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Charm, art and history: this is in three words Forlì, a city that keeps many places of interest satisfying the curiosity of every visitor, from the historical center to the monuments in Piazza Aurelio Saffi, liven up on Mondays and Fridays by the market. Moreover you can visit Palazzo del Podestà, the Town Hall and the ancient San Mercuriale Church, dating back to the 12th century. Following Corso Garibaldi you arrive in Piazza del Duomo where the Cathedral stands. Another place to visit is the Ravaldino Fortress, a fortification that defended Forlì from the assaults of Cesare Borgia when the city was led by Caterina Sforza: besides housing the city prisons, it also has an exhibition area. Art and culture lovers appreciate for sure the San Domenico Museum, which hosts exhibitions and events all year round in its charming and wonderful rooms. Forlì also has its green oasis, the city park Franco Agosto: 26 ha where you can relax yourself enjoying many animal species animals, especially rabbits, who live in the so called “rabbit hill”. If you come to Forlì, you should absolutely visit Forlimpopoli located only a few km far away from Forlì, a medieval city that gave birth to Pellegrino Artusi, writer, gastronome and literary critic, author of the recipe book “La scienza in cucina e l’arte di mangiar bene” (Science in cooking and the art of eating well). In his honour, every year two important events are celebrated: the Artusiana Festival, whose theme is culture and enogastronomic tradition and the Artusi Jazz Festival, in which many artists from all over the world participate.

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Cesena, leading city in the European fruit and vegetable market, is a strategic junction in road communication, due to its location at the intersection of the A14 Bologna-Taranto motorway and the 3 bis Tiberina Terni-Ravenna state highway (E45). The geographical area in which the city is located, halfway between the Adriatic Sea and the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, is characterized by several companies operating in the agricultural, gastronomic, fitness, technological and thermal sectors (in Bagno di Romagna). Cesena is also called “The City of the Three Popes”, having given birth to Pius VI and Pius VII and hosted the bishopric of Pius VIII and Benedict XIII. Characteristic and suggestive is the historical center, where you can admire many churches and buildings of historical, artistic and cultural interest, at the foot of the ancient Malatesta Fortress. If you come to Cesena, you must absolutely visit the first European civic library called Biblioteca Malatestiana, which represents the only example of a perfectly preserved humanistic monastic library, inserted by UNESCO in the register of the Memory of the World. In addition to this, Cesena hosts several university departments, field offices of the University of Bologna.

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Faenza is a city in the province of Ravenna, which is known worldwide for the production of ceramics, particularly majolica. With the name Faience (Faenza in French) majolica ceramics is in fact identified at an international level. The historical center of Faenza is characterized by Renaissance and Neoclassical architecture palaces and buildings: very suggestive is Piazza del Popolo whit its Cathedral and Clock Tower. Well known is also the theatre Angelo Masini where famous artists from all over Italy have performed. If you come to Faenza, you must absolutely visit the MIC (International Ceramics Museum), recognized by UNESCO since 2011 as site, “witness to a culture of peace”. Faenza is also well known for the so called Palio del Niballo, a medieval-inspired historical joust that has been held since 1959 between the five districts of the city on the fourth Sunday of June. Another sporting high level event is represented by the 100 km del Passatore run, scheduled on the last Saturday of May, an ultramarathon connecting the cities of Florence and Faenza, which attracts over a thousand participants from all over the world.

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Ravenna is the historically most important city in Romagna, with the second largest metropolitan territory in Italy, in terms of surface area, after only that of Rome and includes nine lidos: Casal Borsetti, Marina Romea, Porto Corsini, Marina di Ravenna, Punta Marina Terme, Lido Adriano and Lido di Dante. Just walk through the streets downtown to enjoy the historical signs that have always seen as a protagonist the city of Byzantium. Ravenna has been capital city three times: during the Western Roman Empire (402-476), the Kingdom of the Ostrogoths (493-553) and the Byzantine Exarchate (568-571). Ravenna is considered the worldwide mosaic capital, with hundreds of artworks that can be admired in the churches and basilicas of the city: for their universal value and the uniqueness of their beauty, eight monuments of Ravenna have been included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, namely Mausoleum of Galla Placidia, Neonian Baptistery, Arian Baptistery, Basilica of Sant’Apollinare Nuovo, Chapel of Sant’Andrea or Archiepiscopal Chapel, Mausoleum of Theoderic, Basilica of San Vitale and Basilica of Sant’Apollinare in Classe.

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An internationally well-known tourist resort, Rimini is the center of the Romagna coast and one of the most visited holiday destinations in summer. The first beach resort in Italy was opened in Rimini in 1843. But Rimini is not only sea and sun, it’s also art and monuments that bear witness to the important role the city has played in history since Roman times. If you come to Rimini, you have to visit the majestic Arch of Augustus, in the main street called Corso d’Augusto, Piazza Tre Martiri in the city center with its ancient Roman forum, where Julius Caesar spoke to the crowd after crossing the Rubicon, the Malatesta Temple, the Cathedral and Piazza Cavour, where the Tiberius Bridge stands. Not to be missed is Borgo San Giuliano, one of the most evocative places in the city, where you can breathe the atmosphere of Federico Fellini’s films, born right on the Adriatic Sea. Many houses’ walls are decorated with murals representing scenes and references from his films and artworks that recall one of the greatest artists on the Italian scene. In the first week of September of even years, Borgo San Giuliano celebrates the so called Festa de’ Borg with street food, shows and storytelling of the village’s history. From an enogastronomic point of view, Rimini offers many traditional dishes like piadina, a typical bread from the Romagna region, that is served with cold cuts and squacquerone cheese, sardoncini, grilled and fried fish and wine such as Sangiovese, Albana and Pagadebit, produced in the vineyards of the hills of Rimini.

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Comacchio is a lagoon city in the province of Ferrara, famous for its seven lidos and its suggestive landscape. Canals, antique palaces and monumental bridges, like the Trepponti bridge, make it similar to another Venetian lagoon city: due to this reason, Comacchio is often called “Little Venice”. If you come to Comacchio you should absolutely visit the Delta Antico Museum, set up at the Infermi hospital, where you can appreciate the Roman ship Fortuna Maris, discovered in 1981 near Comacchio and the Manifattura dei Marinati Museum, a unique working museum, which still today cooks and marinates eels and aquadelle (seafish). Eels represent the typical dish of Comacchio, the marinated ones have been granted the Slow Food Presidium. Since 1999 eels are the absolutely protagonist of a festival where you can taste the various recipes of the Comacchio tradition. Since 2006 another event attracts people from all over Italy: the International Birdwatching Fair. In summer, tourists flock to the seven lidos that run from the Reno delta to the Po di Volano delta: Lido di Volano, Lido delle Nazioni, Lido di Pomposa, Lido degli Scacchi, Porto Garibaldi, Lido degli Estensi and Lido di Spina. Every lido offers services and attractions for the whole family. Close to the coast you can enjoy the so-called Casoni da pesca, huts built with poles, straw and marsh reeds, which were used both for fishing and as surveillance places against fish thievery.

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The Republic of San Marino, the oldest republic in the world, covers an area of just 62 km², making it one of the smallest countries worldwide. Located between Romagna and Marche, it represents an authentic jewel thanks to its charming medieval villages and the panoramic views that you can enjoy from Mount Titano. San Marino is a parliamentary republic and is divided into nine municipalities, known locally as castelli (meaning “castles”): City of San Marino (the capital), Acquaviva, Borgo Maggiore, Chiesanuova, Domagnano, Faetano, Fiorentino, Montegiardino and Seravalle. The sites that you should absolutely visit and that represent the historic center of San Marino are: San Francesco church, Basilica of San Marino, Piazza Titano, Piazza Garibaldi and Piazza della Libertà. Not to be missed are the three castles, Guaita, Cresta and Montale, that dominate Mount Titano, from where you can enjoy a breathtaking view which allows you to admire the cities of Rimini, Ravenna and even Florence and the Croatian coast if the sky is clear. When it comes to shopping San Marino caters for everyone: walking along the streets of the old-town you can buy unique and precious products in hundreds of shops. Some of the main events organized in San Marino are the Magic Festival in March and the Christmas markets. San Marino is also a destination for philately enthusiasts, looking for commemorative series of stamps printed every year, and numismatics. Although euros are used as official currency, only limited quantities of San Marino coins are minted.

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It was the capital of the Dukedom of Ferrara during the Estensi period, when it represented one of the most important political, artistic and cultural centers of Italy. Ferrara is famous for its buildings and the University and is also known as City of bicycles, with its wide living spaces and a closed to traffic historical city center, that allows tourists to appreciate a relaxing atmosphere, ideal for those who visit the city, enjoying the finest details. The city tour cannot fail to start from the Estense Castle, symbol of the city, passing through San Giorgio Cathedral, the city’s cathedral, arriving at Palazzo dei Diamanti, a unique building made up of 8500 blocks of white pink streaked marble that hosts exhibitions and art galleries as well as the ancient picture gallery. Well-known are also the beautiful Salone dei Mesi frescoes, shown at Palazzo Schifanoia, that represents a must see as well as Palazzo delle Erbe in the historic center of the city. Ferrara also satisfies the taste og good food lovers, with typical dishes, such as cappellacci (fresh homemade dumplings) with pumpkin and the traditional salama da sugo, a sausage made of pork, liver, pork tongue and pork rinds flavoured with spices and red wine. Not to forget the desserts with the typical pampepato and brazadela.

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Romagna’s hinterland with its suggestive landscapes keeps medieval villages and castles, which have been important defensive and offensive outposts throughout history to ensure control of the territory. In the province of Ravenna you can visit Brisighella, an authentic jewel on the hills of Faenza and one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, located on three rocky pinnacles: the Rocca Manfrediana, the Sanctuary of Monticino and the Clock Tower. In the province of Forlì-Cesena you can make a stop in Longiano, enjoying the Malatesta Castle, the 19th century Theatre and the Mask Gallery, Castrocaro Terme, Bertinoro, a town that rises above a hill and Monteleone, a small town in the municipality of Roncofreddo. Moving South towards Rimini area, there are historical villages such as San Leo, famous for the castle where Cagliostro was imprisoned, Montegridolfo, Montefiore Conca, San Giovanni in Marignano, Verucchio and Santarcangelo, a medieval town where you can admire the Malatesta Fortress. You must also visit the charming Republic of San Marino, with the village and the castles built on top of Mount Titano.


With its long littoral of more than 100 km of coastline, is the Adriatic Riviera one of the most visited touristic areas in Italy thanks to the winning combination of fun and relaxation. Seaside, beach resorts and clubs with their nightlife, have always been a must for those who want to spend unforgettable holidays. The Romagna coast runs from the provinces of Ravenna, with Marina di Ravenna, Milano Marittima and Cervia all the way to Rimini, Riccione and Cattolica, passing through the provinces of Forlì-Cesena, with the well-known city of Cesenatico: every holiday resort offers excellent services and attractions for all ages and families. Every year, with the arrival of summer, the Romagna Coast comes alive with the so called Notte Rosa, Pink Night, and lot of events not to be missed.

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Located in Ridracoli, a small village in the municipality of Bagno di Romagna, the dam supplies water to about one million people, reaching fifty municipalities between the provinces of Ravenna, Forlì-Cesena and Rimini and the Republic of San Marino. The dam is very impressive and amazing: with its 103 m hight and 432 m width, it forms an artificial lake by blocking the watercourse of the river Bidente, that is possible to visit with an electric boat. You can also admire the dam biking along the trails and paths, a ring-route that winds around the dam in an absolute silence, broken only by the voices of animals and that brings you to the Lame Forest.

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The protected area formed by the Casentino Forests National Park, Mount Falterona and Campigna is located on the Tuscan-Emilian Apennines on the border between Romagna and Tuscany. The area of naturalistic interest is rich in evocative landscapes surrounded by ancient forests and mountains populated by a beautiful flora and fauna. If you are planning a trip in this area, you should absolutly visit the Acquacheta waterfall, the monastery of Camaldoli, the Franciscan sanctuary of La Verna, Mount Falterona, the village of Ridracoli and the Campigna forest.

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Emilia Romagna is one of the main spa destinations in Italy with its 24 thermal baths located in 19 sites. Proceeding from North to South along the Romagna coast, you can enjoy places like Comacchio (in province of Ferrara) and Punta Marina (province of Ravenna), as well as the holiday resort Cervia (province of Ravenna), famous for its salt pans, which is one of the most popular destinations for thalassotherapy. Further South you find Rimini and Riccione with their thermal baths, also well-known for their thalassotherapy practiced thanks to the healthy seawater. Inland, you can relax yourself in Riolo Terme on the hills of Faenza, a resort renowned for its mud therapy , which is practiced thanks to a natural mud that springs from small cavities in the ground or in Brisighella, a small town that offers, besides a suggestive medieval landscape, very popular thermal baths. Along the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines you can rest in Bagno di Romagna, with the hottest thermal waters in the whole region, or in Fratta Terme and Castrocaro Terme, where the benefits of their thermal springs have been known since Roman times. The peculiarity of these thermal baths is the fossil water, rich in minerals, which flows out of the deep rocky layers. The thermal baths in Romagna, equipped with facilities and services for children, are also suitable for families.

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