BARICELLA | Bologna
BARICELLA Travel Guide
Baricella is a village of 5,727 inhabitants in the province of Bologna. In ancient times, around 1300, its name was Guazzarello, that is "soaking in the water", which indicated that in these territories the fight against flooding of rivers has always been a constant factor; then it has become Barigella, the seat of the Bargello, police officer guarding the territory, from which the current Baricella derives. Until the middle of the 15th century this area was legally dependent by the town of Altedo, but later the Bologna government made it effectively autonomous. The entire territory of the village of Baricella has lived in the period of great dreinages that were carried out between 1700 and 1900, until the territory set up as we know it today, and in fact the figure of "scariolanti", those who were emptied the wheelbarrows, has always been extremely important, as well as that of the mondine, women that work in the rice-fields, since this has always been a land of rice fields, very large and very numerous.
what to see and what to do in BARICELLA
For outdoor enthusiasts, not far from Baricella, about 30 kilometers, there is Delta del Po Regional Park, instituted in 1998, and the following year it became part of UNESCO. Inside the Park you can organize excursions to explore new and interesting landscapes all year round, on foot or by bicycle as well as by boat, both alone and with the accompaniment of experienced staff: in this case, you can also access some areas that are normally not accessible to the public. Among the proposed excursions, there are also some that focus on birdwatching, as the Park, with its 54,000 hectares, is a complex environment where intersecting marshland, woodland and lagoon areas, which have allowed a large number of birds to find here a suitable place to nest: the Park is in fact the most important ornithological area in Italy and one of the most important in Europe.
EVENTS AND FAIRS
There are some sweets ypical in Baricella, in addition to the typical dishes of the region, whose recipes have been handed down from generation to generation and jealously guarded: among these we remember Christmas bread, but also Copp, a sweet made with ricotta, eggs, sugar and star anise, so called because once cooked takes the form of coppo, a tile; also typical is the Latteruolo, a pudding based on milk, flour, eggs and vanilla, but someone also added coriander, which gives this sweet a particular flavor.