Riolo Terme is renowned for its wealth of history, environment, wine and food tradition and above all for its precious thermal waters, already known in Roman times. The town, nestled amidst the greenery of the Apennines, is situated a few kilometres away from the via Emilia (state highway SS9), between Imola and Faenza.
The town centre, built around a perfectly intact 14th century fortress and the vestiges of high walls, which formerly defended the inhabitants. The age-old greenery, tranquillity and benefits of the thermal spa complex make it a popular tourist destiNazione for those who appreciate nature and sports and are seeking a holiday dedicated to wellness.
This picturesque setting hosts numerous festivals featuring local products, cultural events, shows and exhibitions. The Rocca, or castle, of Riolo, an old fortress of the valley of the river Senio erected together with the town at the end of the 14th century, is a magnificent example of a military fortification which showcases the evolution of late medieval offensive techniques.
Since October 2006 the Rocca has been home to the Museum of the Faenza Apennine Landscape, thus becoming an important centre of study, discoveries and activities in continuous evolution and the Museum of the Territory. At the same time is an information point and centre of documentation, conservation and promotion of local historical memory. The interior of the Rocca recreates a special atmosphere thanks to visual and sound installations and models showing historical peculiarities of the local territory.
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Faenza is famous for ceramics. In addition to the renowned InterNazioneal Museum of Ceramics, with its extraordinary collections of ceramic art from all parts of the world and all ages, it is worth visiting the Carlo Zauli museum, dedicated to the great Faenza-born ceramist/sculptor who died recently, and the personal museum-studio dedicated to Guerrino Tramonti. Personal collections and unique pieces, which attest to the work and talent of generations of master ceramists, can be admired at the private museum of Bottega Gatti, the oldest ceramics workship in Faenza, active since 1928 and famous for its “lustri” (decorations with metallic reflections).
In addition to its ceramics, Faenza is like a living history book offering visitors traces of its civilization over the centuries, with examples of architecture dating from the Roman period, Middle Ages, Renaissance and Neoclassical period. We recommend a visit to the Renaissance Cathedral, the Masini Theatre (1780), the two harmonious piazzas – Piazza della Libertà and Piazza del Popolo – which are the heart of the city. A splendid gem of Neoclassical art is the elegant Palazzo Milzetti – the Nazioneal Museum of Neoclassical Art in Romagna.