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Visit of the Chiusa di Casalecchio

From EUR 8

Can you imagine Bologna as a city of water, crossed by a system of canals? It isn’t easy nowadays, is it? Nevertheless, there’s a place where you can go backwards in time and discover the most ancient hydraulic artifact in Europe still in use, the Chiusa di Casalecchio. 

In the year 2000 the site was included in the list of UNESCO 2000-2010 Heritage Messengers Programme as a symbol of the culture of peace in favour of young people.

During the thematic guided tour, you will walk above the sixteenth century walkway, probably designed by Jacopo Barozzi, called Vignola, who was one of the most important Italian Renaissance architects. You will also experience from up close the majestic dam, whose ramp is 160 m long, 35 m wide and 8 m high, and find out how Bologna became a city of water in the Middle Ages.

Sunday April 14, 4:30pm
Saturday May 4 and 25, 10:00am
Saturday May 8 and 22, 10:00am
Thursday July 4, 6:30pm
Thursday July August 1, 6:30pm
Saturday September 7 and 21, 10:00


Gate of Chiusa di Casalecchio
Via Porrettana 187
40033, Casalecchio di Reno (BO)

Italian / english

The meetup is always 15 minutes before the visit starts. Meeting point is at the gate of Chiusa di Casalecchio, Via Porrettana 187, in Casalecchio di Reno. It can be reached from Bologna with the following tper lines: n. 20 (Stop Casalecchio Porrettana Canale/Casalecchio Chiusa), 89 (Stop Casalecchio Porrettana Canale), 92 (Stop Casalecchio Chiusa), 94 (Stop Casalecchio Chiusa).

€ 7.00 p/person
€ 5.00 for children aged from 6 years old to 11 years old
Free for children under 6 years old

It is suggested to wear comfortable walking shoes. Children must be well attended.

If you cancel at least 1 day in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
If you cancel later, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

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  • Discover one of the most important and interesting sites of "water archaeology" in Europe
  • Visit one of the places that made Bologna the City of Water
  • Find out a site included in the list of Unesco


  1. Casalecchio di Reno