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San Lazzaro di Savena

San Lazzaro di Savena is an Italian comune (municipality) of some 30,000 inhabitants in the province of Bologna, Emilia-Romagna.GeographyThe town is located on the Via Emilia, a major thoroughfare for town traffic, 6km from the city centre of Bologna towards the southeast.The territory of the municipality extends towards the plain and at the foot of the first hills around Bologna. Some watercourses such as the Zena (creek), the Idice and the Savena, after which the town was named, flow through the town.Within the territory of the municipality we can find the Spipola Cave with its doline and the chalky rock emergences of the Farneto and the Croara, that give shape to a karst compound (there are about 50 caves and natural hollows crossed by a 6km long hypogeous stream), protected by the Parco dei Gessi Bolognesi e Calanchi dell'Abbadessa (Natural park of Bologna's chalky rocks and the Abbess's gully).HistoryInhabited since ancient times, within the territory of the municipality many findings from the Stone Age (stone implements) and the Bronze Age have been found and, along with nearby Castenaso it witnessed a flourishing Villanovian civilization.
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