With over 800 years of history, Castel San Pietro Terme is a welcoming city at the foot of the green hills of Bologna. Certified as "Slow City", since 2005 it has also been part of the "International Network of Cities of Good Living", testifying to the quality of life and services for citizens and tourists. Among the monuments, the Cassero deserves a special mention, symbol of the city built in 1199, the year of its foundation. In the hamlet of Varignana a view deserves the Romanesque crypt of the church of San Lorenzo.
Dozza is a romantic medieval village full of cultural suggestions, topped by the magnificent Rocca Sforzesca which now welcomes l’Enoteca regionale dell’Emilia Romagna. Its particularity lies in the works of art drawn on the walls of the village. In fact, the Biennial of the Painted Wall has been held here since the 1960s, an artistic event that has transformed Dozza into an open-air museum and which attracts artists from all over the world. "Fantastika", the biennial art of fantasy, which takes place in the Rocca museum, also deserves special mention.
The city of Imola, just 10 km from Castel San Pietro, is the largest nearby except Bologna. In recent years it has come to life thanks to the redevelopment of the historic center: in addition to the Renaissance buildings in the center, the most striking place in the Romagna town is the splendid Rocca Sforzesca, an imposing fourteenth-century defensive work in which Leonardo Da Vinci also stayed for a short period in 1502 Inside there is the Piano Academy of Imola and the Rocca Museum, part of the Civic Museums (the others are the Museum of San Domenico and Palazzo Tozzoni).
An architectural work of art is the one you come across going up the Santerno da Imola river in a southerly direction along via Montanara (SP610). With a journey of 25 km from Imola you reach Castel del Rio, famous for its castle and above all for its incredible Ponte degli Alidosi, built during 20 years starting from 1499.
Its characteristic humpback shape, with a single arch of 42 meters, makes it one of the most admirable examples of civil engineering in Romagna.
Home to the oldest university in the western world, Bologna, it is a city with an intense cultural life and a very interesting historical heritage. Among the most important symbols of Bologna we find its characteristic arcades (portici), or covered walkways that only in the center reach the total length of about 38 kilometers and the two towers, Torre Garisenda and Torre degli Asinelli, which offer tourists the opportunity to admire from above a wonderful panorama.
Bologna is a city of art and culture in the round: meetings, concerts and shows take place every evening in the clubs, theaters and also in the streets - when the weather permits - of the center: well known is the Municipal Theater, but also his Cineteca, one of the most important in Europe. In addition, since 2007 the Museum of Modern Art - the MAMbo - has opened in via Don Minzoni, which hosts international renowned exhibitions. To not miss is the sanctuary of the Madonna di San Luca, a sanctuary dedicated to the Marian Catholic cult that rises on the Colle della Guardia, at about 300 m a.s.l.