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“First class B&B.”
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B&B Benelli
Ranked #6 of 292 Bologna B&B and Inns
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Newcastle, Australia
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450 reviews
71 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
“First class B&B.”
Reviewed September 11, 2012

Roberta's B&B Benelli is a delightful and enjoyable experience.Warm and generous hospitality with breakfast a culinary experience! Put this on your list if you plan to visit Bologna. The city of Bologna is a delightful experience too!, with covered walkways( Portico's) to explore the cities architectural heritage, the basilica and churches. We found walking and touring the city so easy after the packed tourist cities of Rome, Sienna and Florence. The food in Bologna appears to be a better quality than what we have experienced in the earlier tourist cities, and certainly the prices are more reasonable. Stay at the B&B Benelli in Bologna and treat yourself !

  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
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Huntington Beach, California
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Reviewed August 26, 2012

If you read all of the reviews from April 2012-Aug 2, 2012, you will have an excellent idea of how wonderful this one-room B & B is.
My husband and I stayed at the B & B Benelli for 5 nights in late June 2012. It is now our favorite place to stay in Europe. The room and bathroom are well-thought out and comfortable. The bathroom has a nice large sink with a large shelf above it (plenty of space to put all of our toiletry items). Breakfast was as wonderful as described in the other reviews. Roberta was also as helpful and knowledgeable as described in the other reviews. What sets Roberta apart from all others is how thoughtful she is. For example, one day we left for an all-day tour and turned off the air-conditioning unit because we were trying to be considerate guests. It turned out to be over 100 degrees Fahrenheit that day. When we got back to the room, the air-conditioning unit was turned on and there was a large bottle of water keeping cold on top of it. It was so great to come back to a nice, cool room and that nice cold water. On the day we arrived, Roberta had an excellent bottle of wine and two wine glasses waiting for us in the room because my husband and I were celebrating our anniversary during our stay. FYI the weather was very hot in Bologna during our entire stay so we can vouch for how well the air-conditioning works. The Wi-Fi was excellent also.
We have stayed in Bologna twice before and liked both of the hotels at which we stayed, but this place is so much better (and less expensive on top of that!). When we come back to Italy and Bologna, probably in a few years, I am definitely e-mailing Roberta to find out her schedule before making any other plans.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you dear friends for your detailed and lovely comments.

You were great guests, Thanks for choosing to come back to Bologna for the second time to celebrate your anniversary and thanks for choosing my B&B. I truly hope to have you here again upon your next trip to Italy. You will always be welcome. Thanks again for your kindness!
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Our stay at B&B Benelli was a highlight of our Italy vacation! Roberta is a wonderful host, with a wealth of knowledge, enthusiasm, recommendations, maps, and even cookbooks to orient her guests to Bologna. Breakfast was an absolute delight, with delicious oven dried tomatoes, fresh ricotta, family olive oil, and homemade yoghurt. Cold cuts, bread, and ripe fruit were also made available. Yum! There was so much to choose from. I would highly recommend a stop in Bologna, and if you do, be sure to stay at B&B Benelli !!

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  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, November 13, 2012
Thank you dear guests for your lovely review.

I am happy that you enjoyed my place and my breakfasts. Bologna is famous for its good food and I like to maintain its fame serving the great dishes from our territory for breakfast.

I hope you will continue to choose Italy for your future holidays.
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Cunha, SP
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Reviewed July 30, 2012

I stayed at the B&B Benelli for 7 days and loved every minute of my time in the Bologna area (making a daytrip to Ravenna and another one to Parma).

B&B Benelli takes the term bed-and-breakfast to a new level and what my fellow reviewers say is accurate: from the home-made yoghurt and cakes to the semi-dried tomatoes, the slivers of prosciutto, the thin slices of bologna, the parmesan, the home-made peach compote, etc. as well as its central location both from the train station and to the center of Bologna. Roberta is a fantastic hostess and staying here is like staying with a friend. Her love for the city is what makes a big difference, making it impossible for one not to take advantage of everything Bologna has to offer: its architecture, the museums, the produce 'market' (small stores selling a variety of mouth-watering fruit, fresh pasta, hams, etc.).

Most people have read up about things to visit and do, but it was refreshing to discover the enthusiasm with which Roberta talks about how to get a good-value museum pass or how to participate at Thursday's happy hour at the Prendiparte Tower or the small angel attributed to Michelangelo at the Basilica of San Domenico or just the simple pleasures of experimenting ice cream at Gelateria Gianni or Gelateria Venchi or going to the Enoteca Italiana for a glass of wine (or two) or where to find the better parmeggiano regiano or funghi porcini or the closest supermarket and the story behind aceto balsamico.

Why Bologna doesn't attract the number of tourists that visit possibly better known cities such as Venice or Florence is perhaps understandable considering the choices one has to make or the time constraints which interfere with our daily lives. But, not visiting Bologna is a mistake. It is also a town where it is easy to get around. Roberta's suggestions make a difference and therefore it is impossible not to fall in love with the city - and the B&B Benelli.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled solo
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thanks you dear friend for your wonderful words!
You were a great guest. Your kindness, your politeness and your courtesy made your stay very pleasurable for me as well. Bologna is a vibrant city, full of initiatives, mostly in the summer and only those who live here are aware of everything that happens. It is my pleasure to be available for my guests in suggesting everything the city has to offer. Thanks again for your lovely comment.
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Cluj
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Reviewed June 12, 2012

Run by Roberta, a kind and helpful host, this b & b with one room is a very good choice for those who want to go downtown by foot in 5 min. breakfast is very varied, healthy and tasty, with many dishes prepared right from home.

  • Stayed June 2012, traveled as a couple
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thanks Andrea for the wonderful comment. It was a pleasure hosting you and I thank you for having chosen to stay in B&B Benelli.
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Durbanville, South Africa
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21 reviews
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed at the B&B for 2 nights during our trip in Italy. Great breakfast. Roberta goes out of her way to make you feel welcome.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thanks Jeanne-Marie and thank you overall for having chosen Bologna as a stop for your first trip in Italy.
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Rome, Italy
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Reviewed June 4, 2012

We stayed for just one night at B&B Benelli, our choice based mainly on the reviews we’d read here on TA, and it completely lived up to our high expectations.

The building has a large, marble-floored entrance with full-time porter/caretaker who was friendly and helpful, so initial impressions were good.

As has been said, Roberta is very friendly. She’s intelligent, attentive without being invasive, completely welcoming and very generous. She clearly knows plenty about Bologna and is ready to share that knowledge with ideas and suggestions of things to do, places to eat and the like.
The room is large and comfortable, very modern, with lots of wardrobe space, TV with Sky, free wi-fi and a good selection of books and magazines on Bologna. There are two large skylights which fill the room with light and ventilate it well, though those are the only windows, so don’t expect a view.

The room, and its clean and modern bathroom, are neatly sectioned off from the main apartment and in fact has its own front door, so you can come home late without worrying about disturbing your landlady. The toilet and bidet are set quite high from the floor, which is good news for those with mobility issues who might find it difficult to get up from a low squat.

We certainly looked forward to breakfast after having read the reviews, and again we weren’t disappointed – far from it. Lovely Parma ham, mortadella, fresh local ricotta, freshly baked bread, sundried tomatoes in olive oil and home-made red onion marmalade were the mainstays of the savoury side of things. Then there were home-made cake and biscuits (cantucci), home-made yoghurt, local honey, home-made jams and cooked apple and a selection of fresh fruit. There were also cereals such as muesli and cornflake-type things. Of course, there was plenty of freshly-made good-quality coffee, plus tea, herbal tea and fruit juice on offer.

We felt sorry only to be staying for the one night, but should we return to Bologna, we’ll certainly stay here again. Highly recommended.

  • Stayed May 2012, traveled as a couple
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roberta_manganelli, Proprietario at B&B Benelli, responded to this review, August 5, 2012
Thanks Mick for this lovely and detailed comment.
You were two wonderful guests and chatting with you was very interesting. When I started the B&B activity my intention was not only to offer a room to sleep in (Bologna is full of very nice hotels and B&Bs!!) but rather to share with my guests my knowledge of the city (I was born here) so that they can visit it and discover it through the eyes of a person who lives here rather than a touris. I really hope to be able to host you on another occasion!!
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Property: B&B Benelli
Address: Via del Porto 30 | Bologna - Emilia Romagna, 40122 Bologna, Italy
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Location: Italy > Emilia-Romagna > Province of Bologna > Bologna
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Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Room Service Suites
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Ranked #6 of 292 B&Bs / Inns in Bologna
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Number of rooms: 1
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Elegant and charming Bed and Breakfast situated in the "heart" of Bologna. In our B&B you will find confortable setting that will makes you fill like at home ... more   less 

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