Bagno di Romagna
The first day of the itinerary is completely dedicated to the discovery of the famous spa of Bagno di Romagna. It is a village surrounded by beautiful nature and equipped with thermal waters that the Romans already appreciated centuries ago. It was they who built the first thermal baths here, baptizing the place Balneum, from which today's Bath. The remains of the ancient Baths of Bagno di Romagna are still visible.
After the pleasure of a bath in the thermal waters, it is also time to enjoy the pleasures of the table with the famous Romagna cuisine. The inhabitants of the area are masters in the culinary art and will delight you with local food and wine specialties not to be missed. Even better if you season with the stories of fairies and gnomes that inhabit the woods around the country. There is no inhabitant of the village who does not whisper that he has personally seen at least one. Walk the special themed path dedicated to gnomes, it is ideal for entertaining children. Or who, despite having grown up, does not give up a bit of imagination.
The Emilian village of Santa Sofia is located in the National Park of the Casentino Forests and is the ideal starting point to immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of the surroundings
If you are looking for somewhere to eat, know that Hagia Sophia is also part of the Cittaslow circuit so do not miss a stop at the table. Order the specialty of the upper Bidente Valley, the stuffed slab tortello that every year is celebrated with a dedicated festival. The name comes from the preparation of the tortello that was once made on a sandstone.
Diga di Ridracoli
After lunch, reach the Ridracoli Dam with its artificial basin and treat yourself to a paddle in a canoe or a trip on the electric boat. Or, if you prefer the mainland to the water, rent an ebike with a companion to enjoy a ride along the forest track around the basin. You reach the forest of La Lama along a loop path that surrounds the lake.
There is also the possibility to dedicate yourself to trekking discovering the trails that run through the entire National Park.
The forest of Campigna offers other paths to follow, discovering its most hidden crevices. Spend a whole day hiking in the woods choosing from trails suitable for everyone, including some ancient mule tracks that climb along ridges capable of giving breathtaking views. You can travel in all seasons.
The most beautiful is the one that leads from the Hut to Monte Falterona to Capo d'Arno. Along the way you come across Lake of Idols, an Etruscan archaeological site.
Capo d 'Arno, point of arrival, is also the place from which the Arno river flows. Here is a plaque with the verses of the XVI Canto del Purgatorio by Dante in which the poet remembers a place from which he used to pass to reach Romagna.