The happiest run on the planet will go around the world and land in Rimini. Throughout the five kilometer run along the beach and boardwalk, participants are drenched in colored powders while listening to music, to get the party at the finish line started right. August 1.
At the port of Cesenatico, Giuseppe Garibaldi's famous sea getaway will be commemorated. The event will be opened with the Palio della Cuccagna, but the highlight will be the historic parade of "Garibaldini" and the rides in motorboats and historic boats from the Maritime Museum. August 1-2.
As is the tradition, in Piazza Maggiore in Bologna the winning pieces of this competition will be performed to commemorate the victims of the train station bombing on August 2. The pieces will be performed by the Orchestra of the Municipal Theater directed by Vito Clemente. August 2.
Among the exhibitions worth mentioning are that in Gualtieri (Re) of the great anthology of Antonio Ligabue; in Bologna "From Cimabue to Morandi. Felsina Painting". In Ravenna theopens to the public, while in Cesenatico the exhibition is on the beach with "Sunshades at the sea".
What not to miss
This festival lasts a month and offers more than 30 free concerts all held under the ancient walls of Ferrara. The numerous events such as cocktail hours with music, cultural happenings and food will accompany the last week leading up to Ferrara Buskers Festival. August 1-30.
Garlic of Voghiera (FE), a healthy product from this area that has the official PDO recognition, is the star of the recipes and the events offered to the public by PedAgliando, the TrofAglio for cars and the LambrettAglio, all held in the lovely setting of the Delizia di Belriguardo. August 7-9.
The summer in Emilia Romagna once again this year will move along to the notes of music with great concerts, festivals, international shows and big stars, in castles and evocative locations, in courtyards and churches, and in town squares up to the Romagna coast.
What's going on now
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
Once again this year the week of "Ferragosto", a mid-August holiday celebrating the feast of the Assumption, will welcome guests with cultural events, concerts and music festivals, excursions and guided tours, town fairs, parties, markets and many art exhibitions. August 10-16.
For a birds-eye view of the towns along the Riviera, check out the webcams located along the shores, on the canal ports, and in the historic centres of cities of art.