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Incentive and post congress ideas in Romagna

From Federico Fellini to Tonino Guerra, Moto GP, Renaissance, Pellegrino Artusi, wines and the Wellness Valley: incentive and post congress ideas in Romagna

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Our journey begins in Rimini, the queen of seaside tourism, which is becoming increasingly popular as city of art and culture. Many initiatives have been taken to promote the city such as: recent operations that are transforming the historic centre aspects, the Fellini Museum project (due to open in 2020, on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the Maestro’s birth), the reopening of the historical  Cinema Fulgor. Here, the Oscar winning scenographer Dante Ferretti has “portrayed” the main hall with a Hollywood-Romagna style, giving rise to an original and highly suggestive area, that is also available for private events. Just leaving the city centre, it’s possible to discover a land of castles and fortresses, homeland of luxurious hospitality and Pellegrino Artusi, that’s ready to give thrills to motor lovers.

A trip to the Rimini hinterland

Starting from Valmarecchia, you have access to a land with highly evocative views, full of castles, fortresses and forts.

There’s Verucchio and the superb Rocca, that can host, in Feasts Hall, singular Medieval themed dinners. A few kilometers towards the North, you’ll see Santarcangelo di Romagna. This is an ancient Medieval hamlet on the Colle Giove, characterised by a dense network of fascinating tuffaceous caves of great architectural beauty. Here, a must see is the Stamperia Marchi, it continues the ancient tradition of rust printing using a “mangle” of 1600 that is unique in the world (it’s also possible to have made a wooden mould with the logo of your own company).

Going to the South, you’ll find Pennabilli, where you could admire many expressions of Tonino Guerra’s creative genius. There are several garden-museums and permanent exhibitions called “Places of the soul”:

  • the Garden of Forgotten Fruits, which collects lost species of fruit trees;
  • the Refuge of the abandoned Madonnas, a collection of sacred images that adorned cubicles at crossroads in countryside;
  • the Sundials route, that offers the view of buildings facades embellished by seven sundials designed by famous artists;
  • the Sanctuary of thoughts, contains seven, abstract shaped, stone sculptures and one single bench to meditate.

Then, you may enjoy the starred cuisine of the Piastrino, in the Pennabilli centre. This is a cosy place, hosted in an ancient stone house, where the chef Riccardo Agostini carefully selects ingredients of territory and uses them with elegance and concreteness.

The Valconca: wines and luxury hospitality

The hinterland behind Riccione, the Valconca, hosts several wine cellars, such as the charming Tenuta Mara. It’s half biodynamic winery and half en plein air art area, with the sculptures by Mauro Staccioli, Gio’ Pomodoro and Pietro Sbarluzzi, and with an original peculiarity: grapevines grow accompanied by classical music.

Regarding the luxury hospitality, we find two important destinations:

  • the Montegridolfo hamlet, which was restored and brought back to its ancient splendour thanks to the stylist Alberta Ferretti who contributed as patron. It offers Palazzo Viviani, 8 elegant suites decorated with frescoes and rich antique objects and a top cuisine restaurant obtained from old wine cellars of the Palazzo
  • the Riviera Golf Resort in San Giovanni in Marignano has, instead, a 18 hole golf course, a sophisticated restaurant with 160 seats, a modern wellness centre and 32 suites, that overlook golf courses and private gardens, designed and realised by 14 different designers.

Those people who look for the coté culinario of the area, should stop in Forlimpopoli. It’s the birthplace of Pellegrino Artusi, the first person to decode the Italian regional cuisine with his “Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well”. Here, we find Casa Artusi, a centre of food and wine culture that stores all the editions of his book and regularly organises cooking shows, workshops and cooking classes.

The Motor Valley in Romagna

Romagna has always vaunted a deep passion for “e’ mutor”, namely motor.

Racetracks, that host annually sports events at international level (such as the MotoGP, the Superbike Cup and the DTM, namely the German Touring Car Championship), are two and they are:

  • the Enzo and Dino Ferrari racetrack in Imola (Bologna), that on May the 1st, 2019 is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the master Ayrton Senna’s death. It offers common areas, that can be used for meetings, while for dinners and aperitives there’s the brand new Autodrome restaurant “Carburo – garage gourmet”
  • the Misano World Circuit “Marco Simoncelli” in Misano Adriatico is also the seat of GuidarePilotare, the first school of safe driving in Italy, which offers also programs for Incentive and Team Building.

Returning to the point of departure of our journey, aimed at providing hints to organise an event in Romagna, these are useful references to organise a corporate event in Rimini > read more

Useful contacts to book your Mice experience

Convention Bureau della Riviera di Rimini

Food In Tour

IF Imola Faenza Tourism Company


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