Sasso Marconi - la rupe

Sasso Marconi

Sasso Marconi  - piazza
Sasso Marconi owes its name to the presence of the Rupe (litterally "cliff"), which in the Middle Ages was known as the "Sasso di Glòsina." This cliff constitutes a striking outpost in the Contrafforte Pliocenico. In addition, the town is named after Guglielmo Marconi, the well-known scientist and inventor of the wireless telegraph. You cannot miss a visit to the shrine of Beata Vergine del Sasso, once carved into the rock, then, following a landslide in 1787, the image of the Madonna was brought to the new shrine, which can still be admired today.
A few kilometers away, in the town of Pontecchio Marconi, stands Villa Griffone with the Mausoleum dedicated to the scientist. In the villa you will also find the Marconi Museum, which, on three floors, houses, among other things, working reproductions of the first wireless telegraphy apparatus, original pieces of Marconian industrial activity and the attic where the young Marconi set up his first laboratory.
Proceeding along the "Porrettana" road, you will come across the Palazzo de' Rossi, dating back to the Renaissance period, which hosted Popes Giulio II, Paolo III, Leone X, the poet Torquato Tasso and Giovanni II Bentivoglio, and the hamlet of Colle Ameno, dating back to the 1700s, where you can visit the unique 18th-century Oratory of San Antonio da Padova.
Sasso Marconi is an important stop of some of the best-known paths in the Bolognese Apennines that connect Bologna to other Italian cities. Among these, the most famous and popular one is undoubtedly the "Via degli Dei", an exciting itinerary rich in history and spectacular views that connects the historic center of Bologna to the historic center of Florence. This trail offers an unforgettable experience through the Apennines. Other important routes passing through Sasso Marconi include the "Via della Lana e della Seta," an itinerary connecting Bologna to the city of Prato, known for its medieval architecture and evidence of industrial archaeology related to textile processing. 


Infosasso - Ufficio IAT, tourist information
Via Porrettana 314, 40037 Sasso Marconi (BO) 
Phone +39 051 6758409

Opening times:

  • January and February: Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 9:00 / 13:00, Thursday 9:00-13:00 / 14:30-17:00. Closed on Monday, Saturday, and Sunday
  • March, June, July, December, and August: Tuesday to Friday 9:00-13:00 / 14:30-17:30, Saturday 9:00-13:00. Closed on Monday and Sunday. (From August 5th to 18th, the schedule will be Tuesday to Friday, 10:00-13:00, closed on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday)

  • April, May, September, October, November: every day, from Monday to Sunday: 9:00-13:00 / 14:30-17:00

Piazza dei Martiri della Liberazione 6, 40037 Sasso Marconi (BO) 
Phone +39 051 843511