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Ponte Romanico

Dit is Ponte Romanico, de romeinse brug bij Montetiffi.

Ponte Romana

Ponte Romana

De wandeling zie je hieronder.
Korte beschrijving van de wandeling in het Engels:
This is a short route (4,4 km, altitude 306 m) but very interesting. You can walk it in 2 h 30 min on foot. The departure is from the pleasant village of Montetiffi, located inside a protected naturalistic area that extends for about 1400 hectares. Characterized by the presence of oaks, flowering ashes, junipers, Quercus ilex and field elms. Montetiffi is known to be the town of pan manufacture, an art handed down from many generations. On the summit of a cliff rises up the thousand-year old abbey of San Leonardo, built by the inhabitants of Montetiffi during the eleventh century and donated to the Benedictine monks. It is one of the most important Romanesque monuments in Emilia-Romagna with frescoes of the fourteenth century, a baptismal font of the seventeenth century and inscriptions of the fourteenth century. A short distance away you can visit, on reservation, the “Museo Agostino Venanzio Reali- Arte e Poesia” (the Agostino Venanzio Reali Museum- Art and Poetry), which houses the works of Mr. Reali, biblical scholar, painter, poet and sculptor. This unique “artist of the faith” rests in the small cemetery of Montetiffi, the start of our hiking trail. The first part is downhill; after passing the church of the Cella continue towards the Uso river. The path includes the crossing of some easy fords. Once you arrive to the valley, the climb begins. In this area, if you are lucky, from mid-March to the end of May you can observe specimens of Zerynthia Cassandra, a rather rare butterfly whose nurse-plant (the Aristolochia) is present in this naturalistic area. The ideal place for a break is that of the Ponte Romanico (the Romanesque Bridge), which is one of the most fascinating points on the route. The rounded arch bridge, built around 1000 A.D., was once an important link between Romagna and Montefeltro, also used for the gunpowder, tobacco, cognac and mistrà (anis liqueur) smuggling. Next to the bridge there are the ruins of the ancient Mulino Tornani (Tornani Mill). Here the river offers angles of rare beauty, characterized by the presence of little drops and falls and the so-called “Marmitte dei Giganti”, impressive gorges formed over the centuries by the abrasive action of pebbles and that give to the landscape a “lunar” aspect. The ascent to Montetiffi is through the “Via della Rupe” (the Street of the cliff), an ancient path dug into the rock, steep and difficult, once used by the women of the village to collect water or to go to the river for the washing of clothes.