[Emilia Romagna Villages] Bagno di Romagna
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This week the Emilia Romagna Tourism’s rubrica dedicated to the most beautiful villages in Italy brings us to discover Bagno di Romagna. The small town, located in what is called the Tuscany Romagna only 50km from Forlì, is famous throughout the boot for its thermal springs that carry every year countless Italian and foreign tourists. Between a hot bath and a hike in the National Park of the Casentinesi Forests, you can spend happy days of relaxation. In fact, its thermal waters are of bicarbonate-alkali-sulfuric, mineral, hyperthermal, and come from the source at a temperature of 47 ° C. We are not surprised if the ancient Romans already loved this place as the Roman poet Marziale. But let us discover the village together in detail!
Although the most ancient finds date back to the Neolithic age, the most captivating history of the village begins in Roman times so much that Marziale tells us the therapeutic virtues of the hot thermal waters. In medieval times the Guidi di Bagno counts have built the fortresses of Corzano and Montegranelli, overhanging Bagno di Romagna. These were the strategic points of control of the territory, and they were of greater value than San Piero’s marketplace. Only with the defeat of Corzano by the Lanzichenecchi in the ‘500, San Piero increased in size and importance so much that the commune moved there, but decided to keep the name of Bagno di Romagna. Bath is part of that Romagna defined as Tuscany, as it is annexed with the Unity of Italy just to the Tuscany region. Only since 1923, following the movement of the provincial boundaries by Benito Mussolini, it became part of the Forlì.
Bagno di Romagna is one of the favorite destinations for those who love “slow tourism” thanks to its thermal springs, immersed in the greenery, as a perfect paradise to live slowly, savoring the pleasures of nature and especially of the table. At the same time, the ancient purse shows itself to be charming and very romantic, suitable for a perfect weekend in the company of your partner. If you are a lover of art, you will not be able to visit the Captain’s Palace, where exhibitions and events are organized, and the library and city archives. The Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, which overlooks the main square, is the flagship of the town. The church’s current plant dates back to the Renaissance period, around 860.
Summer: an excursion to the National Park of Casentinesi Forests is what makes for you to hide from the sun’s rays and enjoy a picnic immersed in nature! Suggest the protected areas of the Lama Forest and the entire reserve of Sasso Fratino in the heart of the Forest.
Autumn: the woods are at the moment the real protagonist, you can enjoy the mushrooms and truffles it offers, and collect them personally or for the lazy ones, tasting them in the restaurants in the area.
Winter: the winter and its cold often bother us with maladies and small ailments, nothing worrying if dipped in the 47th of the regenerating thermal waters! I assure you it is amazing to see the snowy mountains floating in steaming water away from the stress of the city
Spring: there are several places to be immortalized in the district, with a beautiful shot, from the Source of Chiardovo, to the lakes of Mount Comero to the mule track for Corzano. You just have to take your reflex, give it a bicycle and start the adventure!
Summer: in the last days of July each year celebrate Captain’s Days, recreating the Renaissance atmosphere of the Captain’s country entrance, which Florence sent annually to administer the territory.
Autumn: October Selvapianese, on Sundays, in the locality of Selvapiana, events and gourmet kiosks celebrate the products of the undergrowth, in particular the chestnut trees of Monte Còmero
Winter: the gnomes also have their fair, with the exhibition of typical products, handicrafts, walking markets, games, food and wine tastings, and the Gnome Fair in November at Bagno di Romagna.
Spring: at Spring Festival in San Piero in Bagno, from the end of April to the beginning of May, over 60 stands exhibit plant, garden and apartment plants every year, organic food products, forest products and undergrowth, gardening , Artistic crafts, ceramics and pottery.
Food and Wine
Like every Romagna country there are many tasty dishes you can savor! But only in this area, from the wedding of the tradition of Emilia-Romagna and Tuscany, there are born “Basotti“, very peculiar baked noodles together with the soup (HERE the recipe). Typical are the tortillas to the plate, and the riddles, the freshly chopped cheese from Slow Food.
Path and pilgrim ways