Sentiero dei Bregoli
The route starts from the Church of San Martino at the entrance to the Parco della Chiusa in Casalecchio di Reno.
The origin of the name is controversial: the inhabitants of Casalecchio claim that the route is named after "Bregoli" (bràgguel in Bolognese dialect), that is bundles of firewood that poor people used to look for along the path (Lilla Lipparini - Casalecchio di Reno, 1953); instead the Bolognese claim that the name "Brigoli" derives from the mediterannean word "bric" which identifies an impervious place (Alberto Menarini - "Modi e detto bolognesi, 1974) .The name "Bregoli" appeared in the cartography in 1780, as evidenced by the pontifical maps.
During the Middle Ages, many pilgrims from the Reno Valley walked the ancient route to get to the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine of S. Luca. In the years immediately following the Unification of Italy, the path was widened in order to transport munitions and cannons used against the Austrian aggression and safeguard the territorial integrity of the New Kingdom.
When the military role ceased, the parish priest of the Church of San Martino Filippo Ercolani ordered the establishment of a Via Crucis along the path in 1926.
It is a route of about 1.7 kilometers that offers picturesque views of Casalecchio, the hills above and the plain, and then allows visitors to stretch the look up to the snowy ridges of the Pre-Alps in the clear winter days.
The Sentiero dei Bregoli route is still a destination for pilgrims and tourists for walks and bike rides into nature, for sports and for a pilgrimage of faith.
A place ... an event:
Easter Monday: "So and Zo par i Breggual"
"So e zo par le Bregual" is the historic walk that starts from the center of Casalecchio di Reno in the morning and ends at the Sanctuary of the Beata Vergine of S. Luca in Bologna. On the way back, you can taste the typical recipes of the Easter tradition.
Walks and other initiatives are organized throughout the year to discover this historical path.
For any further information, visit the website www.sentierodeibregoli.it.