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Bagnacavallo particular name is related to an ancient legend telling of a therapeutic source which would have miraculously given again strength to Emperor Tiberius’ horse. 


Thanks to its fascinating and perfectly preserved old town, its artistic heritage, its traditions, its delicious food and its surroundings swathed in greenery, Bagnacavallo is one of the most fascinating and interesting tourist destinations of Ravenna territory. It is a place to be discovered and rediscovered several times.

The heart of the town is the square Piazza della Libertà from which sinuous porticoed streets radiate out. Here, stand medieval buildings such as the Palazzo Vecchio (XII-XIII centuries), the Torre Civica (XIII century) where the famous robber Passator cortese was imprisoned between 1848 and 1849, and elegant buildings built between the end of the XVIII century and the first half of the XIX century such as the neoclassical Palazzo Comunale and the Teatro Goldoni, renamed due to the prestigious theatre season.
Along Via Trento Trieste (where the seventeenth-century Chiesa del Suffragio stands) and the internal court yard of Palazzo Vecchio runs a basement gallery (XIV century) that shows the defensive system of the city.

Via Mazzini, the ancient main road, boasts other interesting buildings: the Palazzo delle Opere Pie and the Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo, which houses in the presbytery the piece Redentore e Santi ascribable to the painter Bartolomeo Ramenghi, also called 'Bagnacavallo' and also the Palazzo Longanesi Cattani, the Chiesa del Carmine, the Palazzo Abbondanza, the Palazzo Folicaldi and, finally, the Porta Superiore. We also recommend the fascinating'Vicolo degli amori', the narrow and picturesque passageway next to the Carmelite former convent.

In Via Garibaldi there are the eighteenth-century Palazzo Gradenigo,the Torraccia(XIII century), the Church and the Convent of San Giovanni,where in 1822 Allegra, the poet Lord Byron’s daughter, died.

Saturday - Via Mazzini e Piazza della Libertà
Thursday - Largo De Gasperi

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We also recommend taking a walk through the narrow and picturesque Via Garzoni along which there are the Palazzo Liverani and Palazzo Randi. Along Via Diaz there is the nineteenth-century elegant Palazzo Graziani which houses the botanical gardens known as 'Giardino dei Semplici'.

You cannot miss to visit Bagnacavallo symbol: Piazza Nuova. It has a beautiful elliptic structure framed by round-arched porticoes and it was built between 1758 and 1759 to house a covered market.

The fourteenth-century convent of San Francesco is also very interesting. This building was reworked and partly rebuilt in the XVIII century and it houses the magnificent Sala Oriani, the former friars’ refectory.


The Museo Civico delle Cappuccine houses real treasures: the town art collections showing works from the XVI to the XIX century, the modern picture gallery and the Gabinetto delle Stampe antiche e moderne with an interesting collection of engravings done by the greatest artists. Its naturalistic section is connected, for the didactic part, to the Pantaleone farm, a six-hectare area of restoring environmental balance, which is located in the immediate vicinity of the old town.

The Pieve di San Pietro in Sylvis(VII century), one of Bagnacavallo gems, can be reached from Porta Pieve driving along a long tree-lined road. This fascinating parish which is characterised by a nave and two aisles boasts beautiful marbles and important fourteenth-century frescoes. In all probability, it dates back to the first decades of the VII century and it is one of the best preserved parishes in Romagna.

In Bagnacavallo the most important festival is held in the last week of September and it is dedicated to its patron,San Michele Arcangelo. The origins of this festival, tied with tradition, date back to 1202 and it is staged in the most beautiful places of the old town. There are a large number of inns which open for that occasion in particular settings where it is possible to taste typical dishes. It is impossible to resist the temptation of the tasty 'Dolce di San Michele', a sweet product with honey and dried fruit which can be eaten only during the five-day festival.

Bagnacavallo is also a perfect destination for the lovers of nature and cycling holiday. From this town leave seven interesting itineraries towards the Adriatic coast (see the attachment), a long tour among Romagna small cities of artistic interest and the Oasis of the Po Delta Park.

In the neighbouring town of Villanova di Bagnacavallo there is the Ecomuseo della Civiltà Palustre which documents the life passed in the countryside and in the valley through a rich collection of manufactured articles.

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