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The trip to Romagna in Fall 2017 was one of the best experience of my many journeys through uniquely gorgeous Italy. Best of Romagna did show that it’s best!
We Started in Bologna at a lovely central boutique hotel. Dinner at an “osteria” recommended by the staff, after enjoying a spritz and ‘leccornie’ (delicacies) served as ‘happy hour’ sides. Typical Bolognese tortellini was my choice, and was not disappointed. Strolled the covered arcades back to a restful full moon night, which I enjoyed from our terrace.
For breakfast we strolled to the Mercato di Mezzo, in the medieval city center. Visited Bologna Patron Saint Basilica in the Piazza Maggiore, on to the famous (to Italians) leaning Towers of Garisendda and Asinelli.
Left toward our destination on historic Via Emilia to Romagna, stopped at the organic Zuffa Vinyard for wine tasting and local delicacies. Onward to Longiano, our ‘home’ for the following week is a bed and breakfast with stunning views and lovely accommodations. We ending the evening at “Ai Cantoni” restaurant for more of the best food and wine.
Next day we visited Longiano a medieval castle with extraordinary views, modern art collection, Petrella theatre with a museum of Commedia dell’Arte masks. The rest of the day we were treated to one of the fall festivals in Sant’Agata Feltria, “White truffles festival”, the town was filled with visitors for a day filled with sun and food vendors.
The area offers beautiful ‘borghi’, ancient cities and a country within Italy “San Marino”.
Ravenna was three times capital of the Empires, full of marvelous mosaics which we experienced with one of the best tour guide “Cinzia”.
Cesenatico is a Venetian style port designed by Leonardo da Vinci for Csare Borgia. At the end of visit enjoyed a great ‘gelato’ recommended by our tour host Valere. Cesena is home to a 600 year old library with accessed only with the ‘first’ “password” known, according to our guide, Ivan, with two sets of large keys to unlock the two doors!
Lunch at a favorite historic osteria of Valere was delicious! Visit to Villa Venti and Fattoria Paradiso were more of the delights we experienced. We even visited the Rubicon where Ceasar crossed it with “Let the die be cast!”, Savignano sul Rubicone!
The Republic of San Marino, nestled atop the 739 meters Monte Titano, one of the oldest continued Republic in the world. Strolling through its narrows alleys, overlooking the valley below from the main piazza, where we enjoyed aperitivo while people watching, even a small wedding group taking pictures of the bride and groom!
Sant’Arcangelo, San Leo and Brisighella were all breathtaking, can’t choose a favorite, they all are. Rimini, which I use to vacation near by, was surprisingly historic! A Roman bridge and Arch of August at the end of a lovely ‘corso’ was another great experience.
Our dinner in Verucchio, another of Valere favorites, was a joy with wine and food to discover, only wished we could have arrived earlier to visit the borgo, which surely deserves it. Until our next ‘journey’, our drive to Lago di Garda, Sirmione, ciao!
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