In the area of "Contrafforte Pliocenico" (Pliocene Mountain Spur) the first traces of permanent settlements dating back to the Bronze Age were found on Mt. Adone.
Also several finds from the Villanovan and Etruscan periods have been discovered. During the Roman period, the area was crossed by the aqueduct of the Augustan period collecting towards Bologna the waters of Setta along a narrow tunnel about 20 km long.
In late ancient times, the aqueduct was abandoned and was rediscovered only in the second half of the 19th century thanks to Antonio Zannoni, an engineer working for the Municipality of Bologna and archaeologist, who renovated it and brought it back to life.
(the following links lead to Italian texts)Further information
There are some small museums, structures, or areas of botanical and naturalistic interest you can find within the perimeter of the Nature Reserve or in the surroundings.
Safeguard and Research Center for the Exotic and Wild Fauna on Mt. Adone
Via Brento, 9 - 40037 Sasso Marconi (BO)
Tel. and Fax 051/847600 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.centrotutelafauna.org
Nova Arbora Botanic Garden
Via di Badolo, 35 - 40037 Sasso Marconi(BO)
Tel. 051/847581 - email@example.com - www.novarbora.com
Museum and Documentation Center "The Winter Line"
Via della Chiesa, 4 - Loc. Livergnano - 40065 Pianoro (BO)
Tel. 051/778834 - 380/5074820
Nature Sanctuary SAPABA San Gherardo
Via Rio Conco - loc. Pontecchio Marconi - 40037 Sasso Marconi (BO)
Tel. 051/6758409 - firstname.lastname@example.org - www.ecosistema.it/sangherardo