The rivalry for the title of Italy’s best food city has long been between Parma, famous for its namesake and ham, Parmigiano-Reggiano and Prosciutto di Parma and Bologna, for its sausage and home to the world’s largest food theme park, FICO Eataly World. But for tourists, the argument hardly matters, as both are in Emilia Romagna, the gastronomically richest region in what for many Americans is the world’s best food country. Parma is also home to the world’s largest pasta maker, Barilla, Italy’s largest food conglomerate, Parmalat, and just outside sits Modena, honored for its aged balsamic vinegar, and home to Italy’s most popular destination pilgrimage site, chef Massimo Bottura’s Osteria Francescana, who has been rated the world best restaurant.
Modena is as famous as the home of Ferrari and Maserati, which offer a large museum and an extensive factory tour, respectively. The third of Italy’s famous exotic sports car manufacturers, Lamborghini, is also in Emilia Romagna and also has a significant museum. So you have the best attractions for food lovers, the best attractions for car junkies and now something special for those who are obsessed with movies, all in a beautiful Italian region.
I have long been a big fan of this area, having visited several times for food and travel stories, on a bike ride and just to eat. But because it lacks the cities with big names (Milan, Rome, Florence, Venice) it is often overlooked. That should not be the case, and at the recent annual Las Vegas conference, the luxury travel agency / advisory consortium named Virtuoso Italy the most popular international destination for American travelers. It is also one of the few Western European countries that currently rates the currently relatively benign category three for COVID, better than the vast majority of US states.
Federico Fellini is widely regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th century, and this week (August 19) the new Federico Fellini International Museum opens in the coastal city of Rimini. It is the world’s largest museum dedicated to life, work and poetic heritage from Fellini, the renowned Italian film director and screenwriter who was born in Rimini in 1920 and grew up here. His cinematic career spanned almost half a century until his death in 1993, at the age of 73. He created a number of internationally acclaimed films, many of which have made various lists of the greatest films ever, including The sweet life, The nights in Cabiria and The road. He won the Palme d’Or The sweet life and was nominated for twelve Academy Awards and won four in the category of Best Foreign Language Film, most for any director in the history of the academy. He also received an honorary award for Lifetime Achievement at the 65th Academy Awards.
The new museum occupies Rimini’s Sismondo castle in the Renaissance, the upper floors of the city’s art-nouveau Cinema Fulgor (where Fellini was first exposed to film) and the ‘Place of Dreams’, where video installations, augmented reality and pop-up exhibitions will be installed. . The varied experiences will create an immersive footbridge through various indoor and outdoor points in the filmmakers’ hometown and form the creative majority perception of the museum concept.
A variety of Fellini film sets, such as the famous The sweet life, will be copied inside Sismondo Castle, which is Rimini’s fortress from the 15th century and one of its most important monuments. Scenic materials and advanced digital technologies will be used to recreate iconic sets so visitors can feel like they are touching real-life Anita Ekberg. In addition, original scripts, costumes, letters, documents and videos will be displayed throughout the castle.
Cinema Fulgor – where Fellini saw his first film ever, Maciste in hell – will focus on studying the relationship between Federico Fellini and Rimini as well as the director’s internationalization. On the second floor, a “cinemino” (small movie hall) shows Fellini movies on the big screen all day.
Located on the Adriatic coast at Emilia Romagna (click here for more tourist information about the region), Rimini is one of Italy’s most popular family – friendly seaside resorts and one of the largest in Europe, housing more than nine miles of fine sandy beaches with extensive facilities.