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Valle del Limentra

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This itinerary winds through a fascinating portion of the Apennines along the dividing line between Emilia Romagna and Tuscany: sacred and secular architecture, natural beauty, charming villages adorned with the handiwork of Comacine master stonemasons.

First stop is the Rocchetta Mattei fortress in Riola-Savignano, outside of Grizzana Morandi. Bathed by the waters of the Limentra River, the building’s unique architecture designed by its eclectic builder, Count Cesare Mattei, is one of the main tourist attractions of the Apennine Mountains.

From there the tour returns to Riola where you can admire another architectural masterpiece, the Church of Santa Maria Assunta designed by the world-renowned Finnish architect Alvar Aalto.

From Riola take the road towards Vimignano to reach an adorable medieval village, La Scola, a concentrate of charm and history.

 

To reach the fourth stop of the tour drive a few more kilometres and climb upwards to Montovolo, the ancient “sacred mountain” that is home to the Sanctuary of S. Maria della Consolazione and Chapel of S. Caterina d’Alessandria.

The tour ends in the Town of Camugnano, and it’s last two sites to visit are: the Cati Mill, with its Museum of Bread in the township of Ponte di Verzuno and Palazzo Comelli, a medieval building in Borgo di Ca’ Melati, Bargi. Both are sites of the Camugnano Ecomuseo (eco-museum).  

This tour can be followed on foot over marked CAI pathways, by bicycle or by car.

Rocchetta Mattei

Rocchetta Mattei

The castle Rocchetta Mattei (literally "small fortress Mattei") is situated in the mountan chain of the Apennines between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna. It is 45 km away from Bologna, on the SS.64 (road) that links Bologna to Porretta Terme, just after the town of Riola, in the municipality of Grizzana Morandi.
It was built by the Count Cesare Mattei (1809-1896) on the remains of an ancient medieval castle that belonged to Matilde di Canossa (a.k.a. Matilda of Tuscany).

La Scola

La Scola

An evocative medieval village where the origibnal buildings are still intact.

Santa Maria della Consolazione Sanctuary

Santa Maria della Consolazione Sanctuary

A Romanesque period church with a sober local sandstone facade, cup-shaped ashlars. Inside there is a polychrome statue of the Madonna di Montovolo (15th-16th century) and a crypt

Cati Mill

Cati Mill

Powered by the Limentra River, it includes several buildings that show what rural life was like centuries ago.

Palazzo Comelli

Palazzo Comelli

Located in the historic village of Ca' Melati, it is a fine example of medieval, higher-echelon mountain architecture, transformed into a Palazzo by the Comelli family of notaries