Of all the small towns in Emilia-Romagna that I’ve seen so far, none have taken my breath away as thoroughly as Brisighella. The colors of the city, rich with influences from nearby Tuscany, pop in the sun with warm hues. The buildings were constructed higher to accommodate for larger families, making the homes here stretch further up than those of many other Italian cities. Even more intriguing is the indoor public street, created as a defense against invaders. Markets and donkey stalls were once held in these elevated walkways, creating a bustling but hidden-from-view social center.
But perhaps the most glorious attraction of Brisighella is its clock tower, the Torre dell’Orologio, from where those who make it up the steps can witness brilliant views of the town’s hilltop fortress, its timeless palazzi and the rolling mountains that surround it all.
Photos of Brisighella, including a video of the view of the city from the Torre dell’Orologio and the chiming of the bells.
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