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Bellaria between history and culture

Bellaria - Igea Marina

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A theatre at the very heart of the town and a programme with plenty of prestigious events and excellent protagonists, such as Giannini, Albertazzi, Pennac and many more distinguished interpreters of the past seasons. A route made of museums, including La Casa Rossa, the historical house museum of the writer Alfredo Panzini, which is also an important centre for literary events; the Torre Saracena, a historical symbol of the town, just next tothe Museo delle Conchiglie; the Museo del Turismo e delle Tradizioni, focusing on tourism and the marine; finally, the Museo delle Radio dEpoca.

This is the cultural offer of Bellaria Igea Marina, a unique opportunity to find out about the popular traditions of its inhabitants and some peculiarities. Visiting these museums is not a demanding activity and children will enjoy that too. Thanks to late-night opening hours, you will be able to visit the museums during the coolest hours of the day and an expert museum guide will make your experience even more complete.

Cinema-Teatro Astra (Astra Cinema-Theatre)

The opening of the Cinema-Teatro Astra in 1965-1966 was a milestone event for the town of Bellaria Igea Marina because it occurred at a time when increasing numbers of people were going to the shows. Today, the Cinema-Teatro Astra is a privileged forum for countless cultural realities in thearea and also the main venue for two of the most important artistic projects of Bellaria Igea Marina: the theatrical season per aspera ad astra and the historical national competition Bellaria Film Festival.

Torre Saracena (The Saracen Tower)

In the Torre Saracena in Via Torre you will be able to visit the Giardino dei Batanicci (Garden of the Batanicci) and appreciate thehistorical batanicci and bragozzi boats and their colourful sails, each representing a family of fishermen from Bellaria. The Museo delle Conchiglie (Museum of Shells) is also there, located on the upper floors of the tower, with specimens coming from the seas of the whole planet.

Opening hours: 8.30 PM – 11.00 PM. Closed on Monday.

Museo del Turismo e delle Tradizioni Qualcosa di Noi (Museum of Tourism and Traditions Something about Us )

The museum is located inside the historical building of the old slaughterhouse in Via dei Saraceni. Although the objects kept and exposed in the museum almost sank into oblivion, they made the history of seaside tourism in Bellaria and in the Romagna region. The cultural heritage of the museum is essential to the town and includes documents, objects and artefacts showing how Bellaria became one of the most important tourist destinations both on a national and international level.

Visiting the museum is a unique opportunity that will enable our tourists to learn something more about our story… and about us.

Opening hours: 8.30 PM – 11.00 PM. Closed on Tuesday.

Parco Culturale La Casa Rossa (Cultural Park The Red House )

La Casa Rossa of Alfredo Panzini in Via Pisino was the summer residence of the writer. It now stands on a sand dune and a long time ago both the sea and the hills could be seen from its windows. The house itself is a museum and its four walls show off nestled ceramics which refer to the main works of Panzini. Its rooms arenow breathing with life again, as they did when the writer used to live there with his wife Clelia, an experienced painter. The cultural heritage of La Casa Rossa consists of the collection of the museum and many documentation resources. These materials include the letters Panzini sent to the most distinguished cultural personalities of his time, such as writers, artists or editors like Sibilla Aleramo, Antonio Baldini, Grazia Deledda, Filippo De Pisis, Marino Moretti, Ada Negri, Giovanni Pascoli, Renato Serra, Emilio Treves, and his family members. This collection also includes both handwritten and typewritten tales, short stories and novels, articles from newspapers and periodicals and, finally, personal documents of Panzini about his period as a student and as a teacher. The collection, donated by Matilde Panzini in 1981, also consists of sixteen works of Clelia Panzini, such as portraits, rural landscapes, marine areas and still life, furniture and ornaments of the couple, relics and personal items of the writer, including his far-famed bicycle.

Opening hours: 8.30 PM – 11.00 PM. Closed on Sunday.

Museo Radio d Epoca (Museum of Antique Radios)

The Museo Radio d'Epoca in Piazzale Gramsci consists of more than 140 unique radios from the 30s and the 40s. The gallery layout leads the visitor into the story and the evolution of this important technology. Among the many rarities, you will find a 1929 Marelli Radio, a 1930 Crosky, a 1933 rural radio, La Voce del Padrone (“The Voice of the Master”), gramophones of the 40s and many more interesting specimens.

Opening hours: 8.30 PM – 11.00 PM. Closed on Wednesday.

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