An excursion from the city centre to its wild and uninhabited hills. From via Indipendenza, we will cross Piazza Maggiore and via D’Azeglio, in the direction of Porta San Mamolo, in order to reach the beginning of the Osservanza ascent. At the top of the hill of the same name, we will enjoy a splendid view of Bologna, the “red city”. We will then discover the park of Villa Ghigi (so called because it belonged to the distinguished naturalist Alessandro Ghigi, the Bologna University president), nowadays it’s an important Foundation headquarters dedicated to the environmental education and green lung particularly interesting from the cultivation and botany point of view.
With Bologna at our feet, we will stop in an inn with a splendid view over the city, where we can have lunch with traditional Emilian culinary specialties and enjoy a pleasant moment of relaxation.
From here, we will move to the nearby hermitage of Ronzano, a place of hermitage since ancient times and of unusual botanical presences, such as chestnut and olive trees. The path will continue towards the hill of Gaibola, where it will be possible to observe some gypsums testimonies of the Bolognese hill: place of history for the excavations of building material used for the city and a protected area.
We will come back to the city through via San Mamolo, retracing via D’Azeglio, until you get to Piazza Maggiore.
You need to have suitable boots, a backpack with water, anorak and a heavy garment.
Length: 14 km
Difference in level: +350, -350
Effective Path: 4 hours
Departure from the centre of Bologna
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