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10 places in nature not to be missed

Bologna and its surroundings hide places in nature that are truly unique: mountain landscapes, gardens and parks to relax, cycling routes and trekking paths to keep fit. Here are 10 places where you can immerse yourself and regenerate in nature.

Path of Gods

The Via degli Dei (Path of Gods) is a hiking path that connects the cities of Bologna and Florence across theTuscan-Emilian Apennines. Even though it was traced recently, its origins are ancient.

Parco di Villa Ghigi

The park is located on the first hill slopes south of the city, just outside Porta San Mamolo. It has a surface of approx. 28 hectares.

address: Via San Mamolo - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: N-9 ph: +39 051 3399084 / 3399120 (Fondazione Villa Ghigi) email: info@fondazionevillaghigi.it website: www.fondazionevillaghigi.it

Rocchetta Mattei

The castle Rocchetta Mattei (literally "small fortress Mattei") is situated in the mountan chain of the Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. It is 45 km away from Bologna, on the SS.64 (road) that links Bologna to Porretta Terme, just after the town of Riola, in the municipality of Grizzana Morandi.
It was built by the Count Cesare Mattei (1809-1896) on the remains of an ancient medieval castle that belonged to Matilde di Canossa (a.k.a. Matilda of Tuscany).

address: SP 62, Riola Ponte Grizzana Morandi (BO) ph: + 39 051 6730335 - + 39 051 6730311 email: rocchettamattei@comune.grizzanamorandi.bo.it website: www.rocchetta-mattei.it opening hours: The castle is open Saturday and Sunday with guided tours from 10am to 3pm in Winter and from 9,30am to 1pm / 3pm to 5,30pm in Summer. Reservation is always requested. Info and bookings: www.rocchetta-mattei.it entrance:

Full € 10; reduction € 5.

Rocchetta Mattei is part of Card Musei Metropolitani di Bologna.

Free admission first Sunday of each month.

Monte Sole Historical Park

A protected area since 1989, it covers a surface of about 6,300 hectares, enclosing much of the area struck by the 1944 massacres. Rich in floral and animal species

address: Località San Martino, 40043 - Marzabotto (BO) email: segreteria@parcostoricomontesole.it entrance:

Free 

Corno alle Scale

Corno alle Scale is not only a mountain part of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, but also a renowned ski resort. 

address: Corno alle Scale, Lizzano in Belvedere (BO)

Oasi La Rizza

After being a swamp and a rice paddy, the Ex Risaia di Bentivoglio, also known as Oasi la Rizza, was declared aprotected natural area at the end of the 1990s. 

address: Via Bassa degli Albanelli, 13 Bentivoglio (BO)

Dozza

Nominated as one of the "Most beautiful villages in Italy", the Biennale of contemporary art of the Muro Dipinto occurs here every odd-numbered years

address: 40060 – Dozza (BO)

Giardini Margherita

It is the largest and certainly the most popular city park. It was designed by the Piedmontese Sambuy  to provide Bologna with an ample green and public place as in other Italian and European cities. It was opened in 1879 with the name of “Passeggio Regina Margherita” ( as a tribute to the wife of King Umberto I).

address: Viale Massimo Meliconi, 1 - 40136 Bologna (BO) rif map iat: F-6

Navile Cycling track

It is a tourist cycling route of about 6 km, which stretches along the banks of the Navile, a historical artificial canal of about 40 km, built between the late 1100s and early 1200s, which linked Bologna to Venice

Via della Lana e della Seta

This hiking trail between Tuscany to Emilia-Romagna offers the cultural heritage of the cities of Bologna and Prato, and the beauty of a mountainous terrain, rich in fine traditions.

address: Bologna (BO) ph: +39 3401841931