The “Bosco della Panfilia” (Panfilia wood) is one of the few lowland forests found in Emilia-Romagna. It is located in the municipality of Sant’Agostino on the border between the provinces of Ferrara and Bologna, in a large bend of the flood plain on the left bank of the Reno River. It covers an area of 81 hectares, 50 hectares of which consist of natural forest; 28 hectares are the result of a reforestation program that started in the early 1980s, during which native tree species were planted, and three hectares of avenues and drainage ditches. It is bounded to the west by the Cavo Napoleonico (artificial channel), to the north by the town of Sant’Agostino, by the countryside surrounding Poggio Renatico to the east and by the riverbed of the Reno River to the south (which marks the boundary between the provinces of Ferrara and Bologna). The Emilia Romagna Canal passes under the eastern edge of the wood and the river.
An ancient university town and the home of many students who animate its cultural and social life. It is famous for its towers and long arcades (porticos) and has a well-preserved historical centre, which is one of the largest in Italy.
It is a prestigious cultural, economic and political centre and has one of the most advanced trade fair districts in Europe. In the year 2000 it was nominated the “European Capital of Culture” and in 2006 was listed as the “City of Music” by UNESCO. The city of Bologna was also selected, together with another forty cities from all over the world, to take part in the Shanghai World Expo in 2010.
The city has countless basilicas, churches, squares and museums. It is also the home to many international companies (Ducati, Lamborghini etc.). There are also a number of nearby towns in which you can taste the culinary delights of the area.
FERRARA (20 Km.)
An extraordinary city in which the charm and atmosphere of its past splendour have been preserved over time and which blends perfectly with todays’ vibrant culture.
Ferrara was first listed as a World Heritage site, entitled the “City of the Renaissance”, by UNESCO in 1995. Then, in 1999 it received further recognition for its “Po Delta” and its Delizie Estensi. Ferrara is also one of the three provincial capitals (together with Lucca and Grosseto) whose historical centre has remained almost completely encircled by walls, the original appearance of which has remained virtually unchanged over the centuries.
Places to visit:
– Castello Estense
– Palazzo dei Diamanti
– Museo Archeologico Nazionale
– Casa Romei
– Palazzo Schifanoia