Ravenna city of art and culture, city of mosaics, ancient city that 1600 years ago was the capital three times: of the Western Roman Empire, of Theodoric king of the Goths, of the Byzantium empire in Europe. The magnificence of that period has left Ravenna with a great heritage of monuments: there are 8 buildings that have been declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO.
The art of mosaic in Ravenna has found its widest expression. Furthermore, you can walk among the bell towers and monastic cloisters, passing from the Romanesque to the Gothic, from the Giotto frescoes of Santa Chiara to the Baroque of the apse of S. Apollinare Nuovo; from the testimonies of Dante Alighieri’s last refuge to the Palaces that saw the loves of Lord Byron.
Forlì, the capital of the province of Forlì-Cesena, is considered among the best Italian cities for the quality of life, measured on the basis of various indicators such as services, culture, art, economic liveliness, traffic and green areas, universities.
Located in the Po Valley along the Via Emilia, it was founded by the Romans in the 2nd century BC with the patronymic Forum Livii, which dates back to the consul Livio Salinatore, even if there is no historical certainty that identifies the founder of the city in the Roman consul.
The city preserves, especially in the historic center, valuable monuments that tell of its past and of the different Lordships that followed its dominion, such as the Ordelaffi, the Sforza, the Borgias.
During the Middle Ages, this small village was dominated by Malatesta, Forlì, Cesena and Rimini until it became part of the Pontifical Church. It is famous for the production of table and wine grapes, such as Albana grapes. The town retains numerous historical beauties such as Porta San Romano facing Forlì and Porta San Francesco facing Polenta. Bertinoro is defined as the “balcony of Romagna” thanks to the enchanting panorama that can be observed.
This small village with a characteristic historic center is surrounded by vineyards, orchards, historical and panoramic places of great interest for tourists. Not far from the sea, in 1991 it won the prize as “ideal village of Italy” conferred by the magazine Airone with the patronage of the European community.
Santarcangelo di Romagna
There are many reasons why it is worth discovering Santarcangelo: for its strong Romagna identity and the atmosphere of a large village marked by the right rhythm of life, for its architectural beauty made up of noble palaces, bourgeois houses, alleys and squares which have given it the title of City of Art, and for international events. The large triumphal arch erected in 1777 by the citizens in honor of the fellow citizen Pope Clement XIV is clearly visible in the central square of Ganganelli.