CASTEL DI CASIO | Bologna
CASTEL DI CASIO Travel Guide
Castel di Casio is a municipality of 3,427 inhabitants in the province of Bologna.
It is located in the beautiful Limetra di Treppio Valley, a tributary of the river Reno. The name is of Roman origin, and derives from "Vìcus Cassi", or hamlet of Casio. At the time of the Roman Empire it was a prosperous village, as shown by excavations conducted in 1836, which led to the discovery of funerary urns containing coins, some even of gold.
During the Middle Ages it was part of the possessions of the Countess Matilde di Canossa.
In the XII century, after a siege lasting six months, Castel di Casio passed under the dominion of the city of Bologna, which sent a Podest to govern it; the Podesteria of Casio was the most powerful and vast of the Bolognese mountains.
Due to its position, Castel di Casio has been the territory of numerous battles, first with Pistoia and then with Florence, until it became part of the Curch in 1506.
It was twice hit by the plague and, in 1470, also from a violent earthquake that caused almost all the houses to collapse.
what to see and what to do
Castel di Casio is just 12 kilometers from the Regional Park of the Lakes of Suviana and Brasimone, characterized by forests of beech, oak and conifers, with the two artificial lakes that are located at the borders of the park. For lovers of outdoor activities this is the ideal place: inside the Park there are 30 kilometers of trails, natural habitat of a rich fauna, which includes deer, wolves and fallow deer. These routes are suitable for those who want to take a quiet walk, but also for those who want to take a mountain bike ride, or those who want to get to the summit of Monte Calvi, at 1283 meters above sea level. In the winter time it is also possible to do night excursions with snowshoes. If you want, you can make trips to the picturesque villages of Bargi and Stagno. Obviously, being between two lakes, there is also the possibility to have a quiet bath, but also sports activities such as rowing, kitesurfing and windsurfing, as well as rafting on the river Limentra. On the shores of Lake Suviana is the Adventure Park Saltapicchio, which provides visitors with 10 routes equipped, suitable for any type of public.
EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
CASTEL DI CASIO
Town Hall of CASTEL DI CASIO
Via Marconi, 9
Tel. +39 0534 44 133
OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
Health Service : Hospital of PORRETTA TERME - Via Oreste Zagnoni, 5 · 0534 20711
where - on the hill of Bologna, to the South
by CAR: From the North from the A1 motorway the exit to reach Granaglione is that of Sasso Marconi from A1 and then continue on the SS64 Porrettana, direction Porretta / Pistoia then Strada Provinciale 64.then Provincial Road 324 towards Gaggio Montano then Provincial Roads 82 and 71 in the direction of Lizzano.
by TRAIN: Metropolitan Railway Service, every half hour at peak time, from Bologna Centrale direction Porretta, Porretta Station, then local buses from Autostazione di Porretta.
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