What to see in Forlimpopoli
A 25-minute drive from Castrocaro you can visit the birthplace of the Chef Pellegrino Artusi (1820-1911), author of the most famous Italian recipe book ever: “Science in the kitchen and the art of eating well”, but which also boasts a past rich in history.
Founded by the Romans in the 2nd century B.C. and frequented by pilgrims on their way to Rome during the Middle Ages, Forlimpopoli still has several important monuments, such as the Albornoz Fortress square plan dominating the main square.
Built towards the middle of the 14th century on the ruins of the ancient cathedral at the behest of Cardinal Albornoz after bringing Forlimpopoli back under papal control, the Rocca still houses the town hall, but it is its underground vaults that guard the town’s history, housing the rooms of the T.Aldini’ Archaeological Museum with Palaeolithic, Roman (including mosaics and amphorae), mediaeval and late mediaeval artefacts and finds from the surrounding area.
Also noteworthy is the Church of the Servants which stands next to the square. Built in the mid-15th century, it was, however, at the beginning of the 18th century that the building received its present appearance: a series of buildings at the top of which stands the characteristic18th-century donjon, which also exceeds in height the bell tower.
In the rich interior decorations and elegant furnishings stand out six large niches with altars decorated by valuable paintings, including an Annunciation altarpiece painted by the Forlì Renaissance painter Marco Palmezzano.
An example of 6th century architecture, however, is the Collegiate Church of St Ruffillo, which houses the relics of the Saint, the first bishop of Forlimpopoli. It was rebuilt during the 15th century and restored in 1821.
ON THE TABLE
Under the banner of science in the kitchen and the art of eating well, Forlimpopoli has the first centre of gastronomic culture dedicated to Italian home cooking: Casa Artusi..
Created from the renovation of the monumental complex of the Chiesa dei Servi in honour of Pellegrino Artusi, traditional cuisine can be enjoyed here and, thanks to the courses of the renowned Cookery School, perfecting their culinary techniques.
Every year at the end of June, Forlimpopoli pays homage to Pellegrino Artusi with the great Artusiana Festival..
The event animates the historical centre for a whole week, preparing menus inspired by the great scholar and gastronome, shows, festivals, tastings and meetings.
IAT Tourist Information Office – Forlimpopoli
Via Andrea Costa 23
telephone: + 39 0543 749250
Piazza Fratti 5
telephone: + 39 0543 749250 / +39 3371180314
fax: + 39 0543 749247
fax: + 39 0543 749247
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