This international festival of cinema, animation and new technologies in Bologna, the most important in Italy in this sector, this year will focus on the theme of aliens and the relationship between humans and creatures from other worlds. An important tribute will be held for the first 50 years of Star Trek. May 3-8.
The ancient splendors and glorious deeds that left their mark on history will come back to life at the Palios and festivals in costume that, all over Emilia Romagna, will pop up in historical town centers, ancient castles or seaside towns with tournaments and challenges, past habits and crafts, dancing, parades and ceremonies.
For those who love DIY gardening, the smell of flowers, and the aromas of herbs, in Emilia-Romagna the fairs and market exhibitions are in full bloom with the arrival of spring, with items on sale, workshops, and deals that will surely make your thumb green.
This International Music Festival best represents every form of musical research in unconventional settings and will be held, for its 26th edition, in and around Bologna and Modena. There will be many premieres as well as prestigious international guests. May 5-28.
What not to miss
This wandering jazz show in the towns and cities of art of Emilia Romagna continues with two of the top programs of the season, Ravenna Jazz, from May 5 to 14, and Correggio Jazz, from May 16 to June 4, which will welcome to the stage artists such as Carmen Souza, Billy Hart and Michel Portal.
This year in its 572nd edition, this ancient ritual in Cervia (Ra) consists in the blessing of the sea, the priest throwing a ring into its waters and the competition to fish it out which brings good luck. The ceremony at sea will be preceded by side events, exhibitions, markets and shows. May 6-8.
The imposing villa Malenchini in Carignano di Parma will exceptionally open its doors to the public for this fair dedicated to Italian food, flower nurseries and artistic crafts all made in Italy, offering a chance to discover its charm. May 6-8.
The appointments with art in the ancient towns and cities are the right chance to experience their cultural heritage, to live the charm of history and to admire exhibitions of national and international masterpieces hosted in enchanting places worth a visit themselves.
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
An area of extreme natural and environmental interest, populated by rare birds such as pink flamingos, black-winged stilts, avocets, and other protected species, the salt pan of Cervia is a paradise for those who love birdwatching and nature photography. Visiting hours will continue until November 1.