Where: Via Jussi, 171 - 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)
The Park of Bolognese Gypsums and the Abbadessa Gullies is a spectacular karst complex.
Even today the gypsums create a unique countryside, full of dolinas, closed valleys, vertical caves, and candle-erosion. A real labyrinth, considering that this hilly area is thought to hide entrances to over a hundred caves, including the famous Farneto Cave and Spipola Cave.
A mysterious place, redolent of adventure and mystery, in which even the water has adapted to life with the gypsums, carving complex underground water-complexes. The most significant example is near the Croara: the Acquafredda river disappears into an abyss and comes back to light nearly three kilometres further on, in a sort of second spring along the River Savena.
This is also a park of great contrasts: gentle, cultivated slopes frame more rugged landscape, where nature is wild. Such a case can be seen at the chalk outcrops between Zena and Idice, with the enormous dolines called “dell’Inferno” and “della Goibola”, and the closed Ronzano Valley with its selenitic cliffs.
The park also preserves a zone of spectacular, wild gullies known as the “Calanchi dell’Abbadessa”, formed of stratified clay, the oldest rocks in the Bolognese Apennines. Visiting them is like walking on the moon.
The Park is the setting of various events such as concerts, plays, guided tours and laboratories.
The visit centre "Casa Fantini" is located in San Lazzaro di Savena, locality of Farneto. Another visit' centre is the one of Villa Torre, which is located in the territory of Ozzano dell'Emilia, locality of Settefonti.
The Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell'Abbadessa (Park of Bolognese Gypsums and the Abbadessa Gullies) is ruled by the "'Ente Parchi e Biodiversità dell'Emilia Orientale".
Ph. 0039 051 6254821
URP - Public Relations Office
Address: Piazza Bracci 1 - 40068 San Lazzaro di Savena (BO)
Phone: +39 051 6228174
Fax +39 051 6228283
Mon, Wed and Fri 8am-12.30pm
Thu 8am-1pm, 2.30pm-6pm
Last update: 23-07-2019