La campagna a vapore - Open Day del gusto


Steam farming Festival and Feast of the Wheat

Sheafs of wheat
Sheafs of wheat

Where: Via Sammarina 35 - Locality of San Marino - 40010 Bentivoglio (BO)

When: June 23, 2019



June is the month when the Bolognese countryside becomes golden yellow, thanks to the maturation of wheat. This cereal is the real "gold" of the Plains, symbol of land fertility and pillar of the Italian diet, essential part of the local history, economy, culture. It is, indeed, the main "ingredient" of the Open Day del Gusto, an event born to celebrate the connection between wheat and these lands.


This year the feast is focused to old steam machinery used for agricultural work: an occasion to re-discover traditions of the rural life in the Bolognese Plains after the turning point represented by the introduction of the steam power in farming. The setting, not by chance, is the Museum of the Rural Culture of San Marino di Bentivoglio, a place made suggestive by collections of old agricultural tools and the natural beauty of the surrounding park.


The Museum will host an exposition of the main agricultural processes involving the steam engine: funicular ploughing, wheat threshing, hemp breaking, green hemp scutching, drainage pumping, corn shelling, trunk sawing and so on. On the occasion from six to eight steam machines will be operated by 12 engine drivers.


The special exposition will be sided by the "open day del gusto", a Feast of the Wheat including exhibition of local products and tastings of home made bread, artisan beer, cold cuts, cheese, fruit, vegetables, honey, jam and other typical products. Children can enjoy workshops with local bread-makers and discover the rural traditions.

Info on the event

Timetable: programme to be defined
Entrance: free entrance
Organizer: Museo della Civiltà Contadina, Città Metropolitana di Bologna, Associazione Orizzonti di Pianura: Turismo, Cultura e Enogastronomia tra Bologna e Ferrara
Info: Museo della civiltà contadina 

Tel. 0039 051 891050

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Info on the tourist location

URP - Public Relations Office

Address: Piazza della Pace, 1 - 40010 Bentivoglio (BO)
Ph. +39 051 6643537 - 6643502

Fax +39 051 6640908


Winter opening times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm

Tuesday, Thursday 2.30pm - 6.00pm


Summer opening times:

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday 8.30am – 12.30pm

Thursday 2.30pm - 6.00pm


Last update: 04-06-2019