A Renaissance soul
An explosion of life and art, the heart of the Romagna Renaissance was Rimini, thanks to the works commissioned by Sigismondo Pandolfo Malatesta, whose brief, yet intense dominion brought together the greatest artists of the times from Piero della Francesca to Leon Battista Alberti. Castel Sismondo and the Tempio Malatestiano still speak to us today of the fervour of those years, which influenced nearby towns like Cesena and Forlì.
On the traces of the Supreme Poet, Dante
From Tuscany to Romagna, the exile of the Supreme Poet became the inspiration for his complete work, the Divine Comedy, which was begun in Forlì and finished in Ravenna, where he died. A journey through his life more than a cultural journey: the places that are dedicated to him, like the Museum, the Tomb, and the Basilica of Saint Francis, house the memory of the last years of his life.
Leonardo Da Vinci, a timeless genius
The person who best represents the spirit of the Renaissance, Leonardo Da Vinci, lived in this land of sun and sea for various months, working in Rimini, Cesena, Cesenatico, Faenza and Imola.
Commissioned by the commander Cesare Borgia, he delved with great technical skill into studying the fortifications, which led him to drawing up a map of Imola, designing the Cesenatico Canal Harbour, and creating a map of Romagna. In his Notebook, which today is listed as Code L in the Institut de France Library in Paris, he jotted down thoughts, feelings, ideas and sketches. His drawings tell the story of Romagna farmers drying grapes to preserve them in winter.