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.