For those who would like to enjoy a stay in Bologna taking in its special atmosphere, Casa Ilaria, with its elegance and quiet, is the place you're looking for.

Casa Ilaria
is located directly in the heart of the historic city, just a stone's throw away from the Two Towers, the world-renowned symbol of Bologna.

Inside an ancient palace opposite the Opera House, Casa Ilaria is not only a peaceful place to stay but also an ideal location to discover the city and experience its nightlife. Virtually all of the city's sights can easily be reached on foot, with the railway station only a 10 minute walk away. The Marconi Airport can be reached by taxi or bus in just 20 minutes.

Going through the front door you leave the noise and bustle of the city behind and enter an old fashioned "Italian" atmosphere, combined with modern conveniences. The recent renovations have been carried out paying great attention to detail to ensure the comfort of our guests.

The rooms, which are quiet and bright, have been furnished with antiques. The large windows look out onto a peaceful courtyard. To help guests further relax, the baths feature a hydromassage system, and oils and essences are at their disposal.

Guests can also log onto the Internet via WLAN. A large (50m2) living area is available to relax and drink something after touring the city. A modern fitted kitchen is available and is suitable for our cooking classes.

Breakfast at Casa Ilaria is a convivial moment where our international guests gather.
The standard breakfast - continental - consists of coffee, milk, hot chocolate, a variety of teas and fruit juices, bread (both white and wholemeal), a wide choice of jams, honey, cookies, homemade cakes, cereals, muesli, fruit and, on occasion, freshly baked croissants. English breakfast, with eggs, bacon, sausage, tomato, cheese, is available on request.

Bologna is located in an excellent geographical position, so it is perfect if you want to visit the other well known towns in the Emilia-Romagna Region, famous for the best Italian food and motors (Ferrari, Ducati..). Moreover, you can easily reach Tuscany in 1 hour, Veneto and Umbria in 1 hour ½, Milan in 2 hours and Roma in 2 hours ½.

Casa Ilaria extends warm hospitality, attending to all your needs: we speak English, French and Spanish, we can advice you on where to go and what to do, we have city guides in foreign languages, a selected list of restaurants which we can recommend you and we will also plan guided tours for you.

  • Bologna (full or half day)
  • Towns near Bologna
  • Small shops and handcraft
  • City's nightlife
  • Ferrara, with its medieval centre and the castle
  • Natural reserve of Po river delta
  • Ravenna, with its Byzantine mosaics
  • Parma, with its beautiful Duomo and the Baptistery
  • Modena, with its Duomo and the Ghirlandina tower
  • Famous Italian motor factories: Ferrari, Ducati, Lamborghini, Maserati
  • Riviera Romagnola:Rimini, Riccione, from food to nightlife
  • Castles in Parma and Piacenza area
  • Medieval villages in Romagna (Brisighella, Bertinoro, Forlimpopoli…)
  • Archaeological tour of Roman and Etruscan sites in Bologna region
  • Gourmet tour of the best food shops and typical restaurants
  • Gourmet tour of Bologna region (cellars, cheese makers, cured pork meat factories…)
  • Gourmet tour of Emilia-Romagna region (Parma ham, Parmigiano, balsamic vinegar…)

  • 2 large double bedrooms with the view on the garden and air conditioning
  • 2 bathrooms with hydro massage or shower
  • 1 living room of 50 mq, suitable for dinners, cooking classes and private parties
  • 1 car parking on request

Double bedroom: from 100 to 150 euros
Single bedroom: from 60 to 100 Euros
Triple bedroom: from 105 to 180 Euros
Car parking: 10 Euros/day

Prices include breakfast and linen.

To reserve a room you have to send a deposit on this bank account:

Unicredit Bank - Agency U.Bassi
Account intested to Ilaria De Fidio
IBAN IT79A0200802435000100510619
swift code: UNCRIT2BXXX (+ account number 000100510619)

Before leaving your country, please print the maps you find at the end of this page.

We offer foreign tourists the opportunity of learning true Italian (and, in particular, Bolognese) cooking.
Classes will be held in English, and you will receive a small booklet with recipes, an apron and surprise gadgets!
These classes are suitable for groups of 2/6 people.
The lesson lasts about 4 hours culminating in enjoying the meal YOU have prepared.
We welcome your input into the selection of the menu.

For people who want to go further in Bolognese cooking, we recommend a series of three classes dedicated to fresh pasta and sauces, and a second one dedicated to meat, vegetables and desserts.

1 lesson 60 Euro
3 lessons 130 Euro

You are welcome to join us shopping for fresh products at one of Bologna famous medieval markets, immersing yourself in the real "Italian atmosphere", while selecting the finest ingredients and buying the best gourmet souvenirs.

Dinner can also be organised; this needs to be reserved 24 hours in advance.

Our guests can choose between:
tortellini in broth
tortelloni with butter and sage sauce
tagliatelle with traditional Bolognese (meat) sauce

cotoletta alla Bolognese (breaded veal topped with ham and cheese)
friggione (mixed vegetables cooked in oil)
grilled vegetables or mashed potatoes

tiramis¨ or mascarpone
chocolate cake trifle

The charge for pasta and a dessert is € 20, for all 3 courses € 25.

If you would like to learn Italian during your staying in Bologna, we collaborate with Bolognalingua.
It's not a typical school but a small association that organize one-on-one Italian courses at home as well as in our B&B.
For more information do not hesitate to ask us or please visit :

We can pick you up at the airport upon request.
If you have your car:
From the airport take "tangenziale" (direction S.Lazzaro) and exit at n°7 (Fiera)
From highway A1 exit at Bologna Casalecchio, take "tangenziale" (direction S.Lazzaro) and exit at n°7 (Fiera)
From highway A14 exit at Bologna S.Lazzaro, take "tangenziale" (direction Casalecchio) and exit at n°7 (Fiera)
From highway A13 exit at Bologna Arcoveggio, take "tangenziale" (direction S.Lazzaro) and exit at n°7 (Fiera)

When you come from the local highway (tangenziale), you reach exit n°7 (Fiera) and go towards the city centre (you are running Via Stalingrado). Go straight, pass a bridge over railwais and you see a kind of ancient big door of the city walls. Continue straight and you are in Via Mascarella. When you arrive at the light, turn right in Via Irnerio and then the third on the left, via Alessandrini. Go straight in via Oberdan and turn left in via Marsala. Go on until the end, turn left in via Zamboni and left again in Largo Respighi. To reach the parking, pass the front door of Casa Ilaria, turn left in via Belle Arti, then left again in vicolo Facchini. At the end of this narrow street, you will see a gate. At this point you have to call me and I will open this gate.

From the railway station take Via Indipendenza then turn left in Via Righi. Go straight until you reach Largo Respighi.

Casa Ilaria looks forward to welcoming you


Casa Ilaria
Largo Respighi 8, 40126 Bologna
Tel: +39 051-270512
Cell. +39 335-5336613
Fax: +39 051-19982189