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Massa Lombarda

 

Located in the heart of Bassa Romagna, at a few kilometres from the Adriatic coast and the hill of the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines, Massa Lombarda is swathed in a typical Romagna landscape which is characterised by cultivated fields and orchards where traces of the Roman centuriation are still visible.

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Its origins date back to the VIII century and they are tied to the agricultural agglomeration which stood at the edge of Lugo wood. Since the year one thousand the territory had been contended by religious groups, powerful feudatories, city-states and seigniories that had been alternately in and out of power of the town for a long time. In 1251, the toponymMassa Sancti Pauli became Massa Lombardorum due to the hospitality offered to populations who came from Mantua territories and were in flight from the persecutions of the cruel Ezzelino III Da Romano.

Since the end of the XIX century the economy of this town has been tied to the fruit and vegetable tradition which has made Massa Lombarda a national reference point of this trade. In 1970, this large historical and agrarian heritage was collected and organized in a permanent structure, the Museo della Frutticoltura Adolfo Bonvicini.

A stopover in Massa Lombarda will certainly lead you in the old town to discover a large number of interesting historical buildings. The central square Piazza Matteotti is overlooked by the Palazzo Comunale and the Torre dell’Orologio, which has become the symbol of the town. Both buildings date back to the XVIII century and they are made by the famous Imola architect Cosimo Morelli. He also designed the interior of the Chiesa del Santo Salvatore which overlooks the main street, Via Vittorio Veneto. In the vicinity there is also Santa Maria del Carmine, a church built by Carmelite friars in the XVII century which became one of the most important Carmelite centres for the entire Romagna region.

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The sixteenth-century Chiesa arcipretale della Conversione di San Paolo is the most important religious building of the city. The austere basilical church with a bay and two aisles still has elements of the previous Roman-Gothic building on which it was built outside the apse. The church houses a valuable eighteenth-century wood chancel and the paintings San Giovanni evangelista, attributed to Alessandro Tiarini, Ss. Rocco e Sebastiano to Carlo Cignani, Madonna con Sant’Alberto to Giuseppe Mazzuoli and Santa Maria Maddalena de’ Pazzi attributed to Felice Cignani.

The Cultural Centre Carlo Venturini houses the homonymous Museum which includes a valuable collection of archaeological findings, coins, ceramics and a picture gallery with works done by Garofalo, Bastianino, Giambattista Bassi and Giuseppe Caletti. The Centre also houses the Library which boasts a heritage of more than 20,000 volumes, 8,000 of which belong to the ancient fund.

In a rural zone outside the built-up area stands the Santurario della Beata Vergine Maria del Trebeghino, one of the most ancient places of worship in Massa Lombarda. This building is a single chamber church with a vault in the presbytery and trusses in the remaining part. The Santurario della Beata Vergine della consolazione of great architectural value was built between 1794 and 1813 thanks to Massa Lombarda people.

Lovers of movement and nature will be very interested in the itinerary of Historical villas to which are dedicated eight bicycle lanes in the fascinating countryside streets. In Massa Lombarda it is possible to visit the Villa Ferrari Codazzi, now Pasolini dall'Onda and the Villa Ricci Signorini, now Istituto Maria Immacolata.

 
 

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