Marzabotto, Etruscan town and Monte Sole: between history and memory - bolognawelcome

Marzabotto, Etruscan town and Monte Sole: between history and memory

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An itinerary will allow you to discover one of the most suggestive and interesting places of the Bolognese Apennines. A visit to the Parish Church of San Lorenzo, where the perfection of Romanesque architecture can be seen in all its splendor; a walk along the Reno river, one of the most important waterways in the region; the Air Museum, where you are able to discover the remains of the ancient Etruscan city of Kainua; the Historical Park of Monte Sole, an enchanting nature reserve and a symbol of the Italian history; the solemn Memorial to the Civilian Fallen, a monument to memory.
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Parish Church of San Lorenzo di Panico: we start our tour with one of the most interesting Romanesque buildings in the Bolognese Apennines. The building, built in the first half of the XII century, still retains most of its original structures. We could admire the interiors, the three splendid naves and the squared sandstone ashlars walls, the widely imitated Corinthian capitals and the apse with its precious architectural ornamentation.
Reno River: descending towards the valley, we will follow the Reno river, the most important river in Emilia-Romagna after the Po river. It rises in Tuscany, in the Pistoia province, and flows into the Adriatic Sea near Ravenna. The ancient Panico bridge and the suspended walkway, from which you can enjoy a splendid view, are really suggestive.

National Etruscan Museum “Pompeo Aria”: In its four exhibition rooms are preserved the most significant archaeological artifacts from the excavations of the ancient city of Kainua, the Etruscan Marzabotto, among which is the exceptional Greek marble head of Kouros and votive statues in bronze. We will continue our tour, visiting the external excavations and the extraordinary preservation of the urban design, in a suggestive path through the acropolis ruins and the eastern graveyard.

Lunch in a farmhouse: before continuing the tour, we will enjoy a relaxing break sitting at the table, tasting the homemade cuisine and the excellence of the Bolognese enogastronomic tradition in a farmhouse in the area.

Historical Park of Monte Sole: along an enchanting route surrounded by nature, among the countless plants species and a rich and diverse wildlife, we will reach this protected area, known for the tragic episodes of the autumn of 1944. Here, in fact, the Nazi troops slaughtered hundreds of defenseless civilians, erasing centuries of quiet and laborious life of local communities. A short walk will allow us to reach the summit of Monte Sole, where a memorial stone commemorates the Red Star Partisan Brigade that fought on these mountains.

Memorial to the Civilian Fallen of Marzabotto: erected in the early '60s, the Memorial hosts the spoils of about 800 civilians and partisans, mostly inhabitants of Marzabotto, Monzuno and Grizzana Morandi, victims of the Nazi massacre, and the spoils of about 400 soldiers. Particularly emblematic is the triptych in gold and bronze foil painted around the altar, which represents the war, the massacre and the partisan struggle.



Departure from the centre of Bologna
  • Meeting point at Enjoy Appennino
  • Via Indipendenza 71 m/n
  • Departure: 8:30 a.m.
  • Lunch: 1.00 p.m.
  • Return: 6:30 p.m
  • Free return transport from Bologna
  • Professional tour leader
  • Visit to the Pieve di Panico
  • Visit to the Etruscan Museum Pompeo Aria
  • Visit to the ancient Etruscan town of Kainua
  • Lunch with local specialties and drinks
  • Visit to the Historical Park of Monte Sole
  • Visit to the Memorial of the Civilian Fallen of Marzabotto
  • Visit to the House of Remembrance of Marzabotto
  • 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. Pieve di San Lorenzo di Panico
  3. Museo Nazionale Etrusco Pompeo Aria
  4. Agriturismo
  5. Parco Storico di Monte Sole
  6. Sacrario ai Caduti di Marzabotto
  7. Enjoy Appennino