Festa Artusiana is an annual festival celebrating food and the life of Pellegrino Artusi, held in Forlimpopoli (Emilia Romagna).
Are you planning to visit Italy this summer? Every year since 1997, the town of Forlimpopoli (in the Emilia Romagna region of Italy) has celebrated the life of its most famous citizen, gastronome Pellegrino Artusi, on the next to last Saturday in June.
Festa Artusiana, a nine-day long festival of food and music that feels much like a big Italian birthday party, will be held this year between June 20-28.
Artusi has often been called the father of Italian home cooking. In 1891, the silk trader self-published a book of 475 recipes, Science in the Kitchen and the Art of Eating Well, he had collected from friends and acquaintances across different regions of Italy. Through word-of-mouth, well before the Internet, the book became an instant sensation and has since been translated into English, German, Spanish and Portuguese. In many home kitchens around the world, the book remains a Bible. Among Italian families, it’s a frequent gift for new brides.
During the Festival, restaurants and tasting points are set up throughout the streets, squares and alleys of the historic town, highlighting various chapters of the famous book. There are also concerts, meetings, lively debates and awards.
For food lovers, the Festa Artusiana is the perfect time (or excuse) to explore this gem along the Via Emilia.
The town has created a free mobile app with QR codes so visitors can learn about the rich history of the town that includes an impressive medieval fortress, Rocca Albornoziana (now housing the municipal government, an archaeological museum and theater) and other monuments and museums. The app also provides information on restaurants shops and hotels.
IF YOU GO
Located in the province of Forli-Cesena in the Emilia Romagna region, the town of Forlimpopoli is 78 km from Bologna, 115 km from Florence, 176 km from Venice, 286 km from Milan and 325 km from Rome.
Provinces of Emilia Romagna (Credit: Wikipedia)
Previously on More Time To Travel:
Forlimpopoli is a great destination throughout the year, where you can visit the Artusi Museum housed in a former monastery.