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Chiusa di Casalecchio di Reno: the source of Bologna waterways
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Can you imagine Bologna as a city of water, crossed by a system of canals? It isn’t easy nowadays, is it? Nevertheless, there’s a place where you can go backwards in time and discover the most ancient hydraulic artifact in Europe still in use, the Chiusa di Casalecchio

In the year 2000 the site was included in the list of UNESCO 2000-2010 Heritage Messengers Programme as a symbol of the culture of peace in favour of young people.

During the thematic guided tour, you will walk above the sixteenth century walkway, probably designed by Jacopo Barozzi, called Vignola, who was one of the most important Italian Renaissance architects. You will also experience from up close the majestic dam, whose ramp is 160 m long, 35 m wide and 8 m high, and find out how Bologna became a city of water in the Middle Ages.


Full price: € 10.00 p/person
Reduced price: € 5.00 p/person (children 6-12 y.o.)
Free: under 6

Meeting point:
Gate of Chiusa di Casalecchio
Via Porrettana 187
40033, Casalecchio di Reno (BO)

Cancellation policy:
Cancellation with refund or amendment of the reservation possible up to 24 hours before the scheduled start of the activity.


  • The meetup is always 15 minutes before the visit starts. Meeting point is at the gate of Chiusa di Casalecchio, Via Porrettana 187, in Casalecchio di Reno. It can be reached from Bologna with the following tper lines: n. 20 (Stop Casalecchio Porrettana Canale/Casalecchio Chiusa), 89 (Stop Casalecchio Porrettana Canale), 92 (Stop Casalecchio Chiusa), 94 (Stop Casalecchio Chiusa).
  • It is suggested to wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Children must be well attended

Tourist services selling is managed by Bologna Welcome Incoming Travel Agency


  • The oldest still operating hydraulic system in Europe, recognised by UNESCO
  • Follow the 16th-century walkway built by Jacopo Barozzi, aka il Vignola
  •  Live a fascinating experience, swinging between the river, the canal and the Parco della Chiusa
  • AApennines


11 May at 3.00 pm
25 May at 3.00 pm
8 June at 11:00 am
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* the service will be carried out by a single guide in both languages
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