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Cycling track along the Reno canal

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This nature trail of 5.5 km runs along the West Radial cycling track that connects Bologna from via della Grada to the centre of Casalecchio di Reno. Along the way you can discover the important history of the territory of Bologna and its link to the rivers, which, in the late XIII century, allowed the development of a thriving industry that led Bologna to become the largest textile centre of Italy.
The first sources regarding the Rhine canal report that in 1191 some citizens of Bologna called Ramisani built a sort of wooden fencing within the river course. Within the fence they dug a canal up to Bologna to allow the operation of the mills, which supplied certain factories of the city with water and mechanical energy and which fuelled the waters of the Navile waterway.
The itinerary allows you to admire the stunning scenery along the Reno canal and observe the remains of the ancient gates and major hydraulic works of the city. The last stop of your itinerary is the lush Parco della Chiusa ("Park of the Weir"), also known as Talon Park, where you can relax and recover in energy surrounded by the peacefulness of nature.
On your way back on the cycling track, we suggest the most daring cyclists to continue down the route that connects the city centre to Corticella, following the Navile canal.

Porta Galliera

Porta Galliera

Porta Galliera could be called the “Gate of the hostile fortress” (“Porta della rocca ostile”) because of the nearby standing fortress built by the cardinal Bertrand du Pouget in 1330-1333. The fortress was repeatedly destroyed and rebuilt: five times between 1330 and 1511.

Certosa di Bologna - Monumental cemetery

Certosa di Bologna - Monumental cemetery

Certosa monumental cemetery is one of the oldest cemetery of Europe, a monument that has a worldwide importance, a place that is unique for the sculpture and the architecture of the XIX and the XX century.

Ponte della Certosa

Ponte della Certosa

It is visible travelling on the cycling track that runs along the Monumental Cemetery or from via della Certosa.

Villa Serena

Villa Serena

Surrounded by greenery, it is located within walking distance from the centre of Bologna opposite the stadium.

Giardino del Ghisello

Giardino del Ghisello

The garden is located on the left bank of the Navile canal, which was once very important for the supply of energy to the spinning machines for the production of silk.

Ex Filanda - Casa della Pace (House of Peace)

Ex Filanda - Casa della Pace (House of Peace)

In 1851 a group of nobles and rich bourgeois from Bologna, including the Minister Marco Minghetti and the Count Zucchini, decided to establish a large modern factory for the processing of hemp in Casalecchio di Reno, in the locality of Canonica, incorporating existing buildings that were once paper factories, oil refineries, etc.

Casa del ghiaccio

Casa del ghiaccio

The Paraporto Scaletta, better known as the "Ice House", is placed at the beginning of a section of the suspended canal regulated by two other spillways (called Verrocchio and San Luca).

Parco della Chiusa

Parco della Chiusa

Called also Talon, consists of what remains from the villa and the park of the Marquis Talon Sampieri.

Chiusa di Casalecchio di Reno

Chiusa di Casalecchio di Reno

The Chiusa di Casalecchio is the oldest hydraulic work in Europe still working – in continuous and uninterrupted function. It stands almost in the middle of the Reno river course: 83 km from its source (on the mount Monte delle Piastre, locality Pruneta, 900 metres above sea level) and 128 km from Torre di Primaro where the river flows into the Adriatic sea after having crossed plains of Bologna, Ferrara and Ravenna.