Our tips for some unforgettable excursions: cities of art and culture, medieval villages, by the sea or inland
The itinerary that we recommend will take you to the discovery of Ravenna, a city that for the importance of its churches and mosaics has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The origins of Ravenna are very ancient but it was Julius Caesar who made it enter into the Roman history of which he was the protagonist for about 5 centuries, becoming also the capital of the Western Empire. Its monuments have remained intact over the centuries and witness the passage through the ages of the city. The first stop is right in the center of Ravenna, in the middle of a lush park: "Il Mausoleo di Teodorico" in Istrian stone, built by the homonymous King Goth in 520. Another monument not to be missed is the Church of San Vitale (open from 8.30 to 19.30), with its splendid mosaics. Continuing to discover the beauties of Ravenna we find the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, then the church of S. Apollinare Nuovo, with its cylindrical bell tower and the walls decorated with mosaics of classical and Byzantine style. The last stop on our tour to discover the treasures of Ravenna is the Church of San Francesco from the 5th century, right next to the Tomb of the Supreme Poet Dante Alighieri, who died in Ravenna in 1321.
Bologna will captivate you with the beauty of its arcades and the two towers. A stroll in Piazza Grande, the city's lounge and a tour of the splendid cathedral of San Petronio will make you fall in love with the city that boasts the oldest university in the world. Don't forget to taste the delicious tortellini and Bolognese tagliatelle!
Ferrara is a jewel of Renaissance art and architecture that will leave you speechless. The Estense Castle, built in 1385 by the Marquis Nicolò II, the 12th century Cathedral, the fabulous Palazzo dei Diamanti, the ancient defensive walls, are just some of the historical places that will take you back in time.
Called the "terrace of Romagna", it is a perfectly preserved medieval village, rich in historical evidence and linked to a generous land, from which the culture of wine and good food is born. From there the look is lost on the hills reaching the sea. Bertinoro is also the capital of hospitality, where the quality of life makes every holiday unique. The symbol of this historical vocation is the Colella delle Anella, erected to put an end to disputes between local families, who competed to host foreigners with them. By linking one's horse to one of the Colonna's rings, it was decided by lot from which family to be hosted, enjoying the historic Bertinoro welcome.
A lively city, a meeting place for citizens and tourists. The jewel of the city is the Malatesta Library, inaugurated in 1452, in which manuscripts are preserved, also illuminated, still fixed to the reading benches by the original little chains (those who stole the books were struck by excommunication). Another pride for the city of Cesena is the Municipal Theater Alessandro Bonci, one of the most prestigious in Romagna. Cesena can also boast one of the most beautiful and imposing Malatesta Fortresses in Romagna, with its fortifications and walkways; located on the top of the Garampo hill it is surrounded by the Parco della Rimembranza, with its paths surrounded by greenery. A city full of spaces dedicated to art, history and tradition, all to be discovered and admired.
Cesenatico is an ancient port of sea, of fishermen, of trade. Even today, the soul of city life is along the canal harbor, where boats dock and the characteristic restaurants overlook, famous for their seafood cuisine. In the canal port, redesigned by Leonardo da Vinci, is the Maritime Museum, a unique and evocative collection of ancient boats, whose colorful sails and hulls tell of centuries of fishing and sea. And then ... the beaches, the pine forest, the marina, the Gardens by the sea, the large parks, the sports facilities, the fish market ... Cesenatico embodies history and the present.
The pleasant contrast between the blue of its lagoons and the red brick of the bridges makes Comacchio the most original and fascinating historic center of the Po Delta. Ancient churches and market places, elegant buildings and modest fishermen houses line up along the streets or they mirror in the water of the canals, now only traveled by tourist boats. An ancient history whose memory fades into the timeless atmosphere of a place inextricably linked to the unique environment that surrounds it.
Halfway between Bologna and the sea, there is Faenza, one of the world capitals of ceramics. The production of artefacts and decorations has a centuries-old tradition, and is told in the International Museum of Ceramics. Among the craft shops, the medieval and Renaissance palaces, the two contiguous squares Piazza del Popolo and Piazza della Libertà with the monumental fountain, Faenza is certainly worth a visit.
The Gradara stronghold stands on a hill on the border between Marche and Romagna in a strategic and dominant position. The interior rooms recall the splendours of the powerful families who governed here: Malatesta, Sforza and Della Rovere. A place inhabited by Paolo and Francesca, the Sforza, by Lucrezia Borgia, rich in history and charm.
Rimini is like the blues: inside is everything, said Luciano Ligabue. And everything is really everything. Whether you sleep in a tent or in the 5-star suite of Federico Fellini's Grand Hotel in Rimini, the city is a good place to arrive. There is a beautiful itinerary of art and culture. Unique masterpieces in the world from the Roman and Renaissance periods. A barefoot walk by the sea 15 kilometers long, for chatting or meditations. Rimini is a laboratory city. The newest trends have always been born here: street bars, happy hours, cocktails on the beach, dinners by the sea, sports of the future (the next games), Nordic walking on the sand. But above all it is the atmosphere that is lived: particular. "It's Rimini, beauty".
The Serenissima Republic of San Marino is the oldest republic in the world: a state that has maintained its independence and autonomy intact for almost two millennia, and has much to offer its visitors. First of all a beautiful panorama over the whole Romagna, and then many artistic works in the State Museum, without counting the medieval atmosphere that distinguishes the village.