Reasons to visit Forlimopopoli, Italy
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The Festa Artusiana is a nine-day festival (from June 24th to 2nd July) for those who desire to seek out new foods to dazzle their taste buds. It takes place in Forlimpopoli, the hometown of “the father of Italian cuisine” Pellegrino Artusi, and has a huge programme that allows those that attend to explore their own palettes and dare to try unknown dishes. There are workshops, tastings and talks on food culture, because this is about more than just eating – the Artusi celebration is a time to reflect on the cultural, social and economic roles of food in the company of scholars, enthusiasts and academics. While you’re there, why not enjoy all that Forlimpopoli has to offer? Founded by Romans in the 2nd Century BC and crossed by pilgrims heading to Rome during the Middle Ages, this is a place of ancient history and wonder. There are a number of monuments that can be boosted across the town, but none so grand as Cardinal Albornoz’s Castle. Built on the ruins of a 14th-century cathedral, the castle is now the Town Hall and overlooks the main square. In its dungeons, it holds the Civic Archaeological Museum. There you will find many artifacts and findings from the Stone Age, the Roman Era, Middle Ages and Late Middle Ages, all found in the surrounding area. There is also the Chiesa dei Servi, located nearby in the square. Built in the 15th Century, the church’s current appearance came from renovations that took place at the beginning of the 18th Century, melding two different historic architectural styles to create a set of buildings dominated by a tower taller than a bell tower. Inside, the church has been decorated with ornate and elegant furniture and contains six large niches with altars framing valuable paintings, the most well-known being painted by Marco Palmezzano. Forlimopopoli is well worth the visit to soak in the unique history and culture and food that this wonderful town has to offer. For more information on the Artsui Celebration, visit the website.
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