A former two-storey, very welcoming typical early 1900’s Bolognese rural house, our residence is located in the Calderara section of Bologna, only a few kilometers from the center of town. It benefits from good public transportation connections (suburban train at 300 mts – 8 minutes to the center!) and is extremely convenient to the airport and the fairground.
Our residence can comfortably accommodate 22-23 guests as a whole in three totally independent, self-sufficient units named after famous Italian painters – Raffaello (6 guests), Michelangelo (8 guests) and Leonardo (8-9 guests). It features its own private parking (free) and a pretty fenced yard (barbecue provided) which is safe for the kids and ideal to relax after a long sight-seeing or business day. The windows overlook both farming land and a couple of storage-industrial barns. A very effective double glazing, noiseproof insulation prevents from possible disturbances caused by the airport and the nearby industrial area. The property as a whole underwent total renovation in 2012 paying particular attention to decoration, details and functionality.
All units are air conditioned, feature their own independent heating system and firewood is available for the fireplaces. Cotto floors, timber ceilings and furniture chosen with love and zest mix with all the necessary modern appliances including a dishwasher, a washing machine, a microwave oven, a satellite TV with VCR/DVD and complimentary internet wi-fi connection. All the above to make your stay at Torretta Residence exactly like home – or even better!
Rooms are large, bright and charming, all units are independently accessible for total privacy. Unit layouts are:
- RAFFAELLO (accommodates up to 6 guests) Ground floor: large living-dining room (1 double sofa bed) with a fireplace, kitchen (all tools provided), bathroom. Upper floor: 2 bedrooms (room 1: 2 single beds; room 2: 1 double), bathroom. Furniture is mostly antique.
- MICHELANGELO (accommodates up to 8 guests). Ground floor: entryway, large living-dining room with a fireplace (1 double sofa bed), kitchen (all tools provided), bathroom with a Jacuzzi and a shower, laundry room, small storage room. Upper floor: one 3-single (or 1 queen-size + 1 single) bedroom, with own bathroom; one 2-single (or 1 queen-size) + 1 single sofa bedroom, with own en-suite bathroom.
- LEONARDO (accommodates up to 8-9 guests). Ground floor: large living room with a fireplace (1 double sofa bed), kitchen (all tools provided), bathroom. Upper floor: one bedroom (sleeps 6: 1 double + single bunk-bed, 1 two-single bunk-bed, one single bed), own en-suite bathroom; one double + single bedroom with own bathroom.
Units can be rented separately. The changeover day is flexible and the minimum stay is 4 nights.
With its location and general features, our residence is ideal for families or large groups, the corporate person, the tourist. Along with the center of Bologna, all the major northern-central Italian art cities are just a stone's throw away and easily reachable by train. It is also an ideal accommodation for the business person in need of a strategically-positioned headquarters that is close to the fairground, the airport and the highway. All guests will enjoy total comfort and absolute convenience – exactly as you wish.
"We stayed 2,5 months at Toretta residence and this place must be highly recommended with great location in Bologna close to airport and shopping center all gated and secure in a small community. A warm welcome and excellent service throughout entire stay, anything that was broken or malfunctioning was immediately fixed without discussion. Safe location with off street car parking and Bargellino-Calderara train station within just 5 minutes walking distance. Own garden and all household equipment needed for a pleasant and comfortable stay. The only downside we found was the noise from airplanes approaching/taking off Bologna airport and also nearby industries, that can be heard, however, during the day and outside only. Despite this we would definitely stay here next time we are in Bologna. Rating total experience/value for money: 4,5 out of 5 possible." (Tobias B., Sweden)
"This villa is one of the nicest properties I stayed at. Immaculately clean, spacious, well appointed, and was a home from home for a few days. Alberto, Anna and their family have seen to every detail of the apartment, right down to their local wine and produce! Great location, steps away from the 8 minute train ride into central Bologna. We thouroughly enjoyed our stay. Highly recommended, and the villa will be my first on my list when I return to Bologna." (Humphrey H., USA)
"Alberto & Anna -- Thank you very much for sharing your beautiful home with us. We enjoyed our stay in Bologna very much and was most comfortable in your villa. It featured everything that we wanted, and we appreciated the lovely furniture and extensive range of crockery. But most of all, we must thank you both and your family for the warmth and hospility extended. It was the most pleasant ending to our vacation in Italy. We would defintely make Villa Genziana our base should we make another trip to Italy, and would recommend it highly to all our friends." (John F. Bernath, Columbus, OH - USA)
"Beautiful place, perfectly furnished and functional. Alberto, Anna and Alessandro are top hosts. We spent a great vacation here. Ciao!" (Tom F. Mobile, AL, USA)
"Great villa in the middle of the fields with the city center at hand. Wonderful hosts." (Cliff Washansky, USA)
"Alberto's villa is the perfect accommodation. It is roomy, clean, excellently furnished and its location makes it perfect for day trips in the area, especially if you have a car. We spent 2 beautiful weeks there easily traveling to Florence, Venice, Ferrara, Modena and Mantua. The immediate surroundings (hills - great food & wine!) are also great, don't miss them!" (ane & Phil & Tina - Lincoln, Nebraska - USA)
"Beautiful piece of property, great location! Perfect if you are attending the Fiera exhibit and have a car. Very nice hosts -- thanks Alberto and Anna! Ciao." (Robert Pacifico, Newark, NJ - USA)
"I totally vouch for this property. It is clean, well set and excellently furnished, conveniently positioned and with great hosts. Also, we saved a lot of money out of the average hotel costs with this. Don't get fooled by in-town, central accommodations. By staying here we got quiet and never got stuck in traffic." (Greg Esposito, Auckland, New Zealand).
"Two thumbs up for this place! Great hosts, great house, wonderful hospitality and a super vacation in Bologna! Thanks Alberto and Anna. " (David Vanderkoon, Akron, OH - USA)
"This villa is a great place to stay. It is very convenient to Bologna and you can easily drive to all spots in and around town without getting trapped in traffic. Nice countryside/outskirts environment dotted with some big storage buldings here and there but also fruit trees and vineyards. The airport is near but does not bother much. Great hosts, very nice and helpful. The house is wonderfully equipped with ALL you need. Very clean and comfortable. I recommend it to all." (Hans Rederma, Hamburg, Germany)
"Accomodation was clean well accomodated and beautifuly situated exactly according to the advertisement specifications". (Mike Anders, Bristol, UK)
"Les photos de l'appartement sont en dessous de la réalité - il est beaucoup plus beau que la description qui en est donnée ... entièrement vouté, peintures aux couleurs chaleureuses, un véritable bonheur. Une décoration soignée et une propreté sans équivalent. Parfaitement bien équipé, celà va du linge de maison neuf en passant par tout l'électro-ménager. Très bien situé, dans un village mignon et tout est à portée ... Propriétaire avenant et serviable, tout est réuni pour passer un merveilleux séjour". (Corinne, France)
"I spent a week at Villa Genziana while on a business trip and I should say that it was the best of my stays ever. The house is extra-clean, tidy, provided with everything one needs, furnished with taste and zest, efficiently equipped, roomy and bright, so one feels even better than at home. Regardless of the vicinity of the city (that is in many ways convenient) the location is quiet, comfortable and peaceful as typical of the countryside. Moreover the kindness and eagerness to help of the owners is peerless. 100% recommended! (Julia B., USA + Italy)
"We spent excellent time at Anna and Alberto’s. Their property is in the immediate outskirts of Bologna, which makes the center easy to reach (great parking lots, free with bus fare) as well as the fairground, the airport and the highway. As stated in the ad we found large spaces both inside and outside. Everything was very clean, well kept, efficient and furnished with taste, definitely better than what we thought from the photos. The rate was excellent too – about one third of the average hotel room in the area! Moreover, Alberto and Anna were very helpful, very hospitable and nice. A great value for your money!" (Mary G., Italy)
"We had a great stay at this villa. It is extra clean, newly refurbished and perfectly stocked, with a huge yard and parking space. The kitchen has all you need to cook, even elaborate dishes. The city center is not that close, yet transportation is convenient and takes you everywhere for almost nothing -- the train station is only 10 minutes walk and so is the bus stop (bus ticket: 1 euro for 1 hour ride). Thank you Alberto and Anna, Bologna is beautiful and so is your place, we will surely come back! -- Emile from France" (Emile D., France)
"Bonita y funcional casa a las afueras de Bolonia. No pudimos conocer a los propietarios (Alberto y Anna, nos atendió el primer día Alssandro, su hijo), pero si a Fernando y Angela que ejercieron de perfectos vecinos ofreciendose para cualquier cosa. La casa esta bien equipada con un jardín amplio. Recomiendo la estancia en esta casa para cualquiera que visite Bolonia" (Mario N., Spain)
"Struttura accogliente e ben attrezzata. Un 10 per la cordialità, disponibilità e gentilezza del proprietario." (Michela A., Italy)
"We had a very nice stay at the Villa. My wife and I particularly appreciated the space and kitchen as we were travelling with an infant. We also liked the fact that the Villa was very close to a train station. The train ride is only approx. 10 minutes to Bologna Central (the train runs roughly every 30 min during peak times to every hour during non-peak times so plan your trips accordingly)."
(Troy R., Canada)
"Excellent rental, spacious, light-filled, clean and very well maintained, with a very mice yard. Great welcome with (self-produced, organic) fresh fruit and wine. Owners are always available when needed. A good value for your money. Absolutely recommended." (Marjoire & Ken S., La Jolla, USA)
"La vivienda está bien en general pero para 8 personas vendría mejor si dispusiera de un dormitorio mas. Está situada junto al aeropuerto de Bolonia y un poco retirada de la población (Calderara di Reno), lo que hace recomendable disponer de coche, con el cual es ideal como base de operaciones para visitar las ciudades del norte de Italia. A un pequeño paseo a pie está la estación de tren desde donde ir a Bolonia. Hemos estado a primeros del mes de agosto y en nuestro caso sin problemas de mosquitos. Fernando ha sido igualmente un cordial vecino a quien agradecemos su hospitalidad." (José A. L., Spain)
"I rented this property with 5 colleagues to attend a trade show at the Fiera District in Bologna (September 2010). As I attended this show before I can now say this place strategically encompasses any other rental in town and is therefore ideal both for corporate people and tourists - you need not to cross the busy city center to reach the fairground and the central station - i.e. avoid at least 40-45 minutes of traffic jam and get to wherever you need in minutes. Moreover, the villa is spacious, clean, comfortable and well kept, with plenty of space outside to relax after a busy day. The airport is close, but that did not bother us. The contacts with the owner were excellent before and throughout our stay, with a very warm welcome at our arrival. I recommend this place highly." (Bron V., Norway)
"This rental couldn't have been more perfect for us. It was just as lovely as it appears in the photos - actually more - and very convenient to the central part of Bologna as the suburban train line is walking distance and the ride to the center is only 8 minutes. Everything we needed to set up housekeeping was in the apartment when we arrived and we were greeted by a couple of self-produced wine bottles and some delicious fresh fruit from Alberto and Anna's organic farm. The air conditioning worked beautifully and efficiently as did everything else in the apartment. The house is quiet and removed from the street, the yard is great. We felt safe and secure at all times. We are recommending this villa to all our traveling friends and surely hope to rent it again ourselves. Great landlords - all promises and commitments were amicably honored, and they also took us out for dinner!" (Valerie M., USA)
"It was all as we expected, very nice. Rooms are big, plenty of space and free wifi." (Andrej T., Croatia)
"I recently moved to Rome and do a lot of traveling for business - this is by far one of the best rentals I booked in Italy. It is clean, light-filled, roomy and very welcoming, much better than in the pictures. Its position in the immediate outskirts of Bologna makes it a great headquarters if you need to go to the fairground or drive around. Free private parking, free (well-working) internet, satellite tv. Great, helpful owners. Highly recommended." (John B., USA)