The Ridracoli dam, which provides water to one million people since the 1980’s, is actually not a good example of balance between engineering and nature. Even so, it’s still a place of great interest from an architectural and a naturalistic point of view that deserves to be paid a visit for at least two reasons: the natural beauty of the surroundings and the opportunity to pass a critical eye over the environmental impact of the dam.
Among the most interesting hiking trails of National Park of the Casentino Forests you can explore during your staying, we recommend those that reach the spectacular Acquacheta waterfall.
Acquacheta is a stream in the province of Forlì-Cesena, an affluent of the Montone river that originates in the Tuscan Apennines.
REMEDIA: a natural laboratory that is woth to be discovered
Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower.
Hans Christian Andersen
Most of the Northern part of the Apennines is made of a marl-sandstone formation, which is characterized by visible layers of rocks where the vegetation is lacking.
While sandstone can form very resistant slabs, marl is very friable and this makes it unsuitable for climbing activities.
However, thanks to ancient geological movements (around 20 million years ago), some limestone rocks have arrived to this region too. Now they are all lined-up: Mount Fumaiolo, Balze di Verghereto, San Marino, Sasso Simone and Simoncello, San Leo, Perticara, Scorticata, etc.
Did you reach the Farm by Mountain Bike? Well, congratulations!!
If, instead, you arrived by another mean of transport, but your MB is with you, congratulations anyway because this means that for sure you have good intentions!
In both cases you only have to enjoy your Welcome Drink and soon discover thousands of trails you can run with your MB!
CATCHING THE STARS!
One thing I like to do most when I am staying at the Farm is…catching the stars!!
No, I’m not gone crazy, but in the city where I live I can never do that because there is too much lighting and even the air we breath is “polluted” by stress feelings.
At the Farm in the evening, after my daily works are finished and if it’s not too cold, I go outside, find a place on the garden and lie to see the sky. There’s no need of sunglasses or sun creams, there’s no sound of waves, but instead I can listen to a concert of frogs, birds, cicadas, wind rustling through trees and I let you imagine how many other sounds come from the woods.
ORGANIC ENTERPRISES nearby the Farm
If you like to discover organic and sustainable enterprises all over Italy, here is a list of places you can visit in the surroundings of the Farm.
BAGNO DI ROMAGNA
The Agritourism activity started after the renovation of rural stone buildings of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany that date back to the XVIII century. Nonetheless, the works preserved the original aspect, style and materials of the buildings.
Here it is possible to taste the typical local dishes. All pasta is handmade with the employ of stone ground organic flours and served with meat, mushrooms and/or truffle. The meats come from the animals bred and slaughtered in the agritourism, which is a certified organic farm.
How you can help us growing
For the Self-Sufficiency Farm these are years of construction, experimentation and research in order to turn a project into reality.
As for all projects, the initial phase is the one that requires more energies, time, work, money and organisational skills.