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CASALECCHIO DI RENO Travel Guide

Casalecchio di Reno is a municipality in the province of Bologna, at about 8 km. 
The name probably has Roman origins, and comes from "Casaliculum", which means "small agglomerate of houses", but the first settlements of the area date back to the Neolithic: some excavations have been found huts, a foundry and some tombs. 
Traces of Etruscan and Roman settlements have also been found. 
After a period of abandonment of the territory, during the barbarian invasions, the area returns to populate around the year 1000, after the construction of the bridge and the Chiusa on the Reno River; during this period fortresses, castles and rooftops were built. 
Because of its position, over the centuries Casalecchio di Reno was the scene of numerous battles. 
Between the end of the 19th and the beginning of the 20th century, Casalecchio became the favorite place for holiday for the citizens of Bologna, and many villas and public works were built. 
At this time the city was so beautiful that it was even called the "little Paris". 
During the First World War, the city of Casalecchio was particularly affected, but during the Second it was nearly razed to the ground: it was one of the cities most affected by the bombing. 
The recovery took place in the late 1960s, thanks to small industries and local crafts.

what to see and what to do in CASALECCHIO DI RENO

To be visited :

  • the Chiusa on the Reno River, one of the oldest mechanical works in the world, still functioning today. In ancient times the Chiusa had both the purpose of regulating the flow of the river, which alternated flesh floods and shallows, and that of operating mills, mill wheels, sawmills and other factories in the areas of Casalecchio and Bologna. 
  • Parco della Chiusa, also called Parco Talon, was born in the 17th century by the family of Marchesi Sampieri, and in its interior, besides the real park, you can admire a beautiful Italian garden, two villas and a forest, ancient hunting reserve of the Sampieri family. Today the Park is the perfect place for those who like to do outdoor activities, from simple walks, to jogging, to mountain biking.
  • To be remember the Brègoli, a rather demanding but very impressive path that starts from the Church of San Martino and arrives at Monte della Guardia, at Basilica of San Luca; this is dedicated to the Marian cult and is an important destination for pilgrimages from ancient times: to get there you will pass through a characteristic portico path that crosses the monumental Arco del Meloncello. Along the trail you can admire beautiful views, the “balzo della Pizzacherra” (leap of the Pizzacherra), a stretch of trail overhanging the narrow valley of the Pizzacra River, and also a bomb war shelter dating from the Second World War. Today the Chiusa Park has become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  • The Hermitage of Tizzano is also something to be seen, it is a small district just outside Casalecchio, where you can admire an ancient 16th century wooden crucifix.

EVENTS AND FAIRS

There are a lot of events in a lively city such as Casalecchio: 

  • the Kites Festival, this year at its 39th edition; the Curious Flavor Fair, where you can sample “passatelli” a dish typical of the Emilia tradition; 
  • the Artisanal Ice Cream Festival during summer and the Artisanal Chocolate Festival during winter;
  • “Sapori e Profumi d’Autunno” is the perfect opportunity to take a walk between local food and wine stands and local crafts stands. 
  • In November, at the San Martino Feast, patron saint of Casalecchio, there is the traditional opening of the cellars, with the possibility of visits and wine tastings.

Do not forget the Unipol Arena, the largest theatre in Italy, which hosts all year round concerts of the greatest Italian and international musicians.

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Useful Info and Contacts


Pro Loco CASALECCHIO DI RENO
Via del Fanciullo 6, 40033, Casalecchio di Reno, BO
TEL .: +39 0516132867
info@casalecchioinsiemeproloco.org
WEB casalecchioinsiemeproloco.org

Municipality of CASALECCHIO DI RENO
Via dei Mille, 9
+39 051 598111
website: comune.casalecchio.bo.it

OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
A.S.L. - HOUSE OF HEALTH - Piazzale Rita Levi Montalcini, 5 (next to Casalecchio Garibaldi railway station) Tel. 051 4583111
   
Municipal Police 
Central Operational Radio Phone: 800.253.808


    where - in the hinterland of Bologna,  to the South


    The Destinations:
    1. METROPOLITAN AREA of Bologna
    2. ALTO RENO TERME - Bologna
    3. ANZOLA DELL’EMILIA - Bologna
    4. ARGELATO - Bologna
    5. BARICELLA - Bologna
    6. BAZZANO - Bologna
    7. BENTIVOGLIO - Bologna
    8. BORGO TOSSIGNANO - Bologna
    9. BUDRIO - Bologna
    10. CALDERARA DI RENO - Bologna
    11. CAMUGNANO - Bologna
    12. CASALECCHIO DI RENO - Bologna
    13. CASALFIUMANESE - Bologna
    14. CASTEL D'AIANO - Bologna
    15. CASTEL DEL RIO - Bologna
    16. CASTEL DI CASIO - Bologna
    17. CASTEL GUELFO di BOLOGNA
    18. CASTEL MAGGIORE - Bologna
    19. CASTELLO D'ARGILE - Bologna
    20. CASTELLO DI SERRAVALLE - Bologna
    21. CASTEL SAN PIETRO TERME - Bologna
    22. CASTENASO - Bologna
    23. CASTIGLIONE DEI PEPOLI - Bologna
    24. CRESPELLANO - Bologna
    25. CREVALCORE - Bologna
    26. DOZZA - Bologna
    27. FONTANELICE - Bologna
    28. GAGGIO MONTANO - Bologna
    29. GALLIERA - Bologna
    30. GRANAGLIONE - Bologna
    31. GRANAROLO DELL’EMILIA - Bologna
    32. GRIZZANA MORANDI - Bologna
    33. IMOLA - Bologna
    34. LIZZANO IN BELVEDERE - Bologna
    35. LOIANO - Bologna
    36. MALALBERGO - Bologna
    37. MARZABOTTO - Bologna
    38. MEDICINA - Bologna
    39. MINERBIO - Bologna
    40. MOLINELLA - Bologna
    41. MONGHIDORO - Bologna
    42. MONTERENZIO - Bologna
    43. MONTE SAN PIETRO - Bologna
    44. MONTEVEGLIO - Bologna
    45. MONZUNO - Bologna
    46. MORDANO - Bologna
    47. OZZANO DELL' EMILIA - Bologna
    48. PIANORO - Bologna
    49. PIEVE DI CENTO - Bologna
    50. PORRETTA TERME - Bologna
    51. SALA BOLOGNESE - Bologna
    52. SAN BENEDETTO VAL DI SAMBRO - Bologna
    53. SAN GIORGIO DI PIANO - Bologna
    54. SAN GIOVANNI IN PERSICETO - Bologna
    55. SAN LAZZARO DI SAVENA - Bologna
    56. SAN PIETRO IN CASALE - Bologna
    57. SANT'AGATA BOLOGNESE - Bologna
    58. SASSO MARCONI - Bologna
    59. SAVIGNO - Bologna
    60. VERGATO- Bologna
    61. VALSAMOGGIA - Bologna
    62. VIDICIATICO - Bologna
    63. ZOLA PREDOSA - Bologna