Ferragosto (August 15) is an Italian day off, dating back to the Roman period, it originally celebrated the end of the major works in the fields and a tribute to the emperor Augustus . Today the Catholich curch celebrates the Virgin Mary and Italians just wait for Ferragosto for having a short break, as usually companies closed and families can take a time off, normally, to the seaside.
But calendar of events for Ferragosto is rich in Emilia Romagna.
Starting along the Riviera di Rimini which offers not just local festivals but also many important events such as in Milano Marittima, which is celebrating 100 years of its own existence this year. On schedule, among the celebratory events, there will be the concert of Noa, on the evening of August 14. Those coming can stay up very late and participate in the concert at dawn on the seashore which will kick off Ferragosto.
In the nearby town of Cervia, those who love reading should attend the event within the series “The Beach loves Books” on Monday, August 13 with the writer Marcello Fois who will present his book “Nel tempo di mezzo”, while awaiting the landing of the writers on the shore on Ferragosto.
Wake up or end a long night on the seashore with the welcoming event on Ferragosto also in Cesenatico at 6am with Classica Orchestra Afrobeat.
In Rimini, there is the prestigious Malatesta Festival which offers a preview dedicated to Scarlatti (August 13). Then, starting on August 19 and ending August 25, the traditional event of the Meeting for Friendship among People will begin its packed program of events which will focus this year on the theme of “The nature of man and his relationship with the infinite”.
During the week, there will be many festivals dedicated to traditions and local foodstuffs. Among these, we note the Corn Festival in Gattatico (Reggio Emilia), a tribute to the ancient jobs of the 1900s along with comedies and ballroom dancing, until August 19; the Great Fish Fry on August 14 in Cesenatico, the Hospitality Festival in Portogaribaldi (Ferrara), again on August 14, and in Burana di Bondeno (Ferrara) t he Sturgeon and Sea Fish Festival is on schedule for August 15.
The musical itineraries in the halls of the Music Museum of Bologna are a unique occasion for a particular tour lead by musicians and enriched by musical performances (August 14 Piper’s Night – tales from Ireland, Scotland, France and Northern Italy) while in Reggio Emilia and nearby, Ferragosto is celebrated with music, festivals, folk events, movies and museum openings.
Among the street shows, everyone is waiting, as they do every year, for the 25th edition of the Ferrara Buskers Festival on schedule from August 17 to 26 in the city of Ferrara with a preview performance in Comacchio; also noteworthy are the buskers in Santa Sofia (just inland from Forlì-Cesena), August 12-15, where fire will be the star of this edition which promises fire and flames!
No less important is the historic reenactment in Mondaino, a Malatesta town on the hills near Rimini, of the Palio de lo Daino, on schedule from August 16 to 19.
Among the cultural traditions of ancient origins, on schedule there is “Il Maggio”, the series of events dedicated to folk theater in the Apennines near Reggio Emilia (August 14, 15, and 19), a form of tragedy with a happy ending, on the timeless theme of the battle between good and evil, accompanied by musical instruments.
For nature enthusiasts, there are the excursions in the Argenta Marshes, an area usually closed to the public, an exceptionally valuable habitat due to the many animal and vegetation species that live there, or also those in the salt flats of Cervia, an area populated by rare species such as Flamingos, Black Winged Stilts, and Pied Avocets, or the guided visits to the Nature Refuge in the Mesola Woods.
For art enthusiasts, there are the guided tours of Art in Ravenna, the Fortress of Castrocaro Terme (Fc) and walks through the historic center of Rimini.
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