Parks and nature reserves
Lago dei Gelsi, or Lago della Fornace, is an artificial lake that formed from a quarry now closed and used to extract clay.
The mills’ canal of Imola (Canale dei Molini di Imola) is centuries old; before mills were built on the canal, its waters were navigated by boats which transported goods.
The grove lies between San Patrizio and Conselice; it is the recreation of the original marsh environment of the area, with groves and wetlands. It features an observation area for educational purposes.
The museum of Villanova (Ecomuseo delle Erbe Palustri) has been active into the field of ethnographic research for more than thirty years, and is now opening an open air museum display in the garden of the former school of Villanova.
This wood is located west of Fusignano; it’s the result of a reforestation project aiming to recreate a portion of the ancient woods of oak and hornbeam that used to be here in the past. A similar wood existed in Fusignano in the park of the villa of the Calcagnini family; sadly this was destroyed during World War II.
The natural reserve "Parco del loto", which is 77.252 square metres wide, is close to the town centre but still quite and in a very well protected site. The green are is characterized by a wide pond in which lotus flowers and water-lilies grow freely creating a beautiful natural environment.
This canal is located in the municipalities of Castel Bolognese, Lugo and Fusignano; it is the natural link between two large parks with quite different characteristics: Parco della Vena del Gesso Romagnola (in the hills) and Parco del Delta del Po (in the lowlands and wetlands).
The reserve of Alfonsine is a little regional reserve with an extension of about 12 hectars. It was founded according to the Regional law n.11/88 of Regione Emilia Romagna in 1990 and committed to the Municipality of Alfonsine and Cooperative Atlantide.
Few kilometers from the town centre, Podere Pantaleone is a real open air museum, well suited to teaching purposes, an oasis of ecological and enviromental importance covering six hectars of farmland where the human presence is limited to the area near the entrance. Here the local fauna und flora have freely grown, creating an habitat of great enviromental interest.