GRANAGLIONE | Bologna
GRANAGLIONE Travel Guide
Granaglione is a village of 2,222 inhabitants in the province of Bologna. His name probably comes from Germanic (longobards), "warnen" and "waren," meaning "look, watch carefully", the roots that gave birth to words "garrison" and "guard", so Granaglione could mean " place of observation ", and given its geographic location, the name is particularly suitable for describing this village that overlooks the Reno Valley. The territory was under the control of Pistoia, at that time longobard center, until 1219, and later on in more or less perennial struggle with the city of Bologna. During the Middle Ages, a castle was built in Granaglione, probably to be used as a signal tower along with other places on the Apennine ridge. Today the castle has become a hotel.
what to see and what to do
- It is worth visiting the ancient church of San Niccolò, the first news of which dates back to 1220, and the house of the family Marconi, who gave birthplace of the famous inventor.
- Also interesting are the various oratories in the villages dating back to the 1700s: the oratory of San Michele in Poggio dei Boschi, the one of San Matteo in Olivacci, the one of SS. Annunziata at Casa Boni.
- Not far away is the church of Calvigi, dedicated to the Madonna, built in the first half of 1600 by the community of Granaglione as thanks for surviving the plague, and inside it there was an image of the Virgin painted on the stone that was said to have miraculous capacity. Today this image has been replaced by a Ceramic copy of Feanza, and is brought to procession on 15 of August.
EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS
In 2004, remembering that in the past Granaglione was at the border with the settlements of the Celts on the Bolognese Apennine, a chestnut beer was produced, very good, with spicy flavor.
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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.
From the South, from the A11 highway A11 Pistoia exit, then continue on Strada Statale 64 towards Porretta / Bologna, then Strada Provinciale 64.
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.
Useful Info and Contacts
Pro Loco GRANAGLIONE
Via G.Elkan, 8
Tel .: +39 051 6811993
Via Roma 56
Tel. +39 0534 62121
OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
Health Service : Hospital of PORRETTA TERME - Via Oreste Zagnoni, 5 · 0534 20711