Faenza highlights: A visit to a medieval Romagna city at its best

Faenza highlights: A visit to medieval Romagna at its best

Faenza highlights: A visit to a medieval Romagna city at its best

I happened on Faenza, Italy by accident which was a wonderful experience to discover this beautiful medieval city in the heart of the Romagna region of Italy.  I was here for an emergency visit to the local hospital for some strange allergic reaction I had suddenly happened and immediately covered my entire body in scary welts that were hard to determine (a future post on traveling and being sick). The positive part of this experience was being able to explore a city that was not part of my itinerary and I took full advantage of exploring this lovely city. What I discovered in Faenza was a totally charming and historically significant medieval city that I would have missed if not for this unfortunate accident. Fortunately it turned into a positive situation with my health eventually improving and it was possible to experience a colorful city which was not initially in my itinerary.

 

A pedestrian zone to the central Faenza's historic district

A pedestrian zone to the central Faenza’s historic district

 

 

The historic center of Faenza is very easy to navigate with most of the streets leading directly to the medieval center which is mostly composed of pedestrian zones and very easy to walk around. You really get a nice feel of the center with buildings that are two stories  or less in height, with the exception of the cathedral which dominates the skyline. This makes it easy to see all the wonderful details of the architecture at eye level.

 

The colorful fountain and cathedral of Faenza

The colorful fountain and cathedral of Faenza

 

 

I must admit that it’s nice being able to walk in the pedestrian zone of the historic district where there is more room to explore without the distractions of cars. This makes it so much easier to maneuver the smaller streets without having to worry about a car right behind you and everything in the center is so walkable and attractive. It almost feels like little has changed outside of the newer shops and amenities available at all the shops in the district. Having a car free zone was a wise decision from the local government and really creates a great environment for the community and tourists to support businesses downtown in a pleasant environment and squares (piazzas) left for the people to enjoy.

 

The porticoes of Faenza are quite striking

The porticoes of Faenza are quite striking

 

Just like some of the other historic and grand cities in the Emilia-Romagna region, Faenza also has some of the most elegant porticoes in the historic area.  Large awnings are extended out into the piazza on warm sunny days and outdoor dining spaces pop out all over the piazza. There’s always something more refined with all these ornate buildings with their beautiful porticoes filled with galleries and shops.

 

Elegant facades and stain glass features in Faenza

Elegant facades and stain glass features in Faenza

 

 

Beautiful portals and doorways are found everywhere in the historic center

 

 

An elegant Faenza entryway

An elegant Faenza entryway

 

 

 

 Faenza pottery galleries are fun to explore in the historic district

 

Beautiful artistry of Faenza Ceramics

Beautiful artistry of Faenza Ceramics

 

 

 

 

Faenza pastry shops and bakeries are very tempting

Faenza pastry shops and bakeries are very tempting

 

 

 

 

Just outside the walled outskirts of the intact city walls, the river snakes through this area dotted with willows and other low-lying shrubs, unchanged after centuries of development encroaching the outer areas of the walled medieval city.

 

A scenic river lies just out of the medieval walls of Faenza

A scenic river lies just out of the medieval walls of Faenza

 

 

I’m so glad that I did get a chance to walk through this lovely medieval city and its historic district. Despite the odd situation of having to go to Emergency at the hospital in Faenza, I was still able to remedy this unfortunate experience with a positive outlook of the beautiful city of Faenza.

 

 

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5 Responses to Faenza highlights: A visit to a medieval Romagna city at its best

  1. heather Cowper January 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm #

    What a beautiful city and I love the fact that it is pedestrianised, it makes for so much more an enjoyable experience when walking around. I have some painted plates just like the ones in the shop there since I collected quite a few on my travels.

  2. alison January 6, 2015 at 4:18 am #

    I’m glad you had a silver lining to getting sick and ending up in Faenza. It looks like a wonderful place to spend some time recuperating. It’s frightening to get ill overseas, especially when you don’t know the cause. Assuming everything worked out ok?

    • Noel January 6, 2015 at 6:37 am #

      Yes it was very sudden and abrupt, fortunately some R&R did the trick

  3. anna parker January 5, 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Every cloud has a silver lining… even being ill! This city is charming – it is like Rome or Venice, but before the tourists. The architecture is fantastic and so good to get photos of something so off the beaten track, but as stunning as if it were! Glad you are feeling better!

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