Museum of Industrial Heritage
Testimony to Italy's transformation from agrarian society to industrial power
You better work
Heading north from the city centre to the area of the old Navile Canal, you'll come across a large former factory, built in 1887, that is an icon of the 19th-century industrial revolution in northern Italy. It produced tiles and terracotta bricks for both domestic and international markets, but as the 20th century wore on, it declined and was finally abandoned. In 1966 it was converted by the city government into the Museo del Patrimonio Industriale to showcase the industrial transformation of the region; a highlight is its original, pioneering Hoffman ovens. While you're here, also take a stroll around the surrounding area, today one of Bologna's prettiest natural settings.