Budrio is home of the “ocarina”, a popular musical wind-instrument in terracotta, invented here in 1853. The Museum of the Ocarina illustrates the evolution of this particular musical instrument through hundreds of pieces, such as musical wind-instruments, tools, photos, records, scores and documents. This unique museum displays the creativity of the locals as well as the variety of experiences which have flourished both in Italy and in foreign countries, like Japan, the United Kingdom, the USA and South America.
While there is still visible evidence of the original Roman and Medieval plans, the historical centre has a lovely appearance with its traditional porticoes.
In fact, it was in the years between the Renaissance and the Enlightenment that Budrio reached its greatest splendour, also economically, thanks to a new technique in hemp production, which became an exclusive exportation business in many European countries. It was in these years of prosperity that many of the most important buildings of the city were built, like Palazzo Boriani Dalla Noce, the Consorziale Theatre, the Archaeological Museum and the Domenico Inzaghi Pinacoteca (Art Gallery).
Interesting the transformation of the waterworks in the polyfunctional centre called "Torri dell'acqua" (water towers).
It is worth visiting the nearby area of Bagnarola (5 kms), where the Malvezzi-Campeggi complex is located, called the “Versailles della Bassa” (Lowland Versailles), built between the 16th and 18th centuries.