Cersaie 2019 in Bologna (Italy) is one of the most expected design events among the bathroom design lovers since its the right place to find the key elements for your projects. From bespoke surface designs, ceramics, and other high-quality materials, to the ultimate bathroom furniture and inspiration.
Cersaie’s international event will be presented in eighteen pavilions where you can find everything: large ceramic slabs, tiles in every format, wallpapers, wooden floors, bathroom furnishings,showers, saunas, bathtubs, taps, and designer bathroom fixtures.
If you’re lucky enough to attend the event, you should know all the best things the beautiful city of Bologna has to offer. Find out more about the best boutique hotels, Michelin star restaurants, luxury design stores, and historical landmarks that this beautiful Italian city has for you!
Best Luxury Design Stores In Town
Their Bologna showroom is located in the ex-church of S. Damiano, conserving the structure complete with a dome (18 meters high), apses, lateral naves and with something extraordinary: a courtyard of over 200 square meters, splendid external opening. This space represents the company’s style: it is a timeless place, delegated to a taste never taken for granted and for this reason always stupefying.
This is one of the most recognized furniture brands in the world since it features some incredible furniture collections by famous interior designers like Philippe Starck, Piero Lissoni, Patricia Urquiola, Marcel Wanders, Mario Bellini, among others.
In this luxury design shop, you will encounter some of the best furniture designs that express the spirit of the luxury brand. From creative new collections to custom designservices, and 3D projects, Roche Bobois‘ team of furniture professionals will accompany you in the development and realization of your interior design project.
Renzo Frau founded Poltrona Frau in Turin in 1912 and by the 1930s it had already become a luxury design symbol. In 1926 the luxury design brand became the official supplier of the Italian royal family: the Savoia dynasty and since then, he has furnished all the best-known buildings, grand hotels, the interiors of the Turin Expo in 1928 and the sumptuous transatlantic Rex, the pride of the Italian Navy. This is one of the best furniture stores in town!
From furniture to decorative accessories, Maisons du Monde creates original and inspiring worlds for the whole house and especially for all styles. This shop is the best place to find incredible furnishing items such as tableware, candles and candle holders, pillows, throws, and many other decorative objects.
Top Spots in the City to Admire
Located right in the center of the city Piazza Maggiore serves as an important historical place. As the central square in Bologna, this incredible place is filled with important buildings including the Pallazo d’Accursio, the Palazzo del Podesta, the Basilica di San Petronio and the Palazzo Comunale. Here You can admire the fantastic architecture and visit the iconic palaces and basilica at any time of the day.
This bespoke gallery contains works, that can day back from the 13th century to the 18th century, that are related someway to the Emilian region and the city. Split into two main sections, this bespoke gallery features the Accademia Clementina and the Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts; the first of which contains a myriad of fantastic 13th century Byzantine paintings and the latter contains later works.
When talking about the beauty of a leaning tower everyone recalls the architectural beauty of the leaning tower of Pisa. However, Bologna actually has a pair of leaning towers, called Asinelli and Garisenda, standing in the Piazza di Porta Ravegnana. These two tall towers that stand next to each other and are both named after important Italian families.
Listed as one of the most important buildings in Bologna, the Archiginnasio was once the main buildings of the University of Bologna and now houses the famous Anatomical Theatre.
This fantastic building, which is considered one of the main elements of Bologna’s historical architecture, was created in the 16th century and is located on the Piazza Galvani. Created completely in wood this incredible place represents the best of Italian craftsmanship techniques.
This historical religious complex is located in the Piazza Santo Stefano and features several different buildings including the Church of Saint John the Baptist, The Church of the Holy Sepulchre and the courtyard of Pilate. Each church has its own character, design and artwork.
Luxury Hotels to Stay
With an exquisite high-quality service and impeccable interior design, this boutique hotel is one of the most famous places to stay in Bologna. The services of the Art Hotel Novecento are the guarantee of an unforgettable experience during your stay in the center of Bologna. Every service offered to both business travelers and tourists visiting Bologna guarantees that attention to detail that distinguishes Bologna Art Hotels.
Since 2015, the Art Hotel Commercianti boutique hotel became a member of the restricted circle of the 53 historical activities of Bologna. This incredible place is located in Via De ‘Pignattari, a quiet street that runs along the Basilica of San Petronio, in the heart of the historic center and in the pedestrian area.
This boutique hotel features a unique architectural history since it is considered one of Bologna’s historical landmarks. The building dates back to the 13th century and boasts an elegant external medieval portico. The elegant lobby, with Art Nouveau details, where the unique glass dome is the store, dates back to the early 20th century. This incredible piece can be opened during the summer and that transforms the space into a sort of internal courtyard, unique and charming.
Overlooking one of the main streets in Bologna, this boutique hotel is the perfect place to stay if you want to visit Bologna from the center to the historical traces of the past. The suites with flowered balconies and rooms immediately represent the best example of excellence in hospitality, uniqueness and the combination of tradition and functionality. The Art Déco Terrace Suite stands out as the only room with a private panoramic terrace from which to enjoy one of the most beautiful views of the city.
Centrally located in the city’s heart, the 4-stars luxury hotel offer convenient locations together with some of the most elegant conference, dining and spa facilities in the city. This incredible place will give you a taste of the incredible luxury lifestyle with their incredible high-quality services.
Michelin Star Restaurant to Experience
Opened since 1983, this Michelin star restaurant is now run by the Mazzucchelli siblings Massimo and Aurora who fuse the restaurant’s tradition with the modern design of the restaurant’s interior and contemporary style of the cuisine. Make sure you get the opportunity to experience Aurora’s famous dishes like the stone cooked belly of lamb with peas and pecorino cheese, or the Tortelli with lavender Parmigiano Reggiano, nutmeg and almonds.
This Michelin star restaurant is considered one of the best restaurants in Bologna. Chef Agostino Iacobucci blends his own Mediterranean culinary influence with the flavors of traditional Emilian and Campanian cuisine in dishes such as seabass with fennel flavored by Pernod, baby vegetables and a tartlet of Gaeta olives.
Considered the best restaurant in Bologna since 1919, Pappagallo has become known for its traditional Bolognese cuisine as well as its atmospheric setting in a 14th-century building on Piazza Della Mercanzia. From traditional handmade Bolognese pasta dishes to hearty specialties such as roasted thigh of guinea-fowl with green herbs, and beef cheek and oxtail braised in Sangiovese wine, here you can taste the traditional Italian dishes that are a crowd favorite!
Located within the five-star Grand Hotel Majestic, I Carracci has a fittingly grand dining room featuring an ornate fresco ceiling by the school of the Carracci brothers, which the restaurant owes its names to. The menu features a selection of classic Bolognese plates, which are prepared with finesse and paired with wines from the hotel’s historic wine cellar.
Founded in 1956 in via Santo Stefano, this Michelin Star restaurant, that is considered one of the best luxury restaurants in town, is now located between the park of the Savoia Hotel Regency. Chef Ermes Trombetti creates traditional Bolognese dishes, with a particular focus on fish and seafood, as well as decadent desserts.
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