Monte San Pietro is an Apennine town characterized by a vast territory that develops around the upper-middle lake of the river Lavino.
Given the short distance from the city of Bologna, it is an ideal destination for an excursion able to offer the view of fascinating panoramas with relative ease. The town of Calderino and the numerous small hamlets located between the green of the woods and the yellow-grey of the gullies, contain historical buildings of interest and unique examples of mountain architecture.
The municipality has developed around the medium to high altitude basin of the River Lavino.
It is a real pleasure to come to the area and discover its old villages.
The area boasts a long tradition of wine-making.
At 3 km from Calderino stands the ancient church of Amola, mentioned since 1300. Inside you can admire one of the most prized works of Bolognese art: the "Via Crucis" by Mauro Gandolfi undertaken in 1792 and consisting of 14 paintings. Among the other works present, the three canvases by Guardassoni are although of note. A few meters from the church is the Ca 'dei Ghedini dating back to the fifteenth century, which presents interesting elements of architectural structure adorned with Romanesque caryatids and an ancient mask.
On a tour of the Benedictine Abbeys of Bologna you cannot miss a visit to the Abbey of SS. Fabiano and Sebastiano (town of La Badia). A medieval complex of great charm, it includes a core of buildings, some of civil (tower) and others of clearly religious origin (church, monastery and cloister), with a predominantly Romanesque architectural imprint.
In the hamlet of Monte San Giovanni, a beautiful town surrounded by hills, full of woods and vineyards, worth a visit is the nineteenth-century church dedicated to San Giovanni Battista which houses one of the oldest (16th and 17th century) and most important organs of the entire organ patrimony of Bologna.