For those who love do it yourself greenery, the smell of flowers and the aromas of herbs, worth visiting are the market exhibition "Ancient Spring Fruits" at the Castle in Paderna near Piacenza; De Gustibus at the splendid Villa Malenchini in Carignano (Pr); and "Flowering Balconies" in Santarcangelo di Romagna (Rn).
This international festival of cinema, animation and new technologies in Bologna, the most important of its kind in Italy, will focus this year on the theme of food, in line with the Expo. There will be two competitive sections, the Feature Film Competition and the Future Film Short for short films. May 5-10.
The Eni World Championship FIM Superbike which will be held at the Autodromo Internazionale Enzo e Dino Ferrari in Imola (Bo) will see eight brands of motorcycles driven by great champions such as Sylvain Guintoli, Tom Sykes, Jonathan Rea, Eugene Laverty who will face off in this exciting race. May 8-10.
The ancient splendors and glorious deeds that left their mark on history will come back to life at the Palios and festivals in costume that, all over Emilia Romagna, will pop up in historical town centers, ancient castles or seaside towns with tournaments and challenges, past habits and crafts, dancing, parades and ceremonies.
What not to miss
Ferrara will host the 26th edition of the Art of Restoration and Conservation of Cultural and Environmental Heritage Showcase. More than 250 stands with four days full of events, discussions, workshops and exhibitions will present the results of the most prestigious interventions in this field. May 6-9.
The next performers to take the stage at this renowned jazz festival are the winners of the Concorso Bettinardi 2014, sections A and C on Friday, May 8, section B Saturday, May 16; Stefano Bollani Danish Trio, Saturday, May 9; Jan Garbarek Quartet feat. Trilok Gurtu, Friday, May 15; and the Albert Hera Quintet, Sunday, May 17.
This International Music Festival best represents every form of musical research in unconventional settings and will be held, for its 25th edition, in and around Bologna, Modena and Lugo. There will be many premieres as well as prestigious international guests. Until May 31.
What's going on now
Markets filled with delicacies and traditional crafts held in the historic downtowns offer a great opportunity to dig through the stands and find unusual gifts with which to fill your pockets.
What to do
Nature enthusiasts should not miss out on the upcoming events of this spring series in the Po Delta Park: the first edition of the Comacchio Wellness Walk, from May 8 to 10 and, the following weekend, Birdwatching Days, from May 15 to 17.
From the calendar of exhibitions in the region, we recommend "Ferrari meets Pavarotti" in Modena, the retrospective "Escher" in Bologna, and "The spectacle of modernity" in Forlì. "The Rose of Fire - The Barcellona of Picasso and Gaudì" recently opened in Ferrara.