Itinerary of 3 days and 2 nights
Through history and the small towns of Romagna
- 1st Day:
Ravenna - Brisighella - Faenza
Our itinerary starts from Ravenna and the symbolic locations of its province: Brisighella and Faenza.
The morning will be dedicated to the visit of the eight paleo-christian monuments (built between the 5th and the 6th century) declared world heritage in 1996: the Basilica of San Vitale, the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, the Mausoleum of Theoderic, the Basilica of Sant'Apollinare Nuovo and the of Sant'Apollinare in Classe, the Arian Baptistery, the Neonian Baptistery and the Chapel of Sant'Andrea. This complex of monuments is considered unique in the world for the richness and the artistic quality of the mosaics found in them.
At the end of the visits, in approximately 1 hour, we'll arrive in Brisighella, one of the most beautiful and well-preserved medieval towns in Italy, as well as thermal center, famous also for its PDO extra-virgin olive oil called “Brisighello”.
Walk in the medieval town along the Via degli Asini (“Donkeys' Road”), then visit to the Agricultural Cooperative of Brisighella, which includes the open air museum of Oil and the mill, with tastings in the characteristic kitchen with extra-virgin olive oil bread and DOC wines.
Possibility to have lunch in a farm.
We will go back down in the valley and stop in Faenza, just in time for a walk in the city center.
Dinner and Accommodation in the farm
- 2nd Day:
Faenza - Bertinoro - Cesena - Cervia - Cesenatico
After breakfast, we have the chance to visit the International Museum of Ceramics, which entered the UNESCO list as messenger of a culture of Peace.
Departure for Bertinoro, town known for its long wine tradition and for its beautiful position: taking a walk along the panoramic path “Strada della Vendemmia” (harvest road) we will reach the unique main square, a terrace from which you can enjoy a broad panorama of the Romagna, up to the sea.
Opportunity to visit wineries with tastings and eventual purchase: the "Celli" farm, the "Dolores Lega" farm, the Agricultural cooperative "Ricci Paolo and Umberto" and the "Tenuta Pedrini".
We then move to Cesena, an obliged visit for the Malatesta Library, the only place in Italy to be inserted (since 2005) in the UNESCO Memory of the World register.
For lunch stop just outside Cesena at the farm.
We continue for Cervia, which owes its history to the salt and the ancient saltworks which, in addition to ensuring a high-quality production, functions as a natural reserve where various species of birds come to nest. The Cervia saltworks Visitors Center, is part of the South section of the Park of the Po's delta and it's also home to the Museum of Salt.
For dinner and accommodation we'll move to Cesenatico, in one of our farms.
- 3rd Day:
Santarcangelo di Romagna - Sogliano - Montebello - Verucchio - Rimini
Breakfast at the farm, then we'll spend our day in Rimini's hinterland: departure for Santarcangelo di Romagna, ancient medieval town famous for the Byzantine church, the tuff caves and the Malatesta fortress.
Stop at the Marchi workshop that dates back to 1600, where we manufacture the characteristic prints on canvas of Romagna with the ancient tool the "wheel-powered wringer", only one in the world.
We continue to Sogliano al Rubicone, whose gastronomic symbol is the Fossa cheese, that in 2009 became PDO. Visit to the "Fosse" (pits) where this cheese is made: visit to some producers, with the possibility of tastings. We will stop at one of these for lunch.
We move then to Montebello, known throughout Italy for the legend of the ghost of Azzurrina, who lives in the rooms of the castle. We are in a natural area so rich to be protected as "Oasis for the Protection of the fauna of Montebello", also home to the Valmarecchia Nature Observatory, which offers the opportunity to all visitors to discover the beauty in Rimini's surroundings.
Finally we head towards the sea and, if the weather allows it, we make one last stop in Verucchio, cradle of the Malatesta family, to see the Fortresses and the Archaeological Museum. Here St. Francis stopped and planted a cypress that still overlooks the Franciscan convent.
Our journey ends in Rimini.