Village of Colle Ameno

In the 18th century, the Senator of the city of Bologna, Filippo Carlo Ghisilieri, was the author of an illuminist project aimed at building a self-sufficient urban complex that included the manor house as well as all the necessary facilities for everyday life: shops, a theater, a hospital, a majolica factory, a printing shop, a church and other service buildings such as stables, barns and warehouses.

During the World War II, Colle Ameno was used by the Germans to sort the civilians captured during the mopping-up operations.

A baroque cross-shaped oratory dates back to the 18th century and is dedicated to S. Antonio da Padova: the exterior facade is characterized by two entrance portals and a bell tower under which a clock is painted. Inside the building you can admire paintings, frescoes, wooden altars and sculptures by Masters Angelo Gabriello PiĆ² and Mauro Aldrovandini.

The village of Colle Ameno is still inhabited and the spaces of the original artisan shops have been recovered; in fact, there is still evidence of the manufacturing of the ancient white and blue majolica with naturalistic decorations.