Palazzo Banchi Halldis Apartments is a collection of different apartments all located in the same building, Palazzo Banchi, in the very heart of Bologna city centre, on the eastern side of Piazza Maggiore. Right beside San Petronio Basilica, it is named after the Medieval bank shops. The building dates back to 1412, whist the façade and the ‘portico’ were finished in 1568; in 2010 Palazzo Banchi was fully renovated, and it has been newly furnished in August 2014. This comfortable apartments give the unforgettable emotion to live at the very heart of Bologna, in the famous Piazza Maggiore or Piazza Grande, as the well-known singer Lucio Dalla used to call it.The guests can enter the apartments either from the staircase or the elevator; the many windows offer breathtaking views of Piazza Maggiore, and all the rooms have precious oak parquet flooring.The properties have high-end finishes, such as air conditioning, independent heating, and sound-proofed, insulated windows and doors. The furniture is completed by some refined pieces of modern art and lithographs of famous Italian artists, that bestow an elegant, refined atmosphere to the ambience. Opposite Palazzo dei Banchi you find Palazzo d'Accursio, a monumental architectonical complex dating back to the XIV century home to Bologna town hall. On the fourth side of the square there is San Petronio Basilica, a brilliant example of Italian gothic, started at the end of the XIV century and never completed. Palazzo Banchi is connected to the most important ‘portico’ in Italy - known as Pavaglione- developing from Piazza Maggiore to Palazzo dell'Archiginnasio, that first hosted Bologna university. Nowadays the university is located at approx. 5 minutes on foot from the building, in via Zamboni; in the vicinity you also find the Teatro Comunale, largely renowned for the opera season. The most important historic sights of Bologna are just minutes away, such as Piazza Santo Stefano (with seven churches built one into the other and the Corte Isolani) and the Two Towers (Torre degli Asinelli and Torre della Garisenda). The ‘portico’ of Palazzo dei Banchi is one of the fourth sides of the ‘Quadrilatero’: a complex of pedestrian streets filled with mouthwatering shops offering the best products of the area (hand-made pasta, sausages, wine) and fresh groceries. And if you miss shopping, enjoy a spree around via Indipendenza, the boutiques of Galleria Cavour and the refined shops of via Farini and via d'Azeglio. The closet bus stop is located in via Rizzoli and allows to quickly reach the railway station (take here the shuttle bus to the airport), to Bologna fair and the main hospitals. All the major sights in Bologna are within walking distance. The apartment is located in a Limited Traffic Area (ZTL). On Saturdays and Sundays the city centre is a pedestrian area.You can park in the nearby Piazza Galvani, accessed from via Farini, or you can leave your car in Piazza VIII Agosto, at 5 minutes on foot from Piazza Maggiore. All the apartments offer a living room with sofa and flat screen TV with DVD player and stereo, a fully fitted kitchen with stoves, electric oven, microwave, fridge and dishwasher. All the apartments have one, two or three bedroom and one or two private bathrooms with shower or tub. All the apartments have washing machine, ironing set, house linens (sheets and towels), airconditioning, available Wifi and view of the city. More details of each unit can be found in the respective description and confirmation emails which you will receive after booking the accommodation.