Others still maintain that the origin is Greek, deriving from braxica (cabbage) and referring to a place suited to the cultivation of this vegetable.
When the Romans occupied these lands, they built the via Faentina road (then called the via Antonina after the Roman emperor Antoninus Pius), which branched off the via Emilia and crossed the Apennines. The road, no wider than a mule track, was traversed by the salt caravans coming from Cervia and heading to Rome. We still find traces of it in the local place names today. Quartolo, for example, is located at the fourth (quarto) mile from the beginning of the road, counting from Faenza, Rio Quinto at the fifth (quinto), and also Pieve del Thò, or eighth, indicates the eighth mile, and Ponte Nono, the ninth (nono).
The founding of the present-day town is traditionally attributed to Maghinardo Pagani da Susinana, considered Romagna’s greatest medieval condottiero (mercenary company captain). Today, the neoclassical town hall bears his name.
In 1290, on the outcrop where the Clock Tower stands, Maghinardo had a tower erected in opposition to Francesco Manfredi, Lord of Faenza. It was constructed from large chalk blocks, and the town of Brisighella we know today grew up at the base of this tower.
Art, history and architecture come together to form a heady mix in Brisighella. Because standing even for just a moment looking out from the balconies of the clock tower, the fortress or Monticino sanctuary means enjoying extraordinary views and unusual perspectives.
And as you take in the picturesque town below, you’ll probably feel the urge to explore the treasures hiding behind those charming views.