Church of San Giovanni in Ottavo
Once you pass the village of Brisighella, along the State Street SS302, direction Tuscany, after approx 1 km on your left, you’ll find the tiny church of San Giovanni Battista, framed by romantic vineyards. It used to mark the eighth mile of the Via Faventina, the Roman road that connected Faenza with Florence, and still nowadays the church is remembered with the name of San Giovanni in Ottavo (Ottavo meaning eighth in Italian).It is with no doubts the most meaningful monument in the territory of Brisighella and is also one of the best-preserved churches of the entire Romagna. It’s a moving place, because of its stunning simplicity and at the same time its beauty that stands still in time. It is not unrelated that many couples decide to marry in this magical location, in the unique frame of the River Lamone Valley.
Ancient traces allegedly link the origin of the building with Empress Galla Placidia, but the church was truly built at a later period, between VIII and X Century, on the remains of ancient Roman complexes. Highly recommended.