Castel del Rio

Castel del Rio
Comune di Castel del Rio

Coat of arms
Castel del Rio

Location of Castel del Rio in Italy

Coordinates: 44°12′N 11°30′E / 44.200°N 11.500°E / 44.200; 11.500Coordinates: 44°12′N 11°30′E / 44.200°N 11.500°E / 44.200; 11.500
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Province / Metropolitan city Bologna (BO)
Frazioni Belvedere, Giugnola, Moraduccio, Valsalva
  Mayor Alberto Baldazzi
  Total 52.56 km2 (20.29 sq mi)
Elevation 215 m (705 ft)
Population (2008)[1]
  Total 1,233
  Density 23/km2 (61/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Alidosiani
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 40022
Dialing code 0542
Patron saint St. Ambrose
Website Official website

Castel del Rio is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Bologna in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 35 kilometres (22 mi) southwest of Bologna.

Historically, the town's countryside is a large producer of chestnut, which has received the European Protected Geographical Status.


Traces of human presence in the area date to the 6th-5th centuries BC. The current town was however founded in the 5th-6th centuries AD as Massa di S. Ambrogio. Starting from the 10th century, there were fortifications and castles, whence the toponym Castrum Rivi from which the current name derives. In 1076 the castle was acquired by Matilde of Canossa; later Emperor Otto IV gave the fief to the Alidosi family, who held it for more than four centuries until it became part of the Papal States.

During World War II Castel del Rio was located across the Gothic Line. Numerous of its citizens fought as partisans against the German occupation.

Main sights

See also


  1. All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  2. M., S. (March 2009). "Una fortezza fra i castagni". Medioevo (145/146).
  3. (Italian) The frazioni of Castel del Rio (municipal website)
  4. (Italian) Map and infos of Firenzuola and its frazioni

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