Province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna
The province is mainly hilly with many rivers and tributaries of the Po river criss-crossing the the whole area. The southern portion is hillier than its northern counterpart which was once actually a coastline and consequently lower and flatter. The highest peak is the Corno delle Scale, reaching an altitude of just under two thousand metres.
There is a lot to do all year round in this province. The cities and towns are rich in history, art and culture, the scenery is stunning with the mountains provide a full range of winter sports and the rest of the terrain being suitable for all outdoor activities.
Bologna is the capital and largest city of the region of Emilia-Romagna and is a stunning city, considered, by many Italians, to be second to Venice for its beauty. This prosperous city has a warm, energetic, lived in feel and life here is relaxed and stress free.
This progressive and well administered city has one of the largest and best preserved historic centres to be found in Italy. The architecture in Bologna is ... read more
This is a relatively large town with good facilities and some interesting historical sites and buildings.
The Rocca Sforzesca (castle) was built during the reign of Girolamo Riario and Caterina Sforza. In 1989 part of the castle was turned into an International Piano Academy which has since become well known and respected world wide. The castle also houses the 'Cinema d'Estate' which shows films during the months of July and August.
The Cathedral was built between 1187 and 1738 but has been restored many times since then.
Palazzo Tozzoni, built in the early 18th century, is now the Civic Art Musuem.
There is also the Convento dell'Osservanza which includes the church of San Michele which was erected in 1472. There are some gardens attached to the convent in which there is a terracotta Pietà from the late 15th century.
This village was named after Guglielmo Marconi, the radio pioneer, who was born in the city of Bologna.
This town sits at an elevated position on the Apennines between two valleys. The town centre is the Piazza Armaciotto de Ramozzotti which is built in a rhomboid shape with a monument in the centre to honour the victims of all conflicts.
The Chiostro della Cisterna is all that remains of the monastery which had belonged to the Benedictine monks of the Olivetans order. These cloisters are now the cultural centre of the town and many plays, musical performances, art exhibitions and other cultural events take place there in the summer months.
Castel del Rio
Believed to date back to the 5th century BC but the current town was actually built in the 5th century AD. The small town has a nice medieval historical centre and nearby there are the ruins of three castles, Valmaggior, Cantagallo and Castellaccio.
Other than this the other two places to visit in the town are:
- The Fortress Palace - built in the 16th century and has a Renaissance stlye courtyard with sandstone columns and fountains shaped like shells.
- Ponte Alidosi - a bridge built in 1499.
Castello di Serravalle
Lying roughly 25 km. south west of Bologna this pretty little town has some interesting architecture.
The church of St. Apollinaris which was built in the Baroque style. Nearby is the Abbey of Monteveglio with its Regional Park.
Dozza - Photo: Massimo Durelli