San Mauro Pascoli
“My country always comes back to my heart,
where Guidi and Malatesta reigned,
where the courteous Passatore also ruled,
king of the road, king of the forest”
San Mauro Pascoli is the birthplace of the poet Giovanni Pascoli, the home of high-fashion footwear and has been awarded the Blue Flag several times for the high environmental quality of its coastline.
“The small and charming village” is bordered by the Uso and Fiumicino-Rubicone rivers, crossed by the Via Antica Emilia and lapped by the sea. Nestled between the cities of Cesena and Rimini, this charming place was first mentioned in 1191 as the “Fundum Sancti Mauri”.
Under the powerful Malatesta family (15th century) the territory obtained its own statutes. In 1827, it became an autonomous municipality with respect to the nearby Savignano and in 1932 the name of San Mauro di Romagna was changed to “San Mauro Pascoli” in honour of the great poet .
In the heart of the village is the 18th-century Town Hall, in front of which is the former church of San Sebastiano (18th century). Once a small church-oratory for the nearby Ursuline convent, the complex is now the exhibition hall of the Accademia Pascoliana, a cultural association that promotes the life and work of Giovanni Pascoli, in collaboration with the University of Bologna, in the field of Italian and international literature.
In these lands (18th-19th centuries) stood one of the most beautiful estates in Romagna, the Torre, owned by the Onesti Braschi family and then by the Princes Torlonia. Even today you can still admire the impressive outline of what later became a state-of-the-art farm. At the end of the 19th century, in fact, the extraordinary figure of the tenant Leopoldo Tosi brought about innovations and improvements that allowed the estate to stand out at the 1900 Universal Exposition in Paris, establishing itself at an international level.
Recent excavations for the construction of the Canale Emiliano Romagnolo, one of the most important hydraulic works in Italy, have brought to light ancient finds dating back to the final Neolithic period (5000 BC) that have never before been found in the Adriatic area.
Pascoli House Museum
This is where Giovanni Pascoli was born on 31 December 1855 and where his poetry flourished.
The “white house with green shutters” houses precious objects and autographed documents and these traces of Pascoli’s memories that make this place so evocative. Its intimate rooms contain the memory of the poet’s happy childhood and carefree youth, which was shattered by the murder of his father Ruggero on 10 August 1867. The “dolce casina” (sweet little house) still has some facilities intact, such as the kitchen, with its wooden-beamed ceiling a large fireplace and old stone sink, along with the parents’ bedroom with its original cradle and furniture from the university study in Bologna.
Since 2020, the house where he was born and Villa Torlonia have been part of the Parco Poesia Pascoli, an important cultural institution in the area which is involved in spectacular guided tours, educational workshops, documentary exhibitions and events, publications, conferences and courses, research activities and the restoration and conservation of Pascoli’s heritage.
Multimedia Museum of Villa Torlonia
In the enchanting setting of Villa Torlonia, culture, innovation and technology come together to bring the poetry of Giovanni Pascoli to life in an engaging sensory journey.
Digital scenery, videomapping and the play of sounds and words animate the ancient basement of the building, where the visitor can immerse themselves in poetry, guided by the voices of Luca Ward, Emanuela Rossi and Lino Guanciale. It is an evocative journey, from the mysteries of nature to those of the cosmos, in which the impressions become more and more intense, culminating in the famous poem La Cavalla Storna.
The rooms of this 18th-century residence are fitted with interactive stations where you can explore historical, artistic and gastronomic aspects that inextricably link Pascoli to Romagna. Visitors can retrace the history of the Villa Torlonia, once named Tenuta Torre, relive the rebellious years of the young poet’s life and his culinary passions, and admire the beauty of Pascoli’s landscapes through art.
Traditional handicrafts and food and wine products
San Mauro Pascoli is home to some of the most important shoemakers representing Italian style worldwide, thanks to its famous high fashion labels. The shoemaking vocation of this town dates back to the end of the last century, when a few cobblers, mainly dedicated to repairing, producing and selling new shoes, set up stalls at fairs. The shoemakers, with their ideas, intuition and, above all, the “courage to take risks”, soon enabled the rise of San Mauro Pascoli in the world of footwear.
The local gastronomy, as well as the tasty blue fish of the Adriatic, is based on the rediscovery of the authentic and genuine flavours of the Rubicone Valley, offering “home-made” soups, tasty grilled meats, vegetables from the “Pascoli vegetable garden” accompanied by the ever-present piadina and a good, hearty wine. In San Mauro Mare, the restaurants and trattorias are ready for you to taste traditional seafood dishes and Romagna cuisine.
Entertainment and Culture
A few kilometres from the centre is San Mauro Mare, one of the little pearls of the Romagna Riviera. The absolute highlight of this seaside village is the beach, with its sandy shoreline stretching just 900 metres along the Romagna coast, which is lined with elegant tamarisk which offer cool relaxation in the shade.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to where to stay. There are accommodation facilities of all different types, but most are family-run. Comfort reigns supreme even in the bathing establishments, which are welcoming and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities.
Among the events and activities that have been established over the years are: the Giardino della Poesia festival, which takes place in the garden of Casa Pascoli and Villa Torlonia; the concerts of the Acieloaperto festival; the Processo del X Agosto; the literary meetings promoted by the Library; the Pascoli tourist itinerary promoted during; the Medieval Festival; the Festa alla Torre; the Vineria Torlonia show-visits and the Notte dei Morti alla Torre; the Birre in Villa festival and the Ecology Team cycling event.
Among the leisure opportunities on offer in the area are outdoor activities such as cycling or free walking tours in the hinterland. For those who like to relax, take a leisurely stroll to discover the local handicraft products.