There is a park near here, on the outskirts of Bologna. It has two names. The official name is "PARCO DELLA CHIUSA" which, unfortunately, "Google Translate" translates as "Park "closed" (try it!)
I found out later, that the word Chiusa can mean "closed" but it can also mean "dam" as in a "river closure" - so its really the "Park of the dam". However, I avoided this park for a long time because the internet always said "Park closed!" when I translated the web page.
The other, unofficial name is "Parco Talon."
It is a nice little park, between the foothills and the Reno River, just outside of the Bolognese suburb of Casalechio.
I took a walk through the park today, on a beuatidful spring-like afternoon, climbing up into the foothills, past several old bombed-ou ruins. Apparently the "Resistance" (I dont know which side) was holed up here during WWII, and there was a major bombing run which destroyed the villas - which have been left to crumble.
When I first got to the park, and took my first picture, the batteries in my camera immediately died. I was able to take a handful of other pictures during my hike by warming up the batteries in my hands, putting them in the camera and taking a single, quick photograph before the batteries would fail again. So I dont have many pics. But here are the ones I did take:
Bombed-out villa near the entrance of the park:
Another ruined villa
Once I left the main area of the park, I climbed several hundred feet of elevation into the hills, along muddy paths:
Looking out over Casalechio and Bologna
This was taken through the doorway of a crumbled villa near the top. I liked the outlines of the no-longer-existing stairs, and the colors:
Here are some ENORMOUS land snails I found, during a very overgrown muddy shortcut I took:
It was a pleasant 90 minute hike. I am looking forwad to going back with my wife and son, when they come back to Italy in late April.