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Brisighella, an ancient medieval and thermal village, is the gem of the luxuriant Lamone valley which can be easily reached also thanks to the fascinating railway connection from Faenza to Florence.


A hospitable town rich in traditions, herbs, architectural and naturalistic beauties which has won the most prestigious awards certifying its excellences and its quality of life: Borghi più Belli d'Italia, Cittaslow, Bandiera Arancione of theTouring Club Italiano.

History, art and nature merge together in a perfect fusion rich in beauty and charms which date back to the Middle Ages. Its unmistakable outline which is dominated by three rocky peaks where the symbolic buildings of the town stand renders Brisighella unmistakable and unforgettable.

The Torre dell’Orologio (bell tower) has a nineteenth-century structure but a medieval basement and it dominates the first peak. The imposing and majestic fourteenth-century Rocca manfrediana stands on the second peak and it still has the characteristics of a medieval stronghold. Finally, on the third peak stands the Santuario della Madonna, an eighteenth-century small temple which was built to house the ancient image of the Madonna col Bambino in polychrome terracotta.

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At the foot of the Torre dell’Orologio stands the village which winds in a maze of ancient streets, stretches of city walls and stairs carved in the chalk. Brisighella is mysterious during winter days and it is even more fascinating during summer evenings. In July, during the famous Medieval festivals, the old town is lit by torches and it is brightened up with open-air theatre shows, exhibitions, concerts, feasts and markets. An extraordinary experience is watching the historical parades in the old town streets starting from the picturesque via del Borgo. This is a twelfth-century covered street which is banked up and lit through half-arches of different width. It is also known as 'Via degli Asini'because it offered shelter to the animals of birocciai (the ancient carters).


A path to discover Palmezzano sixteenth-century masterpieces will lead you to the Collegiata di San Michele Arcangeloand to the Chiesa di Santa Maria degli Angeli. Lovers of art have also to visit the Pieve del Tho, a beautiful Romanesque example of parish decorated with hanging arches at the sides, a mullioned window in the apse and a simple rose window on its façade.

Precious sulphurous and salsobromoiodic waters of the Thermal Spa and the peace that reigns in the village and in the green surroundings help to make Brisighella the perfect place for a pleasantly relaxing stay and, at the same time, a perfect starting point for itineraries to discoverRomagna.

Lovers of trekking and mountain bikes can visit the natural beauties of the Parco Carnè, a starting point for excursions to the Parco della Vena del Gesso and to the Grotta Tanaccia to discover the wonderful Apennine wildlife.

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