10 NOT TO BE MISSED DESTINATIONS IN ALTO RENO TERME
Porretta Terme City Centre: The ancient history of this thermal town, founded between the Rio Maggiore and the Reno river, emerges as you stroll along its narrow streets and colourful squares. A long flight of steps brings you to the majestic church of Santa Maria Maddalena, where you can enjoy the view of the city from above.
The thermal baths & undeground springs: Near the city centre, the thermal baths – with sulphur and bromo-iodine-salt waters – provide several services and a hot thermal pool. In addition, the underground springs can be visited: a guided tour discovering the thermal springs leads you through tunnels and rocks.
The Sanctuary of Madonna del Ponte: By crossing a small bridge over the Reno river, close to the city centre of Porretta Terme rises the sanctuary of Madonna del Ponte. Rebuilt to the present-day configuration in the Nineteenth century, it hosts the Sacrario del Cestista, a chapel voted to the Virgin Mary patron of basketball players.
Street Art & Museums: The Demm motors, the Typograph and the Soul museums can be visited by appointment. Starting from the Solomon Burke bridge through the streets of the centre, the history of Soul music relives in the murals, ending at the Rufus Thomas Park, where the Porretta Soul Festival has been celebrated for over 30 years.
The Nativity Scene: One of the biggest and most sophisticated nativity scenes in Italy, it is hosted by the church of the Capuchin Friars right in the historic city centre of Porretta Terme.
Towards Castelluccio: Along the road to Castelluccio lie Capugnano, with its old church hosting masterpieces of religious art, and in Le Croci, the family home of Giuseppe Marconi father of Guglielmo. Further up, the ancient village of Castelluccio. It owes its name to Manservisi Castle. There you can visit the LabOrantes museum and discover the history of these mountains.
The Sanctuary of Madonna del Faggio: The sanctuary stands by a stream in the reverent silence of a beech wood. Through the Italian Alpine Club trails, you can easily get to Tresana, the old Squaglia watermill and the mount Piella with its panoramic lookout.
The didactic Chestnut Park: Surrounded by centuries-old chestnut trees lies the park area of Varano, only 10 minutes far from Porretta Terme. Didactic visits show the chestnut transformation cycle: from the fruit-bearing trees to the sweet flour.
Madognana: A lovely hamlet overlooking Porretta Terme. Nestled in the green, with narrow streets, fountains and stone houses, a lovely tiny chapel in the main square. You can walk here along the CAI trail 101A starting from Porretta Terme city centre.
Granaglione & nearby: Along the way from Porretta Terme to Granaglione you come across Lustrola, a lovely hamlet celebrating its 1000th anniversary in 2021. In Granaglione it is worth visiting the church of San Nicolò and the wood museum, hosted inside the Beltaine brewery, renown for craft beer. Nearby there is the sanctuary of Calvigi, surrounded by the forest. A dirt road brings you to the Montecavallo mountain hut, a refreshment point for nature and hiking enthusiasts.
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