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The Reno Valley

Most of this itinerary runs along the Reno River. This waterway starts in the foothills of the Apennines and rolls through the valley before reaching the city of the Due Torri (the two towers). The route proposes a selection of the natural, archaeological, historical and artistic sites that are part of the charm of the mountains that run along the southern border of the Bologna province.

Once you have reached the village of Marzabotto (on provincial highway SS64 Porrettana), the first stop is the National Etruscan Museum Pompeo Aria, located near the archaeological site of the ancient city of Kainua, an exceptional example of the Etruscan civilization’s passage through Bolognese history.

Continue along Porrettana Road, just a few kilometres away near the village Pian di Venola is your second stop: the Montesole Historical Park. This protected park is a lovely place to experience the area’s natural beauty. It was set aside to honour the memory of the civilians who were assassinated there by Nazi-Fascists in 1944.

Your third destination is Vergato (also profoundly hit by the Second World War and reconstructed almost completely). Here, in the Palazzo dei Capitani della Montagna (Palace of Mountain Captains), now the Town Hall, you can admire the impressive stained glass windows by Maestro Luigi Ontani.

For the last stop of your itinerary, travel to the municipality of Castel d'Aiano, in the hamlet called Labante. There you can visit the Labante caves, a site that has been recognized for its importance for the European Community, immersed in beautiful natural surroundings.

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.

address: Via Porrettana 187, 40033 Casalecchio di Reno (BO) ph: +39 051 6493527 email: website: entrance:

Admission only on request, with guided tours

Consorzi dei Canali di Reno e Savena in Bologna
Tel. + 39 051 6493527 
Cel. +39 389 5950213

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.

address: Via Celestini, 1 - 40037 Pontecchio Marconi Sasso Marconi (BO) website:

The Pompeo Aria National Etruscan Museum in the ancient town of Marzabotto

Marzabotto is one of the most important Etruscan centres in Emilia-Romagna.

address: Via Porrettana Sud, 13 – 40043 Marzabotto (BO) ph: +39 051 932353 email: website: opening hours: Due to a sudden and unpredictable staff shortage, we inform you that from 1st August 2017 the museum and the excavations of Marzabotto are open during the following reduced opening times: - From 25th March to 27th October 2018 Tue, Wed, Thu 9-16 Fri, Sat, Sun and Midweek holidays 11-18:30 Closed on Monday Further details on or by calling for confirmation +39 051 932353 entrance:

Museum + Archaeological area:
€ 3.00
reduction € 1,50:
for E.U. citizens (and also Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland ones) between 18 and 25 years

Free admission:
for under 18  and for all E.U. citizens (and also Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Switzerland ones) over 65 year. Free admission on the first Sunday of every month.

Every 8 March free admission for women on the occasion of the International Women's Day.

Pieve di San Lorenzo di Panico

Dating back to the Twelfth Century, it stands north of Marzabotto, and it is considered one of the most beautiful Roman-style churches in the Bolognese Apennines. Also worth noting is the preciously decorated aps

address: via Lama di Reno 12, 40043 - Marzabotto (BO) opening hours: From Friday to Wednesday: 10am-12pm; 2pm-6pm Closed on Thursday

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: entrance:


Palazzo dei Capitani di Montagna

Dated back to the Fourteenth century, it was rebuilt after the bombing raids which struck the town during World War Two. The centuries-old seat of the Mountain Captains has its façade adorned by the stained glass windows by Luigi Ontani

address: Piazza Capitani della Montagna 1, 40038 - Vergato (BO) opening hours: From Monday to Saturday 8:30am – 12:30om Thursday 3:30pm-5:30pm Closed on Sunday

Pieve di San Pietro di Roffeno

Located near Cereglio, in the suggestive hamlet of Pieve di Roffeno, it is one of the most famous and ancient churches in the Bologna diocese. It holds a Lombard-style font dating back to the 7th Century

address: Antica Pieve, Cereglio, 40030 - Vergato (BO)

Church of Santa Maria Assunta

This is the only example in Italy of work by the celebrated Finnish architect Alvar Aalto

address: Piazza Alvar Aalto, 1 Grizzana Morandi (BO) ph: +39 051 916355 - mob. +39 333 5405218 opening hours: Every day 9:00am-5:00pm except during religious services   entrance:

free donation

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: website: 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: entrance:

Full € 10; reduction € 5.

Rocchetta Mattei is part of Card Musei Metropolitani di Bologna.

Free admission first Sunday of each month.

Labante Caves

The Labante caves are considered the most significant example of travertine caves in Italy, and perhaps in all of Europe

address: Labante – 40034 Castel D'Aiano (BO)