Castle of San Martino in Soverano - Provincia di Bologna (Paolo Barone)
Castle of San Martino in Soverano - Provincia di Bologna (Paolo Barone)

Referred to in antique documents as "Selva Minervese", it is assumed that the name Minerbio dates back to the Roman period and in particular to the religious cult dedicated to the Minerva god des.


The Roman presence in the area is confirmed by numerous traces of the "centuriazione" (land-division system), still visible today. The official foundation took place in 1231, when the Podestà of Bologna gave Minerbio to a hundred and fifty families from Mantua, with the obligation of residing there and reclaiming the land from the abundant swamps.

Still today the town winds around the old medieval borough and the complex of Rocca Isolani , a masterpiece of 16th-century Bolognese architecture, which can be visited on demand or on occasion of special events.

Inside the complex and next to the Rocca stands "Palazzo Nuovo", a mid-16th-century work by the architect Bartolomeo Triachini, with a faςade featuring the motif of a loggia, which would become a recurrent feature in the Bolognese villas of the time. The large courtyard framing the complex has a very elegant dovecote, the tower Colombaia, attributed to Jacopo Barozzi, called the Vignola. Dating back to 1536, with an octagonal interior plan, it has a helicoidal wooden staircase and a complicated system of small cells created to host over 3,000 nests.

Interesting is also the Church of San Giovanni Battista, in the town's main street. One of the most beautiful in the county, it was built in the 18th century on a project by the architect Carlo Francesco Dotti.

On the road to Budrio, there is a particularly interesting parish church, the Pieve di San Giovanni in Triario , probably from the 11th century, still containing an ancient baptismal font, as well as paintings attributed to Daniele da Volterra. The Church also houses the permanent Exhibition of Popular Religiosity (open to the public on demand).

In San Martino in Soverzano stands the Castle, built in 1411 by the Bolognese Knight Bartolomeo Manzoli. The original building was highly restructured in the 19th century and it's a private property.

More information
Distance from Bologna:
21 Km.
10/24 m.
8.793 (updated January 1st 2016)
Market day:
San Giovanni (June 24th)
Patron Saint:
Wednesday afternoon
Ca' de' Fabbri, Tintoria, San Martino in Soverzano.
Recurring events

Mercatino di oggi e di ieri: last Sunday of every month from February to December
Nocturnal Carnival: 3rd Saturday of June
Sweet Fair: 3rd Sunday of June
Tagliatella and musical band Festival: 1st weekend of July
September Festival: 3rd weekend of September
Thanksgiving Festival: 2nd Sunday of November
Country Fair: in San Giovanni in Triario, Easter Monday
Festival of San Martino: in San Martino in Soverzano 1st weekend of October


The text is taken from

Ufficio Cultura


Address: via Garibaldi, 44 - 40061 Minerbio (BO)

Ph.: +39 051 6611782 - 348 3551058


Opening times

Mon-Sat 9am-12pm

Last update: 08-07-2019