Looking at Ravenna inland, surrounding the city is a landscape cut by streets and alleys that is a real pleasure to run on a bike.
You’ll pass old villages, workshops, little fortresses and manor houses, old mills, country houses: they scatter the horizon as little stones in a pond.
This territory has a specific name and identity that goes by the name of “BASSA ROMAGNA” (“Low Romagna”).
Besides Lugo and Bagnacavallo, seven more municipalities constitute the Union of Bassa Romagna (Alfonsine, Bagnara di Romagna, Conselice, Cotignola, Fusignano, Massa Lombarda e Sant’Agata sul Santerno)
The vast area that stretches out between the Via Æmilia and the Lagoon of Comacchio is scattered with precious places, events and history all to be discovered. The beautiful NATURE and its important rivers, such as the Lamone, the Rhine and the Senio; the HISTORY with its parish churches and castles; the CULTURE, with festivals and feasts, street art and land art.
BAGNACAVALLO is for sure one of the most interesting tourist destinations of Ravenna inland. The nucleus of the city centre is a maze of alleys that unravel around Piazza Nuova, a square of medieval origins unique in its kind. Oval-shaped and embraced by porticoes, the piazza is today a parlour with boutiques and a typical inn.
Another interesting destination is the Church and the Cloister of San Francesco, location of performances and accommodation facility for tourists and visitors.
Just outside the centre, the Church of San Pietro in Sylvis is of outstanding beauty (7th century a.D.). It is one of the best preserved churches in the territory: built more than a thousand years ago, it is a stop along the Via dei Romei.
The city of LUGO has two main symbols: one is the city centre, dominated by the Este Castle, a charming castle of the 13th–14th century. The castle comprises a splendid roof garden and the so-called Pavaglione, an imposing four-arched portico of the Risorgimento, today rich of shops and pubs.
The second is the legendary Francesco Baracca, hero and aviator of the Second World War. Baracca has been paid omage with an imposing monument, which stands in the namesake piazza, as well as a fascinating History Museum, located in his birth house, just a walk away from the city centre.
Romagna is also the land of motors, though. At the end of September, Lugo hosts the festival “Rombi di passione”, during which the city turns into a circuit with vehicles racing or parading, both antique and modern ones.
The inland of Ravenna preserves many other opportunities that can be discovered during a trip.
In Russi, you will see the ancient Roman villa, maybe one of the best-preserved archaeological finds in the North of Italy, as well as Palazzo San Giacomo, a noble country house of the great Rasponi family.
In Bagnara di Romagna is the Sforza Castle, unique example of medieval castle in the valley of Emilia-Romagna.
And there is Street Art in Cotignola, with many works dedicated to the local history and little museums that preserve important puzzles that are meaningful for the collective storytelling of this place. Lastly, the city hosts some important events related to the Land Art, such as Terrena and suggestive “Nell’Arena delle Baglie di Paglia”.