Ozzano dell'Emilia

The origins of Ozzano dell'Emilia , date back to the  Roman Empire , when the city located in what is now the village " May" , was called Claterna . Claterna you can visit the archaeological site and the Museum . For many centuries Ozzano dell'Emilia belonged to the Church , as the entire territory of Bologna . Today Ozzano dell'Emilia , only 10 km from Bologna , is a modern city of 13,000 inhabitants , with efficient service , very green , a lively cultural life and is home to the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Bologna . It has some international companies in the packaging industry and precision mechanics . It has an efficient and extensive transportation network : highways , railways (metro area of Bologna ) and un'Aviosuperfice for private planes .
Much of its hills are protected and are part of the Regional Park of Emilia Eastern .


Roberto Carboni
Servizio Turismo, Comunicazione e Partecipazione

 

Bologna

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The location of the restaurant "La vecchia Locanda" allows you to visit easly the territory of Bologna and Romagna, rich in art, culture and traditions.

In direction of Bologna, precisely on the mountain of the Guard, you should not miss the Sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca with its portico. The first stone was placed in the year 1194 and, after several rennovations and periods of neglect, was finally restored in the  mid-1700s.

Very characteristic is its portico, the longest in the worldwhich extends for nearly four kilometers and counts 666 arches, the number that symbolizes the devil in the religious iconography,and, winding in a curved shape along its route that starts from the Arch of Meloncello and ends at the foot of the sanctuary, represents the snake pressed by the foot of the Madonna.

In the city center of Bologna, there is Piazza Maggiore that, most istoran agree, was the first to be built after the fall of the Roman Empire.

On it you can see Palazzo Re Enzo, the Palace of Podestà, the Palazzo dei Banchi, the Basilica of San Petronio, the Palazzo of the Notaries and that of the Comune (palazzo D'Accursio).

Strategically located at the entrance of the City at the time of  Orient's Roman Empire, along the “Cinta of Selenite”, on the Via Emilia, there are two of the Towers symbolizing Bologna: Torre degli Asinelli and Torre Garisenda. Anciently  the towers were build for military purposes and to give prestige to the City, they are among the few that survivet the vicissitudes of history and time, of the hundred towers soaring above th city until the seventeenth century.

Another characteristic of Bologna are the twelve doors of the town-walls Medieval, linked, according to tradition, at zodiac signs: Maggiore (Aries), Santo Stefano (Toro), Castiglione (Gemini), San Mamolo (Cancer), Zaragoza (Leo), Sant 'Isaiah or Pia (Virgin), San Felice (Libra), Lame (Scorpio), Galliera (Sagittarius), Mascarella (Capricorn), San Donato (Aquarius), San Vitale (Pisces).

It is said that the buildings of public utility have been built on those correspondences: Motherhood near Porta San Mamolo (the maternal nature of Cancer), the Stations of the Train and Bus near Porta Galliera (sense of community and travel's love of Sagittarius), while the University Complex, home to the oldest university in Europe, winds between Porta Mascarella (the solid substance of Capricorn), Porta San Donato (the intelligence innovative of 'Aquarius) and Porta San Vitale (the creativity and the idealism of Pisces).

Amongst the many museums that can be found in Bologna we will mention two dedicated to the recent history of Italy that is the Museum of History and the Resistance and the Museum of the Memory of Ustica, instituted to commemorate the victims of the massacre of the DC9 dell'Itavia.

Imola

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In direction of Imola, you can visit an area rich in beauties of nature and art  and even flourishing in the world.

One of the top things for which the City is world famous is definitely the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari circuit that hosted the world championship of Formula 1 from 1980 to 2006 season (the Grand Prix of San Marino).The circuit has, unfortunately, lost the world of Formula 1 because of problems related to the changes to the safety of drivers; currently it hosts a leg of the World Superbike racing in the lower divisions, covered wheels and discoveries, as well as the trade exhibition of pieces of motorcycles and antique cars of CRAME, in cycling races and other sporting events and artistic.Inside you will find the museum that tells the history of the circuit itself, while near the Tamburello corner there is a monument to Ayrton Senna, who died here on May Day 1994.

Regarding the art it is worth mentioning the Sforza Castle, a castle of the Middle Ages which is right in the center of Imola. The current form of the fortress is due to extensions wanted by Gian Galeazzo Sforza and Cesare Borgia who conquered it in 1499. A further merit of Cesare Borgia was to call at Imola in 1502, Leonardo da Vinci, as a military engineer, to inspect defensive capabilities of the Rock itself.
At the same time Leonardo drew the map of Imola, the oldest currently preserved example of a plant of the city overhead, as well as some sketches of paintings of the ancient quarters of the city. These documents are now part of the Windsor British royal family collections.

It Seems that the first kiln for ceramics of Imola coul be referable to Leonardo. Ever since Imola, with Faenza, make boast of ceramics industries know around the world, collaborating with famous contemporary artists, whose works are in the  Museum of  Cooperative Ceramica of Imola.

Regarding the story, it should be remembered that Imola, whose ancient name was Cornelii Forum, is a city of the Roman implant, presumably founded in 187 BC, along the axis of the Via Emilia, due to Roman centuriation of the areas. The Roman period are excavations and a museum with pieces found.A further group of excavations concerns the culture of Villanova, whose ruins were found in several places of the city.Complete the picture historical and architectural antique doors, churches and historic buildings, which trace the history from 1100 to the contemporary history.Natural attractions are the Astronomical Observatory "Alfio Betti" , the Zoo Aquarium, and the Mineral Water Park, the Park Tozzoni and the Natural Reserve of Bosco Frattona.