The Montagnola Garden

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Montagnola Park ©Bologna-Guide.com
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Montagnola Park ©Bologna-Guide.com

The Montagnola Park is undoubtedly one of the most characteristic places in the city of Felsinea, yet it is not always given the honor it deserves.

This green oasis in the center, much loved by the Bolognese, is an enchanting place that offers visitors a moment of peace and relaxation in which they can immerse themselves in the nature and history of the city.

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Montagnola Garden in a Nutshell

The park, founded in 1696, was designed as a place of recreation and entertainment for the population of the city. Its name derives from the artificial hill (montagnola in Italian) created in the 19th century within the park, which combines the ancient tradition of garden mountains with romantic European landscaping trends.

The elevated position offers a fantastic glimpse of Bologna. Looking out from the Pincio Staircase, you will be able to appreciate Porta Galliera in all its majestic figure and contemplate Via dell’Indipendenza which stretches up to Piazza Maggiore. From the south side of the park you can enjoy an intriguing skyline of the Bolognese roofs from which the Torre degli Asinelli emerges.

Scalinata del Pincio: An icon of the Beauty of Bologna

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Pincio stairway, detail ©Bologna-Guide.com

The Scalinata del Pincio undoubtedly deserves a dedicated chapter: it is an architectural marvel!

This stairway was inaugurated in 1896 by a royal couple: King Umberto I and his wife, Queen Margherita.

The front is decorated with two beautiful bas-reliefs and in the center there is a fountain representing a nymph grabbed by an octopus, renamed by the Bolognese “the Giant’s Wife” or Neptune.

Its wide and steep stairs are decorated with stone steps and a marble handrail supported by small columns, which create a unique and refined atmosphere. An ideal choice for a romantic walk or for a relaxing stop in the shade of the trees, you will feel enveloped by the beauty and history of this enchanting place.

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The Redevelopment Project

Some works are currently underway within the park that affect about a quarter of the area, these works are part of a redevelopment project.

This provides for the replacement of the marquee present today with a building with a low impact on the landscape and energy. Inside it will host a multipurpose room as well as spaces dedicated to recreational and cultural activities.

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The Montagnola Park was founded in 1696 and designed as a place of recreation and entertainment for citizens. Over the years, the park has been expanded and renovated, but still retains its original character today.

Parco della Montagnola offers visitors a wide range of attractions, including landscaped gardens, fountains, statues, walking paths, children’s play areas and much more. Furthermore, the park often hosts events and cultural events.

Yes, the Montagnola Park offers visitors some  picnic areas in the shade of the trees, perfect for spending a day outdoors with friends and family.

The name “Parco della Montagnola” derives from the artificial hill (montagnola in Italian) created in the 19th century within the park, which combines the ancient tradition of garden mountains with romantic European landscaping trends. The hill offers a spectacular panorama of the surrounding city.

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This article was written by:
Ivan Agolino
I am a curious traveler and I passionately dedicate myself to the search for new tastes and emotions. I have made Bologna my home and every day I venture into its alleys to discover some new secret that I transcribe in these articles. I hope I can convey all the love I feel for this splendid city!
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