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You must climb 274 steps—no shortcuts!— to reach the top of the bell tower of the Abbey of San Mercuriale, which overlooks Piazza Saffi. The breathtaking view of the city from a height of 75 metres will be well worth the effort. The Romanesque church is very peculiar in that it is much smaller than its tall and impressive bell tower. Not too far from there are the Musei di San Domenico, a set of museums located in a renovated Dominican convent that now houses a picture gallery and exhibitions of international prominence. Castrocaro Terme, best known for its Art Nouveau and Art Deco thermal baths, is just 20 minutes away from Forlì. If you are a fan of spas, Fratta Terme, in the municipality of Bertinoro, is also worth a visit: historic taverns, warm hospitality and some of the best sceneries the region has to offer. What more could you ask for? Along the Via Emilia you will also come across Forlimpopoli, the city of Pellegrino Artusi, who in 1891, only two decades after the unification of Italy, was the first to include recipes from all the different regions in a single cookbook. His book, titled “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene”, established a truly national Italian cuisine and is still an international best-seller.

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