Getting to visit a historic site may not be enough for some. How about sleeping there for a night or two. La Torre Prediparte is an imposing tower that overlooks the beautiful city of Bologna, Italy. Turned into a museum during the day, the 61 meter structure is used as a rustic bed & breakfast for those willing to sleep on the top floor.
The tower has a long and fascinating history. It was owned by the Prendiparte family. A noble and prominent clan that built the tower in the 12th century to protect itself from enemy attacks. The Prendiparte were so powerful that they owned most of the city of Bologna in the height of their power and wealth.
Also known as “coronata” for its crown shaped top, the tower is one of the oldest surviving buildings in this beautiful and extraordinary city. For approximately $550 a night, this is a stay to remember.
The tower sits in the Sant'Alò square, in the city's heart.
The second largest tower in the city comes with 12 floors. Those interesting in spending a couple nights here have to remember there are no elevators to get to their room which is on the top floor.
The tower is surrounded by shops, restaurants, churches, and small squares.
Matteo Giovanardi inherited the tower from his father, Clemente Giovanardi, in 1972. The patriarch purchased the tower with the goal of maintaining the historical building intact.
Matteo Giovanardi lived in the tower before turning into a B&B.
Giovanardi believes the tower is more than just a place for tourists to spend the night. “Living in such a place allows you to completely isolate yourself from the outside world, to really be alone with yourself. It amplifies your senses. Protected by the thick ancient walls, your emotions are more easily released,” explains Giovanardi.
Prendiparte translate to taking sides.
The family’s name may come from the fact that the Prendiparte clan sided with the Pope during the 12th century. Bologna at this time, was divided on letting the Catholic church rule the city or stay out of it.
By the 16th century, the Catholic church turned the tower into a seminary.
In the 18th century, the church turned the tower into a prison. Today visitors can still see some of the writings etched into the walls.