Situated in the foothills, Sasso Marconi owes its name to the cliff overlooking the valleys of the Reno and the Setta (the Sasso) riand to Guglielmo Marconi, the scientist who invented radio and wireless communication.
Hills and riversides offer beautiful nature trails and sporty ones, too. The area is particularly prolific in the making of typical local products - wine, chestnuts, truffles - and enjoys a good food and wine tradition.
The village of Sasso Marconi owes its name to the big cliff that dominates the river Reno, and to Guglielmo Marconi, the scientist who invented radio and wireless communication.
Worth a visit are Villa Griffone - in Pontecchio - which houses the scientist’s mausoleum and the Marconi Museum.
Also worth mentioning are the "Dè Rossi" palace and the ancient village of Colle Ameno. Sasso Marconi offers many typical foods, like wine, chestnuts and truffles.
A visit to Villa Griffone, in Pontecchio Marconi, which together with the Mausoleum of the scientist houses the Marconi Museum, is of great interest.
Inside, taking part in the guided tours, it is possible to admire working reproductions of the first apparatus of wireless telegraphy, original pieces of the Marconian industrial activity and the historical documents placed in the attic laboratory of Guglielmo Marconi.
There is also the Church of San Lorenzo, an eighteenth-century building, which houses a Madonna by the painter Francesco Albani and a curious mechanical nativity scene.
In Pontecchio Marconi, an excellent destination for a walk in the greenery on the trail of history, are the Renaissance Palazzo de' Rossi, which housed Popes and poets such as Torquato Tasso, and the charming eighteenth-century village of Colle Ameno. An example of Enlightenment architecture, the latter was part of a complex (partly restored) which included a villa, the church in Baroque style and the village with houses and workshops. In its most flourishing period, it was the center of numerous artistic activities including a majolica factory.