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Comune di Mordano
Location of Mordano
Mordano is located in Italy
Location of Mordano in Italy
Mordano is located in Emilia-Romagna
Mordano (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°24′N 11°49′E / 44.400°N 11.817°E / 44.400; 11.817Coordinates: 44°24′N 11°49′E / 44.400°N 11.817°E / 44.400; 11.817
Metropolitan cityBologna (BO)
 • MayorStefano Golini (Partito Democratico) since 8 June 2009
 • Total21 km2 (8 sq mi)
21 m (69 ft)
 (31 May 2007)[2]
 • Total4,402
 • Density210/km2 (540/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0542
WebsiteOfficial website

Mordano (Romagnol: Murdè or Murdèn) is a town and comune in Emilia Romagna (Italy), situated in the province of Bologna. The municipality is organized in two major villages: Mordano and Bubano.


An intense activity of centuriation was performed by the Romans in the area and this is still visible nowadays: the streets of the countryside are organized in a squared lattice, every square has a side of about 715 meters (0.444 miles).[3]

Reclaim of land is attested during the 11th and 12th centuries, creating the massa Bibani: a little village (Bubanus) grew around this new partition of cultivable land. Later, a castle was built up in this location.[4]

The presence of a castle in Mordano is attested during the 15th century.

Both castles were then annexed in the domain of Caterina Sforza in 1488. In 1498, king Charles VIII of France destroyed the castle of Mordano, but it was unable to conquer the one of Bubano, bolstered from Caterina Sforza and transformed in a strong fortress.[5]

During the following centuries, Mordano and Bubano were part of the domain of the Church and the two municipalities were joined. During this period, also the castle of Bubano was gradually demolished and nowadays only the main tower (known as Torrione Sforzesco) still exists.[6]

In 1860 the municipality of Mordano became part of the newborn kingdom of Italy.


Around the year, several public events occur in the municipality of Mordano

  • Sagra dell'Agricoltura (Agriculture celebration), since 1981. Mordano, last week of May.[7]
  • Palio del Torrione (Palio of the defensive tower), since 1997. Bubano, third week of June.[8]
  • Rock a Tutta Birra (Beer festival), since 1994. Chiavica, first week of September.[9]

Twin towns – sister cities[edit]

Mordano is twinned with:


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Istat. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  3. ^ http://mordano.provincia.bologna.it/index.php/storia-e-stemma/
  4. ^ Andrea Ferri, Imola nella storia. Note di vita cittadina, 1992, Edizioni Il Nuovo Diario Messaggero, Imola.
  5. ^ Lorenzo Raspanti, Imola nella storia. Note di vita cittadina, 1991, Edizioni Il Nuovo Diario Messaggero, Imola, pag. 157.
  6. ^ http://mordano.provincia.bologna.it/index.php/torrione-sforzesco/
  7. ^ "Official website Sagra dell'Agricoltura". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  8. ^ "Official website Palio del Torrione". Retrieved 5 June 2016.
  9. ^ "Official website Rock a Tutta Birra". Retrieved 27 October 2015.