The Santerno valley
Posted on 27 February 2020 From IF ImolaFaenza
The Santerno valley is an ancient land that links Imola to the Apennines and preserves the traditions of the past and an enchanting nature that is still pristine.
Developing along the via Montanara, which from Imola ascends towards the Apennines to cross into Tuscany, the Santerno Valley is an ancient land that preserves the traditions of the past and an enchanting nature that is still pristine.
Borgo Tossignano will be the first stop: gateway to the Parco Regionale della Vena del Gesso Romagnola (Regional Park of the Vena del Gesso Romagnola), a unique and precious ecosystem, which preserves a very vast flora and fauna typical of the Apennines. The Casa del Fiume (House of the River) is a reference point for those seeking information on trails, MTB (mountain bike) trails and the unique features of this park.
The chalky ridge of the Riva di San Biagio offers a breathtaking view from the remains of the castle of Tossignano from where many nature trials, leading into the surrounding fascinating wilderness, depart.
Continuing towards Tuscany, you arrive at Castel del Rio: here you are welcomed by the Palazzo Alidosi at the centre of the town and by the Ponte Alidosi (Alidosi Bridge), which used to connect the two river banks, favouring trade. The high slopes are dominated by coppices and chestnut woods. The chestnuts of Castel del Rio are protected by an exclusive brand and their cultivation is promoted and protected by a Consortium that brings together the main producers.