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Lugo, (maybe from lucus Dianae) a village dedicated to Diana, is one of the most important economic and productive centres of Ravenna territory.

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The heart of the old town which is composed of the Rocca Estense and the Pavaglione as opposing centres has a eighteenth-century stamp. It is built on a well-structured system of squares that underlines the evolution and the consolidation in time of the economic and cultural vitality of the city.

Your path to discover this town must start from the Rocca (the today’s town hall), an important example of fortified architecture. The complex of medieval origin, as underlined by the battlemented keep of cylindrical shape, shows the renewed features of the second half of the XVI century: the inner courtyard, the hanging garden, the towers and the city walls.

Opposite the Rocca stands the other heart of the city: the Pavaglione, the large quadrilateral building. Alfonso II d’Este made it build in 1570 to house the market of silkworms’ cocoons. Designed as a closed four-sided portico and brightened up by an infinity of shops, the Pavaglione has been and is still today the heart of economic and cultural exchanges of the town. To this day, in the Pavaglione are staged shows, festivals, historical events as the Contesa Estense, food and wine events as Lugolosa, the weekly market, the Antique and Collecting market and the Biennial fair of the Romagnola.

Between the Rocca and the Pavaglione stands, if anything, dominates the space the monument to Francesco Baracca from Lugo, a hero of the Great War. On the marble wing there is the major Baracca’s symbol, the rearing horse that was adopted afterwards by Enzo Ferrari as official logo of Maranello car company. To this aviation hero the town dedicated a Museum where his aircraft SPAD VII used during a number of air duels is displayed. Moreover, every year the town renders homage to this distinguished fellow citizen by organising the Festa del Cavallino Rampante.

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On the western side of the Pavaglione stands the Teatro Rossini where important prose works, concerts and a lyric season of international prestige are staged every year. It was built between 1757 and 1759. In 1859 it was named after Gioacchino Rossini who got his music education in Lugo, his father’s native town. Lovers of classic music can be very interested in the itinerary to Casa Rossini, Villa Malerbi and the Chiesa del Carmine,where organs played by the young Rossini are still visible.

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Among artistically important religious buildings there are the Oratorio di Sant’Onofrio, an oratory which houses Ignazio Stern’s paintings, the Chiesa del Suffragio, characterised by a rich baroque interior and the Collegiata di San Francesco which houses a very valuable sixteenth-century cloister. At the south entrance of the city a building not to be missed is the fifteenth-century Oratorio di Croce Coperta where it is possible to admire a marvellous collection of frescoes, maybe ascribable to the School of Ferrara during the XV and XVI centuries.

At a walking distance from the old town stands the ancient Cimitero Ebraico. This is a cemetery that witnesses the presence of a large Hebrew community which has actively contributed to the economic development of the city from the XVI until the XX century.

Lugo is also famous for its charming green area, Parco del Loto, near the Canale dei Mulini along which a nice bicycle lane stretches in a particular itinerary in the nature.

 
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