A few km from Bologna it is possible to visit some of the most evocative and representative places of the Bolognese Hills letting yourself be fascinated by lush landscapes and truly breathtaking views ...
In the hilly territory of the municipality of Valsamoggia and in that of Monte San Pietro, along the Little Cassia and beyond, there are several villages and hills from which to enjoy the splendid and characteristic panoramas of the Bolognese Hills.
At the ancient Pieve di San Giorgio, for example.
Complex of Byzantine origin that stands on a panoramic hillock with a wide view of the Samoggia valley from which, continuing, you can quickly reach Savigno.
Located on the banks of the Samoggia, Savigno represents a must for lovers of good gastronomy thanks to the quality of local products. In particular of the Truffle, it is in fact considered "Regional Capital of the Precious White Truffle of the Bolognese Hills".
The territory of Savigno offers the traveler a harmonious hilly landscape, also rich in paths suitable for trekking and cycling and cultural excursions.
The territory of this valley is in fact a continuous discovery of parish churches, oratories, water mills (among these in Rodiano, it is the seventeenth-century Mulino del Dottore) and casetorri (for which the small nucleus of Vénola, built between the 16th century is worth a visit and the 17th century).
Another historical nucleus in Valsamoggia from which to enjoy the surrounding panorama is Castello di Serravalle, with its intact medieval village and even the inevitable ghost, indeed ghosts (for more information see the page Villages and castles ).
A few km away you can reach Tiola, located between Castello di Serravalle and Savigno, through the landscape characterized by jagged gullies (see also Parks and Nature page ) and panoramic views of the plain.
Calanchive clays are strongly excavated by the action of water, creating deep furrows and steep walls.
The top of the ancient village of Tiola is dominated by the 14th century church of San Michele Arcangelo, rebuilt at the end of the 18th century.
The ridge on the Rio della Costa offers to the north a suggestive other suggestive panorama on the badlands, up to the Veronese Prealps on the clearest days.
Not far from Tiola you can get to Mongiorgio from which you can continue towards Fagnano. A short distance from the town, with a simple detour, it is possible to reach the church of Santa Maria Assunta, on a panoramic and isolated hill that offers a suggestive perception of the valley.
From Mongiorgio you can otherwise reach Montemaggiore in a path among the hilly landscapes.
From Montemaggiore you can then reach San Lorenzo in Collina, with its parish church which was once the reference point of the whole valley and from which the territory is dominated.
The two tracks of the Piccola Cassia that from Monteveglio go up the two opposite ridges along the Samoggia valley are reunited near Ca 'Bortolani.
A short distance from which, you can reach the oratory of the SS. Trinity, on a hill that offers a vast panorama.
A remarkable historical and artistic place is the complex of the Abbey of Saints Fabiano and Sebastiano which is located in Badia (see the Museums page ), for centuries a stop for travelers going to Rome.
Continuing from there towards the south you can go up a long panoramic ridge, between Monte Nonascoso and Montepastore.
Following the itinerary of the Little Cassia (see the dedicated page ) you can then cross a vast plateau until you get to the Croce delle Pradole, which offers a suggestive view towards Monte Vignola and Cimone as well as on the plain.