CA’ DELL’OSTE

Ca’ dell’Oste (locale of the council area of Brisighella) – 79 km

This is a historic locale in the parish of Sant’Eufemia with an ancient tower dating to the end of the fifteenth century with a double gabled roof with an underlying dovecote eaves made up of sandstone banquettes and terracotta brackets. This place is particularly picturesque and is found by venturing into the territory of the ex parish of Purocielo (pure sky). This singular name has given life to much speculation. Local tradition states it was a place of hiding for bandits and smugglers ready to avoid the nearby customs post to have access to the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. However, others sustain that patriots fleeing persecution from Papal domination found refuge at “Ca dell’Oste” when fleeing to Tuscany and from there finding another place where constitutional freedom was less limited.

According to local tradition, the most famous patriot Giovanni Pianori, known as “è brisigè” (“the man from Brisighella”, 1823 – 1855), always found refuge and protection in this place with the Grazioli (or Gracioli), a family of patriots during his periodic migrations between the Papal Romagna and the Grand Duchy of Tuscany.

Piero Malpezzi