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The ancient history is merged with legend and, despite the relatively recent first document referring to the portus de capite selcis (1084), legend has it that Conselice was founded by Romans and was called Caput Silicis owing to the paved roads connecting its walls to Imola. Conselice gained a particular strategic importance during the trade era between Imola and Venice.


The town soul is closely related to water, its environment and its traditions. Within the last century, when most of the people were employed in manual and difficult works, Conselice dedicated in 1990 a Monument to rice weeders and man carrying wheelbarrows and, ten years after, a very peculiar Monumento al ranocchio, a monument to frogs which are cooked in a delicious manner in these areas. This is a gastronomic speciality which must be always tasted, but especially during the well-known festival held during the third week of September.

Market: Saturday morning Piazza Foresti

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The centre has been built around the square Piazza Felice Foresti which is overlooked by the neoclassical Chiesa di San Martino. This church houses a remarkable altarpiece depicting the Santi Martino e Patrizio and the painting Madonna con Bambino dormiente done by the school of Bologna in the XVIII century. The adjacent street Via Garibaldi is overlooked by late nineteenth-century buildings like the Town hall, with its elegant façade designed by Lorenzo Fontana and the Theatre. In September 2006 the Monument to the underground press and the freedom of the press was unveiled still in via Garibaldi.

Within a walking distance from the main square, a nice surprise: the renewed Piazzetta Guareschi. This is a beautiful example of an innovative urban renewal project that widens, thanks to the stage designer Gino Pellegrini’s experience, to the whole surrounding area mixing up local memories with Guareschi’s film quotations.

Conselice territory also boasts historic villas proposing interesting itineraries between the XVII and the XIX century in the wonderful Bassa Romagna countryside. These tourist routes wind in the setting of a flourishing, iridescent and fascinating landscape. In particular we recommend: in Spazzate Todeschi, Villa Todeschi or De Marches Péval; in Chiesanuova di Conselice, Villa Vacchi-Suzzi, Palazzo Fabbri and Casa Morgagni; in Lavezzola, Villa Verlicchi and Villa Fernè: in Frascata, Casino delle Galvane; in San Patrizio, Villa Raffi-Morigi.

Other interesting areas will enrich these itineraries. In San Patrizio we recommend to visit the Church and the Mill. The latter was built towards the end of the XV century along the Canale dei Mulini, the waterway connecting Conselice to Imola. In Lavezzola it is worthy to visit the sixteenth-century Chiesa di San Maurelio that houses a baptismal font obtained from a fifth-century pulvino.

Historical and artistic routes will find their perfect match with events related to the local gastronomic tradition. In addition to the aforementioned Sagra del ranocchio in Conselice, we recommend the Sagra della Porchetta e del Tortellino in Lavezzola in May and, in the last weekend of August comes the Sagra del Tortellone di San Patrizio