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Parco di Monte Paderno

Picnic Spot

Parco Monte Paderno

Also known as Parco di Villa Ghigi, this is a favourite summer escape of the Bolognesi, a large expanse of oak forests, meadows and walking trails.

Monte Paderno made a big stir in 1603 when Vicenzo Cascariolo, a shoemaker-alchemist, discovered deposits of a phosphorescent mineral called barite (‘Bologna stone’), and claimed he had found the Philosopher’s Stone.

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7km south of the city centre; follow Via San Mamolo and Via dei Colle; the No 29 and 30 buses get within 1km of the park.

Text © Dana Facaros and Michael Pauls

Images by: Ufficio di Turismo