Church of Santi Pietro e Paolo in Poggio alla Lastra
The church is in Poggio alla Lastra, a village in the municipality of Bagno di Romagna situated at the start of the Valley of the Bidente of Pietrapazza and one of the entrances to the Romagna side of the "National Park of the Casentino Forests". The parish church, which was practically rebuilt in 1924, after the serious damage wreaked by the earthquakes of 1918 and 1919, has a single nave, with exterior stone walls, and a concrete portal with a Romanesque style arch. On the left there stands a bell tower, rebuilt in 1894, containing three bells, the smallest of which dates back to the fourteenth century. The church is dedicated to Saints Peter and Apollinaris; in fact, after the earthquake of 1584 destroyed the "castrum" of Poggio alla Lastra and the ancient church of S. Apollinaris, the title of this latter church was annexed to the church of Saints Peter and Paul in Poggio Stefano, where the current village of Poggio then rose. The beautiful Tuscan fresco behind the altar that depicts the Madonna with Child and Saints Peter and Paul dates from the middle of the fifteenth century. Both the church and its frescoes were restored in 2008. The church also houses a small tabernacle in sandstone decorated with rosettes, festoons and bearing the initials "F.F.D.A.B.A.D. 1874", while an oil on canvas from 1705, depicting the Madonna and Child with Saints Peter and Paul, is now preserved in the Church of S. Sofia.
BY CAR: From Bagno di Romagna follow the SP. 138 towards Cesena; when you have passed through the village of San Piero in Bagno you take a left turn onto the SP. 26 which takes you through the Bidente valley. Follow this road up to km 14 at a short distance from Santa Sofia where a sign indicates the turn off for Poggio alla Lastra; follow this winding road for 6 km until you reach the hamlet. If you are travelling from Forlì, take the SP. 26 from Santa Sofia and after 1 km turn right into the county road. (Total distance from Bagno di Romagna of about 24 km).