In the hamlet, placed on the list of the “Most Beautiful Villages of Italy”, we will walk in the characteristic “Donkeys Alley”, strongly linked to the local history: it is an elevated and covered street, illuminated by different arches, which from an ancient defensive bastion has become a shelter for donkeys carrying gypsum from the caves in the surroundings.
Walking through its alleyways and stairs sculpted in gypsum, we will see the exterior of the Town Hall and we will enter in the 17thcentury Collegiate Church of San Michele Arcangelo to admire a wonderful painting of Palmezzano representing the Adoration of the Magi.
From the center of the village are also visible on the hills that dominate the landscape, the Manfredian and Venetian Fortress, a powerful example of medieval military art, and the crenellated Clock Tower.
To end the visit we move from the historical center to reach the Romanesque Pieve del Thò: built between VIII and X century, it is the oldest parish church of the River Lamone valley and it is a true architectural gem worthy of a careful visit.
To know the precious gourmet products of Brisighella we can stop at an olive oil mill and have a small tasting of Extra Virgin Olive Oil DOP “Brisighello” (not included in the visit): this oil, which is pleasantly spicy and bitter, is obtained from the variety of “Nostrana di Brisighella” olives present only in these hills and harvested by hand between November and December.
The visiting order of the monuments is not the one listed above and is adjusted according to the needs of visitors. We do not assume responsibility for ticket increases or changes of monuments opening hours that may occur during the year.
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Where can I park?
Buses (no fee required) and cars can park at the carpark in Via Fratelli Cardinali Cicognani / Via Tho. There is also free parking next to the train station.
Where do I meet the guide?
In front of the Brisighella railway station.
Can mobility impaired people enter everywhere?
A stroll around the streets of Brisighella is possible. However most churches, the castle and the donkey road are not accessible to disabled people.
There will be entry fees for the monuments?
3.00 euros for the castle, open on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.
A donation is required for the Pieve del Tho.
Is it necessary to book the entrance at the monuments?
The church of the Pieve del Tho is open only on Sunday afternoon. On other days the visit must be booked (we will be happy to make the reservation).
Is it possible to pay the tickets in advance or with credit card?
Where are the tourist information offices?
The tourist office is located in the town hall of via Naldi.
Are there public toilets?
There is a public toilet in the small railway station. We recommend that large groups stop for a break using the toilets in the coffee shops.