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Comune di Medicina
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
Province / Metropolitan city Bologna (BO)
Frazioni Buda, Crocetta, Fantuzza, Fiorentina, Fossatone, Ganzanigo, Portonovo, San Martino, Sant'Antonio, Via Nuova, Villa Fontana
 • Mayor Onelio Rambaldi (since June 2009)
 • Total 159 km2 (61 sq mi)
Elevation 25 m (82 ft)
Population (31 December 2015)
 • Total 16,739
 • Density 110/km2 (270/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Medicinesi
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 40059
Dialing code 051
Patron saint St. Lucy
Saint day December 13
Website Official website

Medicina 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 (in Italian it means "medicine") are quite uncertain and many hypotheses have been made on it. A legend tells that the Emperor Frederick Barbarossa, passing through Medicina from Milan fell ill and miraculously recovered from this illness because of a snake that accidentally came into the pot of his soup. It has been proved, though, that the name of the town dates back to the time before the passage of Barbarossa, that indeed happened though. In memory of this legend every year the "Festa del Barbarossa" takes place on the 3rd weekend of September.


Near Medicina (in the village of Fiorentina) there is a radio observatory named "Croce del Nord" (Cross of the North), 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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