Nestled in the heart of Lower Romagna, 30 km from the Romagna Riviera and 20 km from the hills of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Massa Lombarda is a small community with just under 10,600 inhabitants, settled on a territory of 37 square kilometers.
Surrounded by a typical Romagna landscape, nestled among orchard cultivations, Massa Lombarda has a vibrant economy linked to agricultural tradition but also to the steady growth of the productive fabric.
The main reasons for its attraction are its enviable geographical location, which sees it close to Bologna, Imola, Ravenna and Ferrara, and the quality of living in social, economic, environmental and cultural terms, the culmination of an illustrious history.
Fruit farming was born here in the early 20th century, thanks to the foresight and intelligence of a few courageous pioneers ; and everything in Massa Lombarda “speaks” of this history: orchards, typical productions, cooperatives and fruit processing companies, festivals (such as the traditional crostatona), sports competitions, the most famous fruit juice brands, and finally a real museum of fruit farming.
The excellences of Massa Lombarda
Fruit and Fruit Museum
Visiting Massa Lombarda means getting to know the “fruit country.” Here, some pioneers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries experimented with the first nationwide plantings of fruit trees, particularly peach trees. They thus gave impetus to the first fruit exports to Europe, so much so that in 1927 the city was the site of the Second National Fruit Growing Exposition.
The village could not lack a museum dedicated to fruit growing. Located in a farmhouse on the outskirts of the city, the Adolfo Bonvicini Fruit Growing Museum houses a section on the work and daily life of farmers and a section illustrating the evolution of fruit-growing techniques.
Sabadoni are a typical Massa Lombarda dessert to which a festival is dedicated. The name comes from the “saba” dark-colored substance made from grape must brought to a boil.