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Celebrating "Ferragosto" 2014

Once again this year the week of "Ferragosto" (from August 11 to 17), a mid-August holiday celebrating the feast of the Assumption on August 15, will welcome gusts with cultural events, concerts and music festivals, excursions and guided tours, town fairs, parties, markets and many art exhibitions.

Music is the centerpiece of these Ferragosto celebrations.  Beginning at the Riviera which offers many important events starting with the Sagra Malatestiana di Rimini: four evenings dedicated to Baroque music for the tribute to Claudio Monteverdi, through a series of masterpieces.  Do not miss the meeting with the poetess Mariangela Gualtieri, (August 14), in an original dialogue between modern lyrical music and ancient instruments, making this great poetry tangible, a solid source of inspiration for Baroque composers.

In Comacchio, on August 11, the famous Iranian pianist Ramin Bahrami, one of the most interesting interpreters of Bach alive today, as part of the Emilia Romagna Festival, will present his latest album, Inventions and Sinfonias, which includes two pieces never before played on the piano.  Another part of this festival worth mentioning is a concert which commemorates the 70th anniversary of the death of Forlì partisan Iris Versari with the cellist Luigi Puxeddu, one of the most accredited international interpreters of Boccherini, and the contrabassist Enrico Fagone (August 17, San Benedetto in Alpe, Fc).

On the beaches of Cesenatico (Fc), night owls and early birds can both enjoy a unique sensory experience thanks to the "Concerts at dawn".  The events start at 6.00 in the morning when the first light of dawn will rise with the explosion of rock and roll with Miami and the Groovers Feat. Joe D'Urso, August 15.  Evening music will take over, again in Cesenatico, the calm of Piazzetta delle Conserve for the occasion of "Notturni alle Conserve" where on August 12 the Quartetto 1919 will take the stage with music by Bixio, Tosto, and Cesarini.

The city of Ravenna will host the 53rd International Festival of Organ Music, the oldest in Italy, in which the best international artists perform every year playing the ancient Mascioni organ in the beautiful Basilica di San Vitale, a UNESCO site.  Taking the stage on August 11 is the organ player Mari Mihara.

Unexpected and overwhelming waves of ethnic and folk music are at the heart of the 19th edition of the Festival Mundus which around Ferragosto will host the jazz signer Rita Marcotulli with her band (August 13, Reggio Emilia).  On the day of Ferragosto the successful duo Michel Portal & Vincent Peirani will perform (August 15, Carpi) while two special guests Gino Paoli & Danilo Rea will close out the festival on August 16 in Reggio Emilia.


Book lovers will be in good company in Cervia with “Beaches love books”, the literary festival that presents a different author and their works every evening.  13,000 volumes will be distributed to all the vacationers in Cervia, Milano Marittima, Pinarella and Tagliata.  The highlight of this festival will be the landing on the beach in Cervia of boats full of writers, journalists, words and stories on Ferragosto.


Classic theatre will take the stage in Sarsina, inland from Forlì.  Here on August 12 the classic plays at the Plautus Festival include “Il vero amico” by Goldoni performed by an excellent cast with Massimo de Francovich, Gianna Giachetti and Lorenzo Lavia.  Saturday, August 16 there will be a very particular show with a fascinating mix of theatre and dance.  In “Carmen Medea Cassandra – Il processo” the extraordinary talent of ballerina Rossella Brescia together with the magnificent acting of Vanessa Gravina will give life to a celebration of three great female figures of ancient mythology, with direction and choreography by Luciano Cannito. 


In the lovely setting of the archeological area of Veleia, near Piacenza, the eclectic and enthralling art critic Vittorio Sgarbi, on August 12 for the Festival of Ancient Theatre, will talk about “the myth of women and women in myths”, guiding the audience on an unprecedented journey into the world of the artistic portrayal of femininity, through the faces with which art, painting, literature and sculpture have represented women, from the mystery and seduction of the Roman era to today.  Free admission.


During the week there will also be many town fairs and festivals dedicated to traditions and local food.


Worth mentioning are The Grain Festival in Gattatico (Re), a tribute to the ancient crafts of the 1900s, with comedy sketches and "Liscio" dancing, which from August 7 will continue until August 26; the Great fishermen's fish fry on August 14 and 15 on the beach in Cesenatico; and the Hospitality Festival on the beach in Portogaribaldi (Fe), on August 14.  On the rolling hills near Rimini, in the town of Gemmano, gluttonous vacationers will be happy to attend the Pappardella with wild boar fair taking place from August 14 to 17. Cesena will bring back an ancient tradition dating back to the time of Galeotto Malatesta (1378) with the August Fair, held on August 16 and 17 in the Rocca Malatestiana.On schedule are circus arts, good music, games for children and lots of good food. Among the street shows worth mentioning is "Santa Sofia... di strada instrada", which this year will be focused on the artistic theme of Klezmer music and will also include fireworks, theatre, acrobatics, pantomiming, manipulation of objects and dancing.  The festival will begin with a preview in Corniolo on August 12 and will continue in Santa Sofia (inland in the province of Forlì-Cesena) from August 12 to 15.


A full calendar of guided tours and excursions will welcome visitors allowing them to discover unusual artistic treasures and unexpected places such as the amazing Valli di Comacchio (Fe) which offer nature lovers one of the most uncontaminated environments inside the area of the Po Delta Park, where flamingoes nest.  Or the mini cruise along the coast, leaving from the canal port of Porto Garibaldi (Fe), and then going down to the southern estuary of the Po Delta passing through the Duna Nature Reserve and the Isola della Sacca di Gorino, a nesting site, rest stop and wintering place for many species of birds.  Lunch is served on board, with a menu based on fresh fish.  In Alfonsine, inland from Ravenna, there is also the biggest corn maze in Europe which opens its doors to the public with a magical and fascinating labyrinth created by the artist Luigi Berardi, dedicated this year to metamorphosis and the so-called "Butterfly Effect" (the chaos theory).  A very special place where butterflies are born, live and fly freely, resting on flowers and attracted by the aromas and colors of visitors is the Butterfly § Co. House in the seaside town of Milano Marittima, where butterflies can be seen up close, on flowers or on big ficus, banana, and other leaves.

For those visiting towns and cities of art, in Gropparello (Pc), there will be the event A Classy Castle.  Suspended like an eagle's nest in a wild territory, this castle (8th - 14th century) impresses visitors with its monumental turrets, which during the visit offer breathtaking glimpses of fascinating panoramas.  In Salsomaggiore Terme (Pr) again this year those who love art will be guided by professionals in the discovery of Liberty and Art Decò at the Terme Berzieri.  For sports fans, near Modena the Ferrari Museum in Maranello (Mo) offers visitors the chance to get an exclusive tour on a little bus inside the Pista di Fiorano track and along the Enzo Ferrari avenue in the Ferrari factory.

Evenings on Ferragosto will be dedicated to culture in Ravenna with Mosaics by Night which offers guided tours and free itineraries in the heart of the city of mosaics along with extraordinary openings of Unesco monuments and historic and archeological sites.  Enriching the program in and around Ravenna is the event "Dal Museo alla Bottega".  Here there are a series of guided itineraries dedicated to contemporary mosaics that, starting from the City Art Museum and the TAMO Museum, will lead visitors to the craftsmen's studios in the historic centre where mosaics are made today.

For art lovers there is also a full calendar of exhibitions going on in the cities and towns of art in Emilia Romagna, and they are the perfect invitation to spend a pleasant weekend discovering fascinating places. Also for this midsummer holiday, all of the state-run museums and archeological sites of the region will be open and will offer exhibitions, concerts, historic reenactments and even excellent food.


Among the opportunities for visitors, there are the many tourist cards, such as the Card del Ducato, a pass to visit the castles of Parma and Piacenza with discounts and advantages, and Romagna Visit Card, the tourism card for Romagna - Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini - with free admissions and discounts for many cultural events as well as wellness, fun and access to the theme parks like Mirabilandia and Italia in Miniatura, and food and wine discounts.

Calendar of events for the week of Ferragosto


Calendar of ongoing exhibitions

Last modified Aug 14, 2014

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