Founded by the Romans in the II century B.C. as the Forum Livii at the crossroad of Via Consolare with the road that led to Tuscany, the city is located in the eastern part of the Po Valley along the Via Emilia, a few kilometers from the seaside resorts of the Adriatic coast (30-35 km) and at the foot of the green hills of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines.
Forlì today still has significant traces of the Romanesque and the Renaissance times, when Caterina Sforza ruled the city unopposed. The region also retains a notable presence of the rich heritage of the age of Rationalism from the twenties and thirties.
It is therefore a city of art; it also has a major university with prestigious faculties, a center dedicated to the creativity of young people where they can explore the frontiers of high technology applied to contemporary art.
In the historic center, two main roads of Roman origin are still recognizable, divided into four main streets: Mazzini, Garibaldi, Diaz and della Repubblica, which converge on the Piazza A. Saffi. Some of the most emblematic buildings of different eras are found there: the Romanesque Basilica of San Mercuriale with its imposing 12th century original bell tower; the Palazzo Comunale, the Town Hall, dating from the fourteenth century and rebuilt several times, with the Torre Civica (or the clock tower), the 15th century Palazzo del Podestà and Palazzo Albertini, sites of interesting exhibits and the 20th century Palazzo delle Poste, an example of architecture of the “Ventennio” (1920-1930), also seen in significant traces in the buildings of Viale della Libertà and Piazzale della Vittoria, near the train station.
The city was under the domain of the Ordelaffi family for about two centuries, during which Forlì was enriched with noble palaces that can be admired while walking along the streets of the city center, in particular Corso Garibaldi and Via P. Maroncelli. Pino Ordelaffi III is responsible for the fortification of the fortress of Ravaldino (completed in 1480, now named after Caterina Sforza).
Also noteworthy is the Baroque architecture of two prestigious monuments, which were recently restored: the Church of the Suffragio as you enter Piazza Saffi, and not far away, the Church of San Filippo Neri, on Via G. Saffi.
Forlì is a pleasant destination throughout the year. During the summer, especially during the exhibition "Piazze d’Estate", the city comes alive with many cultural activities that allow you to "live and breath" the historical center by granting access to places not normally visited and enhancing artistic beauty, including in the most unknown corners of the city.
Certainly worth a visit is the new museum complex of San Domenico, in the heart of the historic center. Site of the oldest section of the Picture Gallery, it is a catalyst for visitors thanks to prestigious exhibitions held in recent years, from Palmezzano to Silvestro Lega, G. Cagnacci and Canova. The complex is the house of the famous Hebe of Canova.
A symbol of Forlì is passatelli, a type of noodle cooked in broth. How can you turn down a traditional piping hot piadina, in the local shops? Although good with any filling, it is usually eaten with squacquerone, a soft cheese typical of the area, ricotta and salami, and always accompanied by rich Sangiovese wine. To enjoy the culture and the local produce, just follow the Road of Wines and Flavors of the hills of Forlì and Cesena.
In the nearby town of Fratta Terme (14 km) is Indiana Park, which offers fantastic adventure routes and aerial routes, with pathways between the trees at varying heights made using ropes, nets, walkways, cableways, bridges and thousands of opportunities to live immersed in nature. All this with maximum safety!
For those who like to take care of their body, there are thermal baths just before Fratta Terme (14 km), at the foot of Bertinoro (recently opened after the restoration of the Grand Hotel that houses them), and in Castrocaro Terme (approximately 10 km from Forlì).
A typical example of a Medieval citadel Bertinoro (10 Km), overlooks a scenic landscape with a view that extends to the sea. It is known as the “City of Hospitality” with its tradition of the twelve rings column, each corresponding to one of the oldest families, assigned to accommodate strangers who would tie up their horse upon arrival.
Along the valley of the Rabbi is Predappio (16 km), surrounded by vineyards that produce Sangiovese Doc. Expanded between the twenties and forties in the Twentieth century, it presents itself as a veritable "museum city", an original witness of the urban and architectural styles of the age of Rationalism.
Along Via Emilia, meets Forlimpopoli hometown of Pellegrino Artusi, the undisputed father of Italian cuisine: a place to be enjoyed with gusto through its history, its culture, its traditions. Founded by the Romans in the second century. a.c, houses inside the fortress fourteenth century the small but prestigious MAF, Archaeological Museum of Forlimpopoli.