|Comune di Solarolo|
|Province / Metropolitan city||Province of Ravenna (RA)|
|• Total||26.3 km2 (10.2 sq mi)|
|Population (Dec. 2004)|
|• Density||160/km2 (420/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
Solarolo 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. As of 31 December 2004, it had a population of 4,256 and an area of 26.3 square kilometres (10.2 sq mi).
Laura Pausini was born and grew up in Solarolo.
The area is 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, evidences of bovine rearing and cultivation of cereals were found. Starting from 187 b.C., an intense activity of centuriation was performed by Romans and this is still visible nowadays in the lattice of the streets in the countryside; villae were also built in this lattice.
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.
The 2 September 1944, the 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).
Twin towns — Sister cities
Solarolo is twinned with:
- All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat.
- "Gli scavi nell'abitato di via Ordiere a Solarolo (RA)". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "Solarolo nel II millennio a.C.". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "History of Solarolo on the municipal website". Retrieved 27 October 2015.
- "Eccidio di Felisio". Retrieved 27 October 2015.