November, two people, a Land Rover Discovery Sport and a destination: Romagna. The goal of this weekend is to grasp the essence of our land through the five senses with the help of some local friends.
Colours, lights, sounds and smells are the frame of our journey. The trees are tinged with autumn shades, ranging from red and yellow to brown; as we walk the sound of the bells accompanies every step and the scents come out from the windows of the houses.
Our first stop with the Discovery Sport is Brisighella, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, in the province of Ravenna, set among the hills of Romagna, here time seems to have stuck, tradition prevails over anything else.
We decide to leave again to Bertinoro, a municipality at the south of Forlì. Thanks to the advice of a dear friend, we have lunch at the Osteria Ca’ de Be, typical for its cuisine, piadine, cold cuts and cappelletti, created by the skillful hands of the “sfogline,” who still work the pastry with the rolling pin.
After lunch, we leave in the direction of Santarcangelo di Romagna in the province of Rimini. The village fully embraces the concept of duplicity, revealing it’s two mirroring sides according to the season: quiet in the winter months and more chaotic and touristic in the summer evenings. The center, which can only be visited on foot, is an alternation of ascents and descents that characterize the village. We perceive a Christmas air with the first yellow lights hanging on the facades of the palaces.
For the last stop of the day we choose the ultimate destination: Ravenna, a sparkling city, rich of cultural events, known for its historical and artistic beauties, shall keep the richest mosaics heritage inside beautiful Byzantine buildings, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
On the last day with the Discovery Sport we decided to go towards the Riviera Romagnola, leaving the hills to reach the sea. The weather is not the best, but this doesn’t break our journey. The final destination is Cesenatico, a municipality in the province of Forlì-Cesena. Especially on the Riviera you can feel the change of the season, the beaches are emptied, and the landscape seems to be the perfect stage for a Luigi Ghirri picture. During our weekend, Cesenatico is transformed into a giant open-air restaurant for the gastronomic event Il Pesce fa Festa. In this typically maritime day, stand out the green and pastel pink colors that dye the facades of the houses and the palisade on the long Porto Canale.
A light rain starts to fall; the center begins to empty itself and so ends our itinerant weekend, between the hills and the Riviera Romagnola, dedicated to tradition, food and good wine. We return to our Discovery Sport ready to go home.
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Where to Eat/Drink
Ca’ de Be, Bertinoro
Osteria La Sangiovesa, Santarcangelo di Romagna
The Noble Experiment, Santarcangelo di Romagna
Osteria del Gran Fritto, Cesenatico
Where to Sleep
Il Villino Hotel, Santarcangelo di Romagna
Text and immages © Pier Giulio Caivano