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Learn about the real Bologna with a guided tour by bike, cycling between places in the city that you would never expect to find. If you think you have already seen everything in Bologna but you would like to seek out its hidden corners and discover curiosities that only a local can tell you, then this is the tour for you! Cycling along new routes each time, every Saturday you will be guided off tourism’s beaten track to discover Bologna’s real districts. Like a true local from Bologna, you will cycle around by biga, the name for bike in dialect, in the company of local guides, past monuments, parks, buildings and street art, listening to lesser known anecdotes and unique facts that only this city can offer. HIGHLIGHTS • Visit the most authentic and fascinating places off tourism’s beaten track • Experience the city like a true Bolognese on board your “biga” • Price includes use of bike, lock chain, lights and helmet WHEN:  Saturday 27 April to 28 September 2019 TIMES: 10 am  LENGTH:  2 hours LANGUAGE:  Italian, English MEETING POINT:  Dynamo Bike Station, via Indipendenza 71/z INCLUDED:  Specialised tour guide; Earphones; Bike hire with chain lock, lights and helmet; Civil liability insurance RATE:  €20.00 per person  CANCELLATION POLICY:  free cancellation up to 12 hours before departure

Rocchetta Mattei and old villages

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.

Taste tour Parmigiano Reggiano dairy, cooking class, homemade lunch, farm winery

A tasting tour to discover authentic flavors: you will see up close how Parmigiano Reggiano is made, the processing and maturing of this fine cheese, in a traditional cheese factory on the mountains; you will take part in a cooking class; you will have lunch with the excellences of the territory and you will discover the recipes of the mountain cuisine; you will watch the milling of grain in an old water mill and taste the delicacies freshly baked; you will end the day with a wine tasting experience of excellent organic wine in a local winery. A comfortable minivan, an expert tour leader will be part of your food experience, in which every dish excites your taste buds.


Visit the fascinating Rocchetta Mattei, a hidden gem in the Apennines, with return trip from Bologna included. A 4-hour tour with transfer included will provide you with the opportunity of visiting a truly unique place: Rocchetta Mattei in Grizzana Morandi. A true fairy-tale castle commissioned by Count Cesare Mattei and featuring the most diverse architectural styles - Moorish, Medieval, Liberty and Gothic. Setting off from Bologna by coach, you will reach this dreamy destination and, in the company of an expert guide, you will visit a maze of towers, halls and monumental staircases. You will listen to the Count's stories and anecdotes on his alternative medicine and his illustrious patients and you will discover everything there is to know about the Rocchetta staircases, objects and halls. HIGHLIGHTS Experience a fairy-tale dream visiting the exclusive Rocchetta Mattei on a guided tour Transfer from the Bologna city centre on a City Red Bus Find out everything there is to know about the eccentric Count Mattei, his history and his fame RATE € 33,00 full price € 20,00 concession for children between 6 and 12 yo, free for children up to 5 yo  WHEN: every sunday from April 5th to June 28th excluded: Sunday 12 April TIMETABLE: 10.30 a.m.: Departure from Cityredbus’ stop in Piazza Malpighi, Bologna by bus 12.00 p.m.: Arrival at the splendid Rocchetta Mattei in Grizzana Morandi (1 hour by bus from Bologna) and guided tour of the castle 1.30 p.m.: Departure by bus from Rocchetta Mattei back to Bologna 2.30 p.m.: Return in Bologna LENGTH: 4 hours LANGUAGE: Italian and English MEETING POINT: Piazza Malpighi INCLUDED: - return coach transfer  - entrance and guided tour of the castle - rep for the duration of the trip NOTE: The tour will be set up upon a minimum number of participants.    CANCELLATION POLICY: Free cancellation up to 48 hours before departure time

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

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.


Un tour guidato per chi ama immergersi nell’incontaminata natura dell’Appenninosenza rinunciare alla scoperta delle tradizioni culinarie e le architetture dei borghi medievali. Ogni seconda Domenica del mese, sarai accompagnato all’interno di un caseificio dove potrai assaggiare i prodotti e assistere alla lavorazione del Parmigiano Reggiano, che viene ancora eseguita secondo l’antica tradizione. Continuerai la tua visita nello storico borgo di Roffeno, dove sorge l’omonima Pieve dalla pregiata struttura romanica, al cui interno potrai ammirare l’antica fonte battesimale, un piccolo “gioiello” dal grande valore artistico. Sarai guidato tra le vie del borgo, unico nella sua intatta conservazione storica, nel quale si trova un seicentesco mulino ad acqua. Ammirerai infine gli inediti paesaggi appenninici tra le Grotte di Labante, dove potrai esplorare la spettacolare grotta naturale e la sua bellissima cascata, un luogo di suggestione apprezzato da tutti gli amanti della natura. HIGHLIGHTS Degusta e scopri le tradizionali lavorazioni del Parmigiano Reggiano Visita il borgo medievale di Roffeno e la sua antica Pieve romana, unici nella loro conservazione artistica Immergiti nella natura incontaminata ed esplora le bellissime Grotte di Labante dai paesaggi mozzafiato VALIDITÀ: La seconda domenica del mese da aprile a settembre. ORARI: Ore 09:30 DURATA: 8h30min LINGUA: Italiano / inglese / francese RITROVO: Pieve di Roffeno, via Rocca di Roffeno - Vergato (BO) LA QUOTA INCLUDE: Guida ambientale escursionistica o accompagnatore turistico per l'intera giornata. Visita alla produzione casearia di un caseificio di montagna e degustazione. Assicurazione di responsabilità civile. ITINERARIO: Ore 9:30 ritrovo presso Pieve di Roffeno Transfer con auto propria presso un caseificio, per visita alle fasi mattutine di lavorazione casearia, in particolare del Parmigiano Reggiano Ore 11:30 transfer con auto propria presso la Pieve di Roffeno per visita alla Pieve romanica, alla fonte battesimale altomedievale, al borgo medievale e mulino ad acqua seicentesco Ore 13,30 pranzo libero Ore 16.00 ritrovo presso Chiesa di San Cristoforo, per visita alle Grotte di Labante, monumento geologico di maggiore interesse della Valle del Reno con la sua cascata e la sua formazione calcarea Ore 18.00 rientro QUOTA p/persona: €42,00 p/persona €30,00 p/persona per bambini dai 6 ai 12 anni Gratuito per i bambini di età inferiore ai 6 anni MODALITÀ DI CANCELLAZIONE: Cancellazione gratuita entro 48 ore prima della partenza del tour, oltre penale del 100% Le cancellazioni sono da comunicare per email ad e CONTATTO UTILE: BOLOGNA WELCOME Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 tel: 051 6580190 email:  APPENNINO GEOPARK tel: 348 3408892 email:


A day dedicated to nature surrounded by the charming Apennine landscape and ancient towns and the chance to savour genuine local dishes. Alongside a specialised GAE guide and starting off from Madonna dei Fornelli, you will walk along some stretches of the famous Cammino degli Dei and discover a few historic towns such as Zaccanesca and Cedracchia. You can then regain your energy with a picnic of local products and the spectacular views over valle del Sambro. You will end the excursion at the Ca’ di Monti farm, where you will be welcomed with a tasting session of exceptional dairy products. HIGHLIGHTS • Discover the ancient towns in the Apennines and make the most of the Via degli Dei on a unique trek. • Enjoy a picnic of local products in an enchanting location surrounded by unspoilt nature. • Visit the Ca’ di Monti farm and savour dairy products. WHEN: Saturday June 22nd 2019 Saturday July 27th 2019 Saturday August 24th 2019 Sunday September 29th 2019 Sunday October 27th 2019 TIMETABLE: 9:30 am LENGTH: 6 hours 30 min LANGUAGE: Italian / English MEETING POINT: 9:30 - Madonna dei Fornelli (San Benedetto Val di Sambro) INCLUDED: Trek with a professional GAE guide Pic-nic with typical local products Tasting session of dairy products and visit to the Ca’ di Monti Farm Insurance Small souvenir ITINERARY: 9:30 am meeting in Madonna dei Fornelli and registration 10:00 am departure 12:00 pm arrival at the Cà di Paiarino viewpoint and pic-nic area. 1:00 pm departure for Cà di Monti 2:00 pm tour of the farm with tasting session 4:00 pm return to Madonna dei Fornelli RATE: €78.00 per person CANCELLATION POLICY: If you cancel 48 hours 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.

Visit of the Chiusa di Casalecchio

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. WHEN: 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 LENGTH: 1h30 MEETING POINT: Gate of Chiusa di Casalecchio Via Porrettana 187 40033, Casalecchio di Reno (BO) LANGUAGES: Italian / english   Note: 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). RATE: € 7.00 p/person € 5.00 for children aged from 6 years old to 11 years old Free for children under 6 years old NOTE: It is suggested to wear comfortable walking shoes. Children must be well attended. CANCELLATION POLICY: 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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Appennino sui pedali

Immergiti nella storia e nelle tradizioni della montagna a due passi da Bologna con un tour in e-bike! Grazie all’agilità della bici a pedalata assistita, potrai raggiungere alcuni dei luoghi più suggestivi dell’Appennino immergendoti nel paesaggio. L’itinerario ti condurrà al borgo di Castelluccio, l’elegante Castello Manservisi, con torri, portici, e archi a sesto acuto; proseguirai l’esplorazione sulle due ruote, raggiungendo Monte Piella e il Santuario della Madonna del Faggio, dove l’acqua e il bosco creano un ambiente davvero pacifico ed evocativo. HIGHLIGHTS Scopri il piacere di pedalare senza fatica sui crinali dell'Appennino. Lasciati sorprendere della bellezza del Santuario della Madonna del Faggio. Vivi un’esperienza nella natura incontaminata, tra i boschi e i ruscelli dell'Appennino. VALIDITÁ: L'ultima domenica del mese da aprile a settembre DURATA: 7 ore 30 min LINGUA: Italiano / inglese RITROVO: Ore 10.30 presso Piazzale Protche - Porretta Terme (BO) LA QUOTA INCLUDE: Noleggio e-bike, guida ciclo-turistica ed eventuale assistenza. Assicurazione di responsabilità civile. ITINERARIO: Ore 10.30 Ritrovo presso Piazzale Protche di Porretta Terme, per escursione in bicicletta con pedalata assistita al borgo di Castelluccio, passando per le vie del centro storico, le vecchie terme e il Parco sperimentale della Castagna, fino a Monte Piella e Madonna del Faggio Pranzo a sacco Possibilità di visita del Castello Manservisi e del Museo Laborantes Ore 18.00 rientro QUOTA p/persona:  €72,00 p/persona MODALITÀ DI CANCELLAZIONE: Cancellazione gratuita entro 48 ore prima della partenza del tour, oltre penale del 100% Le cancellazioni sono da comunicare per email ad e CONTATTO UTILE: BOLOGNA WELCOME Piazza Maggiore 1/e - 40124 tel: 0516580190 email:   APPENNINO GEOPARK tel: 3483408892 email: