The area of the Upper ValMarecchia is dotted with places of worship, many in excellent condition, others in urgent need of care and some, unfortunately, now reduced to ruins, but all full of charm.Churches on high, hermitages hidden by thick woods, intimate solitary chapels, each of these buildings tells us of the history that has taken place here, shows us unexpected works of art and fills our soul with genuine, simple emotion.
The works of art to be admired here comprise a wide spectrum of artefacts: wall paintings, painted canvases, altar panels, stone sculptures and works in wood and glazed earthenware.The latter are an important feature of the area and are part of a wide artistic discourse that starts in Florence with Luca dellaRobbia and spreads to central Italy and even extends to our isolated corner with Benedetto and Santi Buglione...
Our area is special for its unspoiled and wild countryside.The dense forest that sometimes prevents access, neglected hedgerows between cultivated fields and pastures, dry stone walls invaded by moss and brambles, old houses whose ruined roofs sprout trees, telling stories ofa once-loved and inhabited territory today marginalized by man.But perhaps these are precisely the very places where we can admire the wonder and force of nature, far from the hassles of modern civilization, and be in touch with an environment where oaks, flowering ash and maples appear as custodians of a silent world where wolves, roe deer, foxes and badgers freely thrive, undisturbed; where flowers, shrubs and streams are changing witnesses to the seasons andnature’s infinite variety.
1. Rofelle – Montebotolino: Guided tour of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta of Rofelle, visit to the small museum of Rofelle, short excursion up toMontebotolino, visit to the village of Montebotolino and the Church of San Tommaso
2. The Robbiane Visit to the Churches of Badia Tedalda, Colcellalto, Fresciano and Montebotolino