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Castel Raniero



Municipalities: Municipalities:Faenza
Tourist offices: I.A.T. Faenza

Itinerary details: Start from the centre of Faenza and continue along Via Firenze or Via Canal Grande (that meet to form the state road 302 "Brisighellese") to the locality known as "Bocche dei Canali", approximately 2 km from the city where the two roads meet. Turn off the state road right into Via Castel Raniero that is not busy and slightly uphill through scenery of fields with 1800’s villas and their parks. After the first road on the right (via Rio Biscia), the steepest section begins (the so-called "salita dei leoni" (the lions’ hill) named after two statues on the gates of a villa that today have disappeared) and then finishes soon after with a false plain between pine trees that soon after leads to the intersection of Castel Raniero after the cemetery of the same name. The church can be seen clearly on the left on the side of the road that goes very steeply down to Errano. In any case it is better to turn right into Via Rinaldini that proceeds in a panoramic view over a hill facing over Faenza, passes a beautiful 1930’s building, the home of the summer “camp” for children, and then goes down through fields and small residual bushes up to Via Rio di Biscia in the vicinity of Villa Ragazzina, clearly visible on the right with cedar trees behind the building and lime trees lining the monumental front avenue. Those wishing to complete the circle turn right here to the intersection at the foot of the "salita dei leoni", whilst turning left goes down to Via Beccara until it meets Via Ospitalacci. We advise to turn left here to the Celle Parish and turn right into the street of the same name that leads towards Via Emilia. To avoid this street, turn into the side street of Via S.Orsola, a quiet street leading to Faenza.Additional information: From the Castel Raniero camp it is possible to make a brief but adventurous downhill trip with a mountain bike. Leave the asphalt road immediately before the camp building by turning right and following the fence of the gardens along the grassy path that opens up gradually whilst going down the valley, made of ditches that lead to form the Rio Biscia to the side of a forest of oak, chestnut and acacia trees. Taking care not to ride over the cultivations follow the forest over a beautiful cart road that parallel to the river reaches Via Rio Biscia near a small characteristic bridge.
Itinerary: It is possible to start from the centre of Faenza. The itinerary is easy and brief and accessible for all. With a mountain bike it is possible to follow the variation described in the added information, whilst the normal itinerary has been conceived for all types of bicycles, as the road is all asphalt.

 
Access and requirements: It is possible to start from the centre of Faenza. The itinerary is easy and brief and accessible for all. With a mountain bike it is possible to follow the variation described in the added information, whilst the normal itinerary has been conceived for all types of bicycles, as the road is all asphalt.



Last updated: 27/11/2013