In the 26th century town of Terra del Sole, just inland from Forlì, the two "contrade" of this village will face off in an ancient crossbow challenge. For this occasion, 300 people will participate in a parade wearing the costumes of nobles, knights, important figures and even peasants from 450 years ago. September 4-8.
Rimini will host the final stop of the gelato world tour. In the "Gelato Village", gluttons can see demonstrations and participate in courses and competitions, tastings and meetings with master gelato makers. A jury of experts will decide along with a popular vote which is the best flavor. September 5-7.
Faenza, the world capital of majolica, invites you to discover the world of ceramics and potters. 160 exhibitors are expected to come from many different European countries. On schedule are events, exhibitions, shows, the spectacular "Mondialtornianti" and the competition "Eu-Raku". September 5-7.
The headquarters of Prosciutto di Parma will be open to the public for this festival dedicated to food and wine. The main event of this festival, Finestre Aperte (Open Windows), gives visitors the chance to see how prosciutto is processed and to participate in free tastings. September 5-21.
What not to miss
This hot-air balloon festival is one of the biggest in Europe and will color the skies of Ferrara with 30 balloons. Visitors can experience breathtaking views during the flights at dawn or at dusk and at Night Glow as well as at the shows, expos, sporting events, and concerts. September 5-14 and 20-21.
To honor the memory of this great Maestro on the day of his death seven years later, Modena has organized a great live concert in Piazza Grande with young opera singers who will show off their skills in songs or arias that were part of Pavarotti's repertoire. September 6.
As part of a week of events, once again this year the highly anticipated seventh edition of the Gran Premio San Marino and Riviera of Rimini will take place at the Autodromo Internazionale of Misano, with champions of world motorcycle racing and thousands of fans. September 12-14.
The main theme of these celebrations in honor of the Great Poet will be exile and will be looked at in a series of conferences, lectures, Dante-esque conversations, exhibitions, reading and theatre shows, music, and workshops for kids. Until November 8.
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
For hikers and those who love old pathways, we recommend the longest hiking trail in the Emilia Romagna Apennines: 500 km divided up into 27 sections crossing over eight parks, accompanied by a full calendar of events.
Spectacular, interesting and even educational. What more could the Region's Parks offer? Not much, and all they are waiting for a visit from you.