Do you want to live your very own fairytale: Charming and Historical Stay in Bologna.
Torre Prendiparte offers visitors a totally unique experience in the lovely city of Bologna. Visitors to Italy will be familiar with the many historical fortress towers that can be found in almost every city; they played an enormously important role in the fortification of the region during her troubled past, and today many of them are ruins or semi-ruins and most have disappeared or are completely uninhabitable. Luckily, Torre Prendiparte, one of about 100 towers originally found in the centre of Bologna, is an exception to that rule and has been wonderfully restored to offer visitors and locals alike a most unusual and romantic sojourn, be it for a few short hours or a couple of days. If you have ever dreamt of living in a real castle, you must visit Prendiparte!
Historical Background: Located in the very heart of the historical centre of Bologna, this ancient tower has resumed its’ rightful place as a landmark. It has a fascinating history, which you will learn at first hand when you visit; originally the stronghold of the Prendiparte family (Nobles of the city of Bologna) in the 13th century, the tower has had several owners and was even used as a prison during the late 18th century. It is 65 meters high, and composed of a series of rooms, or floors, linked by staircases leading ever upward to the terrace on the top level, offering panoramic views over the city of Bologna.
Prendiparte Today: In addition to providing historical tours of the property, and a superb venue for private functions, the tower now incorporates one of the most romantic places in world to spend a night (or two!), just perfect for a wedding night, anniversary, or other special celebrations. The beautiful B&B suite sleeps up to four people, (but is just perfect for two… you will have the entire medieval tower to yourselves)! The suite is composed of a lounge area on the lowest level, with a bedroom above and a large loft above that, where your breakfast awaits you. The restoration has been most carefully carried out to emphasize the ancient origins of the tower, while still providing the necessary modern touches to make it the most attractive place to stay; the furnishings have been chosen to showcase life in previous, more dignified times, and no effort has been spared to evoke its’ unique atmosphere.
Just one word of caution – there are a great many steps to climb to the rooftop terrace, so it may not be the best choice for those who have restricted mobility. The suite, however, is on the lower levels of the tower and still accessible to most people; if you are in doubt contact Emilia Delizia.
Romantic Options at Prendiparte: Can you imagine a more romantic setting for your engagement or other special celebration? At Prediparte it can all be arranged for you, from a tour of the tower, followed by aperitifs on the panoramic terrace while you watch the sunset over the rooftops and listen to some soothing music, (perhaps a harpist?). If you would rather stay “home” for dinner, you can hire a private chef to create the perfect meal for yourself and your guests. Later, all you need to do is wander down to your private little castle for the night!
Tourist Options at Prendiparte: Of course, you do not have to have a special excuse to visit Torre Prendiparte – it is a fabulous place for anyone who loves the unusual! The accommodation is listed in the “Unusual Hotels of the World” guide and d gets only rave reviews on Tripadvisor. We offer various packages from a simple B&B arrangement to a two-night (or longer!) stay incorporating a culinary tour of the area to see how Parma Ham, Parmesan and Balsamic are made, or private cookery lessons or even a visit to Ferrari.
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The tour of the Parmesan Reggiano cheese dairy, Balsamic Vinegar farm, the Parma ham and lunch at the organic vineyard was thoroughly enjoyed by our family of 4. Paolo was a gracious and knowledgeable host for the day and provided us with insights to the production of the cheese and balsamic vinegar which was enhanced due to his chemistry background. We would thoroughly recommend this tour to those interested in the specialities produced in the Modena region.
We had a wonderful tour, best part about visiting the Modena region!
The tour was perfect. I think Paolo would be a splendid ambassador for Italy in the EU. He knows how excellent Italian food and eating together can solve many major problems, and can stop aggressive behavior. Not the hunt for more money, but the well being of family and friends counts. Paolo shows us the products of ages of civilization and he did this like an artist. So after the tour we really love Italia more and we'll come back. We will call you Paolo, Thanks!
Following two tours with your guides this week I would like to express my thanks for some wonderful experiences.
Monday we did the tour of cheese making, balsamic and Salami which was very good and the guide Paolo was very knowledgeable.
The truffle hunt tour today was absolutely amazing, the guide Stefano is pure gold and the tour was built with much thought. Our best experience so far, by far.
Looking forward to more tours and fun next time we are in Italy.
The group (and me) was VERY satisfied. We really enjoyed the Parmegiano Regiano which was interesting and we got to buy some delicate and cheap cheese, the same with the balsamico. The Ferrari driving was off course an experience for life. The Winery lunch felt very genuine and the people there was really welcoming and nice people. The genuine feeling there was however the big plus for us.
Paolo was excellent as our guide. He also felt very genuine. He did not talk just for the sake of talking, but when he had something to say he did it in a respectful and nice way. Everyone in the group really liked him.
I wanted to let you know what a great day we had this past Friday on our tour with Jacamo. (Probably not spelling it right) He was very nice and explained everything to us. It sure gives you a new appreciation when you are slicing cheese. 🙂 Our tour ended with him taking us to the vineyard for a tour and lunch and there, Paolo, the owner could not have been more nicer. It was a perfect ending.
Please let Jacamo know what a great job he did and how much we really appreciated it and his knowledge
The website is well structured and we received a prompt answer to all questions. Gabriele supported us with all information we needed and the organization before the trip was excellent.
We had an air conditioned van, which was very relaxing through the whole tour. The first stop was the parmigiano production, which was very impressive and interesting. We could learn and especially see all the different steps and even taste the various aged parmigiano. The second step was the balsamic vinegar tasting. Finally the meat part was interesting in the museum but we hoped that we also could see more about the production and their work, but the tasting was delicious. In overall we had a very informative and well accommodated half day with our guide
It was great experience! We visited Parmesan cheese production, Balsamic vinegar farm, Ham museum and Farmer's lunch. Our guide gave us a detailed explanation, we were very satisfied. An excellent tour for a reasonable price, highly recommended.
Nous sommes une famille de cinq et nous avons adoré notre expérience. Les trois endroits étaient choisis judicieusement. Notre guide était très généreuse et super gentille. Nous recommandons ce tour ( parmesan, vinaigre balsamique et jambon de parme).
My family felt our first trip to Italy must include a tour of a Parmesan Cheese Factory so when I stumbled on this website several months ago I had no idea what I treasure I found! From the moment I submitted a request for the tour, my experience with Emilia Delizia was first rate. Gabriele provided excellent customer service by patiently answering all my questions to guide me through the selection and reservation of our Foodie Delight Tour. Paolo, our driver, was prompt, cordial and knowledgeable about the processes we were observing and the area in general conveying loads of information with his well-developed English speaking skills. Our stop in Modena fell on a Saturday so we were quite fortunate to end up with a private tour which allowed us to have a nice, personal interaction with the people at each site. Everyone was friendly, generous with the tastings and we never felt rushed to move along to the next location. Now that we have returned to the states, my family agrees this tour was a highlight of our 10 day trip. I was really looking forward to this excursion and am glad to report it exceeded my expectations.