From Latin splendour to the early Renaissance and the contemporary art of Guerra.
Having attracted many illustrious figures since ancient times - from Dante to St. Francis of Assisi - the Rimini area retains traces of their presence, many of which have become masterpieces.
We could call this great art because, starting with the artefacts of the Etruscan-Villanovan period, housed in Verucchio Museum, and those of the Roman period, like the mosaics in the Surgeon’s House, many wonderful examples have survived the centuries.
These include the work of what was defined as the fourteenth-century Rimini school, founded after Giotto stayed in the area and painted, around 1303, a lost cycle of frescoes in the church of San Francesco in Rimini and a fine Crucifix that still exists.
His scholars learnt from him and used their skills to create wooden crucifixes, polyptychs and tablets now housed in some of the world’s greatest museums. They can also be found in Rimini - in the Municpal Museum, the church of Sant’Agostino, whose frescoes are the most important left by the school, and in many other towns in the province. The first Renaissance religious building was constructed here; the magnificent Malatesta Temple, now Rimini’s cathedral, which has an extraordinary fresco by Piero della Francesca of Sigismondo kneeling before Saint Sigismondo.
The 17th and 18th centuries left invaluable pieces including a canvas by the great Guido Cagnacci and imposing Baroque collegiate churches such as those in Santarcangelo di Romagna, Verucchio, Sant’Agata Feltria and Saludecio.
It is worth remembering that the nearby ancient Republic of San Marino has been recognized as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. This great art has been confirmed in the modern and contemporary eras too.
Morciano di Romagna, where the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro was born in 1926, has an emblematic piece dedicated to the futurist Umberto Boccioni whose parents were from the town.
Many artists have chosen to live and work in the Marecchia valley.
One of these is Tonino Guerra who was born in Santarcangelo di Romagna and now lives in Pennabilli.
Both towns have itineraries marked by his art; called The Places of the Soul they include fountains, parks, gardens and installations that imitate his expressive style and evoke his poetry.
Pennabilli is also home to a museum called The World of Tonino Guerra.
In Talamello, which is where he was born, Ferdinando Gualtieri has left an important collection of his work in the Gualtieri Museum and Art Gallery.
In Rimini, the extraordinary drawings of the great Federico Fellini can be admired in the museum dedicated to him. In Riccione, work by contemporary artists of the calibre of Burri, Maceo, Bay, Sughi and many others create an interesting exhibition in elegant Villa Franceschi.