Solarolo (Romagnol: Slarôl) is a comune (municipality) in the Province of Ravenna in the Italian region of Emilia-Romagna, located about 40 kilometres (25 mi) southeast of Bologna and about 30 kilometres (19 mi) west of Ravenna.


Slarôl  (Romagnol)
Comune di Solarolo
Location of Solarolo
Solarolo is located in Italy
Location of Solarolo in Italy
Solarolo is located in Emilia-Romagna
Solarolo (Emilia-Romagna)
Coordinates: 44°22′N 11°51′E / 44.367°N 11.850°E / 44.367; 11.850Coordinates: 44°22′N 11°51′E / 44.367°N 11.850°E / 44.367; 11.850
ProvinceRavenna (RA)
 • MayorFabio Anconelli
 • Total26.3 km2 (10.2 sq mi)
25 m (82 ft)
 (31 December 2014)[3]
 • Total4,472
 • Density170/km2 (440/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0546
WebsiteOfficial website

Solarolo borders the following municipalities: Bagnara di Romagna, Castel Bolognese, Cotignola, Faenza, Imola.

It is known for being singer Laura Pausini's home town.


The area has been inhabited since the Bronze Age. Ruins of a village were found: the settlement was active between 1600 and 1200 B.C. and it was organized in distinct clusters separated by trenches; evidence of bovine rearing and cultivation of cereals was found.[4][5] Starting from 187 B.C., an intense activity of centuriation was performed by the Romans and this is still visible nowadays in the lattice of the streets in the countryside; villae were also built in this lattice.[6]

The toponym Solarolus appears for the first time in 993 as the name of an acreage and only in 1138 as Castrum Solarolii connected with a fortification. During the following centuries, the area of Solarolo changed several dominations, mainly by the families Manfredi, Borgia, Gonzaga, Este.[6]

During the 17th century, Solarolo became part of the Papal States and, during the 19th century, of the newborn Kingdom of Italy.

On 2 September 1944, Nazi soldiers first tortured and then killed nine inhabitants of Solarolo, randomly chosen, as reprisal for the partisan activity of the area (eccidio di Ponte Felisio).[7]

Twin towns – sister citiesEdit

Solarolo 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. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
  4. ^ "Gli scavi nell'abitato di via Ordiere a Solarolo (RA)". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  5. ^ "Solarolo nel II millennio a.C." Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  6. ^ a b "History of Solarolo on the municipal website". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
  7. ^ "Eccidio di Felisio". Retrieved 27 October 2015.

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