I am visiting Bologna for 5 nights with my wife and 2 year old in October on the way to a business trip. Since our time is somewhere limited (we were planning 2 days in Bologna, 2 day trips around Emilia-Romagna), we wanted to maximize by staying in center close to Piazza Maggiore. However, we have found some great vacation rentals (multiple rooms so everyone has their space) but they are just north of the ring road and train station. Will we be disappointed staying that far from the center? I prefer to not spend too much going back and forth to the sites, but at the same time we're on a budget and value our space.
Any input is appreciated.