Anzola, il museo del gelato

Anzola dell'Emilia

The ancient name of this town, "Unciola", occured the first time in a document dating back to 888 and it derived from the ancient tradition of dividing land in ounces or part of it, called by the diminutive "onciola". Time turned it into the current Anzola.

Anzola dell'Emilia is situated in the rich plane along the Via Emilia, in the west side of the Bologna territory. It is part of the area called Terre d'Acqua (Water Lands), crossed by the Samoggia River and bounded by two more rivers, the Reno and the Panaro. The rich flow of these rivers is at the same time a great richness and a great threat. The Terramara of Anzola is the symbol of the ancient connection between man and water.

No to be missed in Anzola is the Gelato Museum Carpigiani dedicated to the artisan ice cream history.

The 13th century Torre di Re Enzo is the only remaining evidence of the ancient castle of the Lords of these lands.

In Anzola, there are also some of the most ancient parish churches of the Province. It is worth visiting the Badia of Santa Maria in Strada in over a thousand years of history.

While in the county town the Chiesa di San Pietro e Paolo, whose medieval origins can be seen in the 13th century baptismal font.

More information

  • Distance from Bologna: 13 Km.
  • Altitude: 25/52 m.
  • Inhabitants: 12.267 (updated January 1st 2016)
  • Market day: Saturday Patron Saint: Santi Pietro and Paolo (June 29th)
  • Hamlets: Santa Maria in Strada, San Giacomo del Martignone, Lavino di Mezzo

Recurring events

  • Carnevale anzolese, Anzola Carnival: beginning of February
  • Festa di primavera (Spring festival), horse show, vintage car and motorbike rally: May Anzola in fiera, Anzola Fair: June
  • Festa di Ferragosto: August 14
  • Festa dell'aratura (Plouging Festival),Festival of Santa Maria in Strada and Castrum Unciola: September Festa di Anzola, Anzola
  • Festival: first Sunday of October Festa dei sughi, desserts made from cooked must: third week end of October.
  • Festa di San Martino: November 11

Guida della provincia di Bologna

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How to get to Anzola dell'Emilia

By car

  • Roads from Bologna: SS 9 Via Emilia Highway towards Borgo Panigale in the direction of Modena.
  • Motorways from Firenze: A1 Motorway, exit Bologna-Casalecchio di Reno, take the tangenziale (ringroad) exit number 2, then SS 9 Via Emilia Highway towards Modena.
  • Motorways from Ancona: A14 Motorway, exit Bologna San Lazzaro di Savena, take the tangenziale (ringroad), exit number 3 and follow the indications for SS 9 Via Emilia Highway towards Modena.
  • Motorways from Milano: A1 Motorway, exit Bologna-Borgo Panigale, then SS 9 Via Emilia Highway towards Modena.

By bus
From the Bologna bus station, TPER public transport company (information on timetables and fares

Bus n. 87 Bologna-Anzola dell’Emilia-Castelfranco Emilia.

By train
From the Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit Railway line Bologna-Piacenza-Milano: Anzola dell’Emilia stop.

By plane
The Guglielmo Marconi Airport is about 11 km. from Anzola dell’Emilia.
The Aerobus BLQ connects every 15-30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the central station. Piazza XX Settembre stop to get a bus towards Anzola dell’Emilia.

Information URP (Public Relations Office)
Address: Via Grimandi, 1 - 40011 Anzola dell’Emilia (BO)
Ph: 0039 051 6502111
Fax: 0039 051 731598

Opening times:
Monday, Tuesday and Friday 8.45am-1pm Wednesday and Saturday 8.45am-12pm Thursday 8.45am-6pm (closed in the afternoon during July and August)