Casa Isolani, period residences Santo Stefano
Casa Isolani, charming bed and breakfast at Palazzo Isolani: to sleep in beauty. In the historic centre of Bologna, a few steps away from the two Towers and from Piazza Maggiore, close to the medieval complex of the Seven Churches, that are just a few yards away. The rooms are on the top floor of the enchanting 18th-century Palazzo Isolani. Having reached your floor by using the lift, a short flight of stairs leads to the rooms. Belonging to one of Bologna’s oldest families, the palace is part of history. Pope Paul V and Hasekura, Japanese ambassador in the seventeenth century, still venerated throughout Japan, protect the palace by means of their portraits. The conductor Claudio Abbado fell in love with the house instantly, and lived there for more than ten years.
The mezzo room
Comfortable room close to the living area. It has no windows but two skylights on the ceiling, between the wooden beams, offering a romantic view of the sky of Bologna. Crossing the threshold of this room is almost like entering a nest, full of the atmosphere created by the massive wooden beams. The beams recall the style of the portico of Corte Isolani, a few steps away, one of the loveliest examples of Bologna’s Gothic-Romanesque architecture. The history of Corte Isolani is wrapped in a legend. The wooden portico’s ceiling is pierced by three arrows. It is said that three brigands were about to kill a gentleman and that a girl appeared naked before them, distracting them so that the three arrows hit the roof, thus saving his life.
Check-in: 2 to 6 pm
Check-out: 10 am
· Double bed
· Breakfast included
· Free WiFi
· Air Conditioning
· Flat-screen TV
Living area with divan, TV, newspapers, breakfast table and a terrace for star-gazing.
The residence is not suitable for the disabled or for those with hampered movement.