The name Sala seems to relate to the handicraft activity of "sala" (vehicle axles) builders. Sala, also means marsh grass once used to make chairs bottom.
The Romanesque Parish Church of Santa Maria Annunziata and San Biagio alone makes a visit to Sala Bolognese worthwhile. The basilica - temporarily closed - dates back to 1096 and was restored to its original form in 1920. Its Romanesque-Lombard architectural style is a unique example this side of the River Panaro, a natural border which for centuries separated the western part of the region from the eastern with its Lombard influences.
By bicycle, it is possible to visit the numerous small villages, churches and villas spread around the countryside, or reach the banks of the Reno and Samoggia Rivers. Among ruins surrounded by elms and white willows, if you keep your eyes open, perhaps with the help of a good pair of binoculars and some plant and animal handbooks, you can spot many interesting examples of flora and fauna.
In the village of Bagno di Piano, there are many things to visit. The 16th-century Church of San Michele Arcangelo - temporarily closed - contains two important paintings attributed to Crespi and Francia, around which the mysteries of the rosary of the School of Carracci are arranged.
Palazzo Zambeccari (Il Conte) is a beautiful 16th-century building, University's property. It has the traditional four angular towers, a two-flight staircase leads inside, where traces of fresco decorations are still visible. It is a University's property and, at the moment, it can only be seen from the outside. In Villa Minelli, a farm now that offers visitors a wide range of services, it is worth noting the tower, courtyard and the small 18th-century chapel.
Not to be missed is a visit to the water-pumping plant of Bagnetto, which together with the nearby area of ecological restructuring in the Dosolo Basin, is one of the major land reclamation works and hydraulic systems to have permitted cultivation and settlement in this area, once extremely swampy.
In Osteria Nuova, we come to Villa Terracini (18th century), a typical country house of the plains: in its extensive park, there is a lovely example of a "conserva", a sort of natural larder- fridge in use until last century.
Children's Carnival: in January and in February
The Sala Festival: June
Puppet-Theatres in parks and gardens, puppet shows: in July and in August
Nocturnal Carnival: July
Verso Ovest (Towards the West), musical events: July
Medieval Evenings: end of August and September
Summer of San Martino, events linked to rural culture: November
City of Sala Bolognese - Culture Office (Ufficio Cultura)
Address: Piazza Guglielmo Marconi 1 - 40010 Sala Bolognese (BO)
Phone: +39 051 6822535 | 0516822531