Bagnarola is small place in Bologna countryside which I can bet you have never heard about. Imagine a street with a couple of bends, that's it. If you drive fast you won't even notice what's there between those bends and that's a real pity.
Between the XVI and the XVIII centuries, Bagnarola (who takes is name from "Balnearola", place for the baths) was a rich town chosen by nobles and aristocrats like Bentivoglio, Malvezzi-Campeggi and Ranuzzi-Cospi for their "Ville".
The beauty of these villas made that Bagnarola was renamed "Bolognese Versailles". Maybe that name is a little bit exaggerated but you can make an idea of the place with my photos.
One of those villas is Villa Ranuzzi-Cospi, created around 1600 by Marquise Ferdinando Cospi. A few years later, Prospero Ranuzzi Cospi established the so called "Accademia dei Notturni", a sort of intellectuality center where rides, concerts, hunting, theatrical performances and symposiums took place.
After three centuries, Accademia dei Notturni is still alive. It's a place for ceremonies and events, it's a restaurant where you can taste the classics of Bolognese cuisine and it's also a food shop, to get wines, cheeses etc. (now it's owned by Tamburini, the very popular "salsamenteria" inside Bologna Mercato di Mezzo).
I've never had dinner there so I can't tell you about the quality of the restaurant, but last weekend I had the chance to visit the Villa for "Affettasi", a food event which gathered about 20 local producers of Emilia Romagna.
I think the photos below speak by themselves...
Local cheeses by Fossa dell'Abbondanza
Salami by La Piola
Ham by Il Sentiero del Gusto
Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
Panino with Mortadella (Bologna) Villani
Accademia dei Notturni
Via Armiggia 42, 40050 Bagnarola - Bologna
Open every night except on Mondays.
Lunch is available for groups with prior reservation.
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