Italian Life: A Tale of Two Towns

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Last week Jackie and I visited two beautiful Towns in the Emilia-Romagna region, Bagnacavallo and Brisighella.

Clock Tower of Brisighella
Clock Tower of Brisighella

Last week Thursday, after finally getting me registered with the government as a spouse, we decided to visit one of the local towns on our list.

The Piazza Nuovo in Bagnacavallo
The Piazza Nuovo in Bagnacavallo

We have been asking the locals about where they think is beautiful, and what they think we should do in the area. Both of these towns, Bagnacavallo and Brisighella came up. So on Thursday, we chose Bagnacavallo as it was about 20 minutes closer and cruised through in the silver bullet for a walk around the town and a gelato (you’ll see that most of what we do at the moment includes a gelato!).

Bagnacavallo is a originally a medieval town and is well known for the fact that the centre of the town still has it’s medieval layout. Known for it’s curved alleyways, long porticos and a great many Palazzo’s it is well worth a visit.

Piazza Nuovo
Piazza Nuovo

My personal favourite was the Piazza Nuovo, which used to be home to an old market. It is a round central Piazza completely surrounded by the buildings, there are only two entrances (opposite each other) and a number of shops and restaurants inside. It is not used as a market anymore unfortunately, but there is a wonderful restaurant you can eat at and enjoy your surroundings. After the Piazza Nuovo, we walked around the town and found this old converted Palazzo, which is now a series of apartments. Still kept in it’s original look, and converted to suit its new purpose it was a lovely discovery. They have a public garden attached to this property, so anyone can take a stroll through the well kept garden and view the apartments from the outside. Some of the smaller units are converted barns and stall, and their front door is still the old large slide barn door they used.

La Rocca - The fort of Brisighella
La Rocca – The fort of Brisighella

After our adventures in Bagnacavallo on thursday, we chose a slightly further location for our Saturday afternoon trip, and on this occasion decided we would stay for dinner. The stunning hillside town of Brisighella is definitely a must-see for those who like stairs. About 400 stairs lead from the town up to the fort, and it is a fantastic walk. We went up to the clock tower first, then walked along a country road on the ridge above the town to get to the fort.

This town is part of the ‘Green Tourism” belt and has many very interesting sights not least of which is the Clock Tower, Fort and Monastery. We happened on the town on a feast day, so they were setting up a stage in the town square and there were rides and stalls in the park. We had been told about a wonderful restaurant that you can only get to by walking up some of the stairs, and so on the way down we booked dinner at Ristorante L’Infinito.

Involtini di Maiale
Involtini di Maiale

Ristorante L’Infinito is a fine dining restaurant in Brisighella that specialises in traditional food from Emilia-Romagna. The town is about 60km from the coast, and 87km from Florence (Firenze), so pulls from both traditions. The pastas are more Romagna, while the meat and ‘Fiorentina’ is a speciality of the Tuscan region. This is what I would class as a special occasion restaurant. With all the amazing food in normal, everyday osteria and trattoria in Emilia-Romagna, the prices here could be off-putting. However, going for drinks on the roof-top garden before your meal, and then coming down to a beautiful restaurant, well laid out, and served top end cuisine is a fantastic way to end the week. I would recommend the town and the restaurant to anyone visiting this region.

Millefoglia - L'Infinito
Millefoglia – L’Infinito
View of Brisighella from the Clock Tower
View of Brisighella from the Clock Tower