The Transromanica

The Transromanica

The Transromanica is both a virtual and real itinerary, devoted to the Romanesque artistic and architectural heritage in the province of Modena and other eleven European regions. An international association collects, under the same name, 250 sites of excellence including cathedrals, castles, churches  and parish churches that date back to the Middle Ages, an important historical period marked by artistic ferment that has left an indelible mark throughout Europe.

In the province of Modena the Duomo di Modena and the Ghirlandina tower (Unesco heritage site) are the highest expression of Romanesque art in Emilia Romagna. A few kilometres away there are also the imposing Benedictine Abbazia di S. Silvestro, the Pieve di S. Michele in Nonantola and the fortress of Vignola. Going towards the slopes of the Apennines there are some real gems: the Chiesa di Rocca S. Maria with its bas-reliefs, among the most beautiful ones around, the Chiesa di Montebonello with its frescoes of refined beauty, the Pieve di Renno, simple and mysterious, the Castle of Montecuccoli, the Castle of Montefiorino, the Pieve di Rubbiano, recently restored and the ancient village of Fiumalbo, surrounded by an untouched mountain environment.

It is easy to come across finds and curious facts that date back to the first Millennium by walking along mountain paths, ancient pilgrimage and trade routes, in city centres where the museums preserve examples of Romanesque art.  Surprisingly, details of Romanesque art and architecture are found similar in regions distant from each other, so for those travelling in Europe, it is easy to find Transromanica sites in Burgundy, Castilla y Leon, Thuringia, Saxony-Anhalt, Carinthia, Slovenia and Serbia, as well as in the provinces of Parma, Ferrara and in Piedmont. Transromanica has been recognised as Major Cultural Route by the Council of Europe.

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