Molinella (Bolognese: Mulinèla or La Mulinèla) is a comune (municipality) part of Metropolitan City of Bologna in the Italian region Emilia-Romagna, located about 30 kilometres (19 mi) northeast of Bologna.

Comune di Molinella
Location of Molinella
Molinella is located in Italy
Location of Molinella in Italy
Molinella is located in Emilia-Romagna
Molinella (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°37′N 11°40′E / 44.617°N 11.667°E / 44.617; 11.667Coordinates: 44°37′N 11°40′E / 44.617°N 11.667°E / 44.617; 11.667
Metropolitan cityBologna (BO)
FrazioniMarmorta, San Martino in Argine, San Pietro Capofiume, Selva Malvezzi
 • MayorDario Mantovani
 • Total127.84 km2 (49.36 sq mi)
8 m (26 ft)
 (31 March 2018)[2]
 • Total15,607
 • Density120/km2 (320/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code051
Patron saintSt. Matthew
Saint daySeptember 25.
WebsiteOfficial website

Molinella borders the following municipalities: Argenta, Baricella, Budrio, Medicina.

Molinella is situated in a rural area on the old San Donato Road (which in the past connected Bologna with Argenta and its port on the Po di Primaro). The municipality is crossed on the northern side by the Reno River and it is surrounded by several marshes and canals. The town has a railway station on the Bologna-Portomaggiore Railway.


The name Molinella comes from the Italian word for mill, molino; That is because during the Middle Ages there was a large number of watermills in this area. The village was created before the 14th century on a hillock between the marshes of Marmorta and Marrara and just south of the Po di Primaro river. The village was a "Customs place" on the border between Bologna Territory and Ferrara Territory until the 18th century. It was also one of the few accesses to the ferries which crossed the Po di Primaro.

It remained for long time one of the most isolated village in the province of Bologna. The construction of the railway in the 19th century was the first step for the development of the village, which is nowadays a little town with high standards of living.


On 12 January 1985, the official weather station of San Pietro Capofiume recorded the absolute low temperature of Italy for a lowland place: −28.8 °C (−19.8 °F).


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ Source Archived 2008-05-26 at the Wayback Machine

External linksEdit