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Forlì, or has they call it here Furlé, is an energetic town that has grown around the central Piazza Aurelio Saffi and is surrounded by a vast green area linked to the squadre by a touristic train and an accessible cycle lane.
Perfect for a summer picnic, the Parco Franco Agosto is a daily rendez-vous point for sportsman enjoying soccer, volley, basket, beachvolley and bocce fields.
Even if you are not into sports, do not lose the occasion tp take a walk on its crisp and airy paths, especially during the springtime: you will probably meet rabbits, jumping around on top of the hill, as well as swans, ducks, moorhens and tortoises keeping the ponds alive.
To discover the historical centre avoiding the crowded streets, start from via Regnoli, that resembles a small Berlin’s East Side Gallery.
A magical spot, but central, to slowly sweep always looking at the affreschi and murales colouring the building facades.
If you are fond of shopping, you will be pleasantly distracted by the artisanal labs and designers’ workshops, where to buy peculiar objects, such as Artefatti’s eco-bijoux or house accessories from Deposito Creativo and Succi, original and nowhere else available pieces.
If the walk has made you decently hungry you do not evene have to move from via Regnoli.
There you can choose between a vegeterian/vegan experience at Granadilla or the homemade hamburgers with home made meet at Burghetto.
From there, passing through the historical streets you will be back to Piazza Saffi.
This square keeps all the historical identities from the various town’s epoque: the romanic Basilica San Mercuriale, with the original massive bell tower from the XII century, the Palazzo Comunale, along with the Torre dell'Orologio built together in the XIV century, the Palazzo del Podestà e Palazzo Albertini from the XV century, where many expos are held, and Palazzo delle Poste, an example of the architecture from the fascist regime.
When you are done with your city center tour, make sure you leave the town passing the Rocca di Ravaldino, an old fortress that witnesses the town’s tenacious resistance, guided by the untamed Caterina Sforza against the assaults of Cesare Borgia.
After fifteen kilometers stop by the medieval town of Bertinoro, city of wine and hospitality.
Perched on a hill, you can see it from far away thanks to the vast city walls protecting the old towers and houses.
Once you reached the central Piazza della Libertà, enjoy the panorama zoning from the vineyards, that following the hills profile, to the sea and its horizon.
It is not a case it is nicknamed as Romagna’s Terrace.
Mentioned by Dante, who we will cite again, the Colonna degli Anelli and the ancient tradition of Bertinoro’s hospitality is reported in the commentary of the Divine Comedy Purgatory’s XIV Canto.
Every family corresponded to each ring (anello): as a peregrin would reach Bertinoro, he would hang his cane or his mount to a ring. The family owning that chosen ring would have hosted him. This hosting ritual is now renewed with a huge rally every September’s first sunday.
If you are really fond of good wine do not miss the glass afternoons during winter times: each sunday of january and febrauary till half, music and tradition will be pleasurable conversation’s topics, within a friendly and convivial vibe, to discover the magic of being held together by culture and enogastronomy.
Always on the hospitality matter, if you have the time, keep your journey till Portico di Romagna: immersed in the green of Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi is a location for expert connoisseurs, especially thanks to the widespread hotel Vecchio Convento.
Its rooms are spread across the town, while the noble and central palace helds the wonderful restaurant. If you stop for a chat with the locals they will tell you the legend on how Dante has met in this very spot Beatrice Portinari, his winged lady. There are no historical proofs about it, but in Portico, Palazzo Portinari, where Beatrice’s dad Folco spent his summers, stands still.
Perfectly organized by the homonym association that has arranged refueling and resting spots, it is the suited occasion to walk one if the finest and historically richest sectors of the whole Appennino.