Roman and early Christian traditions were the references for the artistic and architectural movement of the centuries that, around the year 1000, gave birth to a unique architectural style: Romanesque.
Rounded arches, thick walls with small windows, cubiform capitals and symmetrical planes combine in simple and harmonious architecture.
The Romanesque style has incorporated local myths and legends to rediscover ancient traditions, interpreting the geographical and cultural characteristics of each region of the medieval world.
Splendid cathedrals, quiet monasteries, small hermitages and beautiful churches with fantastic decorations tell of the daily relationship between men, nature and divinity.
Not only large cities, but also villages and the countryside, right down to the hills that were home to hermitages, experienced this architectural style. The small parish churches, often arranged along the Via Francigena or along paths and neighbouring roads, were inserted with great harmony in a natural landscape that is still preserved intact today in its serene beauty.
Retracing these paths, penetrating the countryside close to the city on foot or by bicycle, reveals an area rich in stories and atmospheres of great well-being.