PIANORO | Bologna
PIANORO Travel Guide
Pianoro (Pianôr, dialect), 17,000 inhabitants, recently ranked first in the province of Bologna and 14th in Italy among the 100 most happy villages.
Located along the Futa road linking Bologna to Florence, it has always been one of the most sought-after bolognese locations from a residential point of view.
Located just outside the city, along the valleys of Zena and Savena has among its areas of interest the "Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi and the Calanchi della Abbadessa" natural park.
The city was almost completely grounded in World War II when it was on the edge of the so-called Gothic Line and was the scene of atrocious battles and, above all, bombardments.
For this reason, it has lost almost all the buildings and palaces of a certain artistic and architectural value; the city was almost abandoned (today is the fraction called Pianoro Vecchia) and reconstructed from 1945 three kilometers further north, the so-called Pianoro Nuova.
The Savena River is a natural border between Pianoro and Bologna where it can be said that the Futa road (which in the Bolognese stretch is called via Toscana) begins with the hamlet of Rastignano.
Pianoro also borders with the municipalities of San Lazzaro di Savena, Sasso Marconi, Monterenzio, Ozzano dell'Emilia, Loiano and Monzuno.
what to see and what to do in Pianoro
MOUNT OF ANTS in Pianoro
Monte delle Formiche ( Ants Mount) is located between the valley of Idice and Val di Zena, about 15 km from Pianoro and 30 km south of Bologna.
The name derives from the particular natural phenomenon that occurs annually in early September: the males of the winged ants of the Mirmyca Scabrinodis variety migrate to this summit from Central Europe to carry their bridal flight. After the coupling, ants fall to hundreds of thousands in the sanctuary area with a truly unique and terrifying spectacle: black and giant swarms of ants coming from the sky and dying all together.
where - in the Apennine to the South
Useful Info and Contacts
Comune di Pianoro