The traditional walk on April the 25th has an itinerary which runs along the river Senio; it is possible to complete it on foot or by bicycles. The 18km itinerary will be enlivened by events such as oral literature, theatre performances and music, to celebrate and remember the battle on the Senio and Resistance.
Senio is a river of memory, because the memory of war lies above it like autumn fog, which you can only fully understand and breath if you walk slowly. The Senio river was the front line between Nazis and partisans and locals, during World War II.
The river Senio also includes memories of the rural landscape and its people, including floodings, hard work and taxation. Now the river has also become a place for theatre shows and narratives.
The walk on April the 25th pays tribute to those historical events with shows and concerts. Two walks along the river will start respectively in Alfonsine and Cotignola, meeting in Borgo Pignatta.
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PROGRAMME OF APRIL 25TH 2022
The two starting points: Alfonsine and Cotignola
From Cotignola, piazzetta Gino Zoli at 9am.
From Alfonsine, Piazza Vincenzo Monti at 9am.
In Lugo at 10.30a.m. at the bridge of San Vitale sul fiume, at the «Martiri del Senio» (Martyrs of the Senio River) Memorial.
With the young boys: Luigi 18 years old, Renzo 17 y.o., Giovanni 18 y.o., Domenico 20 y.o., Giorgio 15 y.o., Carlo 20 y.o.; Floriano 23 y.o. and Gianni 17 y.o.. These were young resistance fighters arrested, jailed and tortured over a period of a few days in Rocca’s jails, and subsequently killed on the 25th and 26th of October 1944.
In Borgo Pignatta at 12 p.m. on via Sottofiume at the Memorial that commemorates the 28 victims of the slaughter that took place in the night of the 23rd of December 1944: the youngest one is Celsa, who was three months old; the oldest one is Giuseppe, who was 86 years old.
In Masiera since 12.30p.m. social lunch (reservation Eventbrite)
In Fusignano at 3.15p.m. on via Rossetta, at the point in which the Liberation troops crossed the Senio River.
In Rossetta at 5.00p.m. in the Old Asylum Garden, next to the Municipal Centre.
At 6.00p.m. Tea party offered by the population of Rossetta.
At the end, we take you to the starting point of the walk by bus: stops in Alfonsine, Bagnacavallo, Cotignola, Fusignano and Lugo.
In case of rain, the walk is postponed for 1st May.
Organised by the Associazione Culturale Primola of Cotignola.
Info at the Town Halls:
ALFONSINE: tel. 0544 866667
BAGNACAVALLO: tel. 0545 280888
COTIGNOLA: tel. 0545 908826
FUSIGNANO: tel. 0545 955653
LUGO: tel. 0545 38444 – 38411
(Updated to 26/04/2022)