[Emilia-Romagna Villages] Portico di Romagna and San Benedetto in Alpe
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We return this week to Romagna with the usual Thursday morning appointment with the most beautiful villages of our region: in the mountain valley, in the province of Forlì, we discover together Portico di Romagna and San Benedetto in the Alpe, boroughs of 780 inhabitants scattered in three Several inhabited centers and part of the mountain Community of Acquacheta. Also acknowledged as orange flagship village, Portico stands out for the excellent preservation and homogeneity of its ancient nucleus and for the utmost care of urban furnishings, as well as a naturalistic context of remarkable
The history of the small hamlet is very ancient, its name derives from the latin “porticum”, the market, dating back to Roman times when these territories were released from the people of the Gauls. But it is in medieval times that this place is always the most prestigious, representing an important stage of the path connecting Romagna to beautiful Florence. The clashes between the various noble families wishing to obtain this strategic zone for the control of Italy ended definitively in 1386 when Portico became the capital of the Romagna territories under the control of the Florentine republic.
The story of St. Benedict in the Alps is linked to that of the homonymous abbey that has been here since the year 1000. Even Dante Alighieri on his journey, exiled from the Florentine country, found shelter in the abbey, and in these places it is said that he was born The love of Beatrice. The father of the famous girl, Fosco Portinari, was the owner of the Portinari palace, still present in the center of Portico.
Certainly the village, divided on the three ancient levels, is very impressive and with medieval flavor, as beautiful as the surrounding nature and envelops in a green embrace. In the streets of the center are the ancient buildings of cultural interest, such as Palazzo Portinari, where the beloved Dante’s Beatrice, Palazzo Traversari or Palazzo Mazzoni lived.
The Majesty’s Bridge, probably dating back to the 14th century, can not but represent a fixed stop of your journey to the small mountain town. Without any restoration, every year there are many pilgrims who go back to Assisi’s path that finds one of its stages here.
In the hamlet of Bocconi there is the bridge of the Brusia, with donkey back, and divided into three arches leading you to the town center where the Vigiacli Tower, used by guards, around which the village developed.
Summer: to escape the summer heat you can escape to the Cascate dell’Aquacheta, following a green walk in nature, and thus spending a nice day outdoors. country.
Autumn: the village of Portico holds a record, the smallest volcano in Italy! A language of perennial fire that comes out of the earth, recommended in the autumn nights to enlighten you and warm your soul and body.
Winter: in winter camps you can ski in one of the ski and snowboard slopes in the park, from skiing to the snowpark, fun is guaranteed to all lovers of white mountains.
Spring: the nature around the village is a really interesting attraction in any season, but in spring The National Park of Foreste Casentinesi will really make you understand the concept of open air, trekking, rich flora and fauna and breathtaking landscapes!
Summer: Chef sotto il portico begins to be a constant appointment of the summer of the village. Numerous international chefs will challenge potato sticks and ladle to decree the most tasty cuisine! July could not start in a more appetizing way.
Autumn: the perfect time to discover the Sottobosco Fruits Festival, where mushrooms, truffles, junipers, browns and nuts scent and color our tables. The beauty and the goodness of this season can be discovered with booths, artisans and expert producers selected over the years, to celebrate the Tuscan-Romagna tradition.
Winter: right this season the beautiful porch becomes the Country of the nativities when, in the most characteristic corners of the small village, there are many outdoor nativities arranged, making the town even more impressive.
Spring: you can spoil a typical Romagna’s plate… the bracciatello! The Bracciatello feast crowns this sweet, poorly made flour, water and eggs, similar to a donut donut villa, which is always tasty with salami and a glass full of red wine.
Food and Wine
Among the many typical specialties of the Romagna cuisine we are entering today in the world of sweets. Cream peaches are a treat that every good Romagna’s inhabitant knows as a baby, prepared by grandmothers and mothers on horseback. Two red alchermes caps closing inside a cascade of cream and sometimes chocolate… you can not find something more tasty! One pulls the other!
Path and pilgrim ways
Two different spiritual paths meet this mountainous area: the St. Anthony’s path (cammino di Sant’Antonio) and the path of Dante. The first one leads us to Padua in the tomb of the saint, stretching in different paths for a total of 300km, via Monselice, Rovigo, Ferrara, Bologna, the Parks of the Bolognese Gessi and the Caladhi dell’Abbadessa and the Venus of the Romantic Gesso Until you get to Montepaolo.
Dante’s journey (Cammino di Dante) looks back on the journey of the Blessed High for these lands when, exiled from Florence, crossed the paths and ancient paths of Tuscan Romagna. A stimulating and evocative journey that will remind you of the sensations of the far Middle Ages, laying their feet in the lands sung also in the verses of the Divine Comedy.