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Rocchetta Mattei

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).

Lago di Suviana

Lago di Suviana

It’s one of the largest lakes in the region, formed following the construction of a dam for the production of electricity used by Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane between 1928 and 1932.

Parco dei Gessi

Parco dei Gessi

Created in 1988, it embraces an area boasting spectacular gypsum outcrops and countless karst features like the characteristic “calanchi” (badlands) of Passo dell’Abbadessa.

Corno alle Scale

Corno alle Scale

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

Terme di Porretta

Terme di Porretta

The Terme di Porretta (Porretta Spa) is located in the heart of the Bologna Apennines and has been famous since ancient Roman times for the quality of its sulphur waters rich in minerals and flowing from as many as 14 springs.

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 and 128 km from Torre di Primaro where the river flows into the Adriatic sea after having crossed plains of Bologna, Ferrara and Ravenna.

Ca' la Ghironda

Ca' la Ghironda

Ca' la Ghironda ModernArtMuseum is an museum area that lies in an architectual of latest conception, in a park of 10 hectares, a few minutes from Bologna centre.

Villa Griffone

Villa Griffone

Main residence of the Marconi family since mid-nineteenth century. It was precisely in Villa  Griffone that Guglielmo Marconi set up his first workshop and completed his first experiments in wireless telegraphy  (1895), as reported also on a plaque on the façade of the villa.

Soul Museum

Soul Museum

The museum contains many objects collected over more than thirty years of the festival's history. Stage clothes, personal items and testimonials left by the artists as well as a vast display of photos and videos.

Monteveglio Abbey Park

Monteveglio Abbey Park

A small park worth exploring. A pleasant and varied landscape where vineyards and orchards alternate with steep wooded slopes and where well-sheltered ravines enclose small natural treasures.

Monte Sole Historical Park

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

Gaggio Montano Lighthouse

Gaggio Montano Lighthouse

The only mountain lighthouse in Italy is perched on Sasso di Rocca, the symbol of the town.