Rocchetta Mattei and old villages - bolognawelcome

Rocchetta Mattei and old villages

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A daily itinerary will allow you to discover some of the artistic excellences of the Bolognese Apennines. A walk inside La Scola village, where time seems to have stopped; a visit to the Montovolo Sanctuary, where religion meet history; the spectacular scenery of the Sasso di Vigo; the amazing beauty of Rocchetta Mattei, a mysterious castle with an exotic style. A wonderful fling to be flung, accompanied by an expert guide, without giving up an excellent lunch with local products.
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Borgo La Scola: Here, we will have the chance to walk in a sixth century village perched around a complex of tower-houses: a timeless place. A guided tour with the Cultural Association “Sculca” will allow us to discover all the curiosities about this timeless place.

Montovolo Sanctuary: We just keep going up to the top of the Montovolo, where it stands the homonymous shrine dating back to the thirteenth century, the main devotional center of the city of Bologna, until the construction of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of San Luca. Not far away, there is the Saint Caterina oratory where we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley.

Sasso di Vigo: Let’s leave the Sanctuary behind us, so we can move towards the Sasso di Vigo, once a feudal village, which today retains one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture: the Church of Santo Stefano. It is absolutely striking the perspective created between the church and the fortress. How about we take a picture?

Lunch at the Mill: it’s time to take a break. Let’s go to an old mill dates back to the XVII century, where we will have the opportunity to taste typical local specialties: tigelle, cold cuts and mountain cheeses. Before leaving this historical site, we can take part in a guided tour where it will be shown what rural life was like centuries ago and the process of transformation of cereals.

Rocchetta Mattei Castle: Rocchetta Mattei, the pearl of the Bolognese Appennines, will be the last stop of this gorgeous trip. The castle, built in the second half of the nineteenth century, owes its name to Count Cesare Mattei, the father of electro-homoeopathy. Here, we will lose ourselves among richly decorated rooms and towers that touch the sky, between history, anecdotes and mysteries never revealed.



Departure from the centre of Bologna
  • Meeting point at Enjoy Appennino
  • Via Indipendenza 71 m/n
  • Departure: 9:00 a.m.
  • Lunch: 1:30 p.m.
  • Return: 6:00 p.m.
  • Free return transport from Bologna
  • Professional tour leader
  • Visit to Borgo La Scola
  • Visit to the Montovolo Sanctuary
  • Lunch with local specialties and drinks
  • Visit to the water mill
  • Visit to the Rocchetta Mattei Castle
  • Liability insurance and taxes
  • Italian
  • English
  • Other languages (on request)
  • Adults: € 119,00
  • Children 4 - 12 years: € 59,00
  • Children under 4 years old: Free of charge
  • Tour available on the days listed on our website;
  • Departures on other dates available on request;
  • Children under 4 years of age travel for free;
  • In case of bad weather, failure to adhere to a minimum number of participants or every condition that make it impossible for the activities to be carried out properly, the staff reserves the right to cancel the tour, giving timely notice to the participants and guaranteeing a full refund or issuing a voucher that can be used to participate in the next tour or for the purchase of an alternative tour;
  • Prices may vary in case of on requests departures or specific needs; for more information and detailed quotations, please contact the staff of Enjoy Appennino.
Reservations and cancellation policy
  • The tour will be set up upon a minimum number of participants. The amount will be subject to pre-authorization and will be charged upon final confirmation of the tour. An email will follow with the voucher and the receipt;
  • If you cancel at least 2 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel later, you will be charged the entire price of the tour.


  1. Enjoy Appennino
  2. Borgo la Scola
  3. Santuario di Montovolo
  4. Sasso di Vigo
  5. Pranzo al Mulino
  6. Rocchetta Mattei
  7. Enjoy Appennino