This town is located in the Municipality of Alto Reno Terme, the last stretch of the Bolognese Apennines on the border with the Province of Pistoia. The highest peak in the area is Mount Piella (1,500 m).
The city is a well-known spa and resort, renowned for its sulphurous and salsobromoiodic thermal waters already famous in Roman times.
The town of Porretta Terme is also an ideal starting point for excursions in the greenery of the mountains and the surrounding hills where there are places of great beauty.
The nineteenth-century church of the Immaculate, also known as the Church "dei Frati". Inside, one of the most famous existing mechanical nativity scenes is housed. The parish church of Santa Maria Maddalena is also worth a visit.
We recommend the "peasant" recipes of mountain cuisine: scones, zampanelle, chestnut flour based necci, the noteworthy "Tortina" and the "zuccherini montanari”. In the area you can also enjoy the typical Beltaine beer made with chestnuts.
Porretta is home to a series of avant-garde sports centers: the Olympic-sized swimming pool – the only structure of this size from Pistoia to Sasso Marconi – tennis courts, football fields, and gyms frequently used by the national football, basketball and volleyball teams for team meetings.
With its many wellness centers and the events in connection with its precious spring waters, Porretta Terme is the ideal place to keep in shape.
The Porretta Soul Festival is the most prestigious European event dedicated entirely to soul and rhythm & blues music and is held in July.
A charming medieval village, Castelluccio is located on a ridge from which you can enjoy a beautiful view of the surrounding valleys. A short distance from the village, with a refreshing walk in the countryside, you can reach the Madonna del Faggio, a small sanctuary of the eighteenth century immersed in a beech wood.
Granaglione, a mountain center that consists of ten villages placed in a semicircle, is located in the green and fresh valley of Randaragna covered by thick woods. Nearby you can visit Casa Calistri and Lustrola with its stone-built houses.
Capugnano, an ancient town that gave birth to the father of Guglielmo Marconi and the painter Giovannino, is also worth mentioning.