Bolognola is immersed in an almost alpine environment and it is surrounded by the mounts Sassotetto, Castel Manardo and Rotondo. The harsh territory has influenced the settlements’ development, and that is why Bolognola, the highest village (1070 m above sea level) in the Marche, is composed of three separate settlements: Villa di Mezzo, Villa da Capo and Villa dei Piedi. According to tradition these three hamlets were founded by three Ghibelline families that had been banished from Bologna, hence the name “Bolognola”. Each hamlet has formed around its own public space, where you find the church, the stately home and the square, and is independent from the other settlements; but they are all linked to one another through roads and paths.
The visitIn piazza Leopardi there is the Church of San Michele Arcangelo of the 16th century that was rebuilt in 1934. It houses a painting representing a Madonna del Rosario. Inside the 17th century Baroque Church of Santa Maria delle Grazie you can see some 18th century paintings and a fresco depicting the Virgin attributed to Girolamo di Giovanni. Opposite the church stands the house where local composer Filippo Marchetti was born (1831-1903). In the Palazzo Maurizi, which is the Town Hall, it is possible to visit a permanent exhibition of objects and scores that belonged to Marchetti. The street Sotto Castello, dominated by the walls of the Rocca (15th century), reaches Villa da Piedi and the Church of San Nicolò. Next to the church, the Palazzo Primavera was built during the 15th-17th centuries. It houses remarkable frescoed rooms and its large basement has been used as a woolen mill since the beginning of the 20th century. It still houses ancient tools and pieces of equipment that were used in wool manufacturing. The Museo delle Bambole is also housed in this building. In the garden called Pincetto you will find the Two World Wars Memorial while in Piazza Marchetti there is monument dedicated to the Vittime delle Nevi [“victims of the snow”]. Not far away from the centre, you can find the Fauna Area of the chamois: it is possible to observe the various species of chamois that have been reintroduced into the Sibillini Mountains National Park since 2006.
Do not missThe area has a remarkable natural importance. It is the starting point of excursions to the Sibillini Mountains such as the walk towards the Cascate di Acquasanta, which passes through woodland, or the walk to Pintura di Bolognola (1391 m above sea level). Bolognola has also a lot to offer to winter sports enthusiasts, with ski lifts and tourist facilities.
Comune di Bolognola
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