Rocca Isolani, Minerbio


Castello di San Martino in Soverzano - Minerbio

Referred to in antique documents as "Selva Minervese", it is assumed that the name Minerbio dates back to the Roman period and in particular to the religious cult dedicated to the Minerva god des.

The Roman presence in the area is confirmed by numerous traces of the "centuriazione" (land-division system), still visible today. The official foundation took place in 1231, when the Podestà of Bologna gave Minerbio to a hundred and fifty families from Mantua, with the obligation of residing there and reclaiming the land from the abundant swamps.

Still today the town winds around the old medieval borough and the complex of Rocca Isolani, a masterpiece of 16th-century Bolognese architecture, which can be visited on demand or on occasion of special events.

Inside the complex and next to the Rocca stands "Palazzo Nuovo", a mid-16th-century work by the architect Bartolomeo Triachini, with a faςade featuring the motif of a loggia, which would become a recurrent feature in the Bolognese villas of the time. The large courtyard framing the complex has a very elegant dovecote, the tower Colombaia, attributed to Jacopo Barozzi, called the Vignola. Dating back to 1536, with an octagonal interior plan, it has a helicoidal wooden staircase and a complicated system of small cells created to host over 3,000 nests. Interesting is also the Church of San Giovanni Battista, in the town's main street. One of the most beautiful in the county, it was built in the 18th century on a project by the architect Carlo Francesco Dotti.

On the road to Budrio, there is a particularly interesting parish church, the Pieve di San Giovanni in Triario, probably from the 11th century, still containing an ancient baptismal font, as well as paintings attributed to Daniele da Volterra. The Church also houses the permanent Exhibition of Popular Religiosity (open to the public on demand).

In San Martino in Soverzano stands the Castle, built in 1411 by the Bolognese Knight Bartolomeo Manzoli. The original building was highly restructured in the 19th century and it's a private property.

More information

  • Distance from Bologna: 21 Km.
  • Altitude: 10/24 m.
  • Inhabitants: 8.793 (updated January 1st 2016)
  • Market day: San Giovanni (June 24th)
  • Patron Saint: Wednesday afternoon
  • Hamlets: Ca' de' Fabbri, Tintoria, San Martino in Soverzano

Recurring events

  • Mercatino di oggi e di ieri: last Sunday of every month from February to December
  • Nocturnal Carnival: 3rd Saturday of June
  • Sweet Fair: 3rd Sunday of June
  • Tagliatella and musical band Festival: 1st weekend of July
  • SeptemberFestival: 3rd weekend of September
  • Thanksgiving Festival: 2nd Sunday of November
  • Country Fair: in San Giovanni in Triario, Easter Monday
  • Festival of San Martino: in San Martino in Soverzano 1st weekend of October

Guida della provincia di Bologna

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How to get to Minerbio

By car

  • Roads from Bologna: take SP 5 San Donato till Minerbio
  • Motorways from Bologna: A13 Motorway, exit Bologna-Interporto, turn left onto SP3 Trasversale di Pianura, exit Minerbio. Otherwise A13 Motorway, exit Altedo, take SS 64 Porrettana, drive up to Altedo and take SP 47 towards Minerbio.

By bus

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

  • Bus n. 93 Calderino-Bologna-Granarolo dell'Emilia.-Baricella-Mondonuovo
  • Bus n. 301 Bologna-Granarolo dell'Emilia-Baricella-Mondonuovo

By train

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

By plane

The Guglielmo Marconi Airport is about 20 km. from Minerbio.
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 Minerbio.


Ufficio Cultura
Address: via Garibaldi, 44 - 40061 Minerbio (BO)
Ph.: +39 051 6611782 - 348 3551058

Opening times:

  • Mon-Sat 9am-12pm