MONTERENZIO |  Bologna

MONTERENZIO  Travel Guide

Monterenzio is a village of 6,028 inhabitants in the province of Bologna. Its name derives from the Latin Mons Renzuli, a name that the Romans gave to a mountain located to the east of the village. The first settlements date back to the Paleolithic, as evidenced by some finds found in the surroundings, but there are also traces of Etruscans, Celts and, of course, Romans. Like many other villages in the area, even Monterenzio has experienced a period of strong development during the Middle Ages, and even today you can see its ancient structure walking through little streets and alleys, which have not changed much over the centuries.

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what to see and what to do

Worth a visit the Archaeological Civic Museum, one of the most important for what concerns the Etruscan-Celtic settlements of the area: here in fact have been found a village, datable between the fourth and second centuries b.C., and the relative necropolis, which included 170 tombs, in which were found some beautiful grave goods now exposed in the museum. The tour also includes the itinerary in the archaeological area of Monte Bibele.
Monterenzio is located on the eastern border of the Pliocene Contrafforte Nature Reserve, one of the largest in the region. The Reserve offers some spectacular and particular panoramas, characterized by golden sandstone rocks that cross the excavated valleys of the rivers Reno, Savena and Idice. During the Pliocene, between 5 and 2 million years ago, the whole territory was part of a marine gulf, so it is not uncommon to come across various fossils found in the rock; some of the most important findings that have been found in this area are now visible in the Museum of Geological Paleontology of the University of Bologna; among these perhaps the most spectacular is the fossil of the Pliocene whale of Gorgognano. The lovers of free climbing can venture among the many cliffs shaped over the centuries to climb walls of varying difficulty, given that the entire reserve offers a wide range of levels with which to try; among these we must definitely remember the Fosso Raibano cliff and the Rocca di Badolo.
But Monterenzio is also an excellent starting point for those who love caving and spelunking: in the Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi and Calanchi dell'Abbadessa in fact, there are over 100 caves formed thanks to karst phenomena that characterize this area, as well as a large number of sinkholes and natural cavities of smaller width. Among the caves of greatest interest we must remember the Grotta della Spipola, discovered in 1932, within which there is a path of about 700 meters in which you can clearly see the activity of the water, which has created furrows and stalactites. Another interesting excursion is to the Grotta del Farneto, one of the most important prehistoric settlements in the Bologna area.


EVENTS AND EXHIBITIONS


Among the events that take place in Monterenzio we remember the Festa Grossa, at the end of August in San Benedetto del Querceto, an opportunity to taste the delicious cuisine typical of the Bolognese Apennines, such as lasagna, polenta and grilled meat, all accompanied by live music; in mid-September there is the Grape Harvest Festival, with an exhibition of historic equipment for grape pressing, a market for traditional products and tastings of wines and typical products.

accomodations in Monterenzio

SAN PIETRO IN CASALE BOLOGNA  hotel
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Useful Info and Contacts

Tourist Information Office of MONTERENZIO
Tel. +39 051 199 875 60
www.prolocodimonterenzio.it


MONTERENZIO Town Hall 
Piazza Guerrino De Giovanni, 1
Tel.  +39 051 929 002
www.comunemonterenzio.eu


OTHER USEFUL ADDRESSES
Health Service : Hospital  Simiani in Via Roma 8,  Loiano   tel. +39 051 654 53710

First Aid 
tel.  118


where - on the hill of Bologna,  to the South

BY CAR:From the A16 motorway the exit to reach Monterenzio is that of Bologna San Lazzaro then Provincial Road 31 and 28 towards the Provincial Road 7 to follow up to Monterenzio;

BY BUS: TPER Bus Service from Autostazione Bologna (adjacent to the Central Railway Station), direction Monterenzio


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