Wine, food and home-grown excellence. From the hills to the sea, passing through small towns and the cities of art, you will find flavours that will remain engraved between your palate and your memories, like the recipes of those who love us. All over Romagna you will find an abundance of local food and wine excellences to taste, along with the artistic treasures to admire and creations to collect. You will feel like you are part of a moving picture. Eating and drinking wine are intimately linked here. There are kitchens and shops that jealously preserve the know-how of past generations, but offer it’s results generously to those who knock on their door. Knock-knock...
all the places to visit along this itinerary
Food and wine and crafts
Imola Ceramics. The Frantoio Imolese olive oil mill. Venues: Bacchilega pastries and cafè, Caffè della Rocca, San Domenico Restaurant, Hostaria '900, Osteria del Vicolo Nuovo.
From hand-made ceramics with decorations that recall the knowledge and gestures of the past, to the small historic shops in the city center. La Pasticceria Bachilega is located in the old Town Hall. The venue was founded in 1929 and still today retains part of its original appearance; the wrought iron doors and internal furniture with oak and briar wood cladding. You will find many savory and sweet delicacies, such as hot chocolate and apostle fingers, whose recipes date back to the thirties. If you want to experience pleasure at the dinner table, stop off at the 2 Michelin-starred Restaurant San Domenico. This iconic place takes you back to your origins and you’ll be lulled by the flavour of experience. The venues Hostaria ‘900 and Vicolo Nuovo have a menu of the day that will amaze you.
The Mosaic shops, Leonardi Sweets, Mangiafuoco art and crafts shop, the Covered Market. Venues: Cà de Vèn, and Antica Trattoria al Gallo 1909.
Ravenna means mosaic, a true open-air museum formed by museums, shops, UNESCO monuments, treasures of art, history and culture. While you are discovering it, take time to stop at the newly renovated Covered Market; it’s the heart of the city where you can shop, grab a bite to eat, sip a good glass of wine or plunge into cultural activities. For a pleasant lunch or dinner, you can book at Ca ‘de Vèn, the popular meeting place for Ravenna locals and tourists since 1975. It is located in a fifteenth-century building with the charm of yesteryear, along with a wine shop which has the most prestigious wines from Romagna on its nineteenth-century shelves, and a corner for books and magazines dear to lovers of the dialect and popular traditions of Romagna. In this restaurant you can enjoy food and wine traditions that recall the past with local dishes and the real “Piadina” hand made and fresh. There’s also the Antica Trattoria al Gallo 1909, the restaurant whose interiors make you feel like you’ve stepped into a liberty painting; dishes and tastes for a journey through time and tradition.
Venues: Osteria Piazza Nuova, Il Giardino dei Semplici. The Marsh Grass handicraft center and Eco-museum.
Bagnacavallo is a town in southern Romagna with a significant farming tradition and known for its generosity. Recuperating and enhancing popular culture has a collective meaning, thanks to the Marsh Grass Association and Eco-museum. Here, the memories and materials related to the use of plant fibers are studied, recovered, preserved and handed out. In Bagnacavallo, the Osteria Piazza Nuova is worth a visit, a magical place where you can eat the local cuisine complimented by Romagna wines outside, in the square, or under the characteristic colonnade.
Anywhere they sell Brisighella DOP Brisighello® olive oil.
Taste one of the most delicious olive oils you’ll find in Italy; it’s born in the hills of Vena del Gesso, and brightens this area.
Pottery shops including: Ceramiche Gatti, Bottega Vignoli, Carla Lega, Elvira Keller, La Vecchia Faenza, and Mirta Morigi. Shops: Giuseppe Valli, Emilio Valtancoli, the Old Printing House Vecchia Stamperia. MIC - International Museum of Ceramics, the Carlo Zauli Museum. Venues: Manueli, Casa Spadoni, La Baita, Trattoria Marianaza, San Biagio Vecchio, Osteria della Sghisa.
Faenza is a wonderful city of art whose fame already stood out during the Renaissance for its production of exquisitely crafted ceramic objects, which are today exported all over the world. Thanks to a lively community, proactive and open to dialogue through other languages, there are many activities located throughout the historic center where you can become acquainted with this artistic world. The MIC and the Carlo Zauli Museum are among them, take your time to breathe in art! The Vecchia Stamperia printing house is where Damiano Bandini keeps local and historical Italian movable types.
The La Bottega di Casa Novella shop.
Tradition here is the foundation of work; Botteghe e Mestieri is a social cooperative that helps place people in difficulty in production workshops of fresh pasta and preserves. La Bottega is a small, authentic shop where you can find traditional local products prepared by hand: fresh pasta, bread and baked goods, cold cuts and cheeses, craft beers and local wines.
The San Domenico Museum, the Via Regnoli Market in Piazza Cavour. Venues: La Baita del Buongustaio, La Vecchia Cascina. Osteria don Abbondio, Benso, Petito, Salumé, Osteria Nascosta.
Exhibitions and absolute premieres at the San Domenico Museum, a place of inspiration, beauty, and research. A walk along Via Regnoli, a place where every merchant strikes up a dialogue to involve the community. There’s also the renovated Mercato delle Erbe market and the small gourmet restaurants in the surrounding area.
Casa Artusi restaurant, the Artusi.
The center of gastronomic culture dedicated to Italian domestic cooking, whose father Pellegrino Artusi, writer and connoisseur , published Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well in 1891, a cooking manual and collection of recipes acquired from the experience of numerous trips in northern and central Italy.
The Franchini Bakery, Villa Silvia Carducci Dairy Farm, the Musicalia Museum, Cerina Restaurant, Quel Castello pizzeria.
The historical shops of Cesena, the Franchini Bakery established in 1932, and the Villa Silvia Carducci Dairy Farm which is a cooperative symbol of Cesena for the production of fresh milk, cheeses, and ice cream. If you want to continue along the path of craftsmanship, visit Villa Silvia, an estate dedicated to music in the midst of a regenerating green park. Hungry? Cerina Restaurant has been run by four generations of the Dallara family since 1965. Cerina, the grandmother who gave the restaurant its name, was the one who started it all. Today Graziella prepares hand-made pasta, roasts, and pizza. Quel Castello is a historic building closely perched on a hilltop and serves delicious cuisine from a wood-burning oven. Lorenzo will welcome you with a smile, and if you want to stay overnight there are 5 delightful suites.
Renato Brancaleoni’s Fossa dell’Abbondanza cheese shop. Venue: Osteria dei Frati.
The master par excellence of transforming cheese into a work of art through intuition and olfaction. For some time now, Renato and his daughter Anna have also been producing bread and jams directly from their farm. Behind the historic shop of the Brancaleoni family, book with Valentina and Giorgio at the Osteria dei Frati: pure poetry!
Sogliano al Rubicone
Cheese producers Venturi, Brandinelli.
Producers of the famous DOP Fossa cheese, symbolic of Sogliano.
Locanda Appennino Restaurant.
Locanda Appennino is the place where you can taste Romagna starting with the appetizers, and going through the hand-made first courses and main courses all the way to the desserts; all homemade and served by Roberto, your par excellence host.
Tele Romagnole cloth shop, Stamperia Pascucci and Stamperia Bertozzi printing house. The Burioli wine shop.
Gambettola is the place in Romagna to go to for characteristic Romagna fabric. Here you’ll find two of the most historic shops that produce hand-printed cloths, an ancient artisan practice that still today radiates culture, hospitality, memories and roots. Wooden matrices saturated with colour are placed on the fabric and hit with a mallet. Tablecloths, curtains, cushions, household items are embellished with ornamental and floral decorations.
The mill is a symbol of sustainability that has been grinding local ancient seeds since 1910.
The Lucchi Restaurant and Butchershop.
Since 1800, Lucchi’s Rstaurant and Butcher shop has been synonymous of research and attention given to the meat heritage of Cesena’s hills. Lucchi was a forerunner in delivery; in the 19th century he had equipped himself with a wooden cart to deliver his products to neighboring towns as well as his own.
The Piadina Boutique, Cà de Bè wine shop.
Ines’s Piadina Boutique is the best you can find, so if you’re passing through Bertinoro, you can’t help but to stop at her kiosk, which for two generations has been offering piadina and crescioni that she and her family make strictly by hand. Later, stroll through this fantastic hilltop village, and reach the square with the Colonna dell’Ospitalità pillar. Right there, you will find the Cà de Bé house of wine, it’s an iconic place with a panoramic terrace overlooking the valleys below. They also serve home-made first courses, cured meats, cold cuts and a careful selection of wines strictly from Romagna.
Savignano sul Rubicone
The Ossteria Restaurant.
Pizza and cuisine that make you feel at home.
Portico e San Benedetto
The Vecchio Convento Restaurant and Hotel
The restaurant and hotel is set on the hills, almost on the border with the Casentinesi Forests, and they make you feel like you are permanently on vacation.
San Piero in Bagno
Da Gorini Restaurant
Gianluca Gorini is part of the Romagna that looks towards the future. Here, in the country and away from the crowded streets, his first restaurant is a country house that embraces a part of the territory much larger than it could physically contain. He is a talent and a star to be seen, experienced, discovered and talk about.
Peromatto printing house
An artistic printing house set in the hills that echoes sustainability and innovation thanks to today’s new generation. Handmade, a value to be preserved and promoted.
San Mauro Pascoli
Birthplace of Giovanni Pascoli, and the Multimedia Museum of Villa Torlonia.
The birthplace of the great Italian poet Giovanni Pascoli. The new Multimedia Museum not far from Villa Torlonia which hosts conferences, musicals, shows and theatrical reviews.
Ceramic shops: Brolli Bruno, Ceramiche Crescentini, Le Terre di Veronica Zavoli. The small pastry shop Marziali, the Covered Market. Venues: Osteria del Borgo, Trattoria dalla Delinda, La Marianna Restaurant, Dallo Zio Restaurant, Ristorante da Guido, Quartopiano Restaurant.
In the ceramic shops of Rimini, you can discover the local handcrafted majolica decorations: plates, trays, mugs, and everyday objects. Higher up in the hills, Daniele Marziale with his tenacity and determination tells you what it means to be an revolutionary baker. Continue towards downtown, enter the Covered Market, a world to discover and savour along with the traders, producers and farmers. If you are looking for an ideal place for a lunch or dinner, choose among the recommended diners and restaurants, with dishes that speak of the Adriatic Sea and quality food.
Santarcangelo di Romagna
Antica Stamperia Marchi printing house, the Girometti cheese shop, Michele's Fresh Pasta. The Button Museum. Venues: La Sangiovesa, Zaghini, Osteria del Passatore, Osteria da Oreste.
Rust printed textile, with colours and wooden molds that pass on the popular decorative art of Romagna. Stop at Michele’s for a characteristic local fresh pasta dish, and then stop at the Button Museum, where you can take a step back a hundred years. Santarcangelo is synonymous with hospitality and the inspiration in knowing how to involve guests at the table, do not miss the recommended restaurants!
San Mauro Pascoli
San Patrignano Food, Vite Restaurant.
An ethical, social project that puts man at the center; San Patrignano with its food line and the Vite Restaurant is the driving force of a community.
The Fosse Cheese of Porta di Sotto
A melting pot of history among the ancient vaults of the sixteenth-century mill. Here, just a step away from the lands of Montefeltro, fossa cheese is refined.
Zi Teresa Restaurant.
40 years ago, on the hills of Rimini, Teresa began cooking piandina, tagliatelle, rabbit with porchetta and trifle. She’s still there…bon appétit!