Our wonderful picturesque valley has blossoms of intreauging ancient churhes. Throughout the years during restoration programs an array wonders have been discovered, from art works, alfrescos, statues and underground crypts. Besides these fantastic finds the valley bosts to treasure a Sacred Forest and an International Museum of Religion, both of national cultural importance and not to be underestimated as they are truly spectacular places to visit. In addition as we are in the centre of Italy we can easily access places like Padova, Florence and Venice. Not only amongst the most beautiful cities of the world but they also home some the most important UNESCO and religious attractions. As the charter of Italian at Heart is to develop cultural relations, we pride ourselves on organizing activities with local associations helping people share their passions and enrich their cultural experiences. offering a complete and varied spectrum truly makes our programs authentic and exclusive, but accessible to all! Please click this google map link for an idea of the locations we cover.
Below a sample program. (Please note we can change the program to suit your personal requirements)
Day1 – Arrival Private transport transfer from destination airport to lodgings. We’ll have a warm welcoming meal to get to know everybody and summarize all aspects of the program.
Day2 – Piev Tho, the Convent for lunch then off to Bertinoro Interreligious Museum
Monastero-Collegio Emiliani (monastery-college) founded in 1822 and was established by a note noble gentilman called Emiliani. In an era of so much poverty was arising “the first grammar school” in Italy. It was soon to be an icon of those times and noble families from all over Italy and some cases Switerland and Austria would send their duaghters. Not only did it have an excellent academic reputation, but more so young girls would be educated to noble manerisums, learn how to cook, cultivate flowers and ortages, sew, dance etc. So the college was really preparing the young girls to become ladies!
The town of Fognano is the most important town in the disrict of Brisighella. If we consider the etymology of the name Fognano, we can be sure of its Roman origin. After the year 1000, Fognano became a castle which Maghinardo Pagani took possession of in 1292. In 1650, the Bishop of Faenza, Cardinal Carlo Rossetti, thanks to the remarkable economic development of the town of Fognano, conceded the local parish church the title of rchpriestly. During Napoleon’s domination, with an imperial decree of 1805, Fognano was established as a Comune di Terza Classe (third class city) and various neighbouring towns were united. While the other third class cities belonging to the district of Brisighella, were abolished in the years 1810-1811, Fognano preserved its jurisdiction until 1816.
Please click this link to view images of “Piev Tho”
Parish The church of San Giovanni Battista, commonly referred to as either “pieve in Ottavo” or “pieve Tho,” is without a doubt the most important monument of the territory of Brisighella and is a “national monument” of 1908. The name Tho, or Tottavo, derives from its position along the Via Emilia, located at the 8th mile from Faenza. The beautiful Romanesque church is the oldest parish church in the Lamone Valley. A papal bull of December 7, 1143 made the Plebs Sancti Johannis in Octavo the only existing parish in the area. According to legend, the parish was erected by a daughter of Theodosius, the empress Galla Placidia, on the foundations of a Roman temple dedicated to Jupiter. It is first mentioned in a document of Ravenna of 909. An earlier church was rebuilt in Romanesque style, which we can still see today. During restorations in 1934, the date of MC was found on a capital, which is possibly the year of its construction. The crypt and other subterranean spaces were found in 1951, however, the problem of the building’s date has not yet been resolved. Some historians date the building to the 9th century and consider it the link between the parish churches of Ravenna from the 6-10th centuries and the proto-Romanesque churches of the subsequent centuries. The beautiful three-aisled church has exposed brick, with round arches on gray marble columns and one column of Verona. The columns all vary in thickness. The building is 13.2 meters wide by 26.6 meters long. The façade is composed largely of reused materials, including Roman bricks. 15th-century frescoes adorn the choir, with figures of the apostles Peter and Matthew, and the Virgin and Child.
Day3 – A wonderful day visiting La Valletta and St. Antonio Cathedral in Padua
A relaxing moring visit to a what I call heaven on earth. La Valletta Garden. The ideal place for our moments of concentration. A delighful lunch then off to Padua to visit one of the most beautiful catherdrals in italy.
“La Valletta” is a small farm where we try to select Mediterranean drought resistant plants. These plants allow us to create ecological, low maintenance gardens rich in colours, shape and texture. In the garden we have created a series of different environments which don’t need to be watered at all: the wildflower meadow, the gravel garden, the Mediterranean “ macchia”, the slopes covered with Cistus, the dry stone walls plants and, recently, a drought tolerant vegetable garden.
Day4 Tredozio – Thousands of years
Tredozio is located in the Tramazzo valley. It brings together social, historical and cultural influences from both Romagna (under whose its administrative jurisdiction it falls) and Tuscany. In fact at the Tuscan end, the valley has always been a natural passage for farmers taking their livestock from the lowlands to the hills as a well as for pilgrims, merchants and mercenaries on their way to the plains around Ravenna. In fact you are entering an area which is traditionally called “Romagna- Toscana”.
Documents mention a castle, the Castrum Treudacium, for the first time in the year 925 and it became the nucleus of what would later be the town of Tredozio.
Both the church and monastery of San Michele and the Monastery of Gamogna are part of that vast territory called “Piviere di San Valentino”, including more than 21 parish churches, which already during the first millennium took actively part in the social and religious life of the Tredozio and Modigliana valleys. Trebbana is an ancient church with a parsonage dedicated to Saint Michael. The first foundations were laid in 1063 and the church was given to San Pier Damiani for the hermits of Gamugno.
The ancient parish territory of San Valentino was widely extended so that the whole area, including the territories beyond Gamogn
a in the south, those stretching as far as Marradi and Modigliana in the south-west, the lands in the north-eastern borders with Rocca San Casciano, and those running south-east to Portico and San Benedetto in Alpe, was given the name of “ Piviere di San Valentino”. The church dates back to 562 a. D. In the nearby village of Cornio, the partisan Silvio Corbari fell in an ambush
on 18th August 1944 and died.
Parish Church of the Company of the Holy Sacrament and the Oratory Blessed Virgin of Mercy (Via XX Settembre, Tredozio)
Built in the 14th century the parish church can be considered a beautiful example of local religious architecture. After being damaged by an earthquake in 1661, it was renovated in 1695, even though its last extension dates from 1702. It was restored
in 1939, when the façade in fired brick was raised and dressed in stone. The façade is embellished by interesting frescoes. The church interior also underwent major restructurings and now houses some art treasures such as the miraculous image of
the “Blessed Virgin of Mercy”, once found on a wall of a farm-house known as “Molinetto” and now placed in a shrine of the chapel built on that occasion.
Besides the enchanting village There’s also the mysterious Sacred Forest. For images please click on this link
Travelling through the roads and paths that cross the Park forests is like following a long Ariadne’s thread that through the centuries has connected the existence of many people, humble and powerful, holy men and knights, merchants and pilgrims.
These are ancient ways, the fruit of toil and of ingenuity, as shown by the strong stone bridges which still enable visitors today to reach the towns and villages, hermitages and monasteries on foot, with the pleasure of discovering anew the passing of time at its own pace and the traces of a past rich in history and art.
From the first Etruscan settlements, one of which in “Lago degli Idoli” (Idols’ Lake) in Monte Falterona left the most significant archaeological site in the whole of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, to the “pilgrims’ ways” which start in far-off Germany, and pass along the Via Romea (Roman Way), crossing the ridge at the Passo di Serra mountain pass and then descending into the Casentino and continuing onto Rome.
From the beautiful Acquacheta waterfall, that made such a lasting impression on Dante that he celebrated it in a verse in the Divine Comedy, to the plateau of San Paolo in Alpe, this is one of the areas most loved today by hikers and naturalists. These paths have brought to these places knights in arms, to meet in epic battles or cruel duels, to raze or to defend one of the many castles; but they have also brought men of faith, who, fascinated by the mystique of these forests, where dark firs or majestic beech trees seem to create enclosed crypts or light and airy cathedrals, have stopped their journey here to found hermitages and monasteries: St. Romualdo who, at Camaldoli, decided to withdraw from the world and started the Monastic Order whose rules are based around the conservation and management of the forests; St. Francis, who, after long periods seeking solitude and prayer among the beech trees clinging to the rough crags, received the stigmata at Mount La Verna and left the green slopes in the custody of his brother monks, who through their “ecological” vision have left the wood intact, furthering its natural evolution.
The visitor can imbibe and experience all of this step by step, in places that are already well-known and famous, but also through encountering along the way the country cottages– some isolated, some clustered in small villages – abandoned and ruined strongholds and small stone shrines. The signs of ancient civilisations or of everyday life. Signs to rediscover and pass on to future generations.
Day5 – Venice. A wonderful day visitng one of the most beautiful cities nad it’s enchanting churhes. Please click the link for further information.
Day6 – Casola
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Day7 – Florence. A wonderful day visitng one of the most beautiful cities nad it’s enchanting churhes. Please click the link for further information.
Day8- Sorry to say it’s departure time! A pleasant get together for feedbacks, thank you presents and farewells, before the return airport transfer.