CASA ARIENTI – Design, Art & Comfort – Peerless centrally-located accommodation
1950’s and 1960’s true top European design furniture and furnishing, unique works of art and craft, a great atmosphere mixed with the comfort and convenience of a very quiet, clean, close-to-everything hideaway located in the very heart of the historical center of Bologna – this is Casa Arienti, our beautiful 2-room apartment with a special taste added to it.
Thoroughly renovated in March 2010, furnished and decorated with works by some of the most worldwide-renowned 1900’s architects and designers – Luigi Caccia Dominioni’s 1963 enameled iron beds and table lamp, Marco Zanuso’s wardrobes, Dino Gavina’s table and chairs, Giulio Manzoni’s sofabed, Marcel Breuer’s and Robert Mallet-Stevens chairs – together with some 1700’s and 1800’s antiques, tapestries, contemporary paintings and original Faience pieces, Casa Arienti can comfortably accommodate up to 5 guests in a very cozy bedroom (two single beds that can be put together to make a double + 1 single), a sitting/dining room (1 double sofa bed or 2 singles), a kitchen, a bathroom, a small hallway and a very nice covered terrace, the perfect spot for an alfresco dinner, a breakfast or a cocktail. Beds are 2 x 0.90 mts. with high-quality frames, mattresses and linen. All windows and the terrace overlook a quiet, small private garden, the perfect touch of green in the midst of the typical red brick landscape of Bologna, a Medieval and still visible alley bordering. Peace and quiet are 100% granted.
All the main, most modern appliances are provided – washing machine, dryer, dishwasher, cooking range/oven, microwave, plenty of kitchen tools, stereo, TV/DVD, Wi-Fi internet connection, more. The bathroom features a shower, towels and linen are provided and included in the price. The apartment is air conditioned.
Casa Arienti is located is friendly, quiet, safe neighbourhood that is part of the most elegant, charming section of the center and virtually traffic-free, the largest park in town (Giardini Margherita) at a stone’s throw. A large guarded parking lot can be found about 300 mts. from the house (spots can be reserved through the internet) whereas many stores, groceries, restaurants and pubs are just around the corner. The closest bus stop is only about 150 mts, the train station can be reached in minutes while the main theatres, museums, monuments and the most renowned stores and restaurants are all walking distance.
With all its special features Casa Arienti ranges way above average, a totally different rental where class and unique are the key words – the ideal choice for the refined, the cultivated, the appreciative. We look forward to your reservation.
"The apartment was great, clean, roomy,quiet,comfortable, everything you would need. We were able to walk into the centre of the city in ten to fifteen minutes. Also, there were shops and cafes within a two minute walk. We would definitely recommend staying here and wouldn''t hesitate to stay again should we visit Bologna. Loved it." (Sylvia W., Australia)
"My friend and I greatly enjoyed our four nights in Casa Arienta. It was comfortable, spacious and well equipped. The location was excellent; it was quiet but also close to food stores, restaurants and a couple of interesting clothes shops. It was just 10=15 mins walk from Piazza Maggiore. The owners were very good to do business with. I would certainly go there again." (Mary G., Ireland)
"We stayed here for slightly over one week. This one bedroom apt is well laid out, with all the conveniences (including dishwasher and laundry) of home. The location is perfect. - very convenient walking distance to everywhere in Bologna. We thoroughly enjoyed it, and bologna is simply wonderful" (Sharon R., USA)
"My husband and I enjoyed a relaxing month in Italy (July 2012) with Casa Arienti as our home base. The location of this apartment is superb. It has a pizzeria, gelateria, grocery, a couple of cafes, and a gourmet foods shop within a block. Its an easy walk to Piazza Maggiore, a large grocery, bus stop, just about anything else you might like to see in Bologna. We were grateful for the air conditioning in the height of summer and enjoyed the balcony on a near daily basis (the location and these two upgrades plus the washer/dryer were worth the extra expense of this apartment). While the kitchen was small for us given our length of stay, we made it work, and it would be no problem for a shorter time. Ms. Lucia was extremely helpful and responsive to our needs throughout the month. My husband and I are both teacher/writers, so we did a lot of work at home and in coffee shops while we were there and made use of Casa Arienti's WiFi. The neighbors were friendly and we had no issues with noise whatsoever except for the one time that the neighbors below asked us to please be careful about moving furniture after 11 (this was necessary because of the two twin beds pushed together to make one large bed. We were very conscious of readjusting the drifting beds after that!) We would highly recommend this spot for your stay in Bologna -- as other reviews have mentioned, it is exactly as it is represented." (Megan S., USA)
"My husband and I stayed at Casa Arienti for a week in May 2012. We chose it for the balcony over the garden and really liked sitting out with coffee or wine, overlooking the garden and trees below. The apartment is well equipped and furnished, and we appreciated the artwork. The neighborhood is very quiet, but there are many shops nearby, and it's an easy walk to the center. The busses are easy to use once you get a bus map and learn where to buy tickets. While in Bologna we really enjoyed taking cooking classes, learning to make pasta, and taking a tour to see the making of cheese, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar. Best restaurant dinner we had there was at Le Mura, a fish restaurant not far from the apartment. The cippuddata di pesca castagna was outstanding!" (Pat P., USA)
"One could say that casa Arienti is an ideal holiday home. Certainly the location is optimal, as it is close enough to the busy center where "it is at" but far enough to be quiet, and a "normal" neighborhood. The apartment goes out the back of the building, so you don't even hear the street, and the little balcony looking over old trees and vines is quite romantic. We are a couple in our mid-fifties and enjoyed beeing able to relax. The many times mentioned ice cream place really IS worth two daily visits! The apartment itself is well equipped, and, most important for physically exhausted tourists (all that walking!), the beds are comfortable and good for the back. The whole place is comfortable and tastefully decorated." [Angela L., Spain]
"The apartment is nice, and photographs correspond to reality. The owner was very helpful and everything was so as we agreed. Accommodation is in the center, but in a quiet area. I recommend this accomodation!" [Jana B., Czeck Republic]
L'appartamento è piu' bello ancora che nelle foto. Curato nei dettagli, elegante, contesto signorile e centralissimo. Il parcheggio pubblico è a non più di tre minuti. Vivamente consigliato. [Giuliana G., Italy]
Having rented other guest apartments in France (Paris) and Italy (Rome) I can say that Casa Arienti is a find. My stay lasted 12 days. The owner is courteous and professional. The decor of the apartment is simple and tasteful, with high ceilings, new hardwood floors and large windows. The kitchen is narrow but functional and modern. The living-dining area is spacious, with a glass door giving onto a small balcony where two people can share an aperitivo or a meal at a cafe-style table. This balcony overlooks a private garden and patio (one hears the chatter of the neighbours, sometimes their t.v. or music) and there are views of nearby buildings (both old and modern). The bathroom has a small shower stall, a bidet, and a large sink. The bedroom is big, with lots of cupboard/dresser space and tall, shuttered French doors on two sides. The building itself is well-kept, with decent laundry facilities available in the basement. Via Arienti is a quiet residential street within the city walls, and away from the hubub of the student/business/tourist sections of Bologna. Cafes and shops (for fresh produce, wine, oil, cheese, bread, prosciutto, gelato...) are nearby. It takes 5 minutes to walk to a large and lovely park, 15 minutes to walk to the Museo Morandi, 25 minutes to walk to the train station. If I were to return to Bologna, I would definitely stay here again. [Jack V., Canada]
"Appartamento molto carino in una posizione davvero invidiabile nel centro di Bologna. Tranquillo perchè affaccia, con un grazioso terrazzino, su un cortile interno. Ben arredato, letti comodi e con biancheria nuova. Ideale anche per soggiorni di lavoro." (Claudia F., Italy)
"The apartment was very comfortable, clean and quiet. The balcony lovely for a relaxing meal, drink or just a quiet read. The location is excellent with shops and buses very close by and within walking distance of most of the sites. The owner and Lucia (the lady who met us on arrival) could not have been more helpful, especially when we locked ourselves out of the flat! Grazie mille e arrivederci!" (Lesley L., UK)
"Tout était impeccable. A remarquer tout particulièrement le calme en centre ville." [Albrecht G., Belgium]
"My husband and I stayed at Casa Arienti for 2 weeks in May and really enjoyed the apartment and the city of Bologna. The apartment is attractive, very spacious and well equipped. We especially enjoyed the little balcony, where we usually had our breakfasts and suppers. On a side street not far from the apartment are a number of specialty food shops with wonderful selections of fresh produce, fish, cheeses, fresh and dried pastas, etc. Bologna is ideally situated to explore the Emilia Romagna region by train. (The train station is about a 30 minute walk from the apartment). We easily made day trips to Modena, Parma, Ferrara, Ravenna, Faenza, Brisighella and, as well as longer forays to Venice, Padova and Vicenza. We would certainly stay at this apartment again and recommend it to anyone considering a visit to Bologna." (Herta, Winnipeg, Canada)
"My husband and I and our 15 year-old daughter stayed here for a week in March, and were quite comfortable. I agree with the other favorable comments, and would add that the flat is better looking than photos show it. They also have most domestic details right: a boon even if you are out and about most of the time. The bedding is of good quality, there is ample closet space, and more than enough dishes, etc. Plus, there are excellent osterias and ristorantes in easy walking distance. And a great gelateria." (Ilene, USA)
"We spent 5 nights in May in lovely, spacious, Casa Arienti. It is very comfortable, immaculate and quiet. Well located, it is only a 15 minute walk to Piazza Maggiore, the wonderful market, museums, etc. Grocery stores, buses and other services are very close. Also, there is a lot of information on the area in the apartment. Good restaurants are nearby, especially "I Poeti" for a delicious meal in a historic venue, as well as "Sorbetteria Castiglione" for great gelato. Lucia was very helpful with sightseeing and restaurant recommendations. We had a family emergency during our stay and Lucia was kind enough to come to the apt. to notify us after she received a phone call from our family in the US. This was our first visit to Bologna and we enjoyed the city very much-especially being away from the tourists! If we return to Bologna, we will definitely stay at Casa Arienti again. " (R & B, Laguna Beach, CA, USA)
"This is a very cosy apartment and very welcoming. The communication with the owner was perfect! The location is in the city center and you can reach many destinations by train from Bologna. Bologna itself has a lot to offer, when you look twice! So many thanks and we certainly recommand the apartment!" (Roger & René, Belgium)
"We spent 8 nights at Casa Arienti in October 2009. The apartment is in a great location to explore the city. The train station is a little far but walkable. Bus and taxi stop right around the corner. Excellent take out pizza a couple doors down. Great wine, cheese and homemade pasta shop called La Bottega at Via Castiglione 62/2 right around the corner. Excellent butcher shop right beside it. The
apartment itself is wonderful. It would be very comfortable in the summer and/or the winter. Lucia met us at the apartment and she was happy to answer all our questions including travel and train
schedules. The kitchen is well stocked with cooking utensils. We didn't think we would cook while we were there but we did and those were some of our more enjoyable evenings. The veranda is a great
place to have a glass of vino or coffee. Vittorio was excellent at keeping up informed about our visit. He was even so kind to book a taxi for us to head back to the airport. The only issue we had was the
young lady who lives above the apartment must work at night and we would hear her come in around 2am. It wasn't too loud and if you had a
simple oscillating fan for white noise you wouldn't even hear it. I would definitely stay here again. Another plus is the washer and dryer in the basement. That makes traveling lighter much
easier. Thank you Vittorio and Lucia for a wonderful stay and your display of kindness." (Lisa P., Austin, TX, USA)
"This is one of the nicest rentals in Bologna that I have encountered. The photographs and description are completely accurate (unlike some other rentals) so you know exactly what you are getting before you arrive. The neighborhood is very nice, typical bolognese neighborhood, not too touristy but yet close to everything. The local shops are very nice and offer all the essentials within a short distance. Not only that, one of Bologna's most famous gelato shops is only a block away. The neighbors are friendly also. Sgr Vittorio and Sgra Lucia were very helpful and attentive. I'd highly recommend this rentals for the service, amenities and the location, perfect all around" (Michael C., San Diego, CA, USA)
"Casa Arienti est un très bon logement pour séjourner à Bologne. L'appartement est très coquet et très bien situé, proche du centre , dans un quartier animé mais calme proche d'une bonne petite pizzeria et d'un excellent glacier. L'accueil est très bien et de nombreux guides et revues sont mises à la disposition des locataires ce qui permet de bien visiter la très jolie ville de Bologne. A recommander particulièrement le musée et la casa Morandi, cela vaut vraiment la visite." (Michel D., Belgium)
"Due to the snow we arrived an hour late and Lucia kindly waited for us. The apartment is exactly as described and very stylishly furnished. We found everything clean and tidy. The location is very good with nearby shops, restaurants and local buses. There was deep snow when we arrived but the apartment was lovely and warm throughout our stay." (Susan L., UK)
"Due to the snow we arrived an hour late and Lucia kindly waited for us. The apartment is exactly as described and very stylishly furnished. We found everything clean and tidy. The location is very good with nearby shops, restaurants and local buses. There was deep snow when we arrived but the apartment was lovely and warm throughout our stay." (S. L., UK)
"We had a wonderful stay in this spacious, clean and excellently located apartment. It was great living like a true Bolognese!" (Sue M, NJ, USA)
"A nice apartment with a peaceful neighbourhod. Only small minus is a difficulties to find a car parking near the house." (Jarmo L., Finland)
"My wife and I stayed four nights at Casa Arienti and found it an excellent "base" for exploring Bologna. Upon arrival, Lucia was extremely helpful, explaining everything and even accompanying us to the Hertz Auto Rental office located near the train station so that we could drop off our car (you don't want to have a car in Bologna). Casa Arienti is located in an interesting old neighborhood with lots of charm and the best gelateria in Bologna is close by. We walked all over the city from our apartment at Casa Arienti and found that it took us ten minutes or so to get "downtown". We like to walk, because we get to see so much more than when we drive - it is a great location. The apartment itself is just as you see it in the photographs - comfortable and quiet. The wi-fi is GREAT! We enthusiastically recommend you stay at Casa Arienti if your travels take you to Bologna." (William R., USA)
"Casa Arienti was a welcome refuge. The apartment was all that is written and more, it was large, comfortable, and quiet. All of Bologna is within reach by foot or public transportation. The neighborhood is vibrant and thriving and offers many diverse amenities." (Josephine K., USA)
"This very clean and spacious apartment was exactly what we hoped it would be. The building was quiet and the apartment comfortable. When we travel, we like to be out and about all day then come back and prepare a simple evening meal at home. The apartment kitchen was well beyond adequate for our needs. There is a wonderful, large street market just a few blocks away, so we could experiment with many of the terrific fresh foods Italians are so lucky to have.
We have stayed in quite a few rentals and every so often we find a gem like this place." (George & Susan G., USA)
"I found this apartment in Bologna to be the perfect home base while staying in Bologna for nearly 3 weeks. It became the perfect getaway from the crowds and noise of the same city center. The apartment was just as pictured, but better! It was spacious, comfortable and for the most part, very quiet, blissfully quiet and relaxing. The kitchen was well-equipped, and there were small plastic containers to use for carrying cheese, snacks, etc. Please note there is not a lift, and there are some steep stairs to the first level I found that correspondence with the owner to be timely and helpful in the reservation process. Lucia met me as planned at the apartment to get me 'oriented' to the apartment, trash disposal, getting around Bologna, etc. As others have noted, there were maps, bus schedules, guide books to use. Very helpful. It was set up with Wi-Fi, but I do not own a laptop or phone with internet capabilities. For those in a similar situation, I was able to get a list of Internet Points in Bologna from the Tourist Information office off the Piazza Maggiore. The easiest, cleanest and best run Internet point was Itehad Good Luck snc, located on Via Alfred Testoni 8, just off via Ugo Bassi. From the apartment, take the #30 bus from the XII Giuno bus stop, get off at the Piazza Malpighi stop, walk straight ahead to via Ugo Bassi and go right, and it is the first street on the right. Also, the #30 is the bus to take to the train station, taking about 20 minutes. For the best gelato, go to la Sorbetteria on via Castiglione (left out the door of the apartment, left on via Castiglione, on the right about a block down). Nearly next door is a great trattoria, O Sole Mio. Taking a right on via Castiglione, there is a great rosticerria to get roast chicken and take out, and a small market to pick up basic supplies when you have just arrived. All in all, this was a great apartment and experience. I am a single female traveling alone on this trip, and felt very safe in this apartment and neighborhood. Do not hesitate to rent this apartment." (Susan S., USA)
"We spent a relaxed week in this lovely apartment in Bologna. It was a short cab ride from the airport (17 euros approx) and only a 10-15 min stroll from the city centre. The area is safe and quiet and the apartment was clean, cool and airy. The kitchen is fully equipped if you want to do a little cooking and we loved the little balcony and the proximity (5 mins) to the Giardini Margherita. The place was perfect as a base in Bologna, as well as for day trips to places like Florence, Venice and Lucca. Communication with the (helpful and friendly) owner was problem-free. Highly recommended." (Kate P., UK)
"My wife and I stayed here for a week in early May. The apartment was beautiful, tasteful, functional. Love the little porch and sounds of the neighbors. We found a few different cafes to sit outside nearby and have our negroni. La Botega is right there and I strongly recommend going there. The owner(s) are beautiful and they have food to match. Also enjoyed the bohemian Mike & Miks... and several neighborhood restaurants on the off roads. Oh, and the mother's day vendors in the park were over the top - così bella! In short, we loved the neighborhood. Its an easy city bus ride (1.2 euro) from the train station (the red bus). I hope we can come back to Italy. If we do, it'll be bologna. And if its bologna and we can have this very same apartment, I will have returned to heaven." (Joseph P., NY, USA)
"This spacious, nicely furnished apartment is well located in walking distance of all the main attractions of Bologna, including many excellent restaurants and shops. It's an unusual plus to have both a washer and a dryer." (Stephen U., USA)
"We had a wonderful week in this apartment. It is very comfortable, quiet and spacious. Great local shops (particularly the gelato bar around the corner-try the caramelised fig as it is delicious) and only 10 minutes walk to the main square. Excellent food and wine but you need to book ahead to ensure that you get a table at the more popular restaurants. We visited Modena and Ferrara and also went to a soccer game while we there. All in all a great vacation." (Ann P., Australia)
"We really loved this location in the historic district. Quiet, charming and more spacious than we expected. Great wi-fi, comfortable bedding, all the kitchen conveniences, and close to taxi stand and bus lines, not to mention easy walk to everything else. Would definitely stay there again! Just note: You do have stairs to walk up one floor." (Ellen C., USA)