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A journey through the historical residences and the wonderful legends of their ancient owners, to get lost in art and nature of unchanged charm.

Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

Villa Aldrovandi Mazzacorati

The Villa is located in the Camaldoli estate purchased by Annibale Marescotti in 1616. A few years later, in 1690, after Raniero's death, the noble building and its gardens became the property of the Aldrovandi family. In the late 18th century the villa became the property of Marquis Mazzacorati. Now the villa houses the Historical Museum of Toy Soldiers "Mario Massacesi".

Villa Spada

Villa Spada

The villa is located in the old estate of the marquis Zambeccari and replaced the building called Casino Zambeccari already mentioned by sources dating back to 1774. Since 1990 the villa has housed the Textile and Tapestry Museum “Vittorio Zironi”

Museo della Civiltà Contadina - Istituzione Villa Smeraldi

Museo della Civiltà Contadina - Istituzione Villa Smeraldi

The Museo della Civiltà Contadina is located in the hamlet of San Marino di Bentivoglio, 15 kilometres from Bologna.With over 2,000 square meters of exhibition space and a 4-hectare park, the Museum offers its visitors a unique opportunity to learn about work and life in the local countryside at the turn of the 20th century.

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).

Castello dei Bentivoglio

Castello dei Bentivoglio

Leisure residence of the noble Bolognese family of the Bentivoglios, maintaining the original Renaissance structure with magnificent 16th-century frescoes and later decorations in Ars Æmilia style.

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.