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Lizzano in Belvedere

Corno alle Scale – Loc. La Polla.
Province:  Bologna (68 km)
Altitude: 600-800 mt. a.m.s.l
Tourist Area
Nature and the Apennines
Where it is
Lizzano in Belvedere is located on the border between the provinces of Modena and Pistoia, at the tip of the Bologna Apennines, whose highest peak is Corno alle Scale (1945 mt.), famous for its ski slopes and for Corno alle Scale regional park, which extends to the foot of the mountains.
Why visit
The town is a small mountain oasis, a perfect blend of environment, tradition, and modern tourism.
In the Corno alle Scale area, relaxation, fun, wellness and sport combine to create a mix of emotions and unique opportunities, offering tourists a complete holiday. Pass through the valleys on mountain bike or on foot, or spend a few hours in the tranquillity of a mountain lodge: these are just two of the many ways you can rediscover peace of mind and body.
Where to visit and what to see
Lizzano in Belvedere and its surrounding areas offer you an unforgettable holiday. On the slopes of Corno alle Scale, emotions are reborn in every season, offering tourists new opportunities throughout the year.

In winter, if you love speed and fun, there are the slopes named after Alberto Tomba, where the Bologna-born champion often returns to ski. If you’re looking for different emotions, there are many Alpine ski trails as well as a modern snow park for snow boarding and acrobatic tricks.

When spring arrives, the area becomes a magnificent outdoor arena for trekking, mountain biking, paragliding, archery, or more traditional sports such as tennis, football, basketball, volleyball and swimming.

And in any season, you can treat yourself to a break from daily rhythms, pausing to relax in contact with nature or in the warmth of a lodge, tasting the many typical products that make Emilian cuisine famous, or visiting the area’s many historical monuments, starting with Lizzano’s ancient round church, known as “Rotonda” or “Delubro,” a proto-Romanesque construction dating back to the Longobard age.
Don't miss
You can’t leave the area of Lizzano in Belvedere without coming to Lake Scaffaiolo (km. 19) and enjoying the splendid panorama of both the Apennines and the Apuane Alps, trekking the five waterfalls of the Dardagna (km. 12), and visiting the small medieval village of Monte Acuto delle Alpi (km. 8).
On the table
Lizzano in Belvedere’s location has influenced its local cuisine: here you can find traditional Bolognese dishes (tortellini, lasagne, etc.) as well as Modenese specialties (borlenghi, zampanelle, and tigelle). Parmigiano Reggiano is produced in the area and can be bought directly from the Querciola dairy (km. 6). Lizzano also has a “salmerino” fish farm, under the protection of Slow Food.
For fun
At the top of Monte Pizzo, you absolutely must experience the “MontepizzO” Adventure Park (km. 8), the first in Europe completely without barriers; and at Vidiciatico, the beautiful “Conca del Sole” swimming pool (km. 4) with its 50-metre slide, geysers, inflatable games, and beach volley.
To keep fit
To stay fit without stress, we offer sport fishing lakes, horseback riding, and thermal baths at Porretta Terme (km. 13); for more demanding exercise, there are the paraglide take-off ramp at Monte Pizzo (km.8), the archery range at Budiara (Km. 8), and countless trekking trails.
Main events
July, “Porretta Soul Festival”; November “Enzo Biagi, il mestiere del giornalismo”, the national journalism festival dedicated to the great journalist born in Pianaccio.
Not to be missed are the ethnographic museum at Poggiolforato (km. 8) devoted to mountain trades and culture, and the Visitor Centres for Corno alle Scale park at Pianaccio (km. 5) and Madonna dell’Acero (Km. 12).

A short distance from Lizzano in Belvedere are the Sanctuaries of Madonna dell’Acero (14 km) and Madonna del Faggio (20 km), built to recall various apparitions of the Virgin Mary, and a small jewel of modern architecture: the Church of Santa Maria Assunta, at Riola (25 km), designed by the famous Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

The area adjacent to the town of Marzabotto (km 43) is of great archaeological interest: here, the ruins of “Misa,” an important Etruscan city (6th –4th century BC) were discovered in 1831.
For more information
Local Staff: Appennino Bolognese
Information Offices
Informazione e accoglienza turisticaLIZZANO IN BELVEDERE
Piazza Marconi, 6
40042 Lizzano in Belvedere (BO)
Tel. ++39 0534-51052
Fax ++39 0534-51052
Opening: Open troughout the year
Informazione e accoglienza turisticaVIDICIATICO
Via Marconi, 31
40042 Lizzano in Belvedere (BO)
Tel. ++39 0534-53159
Fax ++39 0534-53159
Opening: Open troughout the year
More about services and schedule of the info centres in the Local website

How to reach

Railways Ferrovie dello Stato
Stop in Silla (12 km)
BusExtra-urban line
TPER Bologna Extraurbana
From Silla, line 776
Airports Bologna (68 km)
By Car
From Bologna: motorway A1 toward Florence, exit at Sasso Marconi, take SS64 “Porrettana” toward Pistoia - Porretta Terme until Silla. Turn right at traffic light for Lizzano in Belvedere. From Florence: motorway A11 toward Lucca, exit at Pistoia, take SS64 “Porrettana” toward Bologna. After Porretta Terme, at Silla, turn left for Lizzano in Belvedere. From Modena: motorway A1 toward Florence, exit at Modena Sud, continue toward Vignola, then take SP4 “Fondovalle Panaro” until Fanano. Turn left for Lizzano in Belvedere.

Last update: 03/02/2015

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