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Comune di Medicina
Watch Tower.
Watch Tower.
Coat of arms of Medicina
Coat of arms
Medicina is located in Italy
Location of Medicina in Italy
Coordinates: 44°29′N 11°38′E / 44.483°N 11.633°E / 44.483; 11.633
Country Italy
Region Emilia-Romagna
Metropolitan city Bologna (BO)
Frazioni Buda, Crocetta, Fantuzza, Fiorentina, Fossatone, Ganzanigo, Portonovo, San Martino, Sant'Antonio, Via Nuova, Villa Fontana
 • Mayor Onelio Rambaldi
 • Total 159.11 km2 (61.43 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (31 October 2017)
 • Total 16,774
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Medicinesi
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code 40059
Dialing code 051
Patron saint St. Lucy
Saint day December 13
Website Official website

Medicina (Bolognese: Midgénna; Eastern Bolognese: Migìna) is an Italian comune with c. 16,000 inhabitants in the Metropolitan City of Bologna, part of the region of Emilia-Romagna.


The origins of its name (which in Italian means "medicine") are quite uncertain, and many hypotheses have been put forward. A legend tells that the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, passing through Medicina from Milan fell ill and miraculously recovered because of a snake that accidentally came into the pot of his soup. It has been proved, though, that Barbarossa did pass through Medicina but that the name of the town predates that time. In memory of this legend the "Festa del Barbarossa" takes place every year on the 3rd weekend of September.


A radio observatory named "Croce del Nord" (Cross of the North) is located near Medicina (in the village of Fiorentina). It is made up of an aerial, 32 metres (105 ft) long, and of a much wider "cross". It is operated by the Istituto di Radioastronomia di Bologna (Institute for Radio Astronomy of Bologna), created by the CNR (National association for Research) and now part of the INAF and there is an identical one in Noto, Sicily.


Medicina has a football and a basketball team, both playing in lower leagues, as well as a cycling team and a cycling development center for youth.

In August 2010 Medicina hosted six matches of the 2010 ICC World Cricket League Division Four, organised by Italy.

Giovanni Caprara, trainer of the Russian women volleyball team which won the World Championship in 2006, is a native of Medicina.

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