CASTEL DEL RIO   |  Bologna

CASTEL DEL RIO Travel Guide

Castel del Rio  is a village of 1.229 inhabitants in the province of Bologna. Its origins date probably back to the VI and VII century, as evidenced by some finds found in the area. In the 10th century here was built a Castle, which probably gave its name to the village, but today remain only the ruins. Crucial to the history of Castel del Rio was the Alidosi family, who ruled these lands for 400 years until, in 1638, the Church troops did conquer the fiefdom by throwing out the Alidosi family.


what to see and what to do

It is worthy of a visit to Palazzo Alidosi, built in the 16th century: originally it was supposed to be a monumental work, a fortress-palace reflecting to the grandeur of the Alidosi family, but remained unfinished due to lack of funds; today, however, it is still possible to admire the two great ramparts, three wonderful seashell fountains and a beautiful lodge. At present, the Palace is the seat of the Commune, as well as hosting the Library, the War Museum and the Chestnut Museum
The Bridge on the Santerno River, always commissioned by the Alidosi family, is also very interesting: for the time the bridge construction was a major challenge because it consists of a single 42-meter arcade. Its peculiarity are the five inner rooms, probably made for structural reasons, which allowed the soldiers tax collection. In 1897 the bridge was proclaimed a national monument, and its interior rooms have become an interesting exhibition space.
For the enthusiasts of outdoor activities, the territory of Castel del Rio is part of Alta Via dei Parchi, a route that passes through Emilia-Romagna, Tuscany and Marche and allows you to discover the beauty of the Apennines with its breathtaking views and pristine nature (the itinerary crosses two National Parks, five regionals parks and an interregional one). The itinerary is divided into 27 stages, for a total length of 500 kilometers, suitable for experienced hikers and simply enthusiasts. In the area there are also 10 cycling routes, of various difficulties, called "Ciclovie del Parco". The Regional Park of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola is also worth a visit: in addition to a very rich flora and fauna, thanks to the particular microclimate of the area, you can find ancient remains of human settlements of various ages, for example the remains of the Castle of Rontana, on the summit of Mount Rontana. dating from 973, from which you can enjoy a magnificent view. However, the particularity of the Vena del Gesso is the great presence of caves, many of which can be visited: more than 200 of them have been discovered, for a total of more than 40 kilometers.



EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS

Various events take place at Castel del Rio: between the end of June and the beginning of July there is the Festival of Gnoccata where you can taste the famous fried gnocchi and typical dishes of the Romagna and Tuscan tradition (given the proximity to the border between the two regions); 
in conjunction with the Festival of the Gnoccata, also takes place the Renaissance Festival, a cultural-historical re-enactment that recalls the greatness of Alidosi family: inside Palazzo Alidosi you can attend an impressive parade (about 400 participants), as well as historic market reconstructions and military camps, all accompanied by shows of various kinds, from archery to demonstrations of hawk hunting, to conclude with the spectacular fireworks on Ponte Alidosi! 
During the month of October, there is the Chestnut Festival, in honor of this fundamental food of the culture of this territory, during which it is possible to buy and eat many dishes of chestnuts, from castagnaccio to polenta made with chestnut flour up to chestnut liqueurs.


XXXVIII FESTE RINASCIMENTALI 
CASTEL DEL RIO

Le Feste Rinascimentali rievocano le atmosfere del '500, riportando il paese all'epoca della Signoria Alidosi, attraverso il Grande Corteo Storico, a costruzioni e animazioni d'epoca, al mercato storico, agli spettacoli serali, al processo alla strega, al rogo e ai fuochi artificiali al Ponte Alidosi e molto altro...

Piazza Repubblica  Castel del Rio
quando = dal 14/07/2018 al 15/07/2018
orario = 14/07/2018 dalle 19.00 alle 24.00 del 15/07/2018
telefono = 3297719675
website = http://www.festerinascimentali.it
Associazione Culturale Alidosiana


accomodations in CASTEL DEL RIO

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Useful Info and Contacts

Tourist Information Office of CASTEL DEL RIO
 Via del Commercio, 4/Z - 40023 Castel Guelfo di Bologna (BO) c/o Castel Guelfo The Style Outlets.
Tel: +39 0542 670765
www.imolafaenza.it

CASTEL DEL RIO Town Hall 
Via Montanara, 1 
Tel. +39 0542 95 906
www.casteldelrio.provincia.bologna.it


OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
Health Service : SANTA MARIA DELLA SCALETTA Hospital  via Montericco 4  IMOLA
Tel.: +39 0542 66 2711

First Aid 
tel.  118


where is and how to reach Castel del Rio


BY CAR: From the A16 motorway exit IMOLA; alternatively, via Emilia, then continue on Strada Provinciale 610 towards CASALFIUMANESE

BY TRAIN: Imola station on the Bologna-Ancona line, then bus TPER 104 for CASALFIUMANESE


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