The Castel del Rio Chestnut Museum is located over the gentle hills of Imola, Bologna, and tells about one of the best known products of the Emilia-Romagna mountains, The so-called “Marrone” (not to be confused with the most common Chestnuts, from which they differ for a taste sweeter and more fragrant that enhances the aromas of the forest).
The Museum tells to visitors about the natural characteristics of the Chestnut Tree, with its growth environment and its economic and cultural values. The exhibition itinerary then starts from the description and characteristics of the environment in which the chestnut tree develops, to then move on to the historical evolution of its encounter with the men.
According to a legend, the chestnut tree would be an imported tree whose spread in Emilia-Romagna is due to the work of Matilde of Tuscany during the Middle Ages, therefore its presence is mainly due to the action of man.
A wonderful opportunity to visit the museum, know the hospitality of the country and taste this delicious fruit is the Sundays in the month of October, during which the Marrone Festival of Castel del Rio takes place with the traditional market and food stalls offering local specialties.