Brisighella, Italy

 Somewhere in the hills between Bologna and San Marino, sits a vintage little town called Brisighella. This beautiful medieval village is small, but the scenery surrounding it is fantastic. dsc_2908-3

Getting There

From Bologna it’s roughly an hours drive along two main roads, the SS 9 (accessible from the E 45 Autostrada) and then the SP 302.

You can get there by train by heading to Faenza station and changing there for Brisighella.

Accommodation

We stayed in a beautiful family run hotel called Albergo Ristorante La Rocca. It is right at the heart of the town, with its own mini-spa and restaurant (the food is delicious), roof terrace with an all-round view of Brisighella and the clock tower, and the owners and staff are very friendly; so much so, the lady-owner personally came out to say farewell and wish us a safe journey home. We even received our own breakfast table full of various biscuits, pastries, meats, cheeses and cereals; although this was probably because we came on a Thursday before Christmas, and there weren’t many other guests. All of this cost me €85 for the night.

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Things to do and see

Although Brisighella is a small place, there are several things to see while you are here.

The Clock Tower

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Originally built using chalk rock, the tower was completely rebuilt in 1850, including a 6 hour clock . Different.

The Castle

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From the castle there is a road (more of a track) that you can walk along and it will take you to the clock tower, with a view of both structures along the way.

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Via Del Borgo

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Nicknamed ‘Donkeys Alley’ because it was mainly inhabited by carters who used the alley to transport Gypsum from the local mine using their Donkeys.

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Final Word

For a small town, there are many other things to do and see here, including caving in the nearby national park, wine tours, an open-air geological site, and the Madonna Del Monticino Sanctuary are just some examples. It’s a great place well worth a visit.

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