Here, we will have the chance to walk in a sixth century village perched around a complex of tower-houses: a timeless place. A guided tour with the Cultural Association “Sculca” will allow us to discover all the curiosities about this timeless place.
We just keep going up to the top of the Montovolo, where it stands the homonymous shrine dating back to the thirteenth century, the main devotional center of the city of Bologna, until the construction of the Sanctuary of the Blessed Virgin of San Luca. Not far away, there is the Saint Caterina oratory where we can enjoy a breathtaking view of the valley.
Let’s leave the Sanctuary behind us, so we can move towards the Sasso di Vigo, once a feudal village, which today retains one of the best examples of Romanesque architecture: the Church of Santo Stefano. It is absolutely striking the perspective created between the church and the fortress. How about we take a picture?
It’s time to take a break. Let’s go to an old mill dates back to the XVII century, where we will have the opportunity to taste typical local specialties: tigelle, cold cuts and mountain cheeses. Before leaving this historical site, we can take part in a guided tour where it will be shown what rural life was like centuries ago and the process of transformation of cereals.
Rocchetta Mattei, the pearl of the Bolognese Appennines, will be the last stop of this gorgeous trip. The castle, built in the second half of the nineteenth century, owes its name to Count Cesare Mattei, the father of electro-homoeopathy. Here, we will lose ourselves among richly decorated rooms and towers that touch the sky, between history, anecdotes and mysteries never revealed.