Mulino di Bentivoglio


A masterpiece of industrial archaeology

Dove: Via Marconi, 1/2 - 40057 Bentivoglio (BO)

Bentivoglio's mill machinery
Bentivoglio's mill machinery

The first construction of mill of Bentivoglio was built in mid-1300's by Guido Lambertini on the riverside of Navile canal. At the time the milling sector was the cornerstone of the Bolognese plain economy and the possession of a mill meant being wealthy and powerful. 


Year after year, between the two branches of the canal the mill grew in a big industrial plant. When in 1817 the Pizzardi family bought it, it was a huge complex consisting in mills, silos, warehouses, stores and a tavern.


After a period of prosperity, followed by years of stagnation, the last owner of the Bentivoglio mill, the marquise Carlo Alberto, decided to modernize the site, with the introduction of a hemp processing plant, an hospital, a furnace and with the installation of new machinery.


Between 1930 and 1960 the mill was rented out, until it was definitely closed in the early '70s.


The Pizzardi mill remains a symbol of Bentivoglio and a extraordinary example of industrial archaeology of the Bolognese territory.


A restoration work has been launched by Bentivoglio Administration in collaboration with the volunteers of the Association "Amici delle via d'acqua e dei sotterranei di Bologna". The mill is currently closed to the public, except in case of special openings with guided tour by Prospectiva Bologna. 


Timetable: guided tours for groups are available on reservation. Please contact Prospectiva Bologna (
Entrance: depending on the 

Info & booking: Prospectiva Bologna

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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: 13-03-2020