Stage 27 – Santa Sofia – Bagno di Romagna – Challenging stage, which crosses the Apennine counter ridge between the Bidente and Savio valleys. You cross woods and meadows, with many paths and cartways. The area is cultivated with forage, grain, with various livestock farms, often in the wild.
After crossing the Bidente river in the center of S.Sofia, go up towards Mortano and take the SP 77 for Spinello. Wherever it is possible, one leaves the provincial road to take paths, country roads, cart tracks, scrubbing tracks, as long as not to travel on the asphalt. (cyclists continue on the SP 77) Arrived in Raggio (in case of rain it is advisable to follow the SP 77) after the old cemetery you go up through the fields, until you reach the La Nocina farmhouse, which has an agreement with the VRG, where you he can refresh himself and also lodge (if he doesn’t stop in S.Sofia). Then continue to Sant’Uberto, where there is a farmhouse built on the ruins of an ancient Augustinian convent. Then you reach Gamberini, a residential village with a restaurant, bar and public fountain: it is the last possibility of replenishing water before San Piero in Bagno. To avoid the SP 26 and its traffic, just before the spring, take the uphill road of the Gamberini Village (cyclists can continue on the SP 26 up to San Piero in Bagno). The route goes through the woods on a mule track, now rediscovered, which was already known as “via romea” by the locals. After the Terrazza sul Parco farmhouse, go down the SP26 at the monument to the fallen of the Carnaio massacre. At the next crossroads, take another secondary road towards Rio Petroso (cyclists stay on the SP26 up to San Piero in Bagno). You pass by the farmhouse of Monte Salvetti, the small agglomeration, Paganico, complete with a church. Be careful to close the gates of pastures and cultivated fields. Then, on forest roads and various cart tracks, having forded the stream, we find the Castle and above all the Hermitage of Corzano, with a bewitching peace. To admire the church. The Il Faro di Corzano Association has reconstructed the ancient mule track that descends to San Piero in Bagno. After a cycle path along the SS 71, it connects San Piero with Bagno di Romagna, a stopover point.
27 – Points of Interest
Hermitage of Corzano – The Sanctuary, on Corzano Hill, overlooks the upper Savio Valley. It was built beside the ruins of the abandoned castle. Today, the Sanctuary of Corzano is a serene oasis where nature, faith and history intertwine in an evocative way, making it a destination for pilgrimages, walks and excursions. The paved mule track that climbs Corzano Hill from San Piero in Bagno has been a “path of faith” since time immemorial. The ancient route has been completely rebuilt and restored by the Il Faro di Corzano Association.
San Piero in Bagno – Built in the 13th century as a “mercatale” (market place) for the Castle of Corzano, it developed during the long Florentine domination. The historical centre is Tuscan in style.
Bagno di Romagna – For centuries, it was the seat of the Captains with whom Florence commanded the Romagna area. Until the 19th century, the territory around Monte Fumaiolo, including Bagno, was part of Tuscany. In 1927, Mussolini had the borders between the provinces of Forlì and Arezzo changed, to include the source of the Tiber in Emilia-Romagna. Bagno di Romagna is a flourishing tourist centre thanks to its thermal baths, already known in ancient Roman times. Even under Florentine rule, illustrious guests often came here to regenerate, including the sons of Lorenzo the Magnificent and the sculptor Benvenuto Cellini. But Bagno is especially famous for its legends of sightings of gnomes and fairies, who, it is said, have been wandering the woods around Bagno di Romagna for centuries. Thanks to the fame of the village of the gnomes, a theme trail was created, dedicated to children, a path that allows you to learn about the life and the benign role of these little creatures that stimulate the imagination. The town has retained its medieval and Renaissance structure, with buildings from all eras, in which hotels, taverns, wine bars and restaurants have been built. The extremely ancient Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta (dating back to the year 860), is the jewel in the town’s crown.