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Bagnacavallo main square Piazza della Libertà. Source: Comune Bagnacavallo municipal archive. Photo by: Mauro Rambelli
Province:  Ravenna (19 km)
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Where it is
Located in the inland part of the Ravenna province, a few km from the Adriatic Sea and the Apennines, Bagnacavallo has a strategic location with easy access to the park of the Po River Delta, Ravenna, Faenza, Bologna and Ferrara.
Why visit
An art town in the heart of Romagna, Bagnacavallo is one of the most interesting places to visit in the province. The ancient town’s centre is still intact with its medieval plan, a unique example in Romagna, with a peculiar structure of curved alleyways, long and beautiful porticos and a great number of noble palaces and religious buildings. It’s a charming town that gives the visitor the pleasure of discovery, with its authenticity and ability to welcome everyone. Hospitality here is unparalleled, love and respect for nature are a way of life, art, culture and gourmet cuisine are the great heritage of this land.
Where to visit and what to see

Bagnacavallo’s hospitable atmosphere can be enjoyed all year long. Indeed the town has lots to offer. Amongst the most famous monuments, the Pieve di San Pietro in Sylvis, one of the most well preserved parish churches in Romagna. The church is located on the pilgrims’ route Via dei Romei; it dates back to the VII century and houses important XIV century frescos of the Riminese School.

Piazza Nuova
is the most characteristic architectural site, with its uniquely elegant features. The square dates back to 1758 and is oval with porticos all around it. It was built as a market for meat, fish and oil. It was recently restored and houses a restaurant and some craft workshops.

Illustrious locals include Tommaso Garzoni, Leo Longanesi, Stefano Pelloni, known as il Passatore, and Bartolomeo Ramenghi, also known as il Bagnacavallo. The local museum houses his altarpieces "Madonna with child and Saints Michael, Francis, Peter and John" and "The Mystical Marriage of St. Catherine"; the presbytery of the church Collegiata di San Michele Arcangelo houses the altarpiece "Christ on a throne of clouds with the Saints Michael the Archangel, John the Baptist, Bernardino and Peter the Apostle".

The botanical garden Giardino dei Semplici, the romantic alley Vicolo degli amori and the print collection Gabinetto delle Stampe at Museo Civico delle Cappuccine are some of the interesting things to see in town.

The main square piazza della Libertà features the town hall and next to it the municipal theatre Teatro Goldoni, almost “a miniature Scala” for its beauty, according to the press. From November to April its programme features children’s theatre and great plays, including contemporary, comic and musical performances, often important national previews.

Just a few steps away from the piazza stands the ancient Convent of Saint Francis. Built in the thirteenth century, the convent has been remodelled several times and was partly rebuilt at the end of the eighteenth century. It houses a fine hotel and a number of public halls, among them being the “great attic”, also called Sala delle Capriate, and the Oriani Hall, which is to say the “new refectory” of the Franciscans, completed in 1766. Lined with wooden benches, it also houses some major paintings. Today all these rooms, together with the monumental staircase and the smaller rooms named after Tommaso Garzoni, are used for exhibitions, conventions, seminars and literary and food & wine events.

Room with a view

Palazzo Baldini is immersed in the countryside of Bagnacavallo and is part of a series of rural stately homes which constituted the backbone of the rural economy of this region in the past. The palace has been carefully restored and is now an agritourism with luxury rooms.

In the heart of the old town centre, the Antico Convento San Francesco Hotel occupies part of the recently renovated eighteenth-century former convent of the Franciscans. The wide corridors and spacious rooms, reminiscent of the era when the splendour of the building was at its peak, the eighteenth century, offer versatile accommodation for short and long stays.

Don't miss
The town centre has a very enjoyable cinematographic atmosphere. The spaces and the buildings, palaces and churches, seem to emanate a natural predisposition for the video camera. For this reason numerous directors choose it as a location for their films; already in 1962 De Sica shot La Riffa in Bagnacavallo. Since then, a lot of Italian cinema has been filmed here.
On the table
Wine, vinegar, distillates, “saba”, honey, meat and puddings are in the basket of “Il Bagnacavallo”, a consortium that operates to appreciate the value of typical products. Its highlight is the red wine Bursôn, made with an autochthonous and unique vine. Local “passiti” are great wines for typical puddings and cakes made in September and October, such as: sugal, made with must, savòr made with pears and quinces, mistochine, piadot and San Michele’s cake, a secret recipe.
For fun
The local area can be discovered with fabulous cycling itineraries. The wide and fertile plain is dotted with parish churches, villas, rural houses, strongholds and noble palaces. Here seasons alternate in a spectacular way, with luscious blooming in spring and the return of birds, the heat and colour shadings in summer, the smell of must in autumn, the fog and frost in dreamy winter atmospheres.
Main events
La Piazza in Tavola is a ‘journey’ dedicated to gastronomy and wine that takes place in June. Summer is full of musical and gastronomic events and September hosts the ancient feast "Festa di San Michele" (1202) and feast of Erbe Palustri (marsh plants) in Villanova.
The six hectares of the green area Podere Pantaleone is 1km from the town. It has been left wild for years and typical local flora and fauna have developed freely creating a very interesting ecological habitat which exemplifies the old rural environment.

In Villanova (7 km), the Ecomuseo delle Erbe Palustri preserves the local heritage of marsh plants crafts; it holds more than 2,000 items that show the relationship between men and marshes. The museum’s open air display includes examples of local huts: the typical hut of Romagna, the cellar hut and the “cavâna” (a shelter for boats) inside a pond.
For more information
Local Staff: Romagna D'Este
Piazza della Libertà, 13 - 48012 Bagnacavallo (RA)
Tel. +39 0545 280898
Fax +39 0545 280859
Web site
Open troughout the year

How to reach

Railways Ferrovie dello Stato
Stop in Bagnacavallo
BusExtra-urban line
TPER Bologna Extraurbana
Urban & extra-urban line
Start Romagna
Airports Bologna (60 km)
By Car
The town is at the intersection between the main road San Vitale, linking Bologna (55km) to Ravenna (23km), and the main road Provinciale Naviglio that runs towards Faenza (17km). Tollgates on A 14: Bagnacavallo, for Ravenna, and Faenza at 12km. The town is about 30km from the Adriatic coast.

Last update: 27/08/2019

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