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Treasures of Emilia Romagna: 6 forgotten jewels not to be missed

by /// August 31, 2021
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Italy is one of the countries with the highest number of cultural and artistic heritages in the world. But among them, there are a lot of countries, places, artwork and buildings which for various reasons left the routes of tourists, staying out of general attention.

These are the little gems of our territory, a minor but widespread capital that may hold great surprises about the history and local culture.

Today we would like to take a walk with you in any of these in Emilia Romagna’s jewels, small hidden treasures admired only by some braves driven by an insatiable thirst for knowledge.

Quadreria Opera Pia dei Vergognosi


For 550 years it collects and preserves donations and pictorial legacy of the last heirs of the great Bolognese families. The Opera Pia of Vergognosi is a public entity which, over the centuries, has stored a wealth of works of art and very valuable archival documents.

It is located in the historical center, in Via Marsala 7, and to visit we suggest that you book on the phone: +39 051 240650.

Oratorio San Giovanni Battista dei Fiorentini


Currently used as a Representative Hall of the Banca di Bologna, who oversaw and funded the restoration, this beautiful baroque jewel is just behind the Basilica of San Petronio.

Little visited by the great mass of tourists is instead a beautiful baroque jewel in the historic heart of the city of Bologna.
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Santa Sofia


Santa Sofia is a small village in the Apennines founded in 1811 by the merger of several small villages that were in its territory.

Located within the Foreste Casentinesi National Park, its territory has long been the timber reserve of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany (It is said that the wood of this forest was used for the construction of the Florence Cathedral).

Today is a beautiful location for walkers, food lovers, and spa treatments.

Petrella Guidi

Small village in the Val Marecchia, was one of the thirteen castles of the Vicariate of Sant’Agata Feltria. The village surrounding the castle is a beautiful example of medieval architecture, with tall houses and stone and narrow streets that is a pleasure for walkers.

Petrella Guidi is a place that we recommend to all who love the relaxed life, walks and the good Romagna cuisine.

Gualtieri Theatre


The Gualtieri Theatre is a space that we might call “opposite theater“, a theater where the audience sits in place of the stage while the actors move in public spaces.
This little hidden gem was built along with the Palace that welcomes him around the sixteenth century by Cornelio Bentivoglio and from then it has always been active as a public art space.


Tresigallo is a town in the province of Ferrara, but it is considered together with Sabaudia one of the symbol of rationalist architecture. Tresigallo infact is an ancient center of medieval origin that lives its most important period since the Thirties, when Edmondo Rossoni, Minister of Agriculture of the Mussolini government, transforms it according to the canons of rationalist architecture with its typical buildings.
For these reasons it got the award of “Art Cities” of Emilia Romagna.


Walter Manni

Explorer and Adventurer: loves sailing the oceans, climbing the highest mountains and surfing on the waves of the web

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