Indian Park “IL SALICE”
Believe it or not, in San Piero in Bagno on the shores of Lake Lungo, in a beautiful natural setting, among lakes and woods of oaks, beech and chestnut trees, there is a real Indian park!
A place where nature and spirit get together.
LAKE PONTINI AND LAKE LUNGO
Lake Pontini (748 m asl) and Lake Lungo (616 m asl) were formed following a huge landslide which broke off on February 15th 1855 from San Cataldo, on the north-west side of Mount Còmero. Its slow fall, destroyed about fifty houses, then reached the Savio river, where it temporarily obstructied the course.
San Piero in Bagno
Located in the valley floor, along the river Savio and the European Road E/45, San Piero in Bagno is part of the municipality of Bagno di Romagna, a small town with construction, forestry, metallurgical and clothing activities, along with services, restaurants, hotels and facilities for leisure and sport.
Built in the thirteenth century as “market” for the castle of Corzano, the town developed especially under the long domination of the Republic of Florence and even today the Wednesday market is still a place for meeting, exchanging and chatting for all the inhabitants of the area and the surrounding valleys.
THE NATIONAL PARK OF THE CASENTINO FORESTS, MONTE FALTERONA AND CAMPIGNA
Close to the Farm and between Romagna and Tuscany, we find one of the most beautiful green areas in Europe: The National Park of the Casentino Forests, Monte Falterona and Campigna.
It measures 36,000 hectares and includes woods, rivers, birds, archaeological sites, mammals, flowers, rocks, waterfalls, crests, valley and spiritual places. It’s a protected area among the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, Arezzo and Florence.
The millenary HOLY HERMITAGE OF CAMALDOLI
The monastic settlement of Camaldoli was founded 1000 years ago by Saint Romuald, who chose this place surrounded by thick firs forests as a place for retreat and mediation.
The care of the wood was so important that it was included among the rules of the religious order. In 1012 the Benedictin monk founded in Campo Amabile the current Hermitage of Camaldoli, the first 5 cells and a small oratory. In the following year he re-arranged an existing building to be used as accommodations that is the current monastery of Camaldoli.
THE SANCTUARY OF LA VERNA
The Sanctuary of La Verna or Mt. Penna if we use the geographical name, is such a special place that it cannot be left out from your hiking trails within the National Park of the Casentino Forests.
Along with the Holy Hermitage of Camaldoli, it is one of the main spiritual and religious places of the area.
BAGNO DI ROMAGNA and its thermal spas
Bagno di Romagna is a small town of 6,085 citizens located in the Savio Valley between 339 and 1,500 m.a.s.l. It is 50 km distant from Cesena and only 5 km from the Farm.
The city of Arezzo is only 66 km away from Bagno di Romagna and this explains why for a long time this town had been a place to stop and rest for the many travellers who crossed the Apennines pass from Romagna to Tuscany and vice versa.
Mount Fumaiolo is the highest mountain of the Apennines under the jurisdiction of Forlì-Cesena province.
The mountain is located among 3 different regions: Romagna, Marche and Tuscany, but it’s easy to reach from the Farm.
Close to it there are Mount Aquilone and Mount Comero.
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.