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Cycling Track around the Chalk Formation of Gaibola

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The tour takes place in the lower hills between San Lazzaro di Savena and Ozzano. It is a relatively short route but the climbs are not to be underestimated.

After starting in an urban environment (the centre of San Lazzaro), you reach the entrance to the Parco dei Gessi ("Park of Chalks"), which is characterized by an uncommon rock, Chalk, and its related karst environments featuring sinkholes (large funnel-shaped basins with the classic sinkhole cave at the bottom), groves, former cropland and small rocks; the river environment is also distinguished by the presence of poplars, willows and Black alder, with undergrowth mainly of Cornelian cherry, Elder, Field maple and Common dogwood.

After the final stop at the Farneto Grotto, of historical and archaeological value and nowadays also of didactic and tourist interest, you will reach the locality La Cicogna, from where you can take the cycling track towards San Lazzaro station or continue to via Palazzetti and reach the station of Ozzano.

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta a Pizzocalvo

Chiesa di Santa Maria Assunta a Pizzocalvo

The chapel of Santa Maria Assunta rises from the XII century at the end of an avenue of cypress trees on a small hillock, at the confluence of the Zena canal with the Idice river.

Oasi fluviale WWF Molino Grande

Oasi fluviale WWF Molino Grande

The Molino Grande river oasis is placed within the regional Park of Chalks ("Parco dei Gessi") of Bologna and Abbadessa Badlands in the locality of Idice of the Municipality of San Lazzaro di Savena.

Buca di Gaibola, Ronzano e Inferno

Buca di Gaibola, Ronzano e Inferno

The Gaibola sinkhole is a large sinkhole in which ponors give way to numerous cavities. The Inferno sinkhole features numerous ponors, which give way to small cavities such as the Coralupi Cave. Several houses have been built in the more gentle slopes characterizing the Ronzano sinkhole, which are surrounded by extensive cultivations of evergreens, vineyards, rows of fruit trees and meadows.

Parco Luigi Fantini

Parco Luigi Fantini

The park is dedicated to Luigi Fantini, the pioneer explorer of the Chalks of Bologna and founder of the Bologna Speleological Group.

 

Source photo (Park Centre Casa Fantini): Ente di Gestione per i Parchi e la Biodiversità Emilia Orientale

Grotta del Farneto

Grotta del Farneto

The locality of Farneto is now best known for the homonymous grotto, which was discovered in 1871 by Francesco Orsoni and was the object of important archaeological research.