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Alfredo Oriani

Alfredo Oriani

Writer, historian and poet

Idyllically set just in the heart of the lush green areas of the "Tuscan Romagna", Casola Valsenio is famous for its Herb Garden and officinal herbs. Casola is also home to the so-called Cardello, the House-Museum where Alfredo Oriani, the leading first-generation writer on the bicycle, lived. Nobody knows who built it: It seems it was used as the guest quarters of Valsenio's Benedictine Abbey at the beginning of the XIII century.

Turned into a private residence in the nineteenth century, it then became the house of the writer. The current structure of the building, that dates back to 1926, and its outstanding combination of authentic Romanesque and antique replicas, attract large numbers of visitors, and so does its impressive profile surrounded by a lush park. The interior is a rare example of a typical aristocratic residence of Romagna, where a massive architectural structure and splendid furniture merge in pleasant harmony. The sober aspect of the inner rooms is mirrored by the essential style of wardrobes, cupboards, beds and tools.

The most interesting parts of the residence are its kitchen, the only of its kind in Romagna, Oriani's cabinet and the monastic-style bedroom where he died; the loggia on the first floor cherishes the building's most interesting piece, the Prinetti-Stucchi racing bicycle the writer bought in 1894. Oriani was a passionate cyclist, and then became the major exponent of the cycling literature of the beginning of the XX century.

 

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  • Faenza, August 22, 1852 - Casola Valsenio, October 18, 1909
  • 15 works
  • 1872, he graduated in law in Naples
  • 1875 is published his first book, "Useless Memories"
  • in 1908 received positive reviews from B. Cross
  • in 30 volumes is the Complete Works with which Mussolini vulgarly exploited his works
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