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Festival of Forgotten Fruit, Casola Valsenio

An herb garden Casola Valsenio

Monte Battaglia war memorial near Casola Valsenio

Welcome to Casola Valsenio
From Jesse's Journeys in  Italy

Population: 2,844 (2004)
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Casola Valsenio

This article is from Terre di Faenza

Casola Valsenio is a charming village in the upper Senio Valley, near the part of the Province of Florence that crosses the boundary on the Adriatic side of the Apennines: the so-named Romagna-Tuscany.

The area was settled at the beginning of the year 1000 by the Benedictines who built Valsenio Abbey, giving considerable impetus to civil and economic development. The first settlement, on a hill next to the “Chiesa di Sopra”, was taken by storm and destroyed by the Faenza forces in 1216. The survivors, obliged to move farther down the valley, founded the present day village. But Casola Valsenio’s vocation lies in medicinal herbs.

At the beginning of the 20th century they were collected in the wild, then dried and sold. But in 1938 the young Augusto Rinaldi Ceroni began experimenting with growing them as crops. The experiment grew to the extent of becoming, in 1974, an actual botanical garden specialised in medicinal plants where, on an area of more than 4 hectares, more than 400 herb varieties were grown.

Today the “Augusto Rinaldi Ceroni” Herb Garden is an important reference point for the whole scientific world and for those who use these plants in their work or for pleasure. It is equipped with a documentation centre, laboratories and an olfactory unit and also offers educational itineraries, guided tours and highly qualified consultancy. You can buy plants, seeds and products, or simply stroll around the fine, cultivated terraces and breathe a magical, perfumed atmosphere.

The Lavender Road, which links Brisighella with the Santerno Valley by way of Casola Valsenio, crosses fascinating landscapes and enchants with its lilac blooms. The Road of the Plants of Long Ago, which leads to the Rocca di Monte Battaglia, preserves ancient varieties of fruit plants. The “Cardello”, formerly the guest quarters of Valsenio Abbey and today a museum, was long the favourite residence of the writer Alfredo Oriani (1852-1909).

The events that enliven the village are closely linked to the territory, its products and its culture: Erbeinfiore (Herbs in Bloom), the Evening Herb Street Market and the Festival of Forgotten Fruit. Immersed in the green and a chosen spot for tourists who appreciate environmental and natural beauties, Casola Valsenio is a happy oasis which has been capable of transforming its onetime isolation into a precious value for its inhabitants that is also made available to guests in a spirit of generosity and kindness.

By Vian Andrews, September 2, 2006



Bologna - 63 km;
Ravenna - 69 km:
Florence - 80 km;
Modena - 104 km;
Ferrara - 109 km;
Padua - 175 km;
Venice - 210 km;
Milan - 278 km;




Coat of Arms for Casola Valsenio


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