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Historic reenactments in Emilia-Romagna. July 2015

The festivals in costume and historic reenactments continue over the summer with various opportunities for visitors to dive into the past and relive ancient splendors and events that left their mark on the history of many places in our region.


An extraordinary night atmosphere will welcome participants in the medieval fortress of Castrocaro Terme, just inland from Forlì, the setting for the spectacular events of the 26th edition of From the Middle Ages to the Renaissance". This manifestation commemorates the passing of the Fortress of Castrocaro and its surrounding lands from the State of the Church to the Republic of Florence (19 May 1403) and the creation of the Romagna Tuscany province, the capital of which was in Castrocaro until 1579. In the wavering light of hundreds of torches inside this ancient manor, visitors can enjoy a festival of ancient music which will be held in the courtyards, churches and European taverns, bringing back the sounds of times long ago, Finnish, Occitan and Sephardi songs, melodies from Ireland to Greece, Provence and Mediterranean dancing and songs and even Minnesänger. July 10-11 and 17-18.

In Castel del Rio, not far from Imola (Bo), theRenaissance Festival will reenact the ancient splendors of the Alidosi noble family, bringing the atmosphere and wonders of the 1500s back to life in a huge town event with about 400 participants in an event full of historically accurate details and spectacular shows.  What attracts the public, which is always numerous, is the big historic parade in the enchanting setting of the Palazzo Alidosi, the Palio del Biroccio, the reconstruction of a historical market and of military camps, and, of course the fantastic Witch Trial which ends with a bonfire and fireworks.  July 11-12.

Often it is forgotten that the Celts were among the first and most important settlers of the entire plains area that the Romans called Cisapline Gaul. This period lasted for several centuries during which a particular Ferrara dialect was formed, contributing to the local culture and traditions. The "Bundan Celtic Festival" in Bondeno, near Ferrara, recreates a slice of Celtic life, with the big huts and the Menhir of a wonderful traditional village, the demonstrations of ancient crafts, the ritual lighting of a big fire accompanied by the sound of drums and bagpipes, a banquet, games, fairytales and ancient music. July 17-19.

Along the Romagna coast, the canal and the old town of Bellaria Igea Marina will be the setting of the Saracen Festival, a reenactment in costume dating back to when the Turks were threatening the coast. The characteristic arrival of historic sailboats will kick things off and the festival will continue with shows, fireworks, dancing, music, horse-racing and a Saracen banquet with ancient food and drinks until the final day with a horse race. July 25-27.


The first weekend in August will be a time to celebrate at the port of Cesenatico.  Commemorating the famous sailing away of Giuseppe Garibaldi, which took place on August 2, 1849, the day in which one of the most famous pages of Italian history was written when Garibaldi and his wife Anita escaped the Bourbon and French troops here in Romagna on the Adriatic.  The highlight of the event is the historic parade of "Garibaldini" and the excursion onboard motor boats and historical boats of the Maritime Museum.  There will be a preview of the event on Saturday, August 1 with Garibaldi's "Palio della Cuccagna".

Last modified Jul 10, 2015

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