Pensione Marconi 30 years in the heart of Bologna.

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Bologna is not just art and culture, but also a green lung offering sites for nature walks for those who love trekking and biking, but also families.  By staying at our hotel in Bologna’s city center, you can discover the city’s green areas, its many Regional Parks and Natural Reserves with clearly marked paths suitable also for walkers with small children.  By walking through parks, among valleys and creeks, and discovering animal and plant species, children will have the chance to learn while having fun.

Parks and gardens between art and nature . It is easy to reach the region’s many nature trails, if you decide to stay overnight in the center of Bologna . From courtyards hidden by old palaces to countless parks and gardens, one can find easily accessible amusement and entertainment venues.  The largest of all (about 26 hectares), is the Margherita Gardens city park, built in the late 1800’s.  The park exudes an intentional English flair, with trees framing its many walking paths, a lake populated with fish, ducks, turtles  and framed by home-made gypsum cliffs, oak woods and other green corners populated by exotic plant species, cedar, pines, horse-chestnut and sycamore trees, and bald-cypresses. In the green area, one can also admire the Etruscan sepulcher featuring a travertine tomb placed near the central lawn.

The green secrets of Old Villas. With 5000 specimens of local and exotic trees, the three green houses of the Botanic Gardens on via Filippo Re (King Philip Street), only a few minutes away from our city center accommodation in Bologna , are home to tropical plants and cacti, as well as medicinal and ornamental plants. As of lately, it also features the Semplici Gardens for medicinal plants. The Angeletti Villa houses a park with natural vegetation and offers guided school tours that allow pupils to study specimens of several centuries-old species. Around the monumental Mazzacorati Villa,the countryside residence of local noble families like the Marescotti, the Aldrovandi and the Mazzacorati, who lived there  in the 1600’s, lays an impressive Italian garden, with beds filled with roses, bushes, very large olm oaks and yews,  small hardy orange trees, fountains and a greenhouse filled with orchids.

San Michele in Bosco and Forte Bandiera . And, from our hotel in the center of Bologna, it is possible to reach the city’s hills via a 4 km trail that connects the San Michele in Bosco Park and the Forte Bandiera Park. Climbing up the valleys of the Aposa creek and its tributary, the rio Costarella, the river cuts across Mount San Vittore’s and Barbiano Hills’ slopes.  The Remo Scoto Gardens on via Codivilla (Codivilla Street) is the departing point leading up to the San Michele in Bosco Overlook, one of the most impressive architectonic structures of Italy; then, you reach via San Vittore (San Vittore Street) until Forte Bandiera, where you can find lined-up fruit trees like cherry, apricot, and peach trees, bushes, as well as clusters of woods in Bologna and its green suburbs. The nature trail can be completed on foot or by bike in a single day and is ideal for a Sunday tour of Bologna’s suburbs.