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Cotignola is located in the green countryside of the province of Ravenna, along the banks of the river Senio, not far from the Adriatic Sea.

Why visit it

This was the homeland and the feudal lands of mercenary captains, then during World War II the town was completely destroyed during the bombing along the river Senio (the front line on the river Senio). Today, this lively and modern town still safeguards the memory of its ancient magnificence.

Cotignola offers a variety of interesting theatre and art events which mostly take place in summer, in the town centre as well as in the surrounding countryside.

Room with a view

5km from the town, in the countryside on the way to Faenza, tourists can find the farm holiday house Casale Boschi. This early 19th century rural villa is located in a four-hectare vineyard and has luxury rooms with period furniture.

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The landmark of the pretty town centre is the tower of the famous English mercenary captain John Hawkwood; this symbol of the town houses the civic bell, which remained unscathed when the tower was bombed and destroyed by the German army in 1944.

Palazzo Sforza (once declared a “National monument for art and history” in 1892) is definitely worth a visit. The historical residence of the Sforza noble family was destroyed by bombing and then later rebuilt in 1961. However, it still has some of the original features, such as the terracotta coat of arms of the House of Sforza and the portico columns; worth mentioning is also the beautiful memorial stone of Caio Vario (AD 30 - 49). The palace houses the historical archives and Museo Varoli.

Opposite the palace lies Casa-Studio Luigi Varoli, the art museum housing the painting and sculptures of the local artist Luigi Varoli "Righteous among the Nations" (1889 - 1958).

Just outside the town centre there is the church of San Francesco with the oratory of Santa Maria degli Angeli, which was turned into the tomb of the Sforza nobles in 1400. The church was built in the second half of the 14th century in Roman-Gothic style; it houses several 15th century frescos by the Zaganelli brothers and by Gerolamo Marchesi.

Thanks to the project "Dal museo al paesaggio", there are many street art works in the city center, countryside and natural areas, that have brought life to an open air museum.

Significant appointments

The popular feast Festa della Segavecchia takes place every year in the third week of Lent. It features parades of carnival floats, music bands and costumes; the feast culminates with the bonfire and burning of the "witch".

The Palio of Alberico da Barbiano (end of May) features historical costumes, medieval drummers and flag-wavers and a tug-of-war competition in which the four wards of the town compete against each other.

In July, the Arena delle balle di paglia (The straw bales arena) hosts a series of exciting events spanning from theatre to music and art.

In the surroundings

Barbiano, the birthplace of Alberico da Barbiano (one of the most important Italian mercenary captains), is 5km from Cotignola, on the way to Lugo. The local beautiful and well-preserved Romanesque parish church is definitively worth a visit.

Information offices

Ufficio Informazioni Cotignola
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II, 31 - Cotignola (RA)
+ 39 0545 908826 + 39 0545 908871

Last update 28/03/2024

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