SAN LAZZARO DI SAVENA - Bologna

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SAN LAZZARO DI SAVENA Travel Guide & Hotels

San Lazzaro di Savena is a commune of Bologna historically built at the intersection between Via Emilia and the Savena river.
Its territory has been inhabited since ancient times by pre-Roman populations. Paleolithic sites, copper age and bronze age were found. 
Starting from I-II century AD San Lazzaro di Savena was colonized by the Romans. 
In the Middle Ages it became the feud of Matilde of Canossa and became famous for its leprosy. The latter was initially in the territory of Bologna but with the expansion of the city was moved further away and became a lazzaretto in Ronco Maruni.
Over time Ronco Maruni, because of the lazarus, changed his name and came to be called San Lazzaro.
Today San Lazzaro di Savena is a town of about thirty-two thousand inhabitants, rich in monuments and places of interest to visit and natural areas where you can go hiking and walking.

attractions

In San Lazzaro di Savena there are numerous religious and civil architecture to admire. Among the churches, the most fascinating is the Abbey of Santa Cecilia della Croara dating back to 1095 and originally part of a Benedictine monastery. Inside, there is a banner attributed to Annibale Carracci, a Cotto Crossed Cross, a painting by Sant'Antonio da Padova and two effigys by Giovanni Andrea Donducci.
The territory of San Lazzaro di Savena is dotted with patrician villas and luxury mansion that nobility was built to enjoy the landscape and surrounding countryside. Villa Cicogna was built in 1500 by architect Jacopo Barozzi. The property was commissioned by Giacomo Boncompagni, then passed to Falconieri and in the Seven hundred to the Principles Column. Interesting stuccoes and frescoes depicting biblical scenes, Greek myths, and seventeenth-century war scenes. 

Finally, along the Via Emilia and very close to the center of the city, Castello Dolfi-Ratti, whose structure has a sixteenth-century plant with various remakes of which the last one gives it a late eighteenth-century imprint. Ancient home of the lazzaretto from which the city takes its name, the castle is vast 1200 square meters of real villa with over 180,000 square meters of parks and Italian gardens.
The building has on the ground floor the entrance consisting of a large baroque loggia decorated with frescoes of mythological scenes, an old private chapel with 1775 stucco decorations and the auditorium.


excursions in the nature


The hills of S. Lazzaro, of karstic origin, are an important environmental patrimony with the Natural Park of the Gessi Bolognesi and the Calanchi dell'Abbadessa.
In the park, there are several visiting caves including the Farneto cave, an uncovered cavern in the nineteenth century, showing traces of populations during the Bronze Age, including remains of pottery, burials and meal remains.

The Museum of Prehistoric Garden collects important finds that are the result of discoveries in the caves and along the slopes of the Park.

Finally, along the hills of San Lazzaro, there are beautiful cycle paths that represent a real paradise for bicycle lovers.
You can start right from the Railway Station of San lazzaro where there is a sign with the map of all the cycle paths of the entire territory of San Lazzaro di Savena. You can arrive by train with your bike or with the car (free parking).

accomodations

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Fairs & Food in San Lazzaro


San Lazzaro di Savena is a commune rich in life and traditions: every year there is a colorful carnival whose main mask is the Lazzarone, a scapegoating little boy and a lover of fun.
At the end of July there is the famous  San Lazzaro Fair, born as a traditional market but today it has become a fair full of gastronomic booths, performances, artists and antiques, events and concerts.

Among the typical dishes, almost all in common with Bologna, we remember the tortellini in broth.

where: at the gates of Bologna

From San Lazzaro  by the Metropolitan Rail Service, you can reach the center of Bologna in just a few minutes. If you arrive by car you can leave your car in the car park in front of the station, adjacent to the A14 motorway exit..

info & useful contacts



Comune di San Lazzaro di Savena - Città Metropolitana di Bologna
Piazza Bracci, 1 
tel.   051 622 8111 
website: 
www.comune.sanlazzaro.bo.it/


OTHER ADDRESSES:

  • A.S.L. (Azienda Sanitaria Locale)  Via Repubblica, 11 - San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)   Tel.: 051 6224111
  • Museum of Prehistory Luigi Donini - Dedicated to the environment and to the first human population, with important finds in the Parco dei Gessi area.
    via Fratelli Canova, 49 - San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)  Tel +39 051 465132www.museodellapreistoria.it

  • GROTTOS OF GESSI PARK:  Visit Center   “Casa Fantini” - via Jussi, 171 - 40068 Farneto di San Lazzaro di Savena. Tel. +39 051 6254821   info.parcogessi@enteparchi.bo.it  ; web site:  enteparchi.bo.it/parco.gessi.bolognesi



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