itineraries

Villages, churches and castles

Wine, art and history. Small authentic villages, often of medieval origins, dominated by a castle or fortress that were once strategic military strongholds. Here life still flows as it once did, the dialects and traditions tenaciously survive. These are the lands where wine is the true protagonist of a journey, your journey, among the people of Romagna who still know how to welcome every visitor as if they were part of the same treasure chest that each village cherishes.

all the places to visit along this itinerary

Dozza

The entire village reserves a surprise for you. The Medieval Fortress holds a Museum, a major and minor Tower.

Curiosity

Dozza is the village that is characterized by pictures painted along the walls of its splendid medieval streets. On the facades of the houses, there are literally real works of art to be discovered.

Fontanellato

The fortified Fortress that is surrounded by a large moat, the streets of the village, and the Labyrinth of Masone.

Curiosity

The Masone Labyrinth by Franco Maria Ricci, the largest in Italy, is completely made up of approximately 200,000 bamboo plants belonging to twenty different species.

Imola

The Sforzesca Fortress, the Clock Tower, Piazza Caduti per la Libertà, Piazza Matteotti, Palazzo Tozzoni, the Duomo.

Curiosity

Despite being part of the province of Bologna, the city belongs to Romagna from a cultural and geographical perspective.

Brisighella

Via degli Asini, Pieve del Thò church, Cà di Malanca War Museum, the Clock Tower, the historical streets and squares of the village.

Curiosity

The characteristic Via del Borgo or Via degli Asini; a 12th century mural passage that represents the oldest defensive bulwark to protect the village. The parish church (also known as San Giovanni in Ottavo), whose origins date back to the times of Galla Placidia, is the oldest ever built in the Lamone Valley.

Bagnacavallo

Piazza Nuova and all the streets of the historic center, the Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo, the Goldoni Municipal Theater, the municipality building, the San Pietro in Sylvis church, the Convent of San Giovanni.

Curiosity

Piazza Nuova, built in 1758, is the oldest example of a commercially equipped center in Romagna. It is a unique building because of the originality of its elliptical layout and the elegance of its structure.

Casola Valsenio

The village, and the Cardello Inn.

Curiosity

Before entering the town you’ll find the Cardello Inn, a unique building where the writer Alfredo Oriani lived almost his entire life.

Lugo

The Estense Fortress, Piazza Baracca, the antique Pavilion, the Rossini Theater, Palazzo Trisi, the Jewish Cemetery.

Curiosity

Opposite the fortress stands the antique Pavilion, an 18th-century quadrilateral courtyard with a perimeter portico built by Giuseppe Campana which once held the silkworm cocoon market.

Tredozio

The Castellaccio Castle, via XX Settembre with its eighteenth-century structures, the Churches of the Compagnia del SS. Sacramento, and the Beata Vergine delle Grazie church, Palazzo Fantini, the Church of San Michele Arcangelo, the Convent of SS. Annunziata.

Curiosity

In the surroundings of Tredozio you can visit Mount Busca’s Volcano, defined as the smallest volcano in Italy; its flames are called the “burning fountain” because they create a scene you’ll never forget.

Portico e San Benedetto

The noble buildings: Palazzo Portinari, and Palazzo Traversari. The bridges: Ponte della Maestà, and Ponte della Brusìa.

Curiosity

Recognized as an orange flag village (environmental tourism), Portico e San Benedetto stand out for their excellent conservation and consistency of their ancient foundation, for the extreme care of its urban furnishings, and for its naturalistic setting of great value.

Forlimpopoli

The Fortress with its quadrangular layout, the Church of the Servants, the Church of San Ruffillo.

Curiosity

The Fortress, now Town Hall, also holds the Verdi Theater which became famous due to a break-in by Stefano Pelloni; he was a bandit nicknamed the “Passatore” (the Waterman) who, on the evening of January 25, 1851, robbed the wealthiest citizens of the town.

Bertinoro

Piazza della Libertà with its Colonna dell'Ospitalità pillar, the noble Ordelaffi building and the Clock Tower.

Curiosity

In the 7th level (terrace) of Dante’s Purgatory, Bertinoro and its tradition of hospitality are mentioned. In Middle Ages it was referred to as “love and courtesy”.

Longiano

The Malatesta Castle, St. Joseph’s Church, the Sanctuary of the Holy Spirit Crucifix, the Collegiate Church of St. Christopher.

Curiosity

A visit to the Italian Cast Iron Museum; it is located in the former church of Santa Maria delle Lacrime, which now holds a permanent exhibit reserved for urban cast iron furniture.

Cesena

The Malatestiana Fortress, the Malatesta Library, Piazza del Popolo, the Cathedral, the Municipal Art Gallery, the Bonci Theater.

Curiosity

The Malatesta Library has often been referred to as the “most beautiful in the world”; is a fifteenth-century masterpiece. Created thanks to the Franciscan friars and Domenico Malatesta, lord of the town at the time, it has reached present day in a perfect state of preservation. As of 2005, it has been included in UNESCO’s register of the Memory of the World “Mémoire du monde”.

Predappio

Predappio Nuova: Piazza S. Antonio, Palazzo Varano, the Food Market, and Musolini’s birthplace, the Casa del Fascio. Predappio Alta: The Calboli Fortress.

Curiosity

At Christmas time, an original nativity scene is set up in the sulphate caves, which were once the sulfur mines of Predappio Alta.

Monteleone

The entire village, Piazza Byron, the Castle (not open to visitors), Castle Sorrivoli.

Curiosity

The Italian Touring Club has awarded Monteleone the Borgo Bandiera Arancio (Orange Flag Town), recognizing it as a “small inhabited village, well preserved and characterized by urban furniture and well-kept green spaces”.

Sogliano al Rubicone

The Former Augustinian Monastery, the Oratory of Pity, Piazza della Repubblica, City Hall, Piazza Mazzini, the Church of Suffrage, the Civic Tower, the Butterfly Fountain, the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum.

Curiosity

The town accompanied Giovanni Pascoli’s poetic journey for he was awarded its honorary citizenship in 1906.

Santarcangelo di Romagna

The town’s historical center, the Malatestiana Fortress, the Campanone Tower, the historical citydoor Porta Cervese, Piazza delle Monache, the Collegiate Church, St. Michel’s church, the Tufacee Caves.

Curiosity

It is said that the people of Santarcangelo are quite creative and artistic. Among the many names of artists and writers originally from this town we can find the seventeenth-century painter Guido Cagnacci, the screenwriter Tonino Guerra, and the comedians Daniele Luttazzi and Fabio De Luigi.

San Leo

The Romanesque Cathedral, the Santa Maria Assunta church, the Fortress.

Curiosity

San Leo, originally Mons Feretrius in Latin (meaning Mount Jupiter Feretrius and from which the name of the area of Montefeltro was born), is included among the most beautiful historic villages in Italy.

Saludecio

The San Biagio church, the Beato Amato Sanctuary, the Museum of Saludecio e del Beato Amato, Palazzo Albini, the Town Hall, the historic city doors Porta Marina and Porta Montanara, the Sanctuary of Santa Maria del Monte, and the characteristic murals of the 19th century.

Curiosity

In the nineteenth century, the town prospered in a period of administrative and cultural success for it was the capital of the Conca Valley.

Mondaino

The entire village, the Castle, the surrounding districts.

Curiosity

This village is a historically fundamental place of importance that witnessed the numerous changes of inhabitants starting with the Etruscans and passing on to the Umbrians, then the Gauls and finally the Romans. From the latter, the legend of the origin of the town is linked to the hunting goddess Diana.

Montegridolfo

The Medieval village, the Castle, the Goth Line Museum.

Curiosity

This village dates back to the year 1000, and was disputed for a long time by the rival lords of the Malatesta and Montefeltro families, consequently undergoing numerous losses.

Verucchio

The Malatestiana Fortress, the Villanovian Archaeological Museum.

Curiosity

The stronghold of Gianciotto Malatesta, husband to Francesca from Rimini.

Montefiore Conca

The entire village and the Malatesta Fortress.

Curiosity

Montefiore Conca is located in the Conca Valley and characterized by the presence of fortified citadels guarding the once-dangerous border with the Duchy of Urbino.

Montebello

The streets of the village, the Castle, the Church of San Pietro Apostolo, the Sanctuary of the Hermitage of Madonna di Saiano.

Curiosity

The Montebello Castle, along with the small village that surrounds it, became nationally famous thanks to the legend of Azzurrina; the ghost of a small albino girl who is still believed to roam the Castle.

Rimini

The Malatesta Fortress, the Surgeon's House, the Tiberian Bridge, the old ex-fishermen’s village Borgo San Giuliano, Museum of Expressions, the Federico Fellini Museum.

Curiosity

Did you know that: Fellini’s most representative work depicting the city, Amarcord, is one of the foreign films with the most Oscar nominations? Fellini defined himself as “A craftsman who has nothing to say, but knows how to say it.”

San Giovanni in Marignano

The entire historic village, the fortifications, the Towers, the Civic Clock Tower, Palazzo Corbucci, the Church of Santa Lucia.

Curiosity

This territory boasts 220 hectares of vineyards and 230 wineries which led to San Giovanni in Marignano to become part of the “City of Wine” club.

Sant'Agata Feltria

The Fortress, the Collegiate Church, Church of San Francesco della Rosa, the Madonna del Soccorso Sanctuary, the Convent of San Girolamo, the Mariani Theater.

Curiosity

The food festival that is dedicated to local products of the area which takes place every year in October. Here you’ll find the Sant’Agata Feltria truffle, along with most sought after Precious White truffle. In the late Autumn and for the entire winter, the town buzzes with stands and events.

recommended itinerary...

If you relentlessly devour books and manuals on history and traditions. If you are a super sightseer and do not want to miss the opportunity of exploring the most beautiful spots of our villages. If you want to open a magical medieval chest to dive into the past and retrace its history.
Get ready to discover the streets, the villages and the fortresses of a surprising Romagna by taking this itinerary while holding a wine glass as you admire the sights.