Provincia di Bologna

Borgo Tossignano

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Borgo Tossignano - La Vena del Gesso
Borgo Tossignano - La Vena del Gesso

The meaning of the name "Borgo Tossignano" can reconnect to the word "Tuscia", which evokes an ancient Roman gens or proximity to Tuscany, or can be derived from the words "Thau" (cross) and "Signum" (sign), for a cross placed on top of the hill, was founded in 1198 by some residents of Tossignano.

 

In the background of the wars between Guelphs and Ghibellines, the inhabitants of Tossignano were occupied by Imola, who destroyed the country and deported the people to Fontanelice. Until 1500 the country was under the influence of the papacy and, for another two centuries, it became the rule of various lords; Borgo Tossignano then returned to be part of the Papal States until the proclamation of the Kingdom of Italy.

 

It consists of two settlements: Borgo, in the valley, is a place of Villanovans discovery that became the capital city; Tossignano, built around the remains of the feudal castle, now is the natural base for discovering the "Vena del Gesso" . The origins of Tossignano are not documented with certainty. Many scholars date it to the fifth century, but some artifacts could date them even in earlier times.

 

On the hills of Tossignano stood a fortress, with the overthrow in 1537 by Pope Paul III Farnese. Currently Tossignano is a fraction of the main village at the base of the hill. A Tossignano inborn, Pope John X, who was on the papal throne between 914 and 928, enjoyed good relations with Theodora during his archbishopric in Ravenna, and very probably that fact lead to his election as pontiff.

 

Unfortunately, his reign ended in a tragic way: as a result of lifting, he was deposed, imprisoned and strangled. During the II World War, Tossignano counted many fallen and was almost completely destroyed. (Cit. from "Atlas Romagnolo" - Il Resto del Carlino)

 
 
More information
Distance from Bologna:
Km. 45 (Imola Km. 15)
 
Altitude:
102 m a.s.l.
 
Inhabitants:
3.323 (updated 31 Dec 2010)
 
Market day:
saturday afternoon
 
Patron Saint:
San Bartolomeo (24th august)
 
Hamlets:
Codrignano and Tossignano
 
How to get there

By car

  • Roads:
    from Imola: take S.P. 610 (via Selice Montanara) towards Firenze
    from Bologna/Castel San Pietro: take S.P. Sillaro Bordona, then S.P. 610 Montanara towards Imola
    from Senio Valley: Follow "Strada della Lavanda" (Lavender's street) towards Fontanelice, then take S.P. 610 (via Montanara) towards Imola
    from Florence: follow direction Mugello / Firenzuola, then take S.P. 610 (via Montanara) towards Imola

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

By bus

From Imola bus station, ATC Public Transport Company (for information on timetables and fares visit www.atc.bo.it):

  • Bus line 44:  Imola - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Fontanelice - Castel del Rio  Show timetables and stops in PDF
  • Bus line 141: Imola - Castel del Rio - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Castel del Rio (only during school period) Show timetables and stops in PDF
  • Bus line 142: Imola - Fontanelice - Piancaldoli - Borgo Tossignano - Casalfiumanese - Castel del Rio (only during school period)
 

By train

From Bologna Central Station (for information on timetables and fares visit www.trenitalia.it):

  • 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 dei Maccheroni: Mardi Gras.

Festa della Polenta: Località Tossignano, Mardi Gras.

Festa del Garganello: Località Codrignano, september.

Festa del Villeggiante: August 1-15.

Sagra di San Bartolomeo: August 24th.

 

Information

Borgo Tossignano -  UIT - Tourist Information Office

Via Rineggio 22 - 40021 Borgo Tossignano (BO)

Tel.: +39 334 7041312; Fax: +39 0542 628143

info.gessi.fiume@ecosistema.it

Opening hours: saturday and sunday from April 1st to October 31st

 

Borgo Tossignano - URP - Public Relation Office 

Piazza Unità d'Italia, 7 - 40021 Borgo Tossignano (BO)

Tel: +39 0542 91111; Fax: +39 0542 94414

 

Last update: 03-10-2012
 

Edited by Area Imolese