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Bagnara di Romagna

 

Located in the northwest area of the wide alluvial plain surrounding Ravenna, Bagnara di Romagna rises along the Stradelli Guelfi, the route parallel to the Via Emilia which once connected several castles, churches and residences from Bologna to the Adriatic sea.

Bagnara conveys, probably more than every other town of this area, atmospheres and images superimposing, in a fascinating interplay between past and present, the today’s city to the medieval village.

Rocca-Sforzesca

Bagnara is indeed a rare example of an integrally preserved medieval castrum: the fifteenth-century plant of the heart of the Rocca Sforzesca, and the imposing walls with its entrance tower and four small bastions which dominate the green moat. Today, the Rocca houses the Museo del Castello (castle museum) where it is possible to admire important finds illustrating the town history from the Bronze Age to the Middle-Ages.

Of a great interest is also the Parrocchiale di Sant’Andrea (XV century) where are preserved fifteenth-century works of great value. In the parsonage it is possible to visit the Museo parrocchiale d’arte sacra, where a wooden Crucifix (Crocifisso) of the school of Donatello, a precious collection of devotional ceramics and the sixteenth-century altarpiece, Madonna e Santi, by Innocenzo da Imola are worth to be seen. The parsonage of the Parrocchiale also houses the MuseoPietro Mascagni, a museum entirely dedicated to the Leghorn native composer. Here are exposed objects, photos, letters and sheet music given to the city by the chorister Anna Lolli, native of Bagnara.

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The ground of the Prati di Sant'Andrea, located at about a kilometre south of the today built-up area, is a source of important information on the Middle-Ages period. Since 2005 the Superintendence of the Archaeological Heritage has started here a long series of research, still ongoing, unearthing a small village which must have been the most important centre of the high-medieval and medieval settlement of the territory.

At two kilometres from the old town there is the Santuario della Madonna del Soccorso, where the painted pottery Madonna col Bambino is preserved. This icon which has been for a long time the object of pilgrimages related to the belief that if the portrait was put on an oak over a puddle, water would have become miraculous.

Villa Morsiani is also worth of a stopover. It is one of the most important historical residences of the Region. It is surrounded by a wide centuries-old wood where there are several trees which are considered 'green monuments' as the oak of thirty metres high and the black poplar of more than forty metres. Built in the XV century, the Villa is the historical residence of the Morsiani family. Nowadays it houses a farm of Saint-Bernard dogs and an International Study Centre for the selection of dog breeds.

 
 

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