What to do on August 15th in Emilia-Romagna


What to do on August 15th in Emilia-Romagna

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What to do on August 15th? Every year, as happens with many other festivities, is the age-old question.
There are those who have planned this day for months, there are those who will be on vacation and do not think about it, but we also know that many will arrive at the last minute with an empty calendar!
We can not guarantee the fun, but once again we are here to give some good tips on what to do in mid-August starting from the full schedule of events.
Here then we give you 3 ideas to spend Ferragosto in Emilia-Romagna, from Rimini to Piacenza, from the Mountains of the Apennines to the shores of the Adriatic sea …

August 15th at the Beach

August 15th on the beach? It is a classic!
Parties, bonfires on the beach, festivals and concerts; here are some events organized on the Romagna Riviera:

Acieloapertofestival: music festival now in its sixth edition, is held every year at the Rocca Malatestiana in Cesena and Villa Torlonia in San Mauro Pascoli, with the specific aim of combining high quality music with the enhancement of historical sites of great value and charm. Do not miss this year the concert of the great Italian singer Francesco de Gregori, Tuesday, August 7 at Villa Torlonia of San Mauro and the great DJ Set of COSMO, Friday, August 17 always in the beautiful location of San Mauro.

Rimini and the Music: this year too Rimini will be the headquarter of the August 15th of the Riviera with all the beach resorts of the Romagna town that will organize dance and music evenings. For all the others we would like to mention the “Un Mare di Fuoco” event, a special evening between food stands, parties and music, to be enjoyed on the Rimini seaside from beach resort 101 to the 150.
Also on August 14th, at the Beat Village of San Giuliano a Mare, the famous Italian singer Patty Pravo will perform in an unmissable evening dedicated to the great successes of Italian music.

Concerts in Cattolica: a rich program of national and international artists that every year disembarks at the Arena della Regina in Cattolica. This year, in addition to the many concerts throughout the month of August, we would like to mention the Le Vibrazioni concert, a top band of Italian music, scheduled for Thursday, August 16th.

La Rustida in Cesenatico: Cesenatico and fishing are linked by a centuries-old history. Every year, during the night of August 14th, just to remember the fundamental importance of the fishing industry for the economy and the history of the town, the fishermen offer tastings of the most delicious specialties of the Adriatic, prepared according to the Romagna tradition.

Bay Fest: Also this year at the center of Bellaria Igea Marina will take place the BayFest, the punk rock festival that provides 3 evenings of great music with bands of international fame such as Suicidal Tendencies, Bad Religion, Millencolin (check out the whole program).

Palio del Daino Mondaino: the Palio de lo Daino is unmissable event of the week of August 15th in the hinterland of Rimini, but easily reachable from the beaches; historical re-enactments will take place from 16 to 19 August with performances, challenges, and craft markets in the magic atmosphere of Mondaino old town.


Ph. Ravenna Tourism


Who said that August in Italy is only at the beach?
The Art Cities of Emilia-Romagna in the central week of August are open to welcome visitors and tourists with a plenty of events. Here is the list of events, museums and archaeological sites that will remain open on August 15th:

MUNDUS Festival: unexpected and overwhelming sounds in the thirteenth edition of the Mundus Festival, a festival of ethnic and folk music that takes place in the whole province of Reggio Emilia. This year, on the evening of August 15th, we would like to mention Correnteza, a concert dedicated to Brazilian musician Tom Jobim.

The holidays of Augusto in Ravenna: Wednesday August 15th the Roman Villa of Russi in Ravenna will remain open for a special event that from 16 to 20 will see the re-enactment of the daily life of Villa Rustica as it took place two thousand years ago. Volunteers in ancient clothing will explain to curious people the function of the different structures of the Roman villa, with particular attention in illustrating the kitchens, the banquet rooms (triclini), and the garden. A the end of the tour local food and drinks will be served according with the ancient roman tradition.

Other August openings:

Marzabotto: National Etruscan Museum of Marzabotto and Archaeological Area (Opening: 9.00 – 13.00 / 15.00 – 18.30 archaeological area until 7.00 pm)
San Mauro Pascoli: Casa Pascoli (Opening: 16.00 – 19.00)
Sarsina: National Archaeological Museum of Sarsina (Opening 13.30 – 18.30 closing ticket office at 18.00)
Ferrara: National Archaeological Museum (Opening 9.30 am – 5.00 pm closing of the ticket office at 4.30 pm and extraordinary opening free of charge 17.30 – 24.00)
Ferrara: Casa Romei (Opening: 8.30 – 19.30 closing ticket office at 19.00)
Codigoro: Pomposa Abbey Complex (Opening 8.30 – 19.30 closing ticket office at 18.45)
Bobbio: Malaspina Castle (Opening: 10.00 – 13.00 / 14.30 -17.30)
Lugagnano Val d’Arda: Archaeological Area of ​​the Roman city of Veleia (Opening: 9.00am – 7.00pm)
Langhirano: Torrechiara Castle (Opening: 10.30 – 19.30)
Faenza: Palazzo Milzetti – National Museum of the Neoclassical Age in Romagna (Opening 8.30 -18.30 last admission 5.30 pm)
Ravenna: Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe (Opening: 8.30 – 19.30 closing ticket office at 19.00)
Ravenna: Baptistery of the Arians (Opening: 8.30 -19.30)
Ravenna: Mausoleum of Theoderic (Opening: 8.30 – 19.00 closing ticket office at 18.30)
Ravenna: Theoderic Palace (Opening: 8.30 – 13.30)
Ravenna: National Museum of Ravenna (Opening: 8.30 – 19.30 closing ticket office at 19.00)
Russi: Archaeological Area and Roman Villa (Opening: 12.00 – 22.00 closing ticket office at 21.00)
Canossa: Canossa Castle and “Naborre Campanini” Museum (Opening: 9.00am – 1.00pm / 2.00pm – 8.00pm)
San Leo: Fortress of San Leo (Opening: 9.30 – 20.00 closing ticket office at 7.15 pm)
Bologna: National Art Gallery of Bologna (Opening hours 13.45 – 19.30)
Bologna: Palazzo Pepoli in Campogrande (Opening 8.30 – 14)
Parma: Pilotta monumental complex (Opening: 13.00 – 19)


San Vitale Basilica, Ravenna – Ph. Paolo Forconi


Hikes and nature, August 15th is an excellent opportunity to leave the chaos of the most crowded places and take a trip out in the middle of the historic villages and Apennines nature: so why not equip and leave for the Apennines or one of the many natural parks of Emilia-Romagna? Here is the list of events and parks for a little ‘relaxation at high altitude:

Medieval Bobbio: Tuesday, August 14th, the village of Bobbio awaits you for a cultural walk along the path that crosses the town of the historical center up to the famous Ponte Vecchio or Gobbo, also called “Devil Bridge”. An opportunity to discover the ancient town with its legendary stories.

Donkey Day: Wednesday, August 15th for the little ones there will be an opportunity to get in touch one of the cutest animals that has helped the man over the centuries, the donkeys. It will be an opportunity for exciting donkey rides, with pampering and caresses in the amazing landscape of Italian Apennines. (Contacts: 0522 807222)

Nordic Walking mini-class: from August Monday 13th to Tuesday 14th, two days of Nordic Walking on the fresh and panoramic paths of the hight Val Parma. Monday at 16:00 pm, from Lagdei’s refuge to the green meadows of Monte Tavola. Tuesday 9.00am, from the Gemini lakes to the Badignana huts. (Contacts: 3475267602)

Emilia-Romagna Parks:

Tosco-Emiliano Apennines National Park
Foreste Casentinesi National Park
Inter-regional Park of Sasso Simone and Simoncello
Po Delta Regional Park
Monteveglio Abbey Regional Park
High Modenese Apennines Regional Park
Corno alle Scale Regional Park
Boschi di Carrega Regional Park
Regional Park of Gessi Bolognesi and Calanchi dell’Abbadessa
Regional Park of the Lakes of Suviana and Brasimone
Monte Sole Regional Park
Regional Park of Stirone and Piacenziano
Regional Park Sassi di Rocca Malatina
Taro River Regional Park
Trebbia river Regional Park
Regional Park of Vena del Gesso Romagnola
100 Lakes Regional Park


Foreste Casentinesi – Ph. Pixcube.it



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