Looking for the good, travelling between Valconca and Valmarecchia
Travelling along paths in the hills of Rimini, especially insummer and autumn, visitors may come across people, either in groupsor alone, and some with dogs. It is easy to imagine that those with dogsare looking for truffles as they grow abundantly here, particularly blacktruffles although precious white truffles can also be found. The latter, attimes of famine, were almost like gold dust, as the prices paid at stalls atthe many local fairs, such as the famous National White Truffle Fair held in Sant’Agata Feltria every Sunday in October, would suggest.
During this period in Sant'Agata you can immerse yourself in the scents and flavours of autumn, taste the many typicalities of the National Fine White Truffle Fair, combine this with a wine experience and live the moment of the search for gold together with trained bloodhounds.
After a 20-minute drive you arrive in Talamello.
Its Fair dedicated to Fossa cheese takes place in November. Tonino Guerra called fossa cheese 'the amber of Talamello', due to the colour that the sandstone takes on when the pits are reopened. During the fair, this small village hosts stalls, conferences and shows. Food stands and restaurants offer menus based on Fossa cheese and local products.
(For information: https://www.comune.talamello.rn.it/vivere-talamello/fiera-formaggio-di-fossa)
This small village is also a treasure trove of art, so don't miss the opportunity to see the Crucifix of the Giotto School (Giovanni da Rimini, 1300); the 'Cella', adjacent to the cemetery, frescoed in 1437 by Antonio Alberti da Ferrara; and the Gualtieri Museum-Pinacoteca "Lo splendore del reale", consisting of the 42 paintings that the Italo-French painter of Talamellese origins, Fernando Gualtieri, donated to the municipality.
Mount Pincio, on the other hand, covered with pine forests and centuries-old chestnut groves, is the ideal destination for excursions and outdoor activities, including hang-gliding and paragliding. The numerous paths that climb the slopes of the mountain offer panoramic views of great beauty.
Mondaino is also known for its cheeses and honey, true gastronomic treasures.
The pits of the 'mulino della Porta di Sotto' enclose in the deep sandstone casket precious forms of pecorino cheese that rest transforms them with unique characteristics.
The honey, combined with the 'formaggio di fossa' cheese, is born in respect of biodiversity, in the variants of which nature offers the flower: acacia, rosemary, lime, honeydew and millefiori.
Taste these products directly in the territory for an experience to remember.
For mushroom pickers too these areas are a haven, with awealth of varieties ranging from common Porcini mushrooms, Caesar’smushrooms, honey mushrooms, parasol mushrooms and clavaria to rarerones such as spring varieties like the famous St. George’s mushroom. A fairdedicated to the latter has been held in Miratoio di Pennabilli for almost 30years.
As well as mushrooms and truffles the area also has plentiful wildasparagus, bladder campion, rampion, borage, mallow, poppy stems andlots of beneficial wild herbs.