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Canal of Medicina


There are no detailed information on the building of the Canal of Medicina (so called because, despite it originates from the dam in Castel San Pietro Terme, it ends in Medicina), but it is probably a work of the fourteenth century.

Along its 11km long stream, several mills (some still existing) were built, and generally were used for the convenience of the community.
Actually they belonged to the noble families of Bologna, which collected large grist taxes. The families obtained, first by the Bolognese Senate, then by Papal delegates, the permission to control the mills.

One of the largest mills was located in the neighborhood of Castel San Pietro Terme, known as "mill of the gate", which belonged for many generations (from half of the 1500) to the Bolognini family, enriched by this activity in many other communities in Bologna.

The mill then passed to Hercolani family, but, like many other structures, it was destroyed by the Second World War and its activity ceased.


Address: Viale Terme - 40024 Castel San Pietro Terme (BO)

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The Canal flows in parallel with Sillaro river, starting from viale Terme, up to the Municipality of Medicina.

It bears in Castel San Pietro, near restaurant "La Chiusa", that is over the dam.

The canal was in the open air until the '60's, but it has been completely buried and today flows just below the pedestrian road on viale Terme.

Info on the Tourist location

UIT - Ufficio di Informazione Turistica del Comune di Castel San Pietro Terme - Tourist Office

Piazza XX Settembre, 3 - 40024 Castel San Pietro Terme (BO)

Tel: +39 051 6954137; Fax: +39 051 6954141


Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 7.30am-1.30pm; Thursday 3pm-5.45pm.
Closing days: Sunday and Holidays.  
Services: Information on where to stay and where to eat; maps and brochures of museum, events and places to see; information on exhibitions, theatres, events, fairs and congress, local markets.

Area: Castel San Pietro Terme, Vallata del fiume Sillaro, Medicina, Castel Guelfo.


URP - Ufficio Relazioni con il Pubblico del Comune di Castel San Pietro Terme - Public Relation Office

Piazza XX Settembre, 3 - 40024 Castel San Pietro Terme (BO)

Tel: +39 051 6954154; Fax: +39 051 6954141


Last update: 20-09-2012