Malabergo - Canale Navile


Malabergo - Canale Navile

In the past it was called Maletum; the opinions on its meaning are divided between unhealthy place and area rich in apple trees. The word Albergo (hostel in Italian) was added to the root Mal for the presence in town of an Hospitale which hosted pilgrims and wayfarers.

An ancient river port on the Navile Canal, Malalbergo no longer has many of the ancient buildings, most of them having been destroyed during the last world war. Among the exceptions are Palazzo Marescalchi, now the Public Library, and not far (in via Selciato) the Casermone, once the seat of the customs house and then of the Napoleonic Gendarmerie, now substantially restructured.

A 14-kilometre cycle-track links Malalbergo with Altedo, the world capital of the Green Asparagus, designed in 2003 as a Protected Geographical Indication (IGP) product. In May, this area becomes the haunt of cuisine-artists and a workshop for taste engineers, the stars of the festival dedicated to the asparagus.

The Green Asparagus of Altedo is protected by a European trademark, but the tortellino is the venerated lord of Bolognese cooking and Malalbergo becomes its ambassador on occasion of the Tortellino Festival in June.

Nature-lovers should take note of the wet zones of the estates, Valle La Comune Natural Reserve, nesting grounds for various species of aquatic birds such as herons, stilt-plovers and black storks.

Places not to be missed in Malalbergo

More information

  • Distance from Bologna: 32 Km.
  • Altitude: 8/22 m.
  • Inhabitants: 8.943 (updated January 1st 2016)
  • Market day: Saturday
  • Patron Saint: Sant'Antonio (January 17th)
  • Hamlets: Altedo, Pegola

Recurring events

  • Tortellino Festival: first two weekends of June
  • Birra sotto le stelle (Beer Festival): late June - early July
  • Evenings on the Navile Canal: first two weekends of September
  • Festival of the Green Asparagus of Altedo: in Altedo, May, 3rd and 4th weeks

Guida della provincia di Bologna

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Guide to the province of Bologna - Valley itineraries

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How to get to Malalbergo

By car

  • Roads from Bologna: take SS 64 Porrettana up to Malalbergo
  • Motorways from Bologna: A13 Motorway, exit Altedo, take Strada Comunale linking to SS 64 Porrettana towards north, till Malalbergo.

By bus

From the Bologna Bus Station, TPER Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit

  • Bus n. 356 Bologna-Altedo-Malalbergo-Ferrara
  • Bus n. 357 Bologna-Altedo-Boschi-Alberino-Passo Segni

By train

From the Bologna Central Station there are no railway links to Malalbergo.

By plane
The Guglielmo Marconi Airport is about 30 km. from Malalbergo.
The BLQ Airport shuttle 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 Malalbergo.


URP - Public Relations Office
Address: Piazza Unità d'Italia 2 - 40051 Malalbergo
Ph: +39 051 6620210
Fax: +39 051 6620243

Opening times:

  • Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri and Sat 8.30am-12.30pm
  • Thu 2.30pm-5.45pm