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European Heritage Days events – Rimini

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

All across Europe there are events planned as part of the European Union initiative ‘European Heritage Days’, and Emilia-Romagna is no exception – in fact, as Emilia-Romagna Tourism reports, there are over 200 different events taking place across the region this weekend under the banner of ‘Italy, Treasure of Europe’ Rimini, in particular, has a […]

When Robert Plant Rocked the Rimini Meeting

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009

Leafing through the latest edition of monthly Italian music magazine XL, I chanced upon a Rimini story that raised a smile. It dates back to 1993, when ex-Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant was touring to promote his album Fate of Nations (an under-rated album which includes the wonderful 29 Palms, plus guest appearances from Clannad’s  Máire […]

Avenging the Acropolis – Greek troops and the liberation of Rimini, 21st of September 1944

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The battle for Rimini, one of the most forgotten but crucial moments of World War II – Lieutenant-General Sir Oliver William Hargreaves Leese described it as paragonable to the battle of El Alamein – started on the 25th of August 1944 and culminated with a victory for the allied troops and anti-fascist partisans, and the liberation […]

Romagna Mia – discovering a region through a song

Thursday, September 17th, 2009

How many songs can you think of that have linked traditional music – in this case the Liscio of Romagna – with artists and personalities as diverse as Gloria Gaynor, Jovanotti, Laura Pausini and Pope John Paul II? There’s only one, that I know of, and it’s the 1954 classic Romagna Mia by the Secondo […]

When Italy went to war with the esperanto micro-nation Insulo de la Rozoj

Saturday, September 5th, 2009

Perhaps it’s not surprising that few people, up until recently, have heard of the small sovereign (though unrecognised internationally) state of the Isola delle Rose (Rose Island) – or to give it its official title, in esperanto, Insulo de la Rozoj. It’s foundation and eventual destruction – at the hands of Italian military engineers – […]

Rimini’s Changing Street Names

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

As you walk along the lungomare of Rimini, you’ll see that many of the sidestreets carry the names of films by Rimini’s Maestro Federico Fellini – including Via Amarcord, Via Roma, and the wonderfully suggestive Via le Notti di Cabiria. The street signs are accompanied by the original movie posters, making it worth a stroll […]