Cinema Immersion Program 

In the Steps of Fellini and Guerra

September 2020

“Life is a combination of magic and pasta.”   - Federico Fellini

Once in a life-time opportunity to celebrate the double 100 anniversary of Federico Fellini and Tonino Guerra, this program will take you to the very beginnings of both masters, to the creative sources they always returned to. We will explore in depth the stories of two friends, two artists and two prolific geniuses: the film director and the screenwriter. Born just two months (and a few miles) apart on the Adriatic coast of Italy, they became an indelible part of the golden age of Italian cinema. This immersion program is a collaboration with Cineteca di Rimini, Cineteca di Bologna and the MSP Film.  


Following the recipe of Federico Fellini we begin in Bologna, the historic capital of Emilia-Romagna with the magic of Art Hotel Commercianti where every detail is intimately linked to the history and the charm of the city. Next following  prosecco welcome and dinner at legendary Al Pappagallo, you may wish to explore and experience the youthful culture of this historic university city. Next day after touring the medieval city center, admiring its art and enticing our taste buds with samples of high-quality, authentic food and wine of the region we will visit the Cineteca di Bologna for private viewing of a Fellini  exhibit and a discussion.

When in Romagna we can take in the hospitality and elegance of  hotel Il Duca del Montefeltro, with furniture designed by Tonino Guerra and savor the fare of La Sangiovesa designed by Fellini&Guerra  duo in Santarcangelo di Romagna (also the birthplace of T. Guerra). We will next travel towards the Adriatic Sea  to explore Rimini, the birthplace of  Federico Fellini and participate in local centennial events organized by the Cineteca di Rimini. You will discover the newly restored theater Fulgor (where Fellini fell for cinema) and the newly opened museum of Fellini, enjoy high tea at the Grand Hotel and celebrate in style  the 60th anniversary of La Dolce Vita.

Length: 10 days, 9 nights. 

Price: $3500 includes:

● accommodation in beautiful first-class art hotels

● curated and guided visits, movie showings, and lectures with film critic Colin Covert and Esperienza’s founder Anna Bonavita.

● private discussion with the director of Cineteca di Rimini Marco Leonetti

● private viewing of the house of Tonino Guerra and discussion with his wife, the poet Lora Guerra

● local expert guides

● many spontaneous opportunities to interact with local film makers and experts, chefs, artisans and townspeople

● welcome reception and farewell dinner for a minimum of 18 meals (hotel includes continental breakfast)

● transportation during the tour

● a comprehensive departure package that includes an itinerary, packing list, accommodations overview and other important information.

● comprehensive assistance and information during program from an American Travel Director and Fellini’s expert.

Accommodations: 4-stars  Il Duca di Montefeltro (Pennabilli), Art Hotel (Bologna)

Does not include: transportation to/from Italy, transportation to/from airport(our programstarts and ends in Bologna’s center located just a short drive from the airport), personal side trips or meals, other sundries.

Special note: The tour cost is per person based on double occupancy (and assuming a minimum number of 10 participants), transportation tariffs and currency valuations as of January 2020, and subject to confirmation. While we will do everything possible to maintain the listed price and/or itinerary, it is subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.  Single room supplements ($500) may have limited availability and are on a request basis only. 

Reservations: Space is limited. Please reserve your place by January 15, 2020. For further information, please contact us at Our Cancellation Refund Policy applies to these payments.

Colin Covert: Journalist and former Star Tribune movie reviewer. Famous for his quick wit, depth and encyclopedic knowledge of the cinema world. 

Anna Bonavita is the founder of the Italian Cultural Center and the Italian Film Festival of Minneapolis St. Paul. Her latest creation, Esperienza, was inspired by Pennabilli where she discovered Lora Guerra and stirring memories of the golden age of Italian cinema.