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Castel Guelfo di Bologna

Castel Guelfo - Torrione angolare delle antiche mura
Castel Guelfo - Torrione angolare delle antiche mura

Located at the tip of the district of Imola, the City of Castel Guelfo occupies a strip of territory along the left bank of the river Sillaro.


The community's history dates back to early medieval period. The disputes between Bologna and Imola for the possession of this border area saw the supremacy of the Government of Bologna at the beginning of the 13th century. The progressive enlargement of crops lead by the middle classes of the city during the 13th and 14th centuries, culminated in the settlement of Malvezzi family, named Counts of Castel Guelfo in 1458.  


The form of "feudal" system put an end to the continual interference of Imola,  giving stability to the community. From the middle of 1400 to the end of 1700 the development and the structure of the city were set out and characterized by strengthened buildings and a triangular architectural setting of the village.  


During 1800, the community of Castel Guelfo faced the troubled period from the French occupation and the unitary state. In 1806, when Piriteo IV Malvezzi died, the properties of Castel Guelfo passed to Hercolani family with the marriage of Maria Laura Malvezzi and Prince Cesare Hercolani.


The different and changing political-administrative unifications of the country during the centuries, did not change substantially the urban identity of Castel Guelfo.  


Historical origins: There is little news found up to the 12th century, but certainly we know that the territory followed the events related to power struggles between Imola and Bologna, who took possession in 1218. The origins of the community of Castel Guelfo are closely related to via Medesano, the road that joins the town to via San Vitale.  


In 1296 the citizens of Bologna who had possessions here, alarmed by the conflicts on the territories between Imola and Bologna, asked the city government to erect a "fortilicium seu castrum". The plea was accepted, but the Council of the municipality of Bologna gave full powers to Romeo Pepoli for the construction of Castrum Guelfum only in 1309. 


However, the security situation in this border area were increasingly deteriorating, and, in a few years the city of Bologna was repairing the castle of Castel Guelfo with a mold. In 1458 the Shire of Castel Guelfo was granted by the Pope to the powerful Malvezzi family of Bologna, which maintained its dominance until 1796, with the arrival of Napoleon's troops. The main works were realized thanks to the Malvezzi: the construction of boundary wall and the erection of four circular towers at the corners of the perimeter, which still characterize the castle.

More information
Distanza da Bologna:
Km. 35 (Imola Km. 12)
32 m a.s.l.
4.281 (updated 31 Dec 2010)
Giorno di mercato:
Sant'Agnese (January 21st)
Poggio Piccolo, Via Larga
How to get there

By car

  • Roads:
    from Castel San Pietro Terme: take Via San Carlo up to Poggio Piccolo
    from Medicina: take Via San Vitale and follow via Medesano towards Castel Guelfo
    from Imola: run Via Provinciale Selice for 9 km then turn left into via Nuova following sings for Castel Guelfo

  • Motorways:
    from Bologna: take A14 Motorway, in direction Ancona exit at Castel San Pietro Terme
    from Rimini/Ravenna: take the A14 motorway towards Bologna and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme
    from Florence: take the A1 motorway, near Bologna, take the A14 motorway towards Ancona and exit at Castel San Pietro Terme

By bus

ATC Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit


By train

From Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit

  • Line Bologna-Ancona-Rimini: Imola stop.

By plane

  • Airport G. Marconi of Bologna (distance km. 48)
    The Aerobus BLQ connects every 15-30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
  • Airport L. Ridolfi of Forlì (distance km. 42)
    Aerobus connects the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
  • Airport F. Fellini of Rimini (distance km. 87)
    Bus line 9 connects every 30 minutes the airport to the city centre and to the Train Central Station.
Recurring events

Sagra del Vino e della Ciambella: Wine and traditional cake festival, end of June

Sorsi di Rock: rock festival, end of June, first week of July



UIT - Ufficio di Informazione Turistica del Comune di Castel Guelfo

Castel Guelfo The Style Outlets - Via del Commercio, 4/z - 40023 Castel Guelfo (BO)

Tel: +39 0542 670765; Fax: +39 0542 671714


opening hours: Monday: 2pm-8pm; tuesday-friday: 10am-8pm; saturday and sunday: 10am-8.30pm

closing days: January 1st, Easter, August 15, Christmas, December 26th

Services: Information on where to stay and where to eat; maps and brochures of the area information on local events, theatres, concerts. Information on tourist offers of STAI - Società Turismo Area Imolese.

Information on the Municipalities joining to S.T.A.I.- Società Turismo Area Imolese (Imola, Borgo Tossignano, Casalfiumanese, Castel del Rio, Castel Guelfo, Dozza, Fontanelice, Medicina, Mordano).


URP - Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico del Comune di Castel Guelfo

Via Gramsci, 10 - 40023 Castel Guelfo (BO)

Tel: +39 0542 639211


Last update: 03-10-2012