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Torre Prendiparte, Bologna 

7 Via Sant'Alò
Italy 40125
Tel: 39 335 561 6858
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This unique bed-and-breakfast advertises itself as "a tower for two," and that's just what it is: Owner Matteo Giovanardi has turned his former home—the second-highest of Bologna's famous medieval towers—into a one-bedroom romantic hideaway. Come prepared for adventure rather than five-star luxury: The thick-walled tower, which dates back to the 12th century, is 65 yards high, and the wooden staircases that lead to the rooftop terrace, with its breathtaking views over the Old Town, are vertiginously steep. But the main living room and sleeping area—an elegant old-world space with vaulted ceilings, furnished with family heirlooms—is on the second floor. Above this is a kitchen, where guests fix themselves a self-service breakfast, and a dining room where candlelit dinners can be arranged—accompanied, should you so desire, by a string quartet or medieval-style minstrels. Much in demand (from locals as well as visitors) for surprise birthday and anniversary treats, the Prendiparte is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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Wonderful NIght

In September 2008 I surprised my wife by making her "The Queen of Bologna" for a night complete with "her" tower and a party for some friends.... more