BRISIGHELLA - romantic medieval hamlet
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3 HOUR TOUR
Close to Faenza, on the hilly road to Florence, you'll discover the small medieval village of Brisighella, set at the foot of the three rocky peaks that dominate one of the most evocative landscapes of our Apennines, within the Natural Park of the Vein of Gypsum.
3 hours will give you the chance to discover some of the best examples of this unique place, listed as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages of Italy".
We will walk in the characteristic "Donkeys Alley", strongly linked to the local history: it is an elevated and covered street, illuminated by different arches, which from an ancient defensive bastion has become a shelter for donkeys carrying gypsum from the caves in the surroundings.
We will see the exterior of the Town Hall and we will enter in the 17th century Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo to admire a wonderful painting of Palmezzano representing the Adoration of the Magi.
From the center of the village are also visible on the hills that dominate the landscape, the Manfredian and Venetian Fortress, a powerful example of medieval military art, and the crenellated Clock Tower.
To end the visit we move from the historical center to reach the Romanesque Pieve del Thò: built between VIII and X century, it is the oldest parish church of the River Lamone valley and it is a true architectural gem worthy of a careful visit.