Photographer's Note

The monumental village of Colle Ameno in Sasso Marconi was born from the idea of the illumunistic marquis Gisilieri of Bologna to realize a completely autonomous complex, totally disconnected from any major town (Bologna)to be used as his second residence and for the realization of a center for the development of art, science, culture, etc.

The area wass built between the 17th and the 18th century, starting from an existing villa built one century earlier by Mr. Davia.

In addition to the original villa, Mr. Ghisilieri managed the construction of a few dozens of houses to be occupied by his subordinated personnel, by peasants, artisans, etc.
Other constructions were built for being dedicated to art, artisans, factory for the realization of ceramic artworks, handwork by wood and steel, a furnace for brickworks, a bakehouse, a deying plant, a farmacy, a tailoring center, a printing house, an hospital, a library, a literary accademy, a laboratory for phisics and natural science, an archeologic museum, a theathre and a college.

On 1675 a church in baroc style was built in the honour of St. Antony, refurbished and restyled on 1750.

The church and the houses have been recently restored to their original glory, while the villa, usedd as German military headquarter during the second world war, was almost completely destroyed.

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