Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi della Abbadessa

Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi della Abbadessa is situated on the hills surrounding Bologna, and it is characterized by a series of gypsum outcrops from which a very interesting karst system and the suggestive Calanchi dell'Abbadessa have derived. Although they have been damaged by the past mining activities, the gessi bolognesi represent one of the main naturalistic points of interest of the area, with dolines, closed valleys, and cliffs shaping the landscape and populated by Mediterranean species and species living at higher altitudes.
The Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi della Abbadessa extends itself on the first hill slopes in the south-eastern area of Bologna, among the streams Savena, Zena, Idice, and Quaderna. The roads and the paths going through this protected area give the visitor the opportunity to see sceneries of unexpected beauty: bare rocky cliffs leaning out big basins similar to natural amphitheaters, apparently inaccessible places concealing caves' entrances, harsh calanque slopes alternating with gentle clayey slopes. From the highest points, you can have a view of the main valleys softening into the great plain, and when the sky is clear you can have an almost unreal view of the Alps. In the areas of the gypsum outcrops, the rock with its crystal structure and pearly brightness is also called selenite (moon rock).
Besides the number of evidences demonstrating the natural history of the area, there are the signs left by man whose presence in these hills dates back to prehistoric times. Many of the medieval villages built in the past around the parish churches have disappeared, such as Montecalvo and Pizzocalvo, while of the ancient castles only ruins remain in Castel de' Britti and S. Pietro di Ozzano. The traces of important ancient monasteries have been lost; however, some isolated churches or small oratories like the one of Madonna dei Boschi still survive in the country. Many noble families from Bologna built their villas here: among them, the most ancient is the Villa Miserazzano, near the Croara.
At Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi della Abbadessa, there is tourist accommodation available in hotels, farm holiday, farmhouse, residence self-catering accommodation, b&b, rooms for rent, holiday homes, camp sites and tourist villages.

Bed and Breakfast - Room rentals Bologna
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