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  • Loiano Loiano is in the south-eastern part of the Bolognese Apennines and its location offers beautiful views of the surrounding landscape. Since 1936 the town has been the seat of the important astronomical observatory of the University of Bologna. Loiano is also rich in art and historical heritage. The church dedicated to San Giacomo and Santa Margherita was founded in the XIV century by the Augustinians. Its choir and bell tower date back to the XVIII century and the dome was built in 1933; inside the church there are two fine Madonnas of the XVIII century, one by Calvaert and the other painted by Piò. On the hill of Scanello is the Villa Loup (XIX century), whose name comes from a Swiss nobleman who had married a lady from the Ghislieri family; the villa was his bride's dowry. In 1859 Pope Pius VII was a guest at Villa Loup, on his return journey after meeting Napoleon in Paris. That was the year when customs duty between Tuscany, Romagna, Modena and Parma were abolished. Years earlier, on the 21st of October 1786, another illustrious personality had travelled through this town: on his way to Florence, Goethe stayed at the local hotel Corona and wrote about this event in his Italian Journey.

    Distances from main Italian cities:
    Bologna 35Km 
    Closest tollgates:
    from Florence: A1 towards Bologna, exit Sasso Marconi;
    from Milano exit Tangenziale Bologna
    Main roads:
    Statale n.65
    Trains: station Monzuno Vado on the Bologna Firenze

    Tel-Fax. 051-6543611, 051-6545246
    Via Roma, 55 40050 Loiano BO

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