We start our journey to discover the forgotten villages of Emilia Romagna from the area of Forli Cesena, namely from the small village of San Paolo in Alpe.
Placed in a high-altitude grassland (1000 m above sea level) this small abandoned village is one of the most magical places of the Casentinesi Forest Park.
The town became famous during the Second World War, as a place chosen by the Allies to launch food and ammunition for the Italian partisans hidden in the mountains, and is now included within the “Freedom Path“: a path that starting from Santa Sofia and allows you to enjoy the environmental beauties and to think about the tragedy that happened in those places during the Second World War.
It is possible to reach San Paolo in Alpe using the hiking network of the Casentino Forest National Park, or by car, through the forest road whose entrance is located about 2 km from the town of Corniolo. The trail (marked by the CAI with the number 255) runs through the territory of “Sasso Fratino”, the only strip of forest that is now considered one of the last virgin Forests of Europe.