Parco dei Gessi

Parco dei Gessi

Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell’Abbadessa: not only caves

Created in 1988 between San Lazzaro di Savena, Ozzano, Pianoro and Bologna, the Parco Regionale dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell’Abbadessa covers a protected area of 4844 hectares, with over 200 caves; it is one of the largest and most spectacular networks of gypsum caves in Europe. Gypsum outcrops and calanques are the mineral treasure of this area. The Gessi Bolognesi is one of the most important and studied karst configurations in Europe; this area of great beauty is rich in spectacular erosive features and cavities populated by vegetal and animal species of great scientific interest.

High Mediterranean hills, highlands and rocky cliffs are interrupted by flat fields that extend through the clay calanques of the Passo dell’Abadessa shaping beautiful and amazing landscapes.

A walk in this park will bring back images of the moon because of the somewhat “similar” landscape. In fact the silvery rock with its crystal structure and pearly brightness at the top of the gypsum outcrops is called selenite (moon rock).

From the highest points, you can have a view of the valleys and when the sky is clear you can see the Alps.


Park Headquarters and Visitor Centre: "Casa Fantini" Via Jussi, 171 - 40030 Farneto di San Lazzaro di Savena
Tel: +39 051 6254811 - Fax: +39 051 6254521

Visitor Centre and Environmental Education Centre: "Villa Torre" Settefonti di Ozzano Emilia
Tel: +39 051 6254821

Environmental Education Centre: CEA "Punto Scuola"

The Centre organises educational activities for schools to offer children the opportunity to learn about the precious natural, paeleontological, archaeological and historical heritage of this protected area and the good practices for a correct management of this area such as organic farming and sustainable tourism.

Tel: +39 051 6254821


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