Even the small Santerno Valley offers an array of personalities who have distinguished themselves in numerous fields.
Mordano and Imola have close historical ties with the Sforza family, especially Caterina, who left us with the impressive Rocca Sforzesca (Sforza Fortress) in Imola and the Torrione Sforzesco in Bubano. Every June, Mordano celebrates the Palio del Torrione, a historical re-enactment of a medieval knights tournament. The impressive towers – inspired by the arsenale in Venice – mark the entrance to the fortress hamlet of Mordano.
In Imola, visitors to theCivic Museum of San Domenico and Palazzo Tozzoni can retrace the city’s history, from its Roman past as Forum Cornelii to the modern ceramic art of Bertozzi & Casoni.
Casalfiumanese was the birthplace of Luca Ghini, the creator of the world’s first botanical garden intended for university use: his passion for nature and close observation of the landscape bordering the River Santerno have inspired local men and women since the 16th century. The Luca Ghini trail (Sentiero Luca Ghini – SLG) takes hikers to the botanist’s birthplace.