We stayed here with two young children who loved playing in the pool, running on the lawn, going for hikes (accompagnied by the dog of the house!), and getting pampered by the staff.
The apartments are great, well equipped and clean, and the communal areas are nice with lawn chairs, lounges, and a small pool- all with amazing views and the scents and sounds of the area (lavendar and cikadas!)
We had breakfast and dinners here, and were treated to delicious food with local produce. The staff/owners always made something special for the kids (who are picky with food), and brought refills of food, juice, extra candy and big smiles! They were helpful in describing local sights as well. And, a proof of over-the-top caring for the guests- the owners went to Bologna airport to pick up our luggage that arrived a day late!
Chiesa Di Ignano is a charming place to stay, with great historic character. It has been fitted and furnished to a great standard and has lovely views across the valley. The garden is large and contains a beautiful collection of roses.
What makes the place special, however, is the warm welcome you receive. We stayed for a week in May, and every day were given helpful suggestions for trips and things we would find interesting from Gabriele while we ate a truly enormous breakfast. Please try to eat an evening meal there as Irene is a great chef!
We stayed at Chiesa Ignano for one night on our way from Bologna to Tuscany..if we had known how lovely it would be we would have stayed longer! The church has been beautifully converted into comfortable apartments. Our one bedroom apartment had a well equipped kitchenette (with kettle and microwave) as well as a great shower. The door opened onto a large grassy area with stunning views and lots of outdoor seating.
We ate dinner and breakfast in the restaurant, which are also in the church meaning we could enjoy a relaxing meal after our baby was in bed, with the baby monitor turned on. Both meals were cooked by the very capable Irene, and we enjoyed Gabriele's conversation as he played waiter. We did not have much time to stay the next morning, however we loved the look of the plunge pool with views over the valley below.
The location of this accommodation is great for Bologna and the motorway, while feeling like it is in the middle of the countryside.
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Honored to be an American living in Italy for a few years, but when you find a place like this during your travels ... it just makes it even more special. This place is fantastic, great views, quiet, wonderful accommodations, and very friendly hosts. As people say, a picture speaks a thousand words, the pictures here do just that and are just a small example of what you will experience here. We highly recommend staying and we will be back!
We can't say enough great things about our stay here! Our room, Leda, was impeccable, well appointed with a kitchenette & situated hillside with a great view! The family was extremely helpful & accommodating! The best night's stay & best breakfast during our week long trip in Italy! It's was a nice break from the busy cities of Paris, Florence & Rome!