San Lazzaro di Savena - Calanchi Abbadessa

Ozzano dell'Emilia

The ancient name Ulgianum comes from Uliganum (uliginous), meaning moist land because of the presence in this area of natural humus.

In ancient times it was the site of the Roman town of Claterna, whose name is still recalled by the nearby River Quaderna.

In the foothills above the area of Maggio, in the borough of San Pietro, there is the lovely Torre (tower) which was once part of the walls of a castle built in medieval times to defend the Via Emilia.

In the area of San Cristoforo stands Palazzo Galvani, the site of numerous electrical experiments in the 18th century by the Bolognese scientist Luigi Galvani, carried out on the frogs he bred here.

Also of great interest is the small local church dedicated to Sant'Andrea, containing the remains of the Blessed Lucia of Settefonti. This is the name of the historical character, Badessa (Mother Superior) Lucia, venerated by the Order of the Camaldolesi as the founder of the Order's female branch, and also recalled in the name of the Park of Bolognese Gypsums and the Abbadessa Gullies .

In Ciagnano, there is a truly spectacular view of the "calanchi" (gullies) of the Passo della Badessa.

Along the "Stradelli Guelfi", quiet roads running parallel to the Via Emilia which used to connect castles, churches and noble residences from Bologna all the way to Romagna, stands the neo-classical Villa Angelica, today the seat of the homonymous herbal produce Institute.

Not far away, there is the airstrip of the Aerdelta society, which explains the occasional circling over the plains of gliders and small planes. In this area, there is also the National Institute of Wild Fauna.

It is also worth noting the Church of Santa Maria della Quaderna, a 16th-century building, containing a valuable nativity scene, the Natività del Somacchini.

In Ozzano, there is the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Bologna linked to the National Institute of Wild Fauna, the Museum of Domestic Animal Anatomy, the Collection of Antique Surgical Instrument and the Ercolani Museum of Pathological Anatomy and Veterinary Teratology.

More information

  • Distance from Bologna: 12 Km.
  • Altitude: 24/366 m.
  • Inhabitants: 13.596 (updated January 1st 2016)
  • Market day: Tuesday
  • Patron Saint: San Cristoforo (July 25th)
  • Hamlets: Ponte Rizzoli, Maggio and Mercatale

Recurring events Ozzano

  • Carnival: end of January/beginning of January.
  • Festival of the Badessa, street market with music and various shows: May. Fridays of June, shows, music, gastronomy, evening markets.
  • Festival of the Centonara, antique fair, and White Night: 2nd Sunday of July
  • Tortellone Festival: from the 14th to the 24th July August with us, gastronomy, evening shows: August
  • Festival of San Simone, Flavours and Savours from the hills, at Mercatale: 2nd week end of September.

Guida della provincia di Bologna

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How to get to Ozzano dell'Emilia

By car

  • Roads from Bologna: SS 9 Via Emilia in the direction of Imola till Ozzano dell’Emilia · Motorways from Rimini/Ravenna: A14
  • Motorway, exit Castel San Pietro, take SS 9 Via Emilia towards Bologna till Ozzano dell’Emilia from Firenze: A1 Motorway, exit Casalecchio di Reno, take the tangenziale (ringroad), exit San Lazzaro di Savena, then SS 9 towards Imola up to Ozzano dell’Emilia.

By bus

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

  • Bus n. 90 Bologna-Piazza Cavour-S.Camillo/Ozzano dell'Emilia
  • Busn. 94 Bazzano-Bologna (da Via Marconi)- Castel San Pietro Terme
  • Bus n. 101 Bologna-Imola

By train

From the Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit railway line Ferrara-San Pietro in Casale-San Lazzaro di Savena-Imola, Ozzano dell’Emilia stop.

By plane

The Guglielmo Marconi Airport is about 18 km. from Ozzano dell’Emilia.
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 Ozzano dell’Emilia.


URP - Public Relations Office
Address: Viale della Repubblica 10 - 40064 Ozzano dell'Emilia (BO)
Phone: +39 051 791377

Opening times:

  • Mon 12pm-6pm
  • Tue-Fri 8.30am-1pm
  • Sat 8.30am-12pm