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Cycling track of San Giovanni in Monte Sabbiuno

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History and nature come together in this itinerary developed around the hillsides of Bologna.
You start from the city centre, by visiting the complex of San Giovanni in Monte, and leave the city walls behind, by passing through Porta Castiglione.
Continuing in the direction of the hillsides, you come across the Putti Centre, located in the premises of the Seminary and next to the Rizzoli hospital. From here you cannot miss the beautiful landscape of the east side of the city.
Of particular artistic interest is Villa Guastavillani, built in the XVI century, which nowadays hosts advanced entrepreneurship courses organized by the University of Bologna.
Proceeding towards the hills you come across the Paderno and Sabbiuno Badlands. The latter location has behind it a sad story connected to the partisan Resistance to Nazism, a fact that is today remembered by the famous Sabbiuno War Memorial, where the route comes to an end.

Complesso di San Giovanni in Monte

Complesso di San Giovanni in Monte

The San Giovanni in Monte Complex is a 16th century monastery building that still today overlooks the bordering portion of the old town centre of Bologna from the artificial "hill". Worthy of note in the refectory is Bartolomeo Cesi's fresco.

Porta Castiglione

Porta Castiglione

Porta Castiglione could be called the “Gate of canals” (“Porta dei canali”) because next to it, there was a canal that allowed the Savena river to enter into the town. Waters of Savena were supplying hydraulic energy to dozens of mills that were producing silk and wool.

Centro Putti

Centro Putti

The "Putti Centre for Maimed People" was established in 1941 in the premises of the archdiocesan Seminary of Villa Revedin in San Michele in Bosco.

Villa Guastavillani

Villa Guastavillani

This Villa, located on the Monte di Barbiano, was built in 1575 by Cardinal Filippo Guastavillani. The building still preserves the impressive dimensions of the time.

Calanchi Paderno

Calanchi Paderno

A large amphitheatre-shaped badland develops south of the Paderno Mountain towards the Savena River valley, known for the discovery of the "Bologna phosphorus stone", which took place in 1602 thanks to Vincenzo Casciarolo's search -a shoemaker from Bologna with a passion for chemistry-.

Parco dei Calanchi di Sabbiuno

Parco dei Calanchi di Sabbiuno

The Park is located in the farthest end of the city area, on the borderline of the town of Sasso Marconi. It stretches to both sides of the ridge between the Reno and Savena rivers, across the route of Sabbiuno (on the tracks of an ancient road that leads to Tuscany).