Itinerary of the Red Onion of Breme De.C.O.

The events and places which celebrate the “dolcissima” of Breme.

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Itinerary description

The “Red” De.C.O. is a one-of-a-kind produce, starting from its unique and easily recognizable appearance, all the way to its sweetness and crunchiness. Its production industry is centuries-old and it is still preserved to this day by local producers, just as it was handed down by the Novalesi monks many centuries ago. 

Aside from its history and characteristic properties, the Red Onion is also unrivaled because of its place of origin, the municipality of Breme. The morphological composition of the soil, along with the microclimate of the floodplain area of Breme, allows the cultivation of the “dolcissima”. The soil, low in clay and rich in nutrients, ensures that the only true Red Onion De.C.O. is exclusively the one produced in Breme, cultivated by the dedicated local producers in the designated fields. Its authenticity and value for Breme were recognized in 2008 through the attribution of the De.C.O. mark, an event which was celebrated by the Municipality through the creation of the monument dedicated to the “dolcissima”, situated in Piazza Marconi.

Along with the sculptural piece, there is also a fair dedicated to honoring this delicacy. Every year, during June, the Red Onion Festival is held, which presents different variations of the onion and allows visitors to taste the traditional dishes based on the Red Onion: “from the appetizers to the dessert to the ice cream”.
Acting as a backdrop of the Festival we can see the picturesque San Pietro of Breme Abbey, seat of the town hall and historical center of Breme.

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Abbey of San Pietro of Breme
Abbey of San Pietro of Breme
The Benedictine Abbey of San Pietro was the seat of the Bremetense Order, one of the most powerful in Italy and Europe. Restored around 1650, today the abbey houses the town hall. Also worth visiting are the Romanesque baptistery (8th-10th centuries), the crypt (10th century) and the rural sanctuary of Santa Maria di Pollicino (private property).
The Monument for the Red Onion of Breme
The Monument for the Red Onion of Breme
A means to celebrate “la Dolcissima” (the Sweetest): the most beloved product from Breme and its official recognition, in the center of the Lomellina municipality.