Beautiful city in Emilia Romagna: Bologna, named for its features in a variety of ways.
“The red one” because of the reflections of the terracotta bricks; “the fat one” because of its mouthwatering cuisine; “the turreted one” because of the 180 towers that rose there; and, finally, “the learned one” because it has the oldest university in Western Europe.This fantastic town has experienced, in the last century, the displacement of a good part of its residents to the hinterland, which today has a population of about 300,000, comparable to that living in the center.
Bologna is a destination for many tourists, especially large numbers of students who wish to flock to its university campuses to complete and further their academic preparation. Finding homes for rent Bologna is easy, thanks to the rich offer and the young and dynamic environment. University bulletin boards are also filled with ads. We created this article, so you can make the best choice of where to live in Bologna!
But if you are not local or nearby, where would it be most appropriate to look for rental accommodation in Bologna?
The results obtained after viewing and verifying the efficiency of mass transportation systems, the density of supermarkets and food outlets, the proximity to the various locations of universities, hospitals, and whatnot, made it possible to identify 6 main areas where one should look for one’s room for rent:
– Old town;
– Mazzini – Murri neighborhood;
– Massarenti – St. Ursula – Megoli;
– Borgata San Donato – Fair;
– Tuscany District – Savena ;
– Costa Suburb – Zaragoza.
The historic center
Content but very active because it represents the heart of the city with its noble and institutional buildings of astounding architectural and artistic beauty, the fantastic porticoes (one of the many symbols of Bologna) and the centuries-old presence of the University.
The historic center is fascinating in all respects.
Made pedestrian-friendly to lower noise and air pollution rates, it unravels into charming alleys, lanes and squares overlooked by beautiful stately mansions, raised on arcades.
The majesty of these buildings, despite everything, can be seen and felt, thanks to their architectural riches, their location, and the presence within them of a private corner of greenery where one can rest from the city “chaos.”
Of course, renting a room in this area has its price!
But the center is not only home to buildings belonging to the old aristocratic world.
The darkest alleys, in fact, are filled with the simplest and most humble mansions, those where, once upon a time, the people stayed.
Yes, that’s right, the tendency in ancient times was to build important buildings in interesting and well-lit places and popular ones in the darker streets of the old town.
Result? Contemporary accommodations offered in the latter buildings offer cheaper rents.
The millennial existence of the University at this point in the city has fostered both the presence of many students, but also the emergence of trendy eateries, bars, pubs and clubs that cater to the needs of all the young people (especially) who reside here.
But while this aspect might be considered very attractive, it is not for many citizens who observe constant urban decay caused by nightlife and rising rates of noise pollution.
And if you decide to move to this corner of Bologna, you cannot miss the beautiful market of “La Piazzola,” housed in the only green area of this neighborhood: the Montagnola Park.
The Mazzini – Murri district
This is one of the city’s most renowned neighborhoods, characterized by what can be considered Bologna’s green lungs: the “Lunetta Gamberini” park and the “Giardini Margherita” park.
Given its attractive location, in direct contact with the historic center, within walking distance and connected by public transportation such as buses and the recent suburban subway, still nearing completion, this ward attracts many college students looking for a room to rent.
The elegance and housing distribution of this township is famous, and what makes it even more spectacular is the presence of buildings from different eras.
They range from the charming Art Nouveau villas of the 1920s and 1930s, to buildings constructed in the 1960s and 1980s (with cheaper quotations), to completed buildings between the 1930s and 1960s and the beautiful and expensive stately buildings found in the hillside area.
It is precisely the latter that is considered, along with the recent constructions found in this suburb, to be the most expensive area of the district, both because of the location it occupies and because of the value of its buildings.
The most significant commercial areas, as well as the presence of professional offices, are located in the main access streets and in the busiest streets.
The Massarenti – Sant’Orsola – Megoli neighborhood.
Important district of Bologna, as it is the home of the renowned Sant’Orsola – Malpighi Hospital Complex, thanks to which, on a daily basis, thousands of people can be observed coming and going.
This area of the city, relatively close to the center of Bologna, suffice it to say that the latter is located just over 1 km from this township, offers numerous solutions from the point of view of rentals, as well as several green areas, very well maintained.
The main commercial activities are distributed on Via Massarenti, while they are almost nonexistent in another of the areas of this neighborhood: the Cirenaica.
Most interesting, in particular, is the architectural appearance of the buildings in this last semi- suburb, consisting of small buildings facing a back garden and a basement converted into a tavern.
The Cyrenaica area, in fact, came into being during the period of fascism, in the 1920s, but later its importance began to decline, resulting in considerable urban decay.
Its revival has been observed, in particular, in the past few years, when the new and old population has shown a strong interest in its buildings, which are further enhanced by the small green corners.
The township of San Donato – Fair
A short distance from the center is also the San Donato – Fiera district, famous, above all, for the fairgrounds, built in the 1970s with the help of well-known urban planners.
Because of this location and the considerable public transportation links, this area is also considered a popular destination for students who can easily reach the University and who find, here, much more competitive rents, especially as one moves away from the center.
The San Donato – Fair district, is somewhat “detached” from the rest of the city, as far as real estate construction is concerned, at least, because of the numerous urban planning interventions that were carried out on its territory at the beginning of the last century.
This area had a very rural appearance, which is why the city administration decided to intervene with public housing works, with the ultimate goal of removing the demographic underdevelopment evident there.
Today, this interesting township is characterized by the variety of its buildings and functions intended for it.
It is home to both residential areas and financial centers (such as the Fairgrounds and the fruit and vegetable market), both commercial areas and land designated, still, for cultivation, as well as numerous railroad interchanges and Bologna’s main commercial thoroughfare: namely, Via San Donato!
Very important is the parks and gardens restoration work that has been going on for the past few years.
The district Tuscany – Savena
Named so because of the presence of the Tuscan foothills and the flow of the Savena River.
This district of Bologna is distinguished by the high presence of both public and condominium parks and gardens and by the existence of numerous citizen services and schools.
One need only think of the recent reclamation of the banks of the Savena River, which has made it possible to inaugurate a large park where flora and fauna of, primarily, riverine origin abounds.
The city center can also be reached from this neighborhood within minutes, thanks to a dense network of public transportation, just as connections to the highway and ring road are facilitated, thanks to the presence of fast-flowing arterial roads.
The suburb Costa – Zaragoza
The Costa – Saragozza district is a fantastic neighborhood surrounded by hills and of great historical and prehistoric importance.
In this sprawling area, morphologically distinct zones and buildings belonging to different eras can be observed: ranging from Art Nouveau villas and stately mansions to buildings erected between the 1930s and 1970s and up to simpler constructions.
The breathtaking landscapes and the famous portico that, from Via Saragozza leads to the Sanctuary of San Luca, make this area even more harmonious and interesting.
Beware, however: the real estate market in this neighborhood and, especially, that involving the semi-neighborhood of Saragozza (because of the quality of the buildings and the presence of elegant villas and condominiums), has higher values than that of other out-of-town neighborhoods, given its territorial relevance.
Green areas, views, but also the stadium and the famous Marathon Tower characterize this wonderful neighborhood that has so much to offer.
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