San Giovanni in Persiceto: tra arte e tradizioni popolari

San Giovanni in Persiceto: Between Art and Popular Traditions

San Giovanni in Persiceto, located in the province of Bologna, is a village rich in history, art, and traditions. This walking tour will lead you through its streets, revealing hidden treasures and authentic flavors. As you stroll through the historic center, you can immerse yourself in the unique atmosphere of this charming place, where every corner tells a story.

A Journey Through Time Among Art, History, and Tradition

The main attractions of San Giovanni in Persiceto include historical monuments and works of art. You can admire the works of Francesco Raibolini, known as "Il Francia," in the church of the Collegiate Church of San Giovanni Battista and the artistic installations of Gino Pellegrini in Piazzetta Betlemme and near the mill close to the station. You will also discover the local culinary tradition in the ancient taverns, tasting specialties such as Africanetti di Persiceto or the liqueurs from the historic Savorini company.

A Short Tour Strolling Through the Historic Center

Start your tour from Piazza del Popolo, admiring the record-setting sundial. Continue by visiting the churches and artistic installations, stopping at historic taverns to savor local cuisine. Explore the Museum of Sacred Art and take a stroll in the surrounding countryside to understand the agricultural life of the past. Discover the medieval stories of characters like Matilde di Canossa and the Bentivoglio family, as well as curious anecdotes about the village's nightlife.

How to Participate

The tour is self-guided and can be done using the "San Zvan" guide, available for purchase at local tourist information points. Additionally, San Giovanni in Persiceto can be reached via the Ciclovia del Sole, which offers an alternative and sustainable option to reach the village and begin exploring its rich history and culture. The "San Zvan" guide provides detailed information on each stage of the route, enriching your experience with stories and curiosities.

Useful Tips

  • Clothing: Wear comfortable walking shoes.
  • Opening Hours: Check the opening hours of churches and the Museum of the Agricultural Participation.
  • Tastings: Book in advance if you wish to participate in tastings at taverns or visit the liquor company.
  • Weather: Check the weather forecast and bring an umbrella if necessary.

Don't Miss

If you visit San Giovanni in Persiceto during the Carnival period, don't miss the spectacular "spillo," a unique transformation of carnival floats representing a centuries-old tradition of the village. This event offers an unforgettable experience, further enriching your visit.


  • Tourist office of San Giovanni

    The San Giovanni in Persiceto tourist office is located along the "Ciclovia del Sole" cycling path. Inside, you can find all the necessary materials for thoroughly exploring the stunning picturesque surrounding area.

    Via Cento 9/A San Giovanni in P. 
  • Municipal Theatre of San Giovanni

    It is possible to purchase the guidebook during the theater box office opening hours. The theater is conveniently located in the historic center of the city, just a few steps away from the main historical monuments.

    Corso Italia 72, San Giovanni in P. 
  • eXtraBo Bologna

    The nature and outdoor reference point for the Bologna area. Materials, maps, itineraries, experiences and travel suggestions for trekking and cycling enthusiasts, or simply for the nature-loving people.

    Piazza del Nettuno 1, Bologna