Brisighella (Romagnol: Brisighëla) is a comune (municipality) in the province of Ravenna, region of Emilia-Romagna, in Northeast Italy.

Comune di Brisighella
Panorama of Brisighella
Panorama of Brisighella
Coat of arms of Brisighella
Location of Brisighella
ProvinceRavenna (RA)
FrazioniBoesimo, Casale, Castellina, Croce Daniele, Fognano, Fornazzano, La Strada, Marzeno, Monteromano, Pietramora, Purocielo, Rontana, San Cassiano, San Martino in Gattara, Urbiano, Villa San Giorgio in Vezzano, Zattaglia
 • MayorMassimiliano Pederzoli
 • Total194.33 km2 (75.03 sq mi)
115 m (377 ft)
 (30 April 2017)[3]
 • Total7,598[2]
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Postal code
Dialing code0546
WebsiteOfficial website
Rocca Manfrediana di Brisighella, Emilia-Romagna

Brisighella borders the following municipalities: Casola Valsenio, Castrocaro Terme e Terra del Sole, Faenza, Forlì, Marradi, Modigliana, Palazzuolo sul Senio, Riolo Terme. It originates from a rocca castle ordered by Maghinardo Pagani and later expanded by Francesco Manfredi, lord of Faenza.

It is the birthplace of Dino Monduzzi (1922–2006), a cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.

The final part of the novel The Gadfly by Ethel Lilian Voynich (1897) is set in Brisighella. This historical novel, now neglected in England or in the USA, almost unknown in Italy, was popular in the second half of the 20th century, on the basis of a Marxist reconsideration of its plot, in the USSR, Communist countries in Eastern Europe, Mao Zedong's China, etc.

Main sightsEdit

  • Via del Borgo or Via degli Asini ("Donkeys' Road"), an elevated road mostly covered by arches of different types.
  • Church of the Osservanza (1520). Its interior houses a Madonna with Child and Saints painted by Marco Palmezzano
  • Pieve (rural church) of S. Giovanni in Ottavo (11th century)
  • Rocca (castle), built in 1228. It has several cylindrical towers, the tallest of which was added in 1503.
  • Sanctuary of Monticino (18th century)
  • Torre dell'Orologio ("Clock Tower"), rebuilt in the 19th century above a pre-existing defensive structure.


  1. ^ "Superficie di Comuni Province e Regioni italiane al 9 ottobre 2011". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.
  2. ^ All demographics and other statistics: Italian statistical institute Istat
  3. ^ "Popolazione Residente al 1° Gennaio 2018". Italian National Institute of Statistics. Retrieved 16 March 2019.

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Coordinates: 44°13′21″N 11°46′27″E / 44.22250°N 11.77417°E / 44.22250; 11.77417