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Emilia Romagna highlights
Experience nature at the gardening market exhibitions

Gardening market exhibitions

For those who love DIY gardening, the smell of flowers, and the aromas of herbs, in Emilia-Romagna the fairs and market exhibitions are in full bloom with the arrival of spring, with items on sale, workshops, and deals that will surely make your thumb green.

Primavera Slow

Primavera Slow

The full programme of spring events dedicated to slow tourism in the nature reserve of the Po Delta continues with hikes, bike rides, boat rides, horseback riding, tastings, lessons and workshops. Do not miss the International Fair of Birdwatching and of Nature Tourism, from April 29 to May 1.

Art exhibitions

Art exhibitions

The appointments with art in the ancient towns and cities are the right chance to experience their cultural heritage, to live the charm of history and to admire exhibitions of national and international masterpieces hosted in enchanting places worth a visit themselves.

What not to miss

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36th International Kite Festival

For ten days, more than 200 artists from 30 countries will amaze the public on the beach in Pinarella di Cervia with hundreds of kites of every kind and size.  This year’s guest of honor is France.  There will also be many side exhibitions, workshops and meetings.  Until May 1.

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At this itinerant jazz festival in the towns and cities of art in Emilia Romagna, coming soon to the stage are Paolo Fresu & Gianluca Petrella, on Friday, April 29; Javier Girotto & Aires Tango “Duende”, on Saturday, April 30; and Italian Jazz Orchestra with Enrico Rava & Aldo Romano, on Sunday, May 1.

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Future Film Festival

This international festival of cinema, animation and new technologies in Bologna, the most important in Italy in this sector, this year will focus on the theme of aliens and the relationship between humans and creatures from other worlds. An important tribute will be held for the first 50 years of Star Trek. May 3-8.

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De Gustibus

The imposing villa Malenchini in Carignano di Parma will exceptionally open its doors to the public for this fair dedicated to Italian food, flower nurseries and artistic crafts all made in Italy, offering a chance to discover its charm. May 6-8.

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Palio di Ferrara

This city will get decked out in the colors of the "contrade" and head to the main square to compete for the prized palio and to bring back the festive atmosphere of the Renaissance. Leading up to the races on the last Sunday in May are competitions and games with flag-wavers and music, a historic parade and many other forms of entertainment. May 6-29.


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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

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On this holiday, the state-run archeological sites of Marzabotto (Bo) with its National Etruscan Museum, of the Roman city of Veleia in Luagnano Val d'Arda (Pc) with its Antiquarium, and the Terramare di Montale (Mo) with its museum will open their doors to the public with free admission.

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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.


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