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The origins of Russi lively agricultural and industrial centre are lost in the midst of time. The discovery of two burials (datable between the end of the VII century and the beginning of the VI century BC) under the floor surface of the Roman villa represents the most ancient testimony of non-Etruscan people settled in Romagna from the VII century BC.

particolare-Villa-Romana

Today, the architectural aspect of the old town has typical eighteenth-century characteristics also due to the 1968 earthquake. However, next to the town hall there are the most emblematic traces of this town’s medieval past: the keep and two donjons of the Rocca, which was built in the second half of the XIV century by the lord of Ravenna, Guido da Polenta. The fortalice, which is today the Museo Civico, played a very important role in conflicts between Faenza and Ravenna for the supremacy of Romagna territory between the Middle-Ages and the Renaissance.

It is pleasant to take a walk through the old town streets and visit remarkable eighteenth-century religious buildings. The central square Piazza Farini is overlooked by the Chiesa Arcipretale di Sant’Apollinare which houses some statues designed by the famous decorators Ballanti Graziani from Faenza, a fine high altar and, in the sacristy, three fourteenth-century frescoes painted by an anonymous master of Romagna region. We also recommend the Chiesa dell'Addolorata, (also known as 'Chiesa dei Servi'), decorated with stuccoes among which the choir ones are the most elegant and the Chiesa del Carmine where it is possible to admire beautiful paintings and decoration attributed to Camporesi di Meldola, called the 'pittore dei fiori' (painter of flowers).

In the immediate vicinity of the built-up area it is possible to visit one of the most important and better preserved Roman findings in northern Italy: the Villa Romana (I century BC). With its mosaic floors of unusual beauty, the Villa represents the heart of a very important residential, productive complex of more 3,500 m2 which was built during the Augustan Age and active until the IV century. The archaeological area is located in a very large area of restoring environmental balance with hydrophilous wood and perennial pond.

Market: Tuesday and Friday morning Piazza Farini e Via Cavour 

 
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Lovers of ‘unusual’ museums but of great value cannot absolutely miss two destinations in Russi: in the old town, the Museo di Arte Campanaria, one of the most peculiar collections of bells composed of more than forty models, some of which are very valuable. Driving along the San Vitale road towards Ravenna we come to the Museo dell’Arredo contemporaneo, one of the most important design and interior design collections in Europe.

At about two kilometres from Russi built-up area next to the river Lamone right bank stands the monumental Palazzo di San Giacomo (end of the XVI century), which was the summer residence of the noble Rasponi family of Ravenna. Noble floor frescoes represent, in all probability, the largest painting collection of the XVI and XVII century in Romagna, at least as far as private and noble decoration is concerned.

From Russi it is also possible to start a fascinating path to discover four wonderful parishes plunged in the green countryside of Romagna: San Pancrazio, Sant’Apollinare, San Lorenzo in Vado Rondino and San Pietro in Trento.

Russi main festival, which has religious origins but has developed its more civil and spectacular aspect, is La Fira di Sett Dulur, held every year in September. 'Bel e cót' and 'Canèna nòva': tradition, storytellers, shows and local handicraft attract an ever increasing number of tourists every year.