Terre di Faenza
Terre di Faenza is a territory, a grouping of places, which involves the Municipalities of Faenza, Brisighella, Casola Valsenio, Riolo Terme, Castelbolognese and Solarolo.
The itinerary links places featuring relevant historical and artistic resources, such as the Renaissance and Neoclassical town of Faenza with its ceramic art; the evocative medieval village of Brisighella located on the foot of three chalky hills; Riolo Terme with its spa waters and an ancient fortress; Casola Valsenio with
historical buildings, old sighting towers, Romanesque parish churches and a Herb Garden; Castelbolognese proud bastion where elegant bronzes embellish precious corners; Solarolo surrounded by fertile plain and archeological remains. This route also offers a rare natural setting and an incredibly varied heritage of fauna and flora with the “Vena del Gesso” Regional Park. Along with history and nature, this territory is also renowned for the Flavours of its
cuisine based on typical produce.
The portion of Romagna known as Bassa Romagna is not marked by real geographical boundaries. This area is identified as the heart of the province of Ravenna, a consortium of municipalities of the following towns: Alfonsine,
Bagnacavallo, Bagnara di Romagna, Conselice, Cotignola, Fusignano, Lugo, Massa Lombarda, Russi and Sant'Agata
sul Santerno. It stretches across an area of 480 square km and has over 100,000 inhabitants.
Bassa Romagna boasts remarkable historic town centres, important prehistoric and archaeological sites, luxuriant green areas and unique ecological habitats, such as marshlands. Parishes, ancient churches, strongholds, rural mansions, old mills and country houses lie along the countryside roads, scattered amongst fields, fruit trees plantations and small green patches, or in the shade of monumental trees. The flatness of the land and the intricate network of roads and lanes make Bassa Romagna the ideal place for cyclists; here they will enjoy exploring the countryside with its patterns of fields and its constantly changing colours throughout the seasons. While cycling through this area, it's easy to discover ancient villages and authentic art treasures, such as craftsmen's workshops and lots of other things that are the manifestation of local people's civilization, traditions, work, roots, creativity and warm hospitality.
The perfect complement to the historical, cultural and natural itineraries is embodied by the remarkable tradition
of local gastronomy, which has labelled Bassa Romagna as "terra della buona tavola" (land of good food). The local rural and cultural tourism is attractive for several reasons; the area features traditional hotels, characteristic bed and breakfast and several farm holidays. Bassa Romagna increasingly represents an attractive place to explore because of its own merits, but also as a strategic location for those that want to visit the more established tourist destinations of the area.