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Fiorenzuola di Focara
It抯 a town of delicate enchantments, probably there isn抰 any other one as beautiful as Fiorenzuola in the whole coast from Venice until Ancona.
One of the four castles (together with Casteldimezzo, Gradara and Granarola) built between the X and XIII centuries in order to create an organic defence system for the control of the Siligata Pass in the boundary area between the Ravennate Church and the Pesarese Church first, and then between the Malatesta of Rimini and the Pesaro Malatesta.
The village, originally called Fiorenzuola, became Fiorenzuola di Focara in 1889 probably for the presence of bonfires in ancient times which marked the position for ships in navigation, or for the presence of "fornacelle" (kilns) where bricks and terracotta were fired (from the Romagnolo dialect fuch鑢 or fugh鑢, that is kiln for firing bricks). Today, in testimony to the city's history, there remain several portals from the 1600s/1700s, some door-knockers, the ruins of the medieval walls. Also interesting is a door bearing a plate recalling the verses of Dante (Inferno XXVIII) which evoke an event which took place on the sea facing the village. The Church of St. Andrea is also to be noted, its existence is documented from the XII century. It is particularly enchanting to stroll through the village which has maintained the memory of the past in its alleys and small squares.

Ref.: http://www.parcosanbartolo.it

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