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Discover the peaceful rhythm of life in tiny villages, find amazing landscapes, experience the hospitality and joy of the locals. By bike or on foot explore Parco della Vena del Geso Romagnola to uncover rare plants and fascinating caves.
PLACES FOR ENJOYMENT
Surrounded by the evocative Vena del Gesso and the green hills of the Tuscan-Romagnolo Apennines, the Golf Club was established in 1992 and covers an area of over 200 hectares. The 18-hole course was designed by architect Marco Croze. The course is very technical: flat holes alternate with potholes sometimes with steep slopes. Its terrain tests the player’s accuracy and power, but also make for a pleasant and enjoyable game. Making the course even more lively are lakes, bunkers and an special obstacle, the calanco, a spectacular geological phenomenon typical of the area. The beautiful Club House, converted from an old farmhouse, contains a lounge, bar and restaurant where you can taste the typical dishes of Romagna. In addition, there are many amenities such as a swimming pool, tennis court, soccer field, gym and room for playing cards and billiards. So there are activities for even the of non-golfers.
The Wildlife Protection Oasis “Il Quadrone”, was established in 1985 by the Province of Bologna. It is located in the municipal area of Medicina on land owned by Coop. Agricola LACME. It covers about 270 hectares, inside the Cassa del Quadrone where there are wetlands with a valley, hygrophilous woodlands, a meadow and grove area. It is a shelter for many animal and plant species. It is possible to follow an itinerary starting from the Visitor Center that takes the visitor to the different environments to observe their flora and fauna. From wooden huts, visitors can practice BIRDWATCHING and read the informational signs that tell the history of the area and describe the animal and plant species that can be observed. The features of the place, the favorable environmental conditions and the low impact agricultural activities, make the Oasis an area well suited for environmental education. For this reason, in 2003 the agricultural cooperative LA.C.ME. made it an FATTORIA DIDATTICA (an educational farm) and hosts, for the whole school year, guided tours and workshops for school children in at its visitors center.
Started in 1975 and named after its founder Augusto Rinaldi Ceroni, Il Giardino delle Erbe was begun with the aim of conserving and cultivating plants of medicinal and aromatic interest. Owned by the Emilia Romagna Region and entrusted to the Municipality of Casola Valsenio, it is part of the Museum circuit of the province of Ravenna. In its terraces with a splendid view of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola, about 450 species of medicinal plants used in cooking, medicine and cosmetics are cultivated. Their cultivation is done according to the tradition of the monasteries in where, since the early Middle Ages, these plants have been grown in the gardens and in the “officine”. Il Giardino delle Erbe is a center of knowledge of medicinal plants, thanks to activities ranging from research and teaching to dissemination and experimentation, involving both experts and visitors of all ages. The Garden is open to visitors during the day, respecting the structures and cultivated parcels, but if you really want to experience the world of medicinal plants by touching and smelling them, book a guided tour or a workshop and go through the Perfumes, enter the Chamber of Wonders. And do not leave without buying […]
The cave of King Tiberius is undoubtedly the best known and celebrated cave in the Parco del Vena del Gesso Romagnola due to the presence of archaeological evidence attesting to presence of man extended for several millennia. The cave is reachable by a narrow and in some points steep panoramic path, which climbs up the side of the gypsum wall, and is connected to a mining site. During the climb, just before reaching the entrance to the cave, you can see the entrance to a quarry tunnel, one of many excavated in the ’60s and’ 70s. In fact, inside Monte Tondo there is a network of artificial tunnels stretching over 20 kilometers. From the entrance hall of the cave, suggested by the presence of numerous artificial niches, we find “seats” and drinking troughs carved out of the rock. From here, the viewer will have a unique view of the valley and the Borgo Rivola. The cave, which is more than four kilometers long, can easily be explored on foot, with normal clothes, for a stretch of about sixty meters to the Gothic Hall. Further along it is necessary to have speleological equipment to continue (it is always necessary the permission […]
The course stands in front of the spa and near the town of Castel San Pietro Terme. The course is 6,480 meters, 18 hole-72 par and is extremely varied and fun for both beginners and the most skilled players. Inside the Club House is a restaurant, open to all, where you can taste the dishes typical of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscan cuisine. The golf facility offers, in harmony with the surrounding area, a wide range of food and wine, recreational, cultural, sporting and musical services to satisfy a pleasant and memorable stay.
Located in the Gessi di Brisighella, the Parco del Carnè, is one of the most beautiful areas of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola. Established in 1971, by the Province of Ravenna and the Municipalities of Faenza and Brisighella, it covers about 43 hectares, 26 of which are public property and 17 are rented. The landscape is karstic and of great naturalistic interest, enlivened by a succession of grassy dolines alternated with thickets and crags. The “Catino di Pilato” dolines at the foot of Monte Rontana, the twin dolines in the Abisso Faenza and the small dolina known as “Dolina del Gufo” are worthy of mention. Among the tree species present are various maples, rowan, wild ciavardello, wild cherry, chestnut, elm and wild oaks and wild lime and ash. In spring, there are the splendid blooms of the protected species such as the dente di cane and the orchids, moreover, in the cooler and damper microenvironments the fern called ‘lingua cervina’ grows. The variety of fauna is very diverse; in the park is home to oak mice, hedgehogs, moles, squirrels, dormice, foxes, roe deer, wild boars, beech and weasels, badgers and polecats, porcupines and bats (present in at least seven different […]
The Giardino degli Angeli was opened in 2018 by the parents of a young castellan girl after her premature passing and donated to the city. It is a unique park due to its heart-shaped layout and the wide variety of species that can be found there. Volunteers from the take care of its maintenance. The park hosts events geared particularly towards children and art shows all year round.
Il Parco delle Terme The park has an area of 4000 square meters and is home to many plants, some centuries old, with evergreens and gardens. An ideal place, especially in summer, to seek refuge from the heat and muggy weather. Inside the thermal park there is a spring where the guests can go for treatments. There is also a wrought iron gazebo made by the castellan master Natale Salieri. It is private property, however, there is free access to the public and hotel guests during the day. The Little Lake Scardovi In front of the Terme park, you can visit the beautiful Scardovi lake, inhabited by the of birds from the valley and beautiful swans. More than 120 waterfowl live permanently in the Laghetto Scardovi in Castel San Pietro Terme, one of the most beloved places by castellans and visitors.
Educational farm In the Medicina countryside, sits an old rice warehouse with adjoining farmyard used in the processing of agricultural products known as “Il Cavicchio.” It is the AIA CAVICCHIO agricultural education center. Two comfortable large rooms are available for school groups and visiting families. The farmyard houses farm animals. And nearby you can visit the vegetable garden. Available to all visitors are a large parking, even for coaches, and a garden with games for children. In addition to the educational are, the renovated building is home to the “Voli e Sapori” restaurant. There is also the headquarters of the “M.Ceccarelli” visitor center of the “Croce del Nord” Radio telescope of Medicine. Outside is a field equipped for practicing Paintball.
The park by the track The Parco delle Acque minerali (mineral water park) is located south-west of the city, and is entirely encircled by the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari. Its origins go back to the discovery of healing springs of sulphurous waters by Dr. Gioacchino Cerchiari in 1830. The discovery gave the site immediate popularity. In 1871 the Municipality of Imola transformed the area into an official park, creating avenues and flower beds in accordance with the English model. Currently the park stretches over 11 hectares covered with a rich arboreal composition of native and exotic species. Inside there is a wooded hill called “Monte Castellaccio,” site of the first prehistoric settlements in the area. Following redevelopment work that was completed in spring of 2000, the park now contains two play areas for children, a guided educational-geological path that goes up to the summit of Monte Castellaccio, a pond with waterfowl, and a fountain at the North entrance. In the west part of the park, there is the Ayrton Senna Memorial, a monument to the Brazilian racing champion. Inside the park there is also an outdoor disco that is open during the summer months.