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Faenza Territory

Ravenna and its Lidos

Faenza territory is an area that comprehends many locations, knwon for their beautiful landscapes and human resources: Faenza, Brisighella, Casola Valsenio, Riolo Terme, Castel Bolognese and Solarolo.

It is the ideal place for those in search of nature and alternative turistical routes. The hills of Ravenna are full of amenities from the artistical and naturalistic point of view, such as the Gipsum Vein, the so-called “calanchi”, and the ancient medieval towers. Moreover, the thermal area, the golf club, the officinal herbal garden and the good cuisine are a turistic must-visit.

FAENZA TERRITORY 

The starting point of the journey is Faenza (along the highway A14 Bologna-Ancona or the Via Emilia Freeway), famous for the ceramics. In fact, here the ceramic art combines the new and the old, and the sense of art can be seen in the small workshops, the palaces and art schools, as well as during the artistic events. A detour of 8 km takes to the Oriolo Tower.

Leaving Faenza, the journey goes on towards Brisighella, along the SS302 for 9 km, along the Lamone Valley. It is an ancient medieval and thermal village, famous for its Via degli Asini, and perfect for a relaxing break. The thermal water, 1 km far away towards Modigliana, are stress-releasing and inspire to properly treat yourself. Otherwise, 1 km far away towards Fognano it is possible to visit the Pieve di Tho, as well as the open-air oil museum of Brisighella.

From Brisighella along the steep SP23, the tour continues in direction Riolo Terme, towards the three hills that dominate the town. After 1 km it is possible to see the Rocca, the Clock Tower (with a 0.5 km detour) and the Monticino Sanctuary. Passing over the hills, the view changes and “calanchi” appear all over the way. After 4 km it is reached the deviation for Carnè Park (2 km far).

The way from Brisighella to Riolo Terme offers beautiful landscapes, dominated by the Monte Mauro, the heart of the so-called Gipsum Vein, that can be reached through the narrow Sintria Valley, direction Zattaglia. It is a 5-km secondary road, that takes you all the way to the church at the top. Back to the Valley, arriving at Zattaglia, the tour continues towards Casola Valsenio, along the SP23 route or “Lavender Street”.

Across Senio river there is Casola Valsenio (10 km). After a visit at the village, along the SS306 direction Riolo Terme, turn left to SP70, that takes to the herbal garden (1 km) and Rocca di Monte Battaglia (8 km).

Back to the SS306, after less than 1 km, the Cardello is reached, and after other 2 km the Valsenio Abbey. Riolo Terme is reached after 10 km, passing by the thermal area. Right after, with a 1.5-km detour it is possible to arrive at the Riolo Golf & Country Club.

The historical centre of Riolo Terme is enclosed by the city walls, from which it is possible to appreciate a wonderful view of all the Senio valley, dominated by the Rocca Trecentesca.

From Riolo Terme the tour goes along the road SS306 direction Castel Bolognese, reached after 8 km, with the open-air Museum Angelo Biancini in its city centre.

Solarolo, instead, shows evidences of different ages: archeological sites, medieval walls as well as constructions from the 19th century.

On the border between the two towns is Mulino Scodellino, from the station of Castel Bolognese towards Via S. Croce and, then, Via Canale.

 

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