separate entrances: one from the stairs and the other, which is private, from the elevator. Both of them lead the guests into the luxury frescoed living room, furnished with two single sofa beds, a desk and a flat screen TV. A pillar separates the spacious foyer from the reception room, lit by three huge windows offering ample views of Piazza Maggiore; here you find a dining table for up to 9 people, an extra sofa bed and some poufs where the guests can relax quietly. The open-plan kitchen, fully fitted with oven and dishwasher, is located in a spacious niche.
The night area is composed of two double bedrooms, a single bedroom and two bathrooms. Guests have to cross an elegant hallway with a skylight made of wrought-iron and glass, that creates a refined ambience. The master bedroom overlooks Via Clavature, a picturesque alleyway leading to Piazza Maggiore, and it is furnished with a wardrobe, a comfortable double bed (made by two single beds) and a pouf. Across from it there is the guest bedroom, with a double bed (made by two single beds) and a big wardrobe. The single bedroom is the most precious room thanks to its semi-circular niche with a big skylight; it is furnished with a single bed and a matching wardrobe. The apartment has two bathrooms, both equipped with a shower stall and decorated with mosaic tiles. Exclusive feature: the shower cubicle in the master bedroom is obtained into the wall itself and is very spacious.
Area The building is located right in Bologna city centre: Piazza Maggiore is the city’s main square and is surrounded by some of its most precious buildings. The oldest one is Palazzo Podestà, dating back to 1200 and dominated by the Arengo Tower; Palazzo Re Enzo, famous for its cross vaults, is right at the back. Opposite Palazzo dei Banchi you find Palazzo d'Accursio, a monumental architectonical complex dating back to the XIV century home to Bologna town hall. On the fourth side of the square there is San Petronio Basilica, a brilliant example of Italian gothic, started at the end of the XIV century and never completed. Palazzo Banchi is connected to the most important ‘portico’ in Italy - known as Pavaglione- developing from Piazza Maggiore to Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, that first hosted Bologna university. Nowadays the university is located at approx. 5 minutes on foot from the building, in via Zamboni; in the vicinity you also find the Teatro Comunale, largely renowned for the opera season.
The most important historic sights of Bologna are just minutes away, such as Piazza Santo Stefano (with seven churches built one into the other and the Corte Isolani) and the Two Towers (Torre degli Asinelli and Torre della Garisenda). The ‘portico’ of Palazzo dei Banchi is one of the fourth sides of the ‘Quadrilatero’: a complex of pedestrian streets filled with mouthwatering shops offering the best products of the area (hand-made pasta, sausages, wine) and fresh groceries. And if you miss shopping, enjoy a spree around via Indipendenza, the boutiques of Galleria Cavour and the refined shops of via Farini and via d'Azeglio.
Public transports The closet bus stop is located in via Rizzoli and allows to quickly reach the railway station (take here the shuttle bus to the airport), to Bologna fair and the main hospitals. All the major sights in Bologna are within walking distance.
Parking The apartment is located in a Limited Traffic Area (ZTL). On Saturdays and Sundays the city centre is a pedestrian area. You can park in the nearby Piazza Galvani, accessed from via Farini, or you can leave your car in Piazza VIII Agosto, at 5 minutes on foot from Piazza Maggiore.
The closest garages are located in Via Carbonara (Garage San Pietro) and in Via Valdonica (Autorimessa Piemonte). You can opt for a monthly ticket respectively at 300€/month and 200€/month. Both garages are open 24h a day and provide the guests with remote control.
Driving in Bologna city centre: For stays longer than 3 months: you can ask for the permit to enter the city centre. For short-term stays: you are allowed to enter the city centre by car (only for 3 days per month). The access is granted by a ticket (5,00€) that can be bought at the ATC points located in: Via Marconi 4 (at the corner of via Lame); Via IV Novembre, 16/a; Via Rizzoli 1/d.
Otherwise you can leave your car in the nearby parking of Piazza 8 Agosto (20,00€/day; or 200,00€/month).