Torre Prendiparte

TOTAL RELAXATION

Isolation regenerates
Get rid of all electronic oddities which keep us connected 24 hours a day. As you enter the Tower, you will feel an irresistible desire to switch everything off. You will not find a TV or a Wi-Fi connection and, if you want, having taken a deep breath, you can enjoy a show made up of hearing (silence), touch (900-year-old walls), sight and, if you want, sense of smell and taste. An evening or night which will bring peace back into your world and allow you to feel regenerated.

Real relaxation
Who said that you can only relax on a couch or armchair? Here relaxation involves all the senses and is not artificially obtained. It is the evocative power of the mind which makes you relax, it is the awareness that you can make a unique experience which, thanks to your curiosity and motivations, allows you to relax as you wish, to reach a sublime state of mind.

For new mothers
After nine months full of pride and tiredness, the traumatic joy of the delivery, the hard work due to relatives and friends who visit you to celebrate the event, lock yourself up in the Tower with your partner and your baby, to finally celebrate “the three of you”, the most important people on earth!

Dear parents: have fun
A sojourn in the Tower is not necessary planned by the persons enjoying it. It may be a great idea for a present, maybe for your parents, to underline how important they are for you, to make them experience something unique, something that is “only theirs”, to make them remember their first dates, their engagement, etc.

Shopping in Bologna
In the Town centre you will find a very wide range of shops: from famous brands to historical workshops, from food and wine shops to cultural ones, from catering facilities to crafts. And between one shop window and another, over 20 museums of all possible types. At the end of your stroll, the Tower will be there, waiting to welcome you again and cradle you; this is the ideal place to start your journey to discover Bologna.

SPECIAL OCCASIONS

A sentimental relationship is made of many important moments: from the first words to a declaration, from the plan to spend a life together to the celebration of the relationship, from memories of happy moments to gaining new enthusiasm from a meaningful event.

What can be better than locking yourself up in a fascinating and evocative place, protected by walls with a thickness of three metres, which are almost one thousand years old? In the very heart of town, isolated and without any distractions or nuisances… You will be able to tell him/her “I love you, I will love you, I have always loved you, I will always love you…”

For any situation, the Tower has the most suitable and involving solution.

THE SUITE

The carefully selected furniture of the first three floors, which make up the Suite, perfectly matches the simple and essential original architecture of the tower.

Furniture and fittings smack of the nineteenth century and suit the period when this lowest part of the building was changed into a house by removing some walls and opening large windows in the living-room/bedroom and in the kitchens.

A careful restoration of rooms, a functional lighting technique and a proper setting make it possible to enjoy a very personal dwelling. Each detail has been designed in order to make you feel “at home”, that is very differently from a hotel, however elegant it may be.

Ancient fireplaces, quaint views from the windows, a spiral staircase dug in the 16th-century walls make it possible to enjoy the series of floors, which are a pleasant discovery storey after storey.

These rooms are ideal to welcome a couple, but can host as many as four people as a total.

SERVICES

Get ready to experience a unique feeling, plunge into history and become part of one of the symbols of Bologna, famous worldwide.

The starting point is a guided tour, during which you will get to know all the details of the place which will be hosting you: the story of the family, the historical situation, the City at the time of feuds among noble families, building techniques and its military function as a fortress and an extreme defence. You will slowly climb to the top, in order to fully appreciate the various floors, going through the part inhabited, the ex Archbishop’s prisons and the part historically unaltered on the top floors.

Finally, you will reach the hyper-panoramic terrace on top of the Tower, at a height of 60 metres, where you will be offered a welcome drink and your hosts will part from you.

You will be given the keys to leave and come back as you wish, so that you can go to dinner in one of the many restaurants of the town centre, or enjoy a pleasant stroll along alleys and under porticoes. You will freely decide when to go back to spend the night inside the tower.

The following morning, you may go up one floor from the bedroom and, in the kitchens, you will find a table fully laid and ready for breakfast. All perishable goods will be in the refrigerator, while many pastry specialties and cookies will be on the table. Citron fruits, cereals and fresh bread will not be missing.

If your plan for the evening is not to leave for dinner, you may dine inside the Tower, you just need to choose one of our three options.

AN EXCLUSIVE SHELTER

Lying in the very heart of the town, but well hidden among an entangled maze of alleys and narrow streets, Prendiparte is one of the few towers still standing – there were about 100 in the centre of Bologna – and one of the very few still towering over the roofs. Many others, having been damaged through the centuries in battles and family feuds, have disappeared within luxury private courtyards or hide inside more recent buildings.

In the last few years the Tower has been an exclusive shelter (this is how its owner likes to describe it) in which you can sojourn, at bed & breakfast conditions, with the possibility of organizing cocktail parties, musical entertainment events, gala dinners or informal meetings, guided visits, birthday parties, but also business lunches and private meetings, for a limited number of people, variable according to the situation. Sometimes these are meetings to listen to a harp and a voice narrating a story, or a spinet and a French horn, or to taste local products while enjoying pleasant plays in the local dialect, to taste chocolate with an actor who plays the role of Charles V, etc.

Naturally, more intimacy is sometimes required, due to the very nature of a certain meeting, for instance engagement or wedding nights, wedding promises or anniversaries, enriched by a romantic candle-lit dinner followed by a night together alone. A unique, unforgettable present, which a couple can choose or (why not?) receive as a gift from friends or relatives. Or a firm may decide to reward one of its best collaborators with an evening for two people in the Prendiparte Tower, extended to his/her partner, who deserves a prize for daily bearing his/her partner’s tension and busy life.

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